Introducing Keymote

Aug 15, 2009 by Kevin under Keymote, News

Ah, the universal remote. What a game-changer. You don’t have to worry about ten different remotes just to watch a DVD; simply program it to work with everything in your media center and you’re good to go.

But how about your Mac? Sure, you probably have one of those Apple remotes, but how much can it really do? You can change tracks in iTunes or control Front Row, but what about everything else – Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Coda, or even The Sims?

Welcome to Keymote. It picks up where all other Mac remotes left off. With Keymote, you can control any application you want. ‘How is this possible?’ you may ask. Simple, with the use of keyboard shortcuts and a slick user interface. Almost every Mac application uses keyboard shortcuts to control basic functions. By pairing your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer (with the Keymote Receiver desktop app), Keymote can send these shortcuts over the air.

Let’s say you just picked up your copy of Photoshop, but you’ve got no clue where to start. No problem; Keymote can help. Just fire up your iPod Touch or iPhone, launch Keymote, head on over to the Keyset Store, and download a Photoshop keyset that someone just like you has made and you’ll be clone stampin’, color correctin’, and paintbrushin’ in no time. And you can do all of this without ever learning a single keyboard shortcut.

You can now download Keymote from the App Store here. If you like it, please leave us a nice review. Thanks, and enjoy Keymote!


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  1. Rich

    Congrats on the launch!

    Checking it out now.


  2. rosenkrieger

    Awesome! Got the tip from a friend of mine, downloaded an fell in love with it!

    One suggestions (or two):
    The store “needs” some kind of language sorting. It’ll fill up really fast as far as I can tell.

    Currently the Keymote App on the mac does not switch to the app you want to use, that would be awesome if that could come in an update

    The Search function does not seem to work for me?

    Cheers & keep codin’ !

  3. Strothi

    Hey there,

    great App. Really like it. Though it’s really painful if you want to change a given set of keys (which is as of now not possible) or if you want to make your own and have to correct it. I want to be able to edit the buttons I just added to a set AND I want to be able to move the buttons around. That would help a lot!

    Thanks, Strothi

    A note from Iced Cocoa: Problem solved; you can indeed move, edit, and delete keys. We’ve got some helpful tutorials on our homepage.

  4. Mac Alnakari

    How about the ability to launch an app on my mac and a keyboard that allows me to type my search terms in spotlight from Keymote? Just a few suggestion. I love the app!

  5. OwlBoy

    Does this simulate mouse clicks at all?

  6. Erik Dungan

    Hey guys,

    Just wanted to say I love your app. I think it’s going to be great for photographers and other creatives. Made a little video on it here:

    Keep up the great work.

  7. Louis

    @Mac Alnakari: We’re thinking of adding a built in keyboard for Keymote 1.1. Stay tuned.

    @OwlBoy: Keymote does not simulate mouse clicks at this time, but may in the future along with some other things we’re working on.

  8. Chris

    Any chance this works with an AppleTV?

  9. Olivier Guerriat

    I just bought your app, but it doesn’t work well with azerty keyboard… Can you please make a fix ?

  10. Mike Carosello

    Nice work. It beautifully does what it says, but could you possibly add numeric keypad control?

    My Macbook Pro (Penryn) came without number lock. A few of my music apps use the number keypad for remote and transport control and it would be great to use your keymote for this task.

    Under editing and creating I noticed there weren’t yet any keys defined for the number keypad only the number row. Darn. I will await updates to see and hope they are eventually added.

    Keep up the great work.

  11. docmicsee

    just bought your app, looks really great ! But I’ve a problem with the german version of Safari for example. The “Back” and “Forward” command use a different keyshortcut than the english version. Even when I create my own shortcut with the german “Umlaut” Ö, Ä or Ãœ the command will be not recognized by Safari. Hopefully an update can fix this, Thanks a lot

  12. Arrien

    Wow, this looks like a great app! I would love to use this for Photoshop and Lightroom, but… I don’t have a Mac, only PC.

    Will there be a windows version also?

  13. maccoX

    I have a big problem:

    There is no way to set the System Volume up or down.

    Also, if i habe EyeTv open and actice, i cant go to Front Row, because the shortcut opens then the EyeTV menü.

    Will a fix/feature update come for this 2 things?

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