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7) iKey

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One of the great things about computers is that they’re quite happy to do tedious, repetitive tasks—quickly, accurately, and without complaining.

And yet, if you’re like me, you find yourself performing the same series of steps, manually, over and over again. Logging into a server. Filling the same settings into a dialog. Answering email messages with boilerplate text. Changing your location in the Network pane of System Preferences.

There’s no need to waste any more of your brain’s CPU cycles on tasks like that. iKey can wrap up a long sequence of activities into a single shortcut that you can trigger with a keystroke, a menu command, a schedule, or any of a variety of system events (such as waking from sleep). You can automate menu selections, mouse clicks, typing, opening documents or URLs, resizing windows, and more than 100 other activities; the shortcuts can even include tests such as waiting for a window to open or asking for user input.

Although the venerable QuicKeys has a few features that iKey lacks, the reverse is also true—and at less than half the price, iKey is a much better bargain. Runner-up: QuicKeys ($80).

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