Using Keymote Without WiFi

Oct 02, 2009 by Kevin under Keymote, News, Tips

Have you ever wanted to use Keymote in an area without wireless internet? Until now, that hasn’t been completely possible; however, with the introduction of Keymote 1.0.2 and Keymote Receiver 1.0.6, you can do just that. What you’ll be doing is setting up what’s called an Ad-Hoc network.

Ready? Here we go.

On your Mac, click the WiFi symbol in the menubar. You should see a line that says Create Network. Click it. Enter the name you want, set the channel (whatever the automatic channel is will usually work best), and require a password if you so choose. Click OK and you’re done. What you’ve done, essentially, is turned your computer into an Airport station, sending out a wireless signal that your iPod or iPhone can connect to.


On your iPod/iPhone, open up the WiFi settings. You should see the network you’ve just set up. Connect to it, wait for the WiFi symbol to show up in the device’s status bar, and open Keymote. When you go to pair with your computer, it should show up and you’ll be good to go. If it’s not, you may have to use a direct IP connection. If you click on Keymote Receiver in your Mac’s menubar, it will tell you what your IP address is and what port to use. Simply enter this info into Keymote to set up an IP connection.

A note: unless you have an Ethernet cable plugged into your computer and have Web Sharing turned on and configured, you will not have access to the internet on either your computer or iPod/iPhone.

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Putting Your Mac to Sleep With Keymote [Updated]

Sep 12, 2009 by Kevin under Keymote, Tips

We know that many of you are a little disappointed that there is no eject key in Keymote. We had it in version 1.0, but we soon realized that it didn’t work properly, so we decided to temporarily remove it in the latest update (v1.0.1).

So what if you want to put your Mac to sleep with Keymote? Can’t be done without using the eject key, right? That’s not entirely true. Until we get it working in Keymote, here’s a workaround:

Open up the Keyboard pane in System Preferences. When it comes up, click Application Shortcuts in the sidebar and click the plus button under it. Set ‘Application’ to ‘All Applications,’ type the word Sleep in the ‘Menu Title’ box, then click the ‘Keyboard Shortcut’ box and enter the command you want to use. After clicking ‘Add,’ you’ll notice that the shortcut for Sleep in the Apple menu has changed to the shortcut you set. Now all you have to do is add a key in Keymote that corresponds to it, and you’re good to go.

(This is based on Snow Leopard’s Keyboard preference pane. Leopard’s Keyboard preference pane is a bit different, but you can do the exact same thing.)

UPDATE: When you set the shortcut, you need to make sure it’s a shortcut that nothing else is using. I use, and suggest using, Ctrl+Opt+Cmd+S.

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Guidelines for Creating Keysets

Aug 20, 2009 by Louis under Keymote, Tips

With the launch of Keymote, many people are discovering new Keysets for their commonly used applications. There’s a large selection of Keysets already on the Keymote Store, but we’re always looking for more to expand our library. The more Keysets on the store, the less work it takes for our users to get started with Keymote. That’s why we want your help.

If you’ve created a Keyset that you find useful, we encourage you to publish it for others to enjoy. The process is fast, easy, and free. Just press the “+” button in the Keymote store, select the Keyset you want to publish, enter your name, and tap “Publish Keyset.” A video tutorial can be found here.

Please be sure to follow these simple guidelines when creating a Keyset. Not following these can get your Keyset flagged and even ban your device from uploading Keysets.

  • Give your Keyset a unique title, that tells the user exactly what it is. Too many of the same Keyset titles makes an ugly store filled with confusion.
  • Capitalize the first letters of Keyset titles and key descriptions when necessary.
  • We recommend looking in the applications menubar for key descriptions.
  • No emoji.
  • Always add spacers where no key exists. We recommend adding at least one spacer per Keyset to avoid clutter.
  • No URL’s, messages, or any sort of advertising in key descriptions, Keyset titles, or author names.

If you would like to create a Keyset for an application that you don’t own, we recommend using a nifty site called KeyXL. This site allows you search though a database of shortcuts for almost any application. But be warned, sometimes false shortcuts and typos can slip though providing you with invalid information. We recommend testing the shortcuts before publishing.

Here are a few extra tips for creating Keysets. If you’ve got a good one, leave a comment below.

  • If you cannot fit “Show/Hide” in a key description, try using “Toggle” or “Switch” instead.
  • If an application contains more shortcuts than you can manage, create separate Keysets for each part of the application. For example, Photoshop could have a “Drawing Tools” keyset and a “Photo Adjustments” keyset.
  • Group keys in your Keyset by their use, not always alphabetically or in the order of the Applications menu.

By following these instructions when submitting Keysets you’ll help Keymote run smoothly for new users and make our lives a lot easier. High quality Keysets, makes a high quality Keymote. We really appreciate your help.

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