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AllKeys Macro 2.21

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

AllKeys Macro is a macro program plus work/break timer and mouse replacement tool. Provides a flexible but robust macro solution that allows users to record and organize a large number of macros.

Pros: This application is a macro manager, work/break timer and a mouse replacement tool. As a macro manager it lets macros to be recorded, edited and arranged properly. Macros could be applicable to specific applications or to all of them. Macro would be a nice way to create keyboard short cuts for repetitive tasks such as filling your address somewhere or to launch your favorite web mail. The software lets you remap the keys to whatever location you want a particular key or a set of keys to be. When defining a macro one could specify an application for the macro. The macro would then operate only in the environment of that application. Import/export of macros are provided for. Editing facilities for editing a macro recorded already or imported can be done through a simple interface.

One really nice feature of the macro playback is the speed of playback. One usually takes a bit of time to type in the commands. But since a computer can take in the input much faster and yet recognize the key strokes, macros can be arranged to be played back at a faster rate.

If you would prefer, you could replace the mouse operation by keyboard strokes. Initially you define a set of keys to be the up/down and lateral movement keys as also left and right clicks on the mouse.

The work/ break timer functionality lets the user define his continuous work time in one stretch and the break time there after. You get alerts for the break time. What’s more is performance statistics like keystroke and mouse clicks done per minute are recorded and displayed.

Cons: The user interface feels a little too complicated for the application. Learning time too could be significant. Unless you use a lot of macros, investing in learning time may not be worthwhile.

Overall the application does perform a useful function, overall rating 4 stars.

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