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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  1. Alasdair Muckart

    Will you make a public commitment in your terms of service that you will never commercialize user-submitted keysets and that they will remain free to download?

  2. Louis

    @Alasdair Muckart: :) We promise we’ll never charge for user-submitted keysets.

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