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KeyBoard Express

Type of Program: Keyboard macro utility
Supported Platforms: Windows /95/NT/3.1
Company Name: Insight Software Solutions
Price: $24.95 + $3.00 s&h
Installed Size: 1 MB


The main reason I use Keyboard Express is to automate the typing of repetitive keystroke tasks such as my e-mail address, passwords and other keyboard intensive operations. I can record, input and play back any set of keystrokes associated with one of over 500 different "hot keys" that I assign as I create these "keyboard macros". Each recorded macro can store up to 5,000 keystrokes. What a time saver. For short entries such as an e-mail address or password you simply assign a hot key combination , say CTRL E, type the information into the template window and save it. Keyboard Express is loaded at startup and is in the background out of the way. To use a stored Keyboard Express macro you hit key combination you previously saved and the task is completed. For those long macros that include launching a program or numerous keystrokes a recording feature called auto-capture is available in KE to write this macro for you.

You can Print a list of your hot keys for future reference from the "FILE" menu in KE. As your list of recorded "Hot Keys" grows the printed list serves as a handy reminder of what is assigned a keyboard macro and the associated hot keys to invoke it.

You can schedule macros to play at given time intervals: such as the startup of keyboard express, hourly, daily (choose any or all days of the week), weekly, monthly, one given time or every "x" minutes. Include timed delays or pauses in the macros and add instructions or comments for users during pauses as the macro is being utilized.

Keyboard Express 2.5 features the ability to run over a network, including an optional browse only mode. The new network option allows file locking of macros to prevent the overwriting of data by two or more users. An optional synchronization mechanism can be set to automatically update a user’s computer every "x" minutes if the macro file has been changed by another user. When a user attempts to modify the macro file, their computer will automatically be updated for any changes made by other users before the modification is allowed.

It's been quite a long time since I have come out and recommended a shareware program. Keyboard Express goes to the top of my favorite shareware programs list, it really does deserve a test drive for 30 days.

A 30 day shareware evaluation copy of Keyboard Express may be downloaded from their WWW site on the Internet.

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Reviewed by: Andrew Gnoza, WWWebologist

Keyboard Express may be obtained directly from Insight Software Solutions, Inc., P.O. Box 354, Bountiful, UT 84011-0354, USA, Tel: 801) 295-1890, Fax: (801) 299-1781. All major credit cards are accepted.

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