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 Most QuicKeys refugees quickly learn to love Keyboard Maestro and wonder why they had not moved earlier. ​ But the initial change can be somewhat jarring as Keyboard Maestro does things in very different ways to QuicKeys. ​ Keyboard Maestro strives to be very orthogonal in its features, so that each feature set (eg triggers or actions or calculations or text tokens) operate independently from the other features, allowing you to quickly gain access to more power without significant increases in complexity. ​ So as a previous QuicKeys user, take a bit of time to learn Keyboard Maestro'​s terminology and Keyboard Maestro'​s way of doing things and you will soon find your way.  And if you have any problems, you can [contact us](mailto:​support@stairways.com) or read the [[Frequently Asked Questions]] or [[Troubleshooting]] pages. Most QuicKeys refugees quickly learn to love Keyboard Maestro and wonder why they had not moved earlier. ​ But the initial change can be somewhat jarring as Keyboard Maestro does things in very different ways to QuicKeys. ​ Keyboard Maestro strives to be very orthogonal in its features, so that each feature set (eg triggers or actions or calculations or text tokens) operate independently from the other features, allowing you to quickly gain access to more power without significant increases in complexity. ​ So as a previous QuicKeys user, take a bit of time to learn Keyboard Maestro'​s terminology and Keyboard Maestro'​s way of doing things and you will soon find your way.  And if you have any problems, you can [contact us](mailto:​support@stairways.com) or read the [[Frequently Asked Questions]] or [[Troubleshooting]] pages.
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 +==== Differences ====
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 +Without having much knowledge of QuicKeys it is hard to know how it compares, but there are a couple of obvious points:
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 +* Keyboard Maestro is still in active development.
 +* Keyboard Maestro follows the rules, so sometimes Quickeys can do things that I wont do in Keyboard Maestro, but on the other hand, Keyboard Maestro version 2 released in 2007 still runs under Yosemite.
 +* Keyboard Maestro has a very orthogonal approach, so each action tends to be independent to other actions. ​ There is an action to iterate through the Finder'​s selection, and there is an action to move a file, and you put the two of them together to move the Finder'​s selection, but the Move action does not itself have an option to move the Finder'​s selection.
 +* Keyboard Maestro has no concept of macros being global or not global, so no concept of *global* hot keys being overridden by *scoped* hot keys.  Keyboard Maestro does have application-specific macro groups and a variety of other ways of *scoping* macros though, but if two hot key triggered macros are active at the same time then you will be asked which one you mean.
 +* What Quickeys calls Toolbars is called Palettes in Keyboard Maestro.
  
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