If you've ever wanted to make an application which allows users to set global shortcuts for some action, you've probably wandered into ShortcutRecorder's corner of the web. This is a great control for setting shortcut keys, but it doesn't actually let you set them in a way that calls your object's method when it's pressed outside of your app. So, what do we do to get that functionality?
Introducing, SDGlobalShortcuts.framework, the all-in-one package for allowing global hotkeys in your app!
How does it work? Simple.
- Add a shortcut control to your interface in Interface Builder
- Link it (via an IBOutlet) to your controller class
- Get a handle on the singleton
- Send it the message
- (void) addShortcutFromDefaultsKey:(NSString*)defaultsKey withControl:(SRRecorderControl*)recorderControl target:(id)target selector:(SEL)action;
- Link to both SDGlobalShortcuts and ShortcutController and add them both into a Copy Files build phase that points to the Frameworks subdirectory of your app's bundle.
- You're all done! Sit back, have a martini.
Optionally, you can pass
nil as the
withControl: argument, or just omit it altogether. This is useful when your initial controller class does not handle preferences (ie. most of the time, if you are using good practices) and you would like to make the global shortcut valid before you attach it to a ShortcutRecorder control. Then, sometime later, inside your Preference controller class, you can attach the already-working global shortcut to the ShortcutRecorder control using
- (void) attachControl:(SRRecorderControl*)recorderControl toDefaultsKey:(NSString*)defaultsKey; which makes things a lot easier and cleaner.
(You may want to install ShortcutRecorder's IBPlugin for your own convenience, but it's by no means necessary).
This software component is open sourced, under a BSD kind of license. It makes use of ShortcutRecorder.framework and the 6 PTHotKey files that have been floating around, made by Quentin from Rogue Amoeba.
My name is Steven Degutis, and I've been writing software professionally for a decade. During that time, I've written many apps and websites, quite a few techical articles, and kept up-to-date with the rapidly evolving software industry.
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- Self-employed – present
- Clean Coders – 5 years
- 8th Light – 2 years
- Big Nerd Ranch – 1 year
- Self-employed - 1 year
- Web: full-stack
- iOS (UIKit)
- macOS (Cocoa)
- REST APIs
- AWS / EC2 / ELB
- HTML5 / CSS
Over the past decade, I've written a total of 169 technical articles on various programming languages, frameworks, best practices, and my own projects, as I kept up-to-date and active in the software industry.
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- 2017 — "Clean code" isn't actually clean
- 2017 — Passion in your field is overrated
- 2017 — What I learned in 5 days of writing an experimental website
- 2014 — Age of the Polyglot
- 2013 — How to Program
- 2013 — Ignore the Naysayers
- 2013 — Writing Clearly
- 2012 — Reinvent the wheel
- 2010 — Good usability
- 2009 — Twitter is the wrong tool
- 2009 — We're all pretty bad at driving
- 2008 — Why I Code
|March||Notes on Haskell Extensions|
|February||Second thoughts on front-end tools|
|February||First thoughts on front-end tools|
|February||Some thoughts on GUIs|
|February||First thoughts on OCaml|
|February||First thoughts on Haskell|
Here are some of the projects I'm most proud of. They were created using a variety of technologies, running on several different platforms and OSes. They're all finished products, and many of them are open source.
I made Docks in 2009 for users who wanted to swap out icons in their Dock with a single click. Its unique functionality and design aesthetic attracted the attention of Apple, Engadget, MacWorld, and led to an acquisition of my start-up by Big Nerd Ranch.
This toy was made in a weekend to entertain my 1 year old daughter. It lets you create bubbles with your fingers, which then simulate physics by bumping into each other and falling.
When I couldn't find an app in the App Store that let me make very simple lists extremely quickly, I made one myself. I use it almost every day to organize and track my activities.
I created this app to increase my productivity by letting me move windows around in macOS using keyboard shortcuts. It grew into a community-driven highly extensible app, using Lua for its plugin system.
Implementing this elite social network gave me experience integrating both Apple Pay and credit card payments (via Stripe.com) seamlessly into web apps, for a frictionless and pain-free payment experience.
This isn't just any chatroom. In this web app, you can see what everyone is typing while they type it. I made this in order to scratch my itch for making real-time apps and games, and learned how to use WebSockets in the process.
This was written in 2009, before the time of Slack, when IRC was the main way for programmers to get short-term assistance from each other. Its purpose was to be a beautiful app with an emphasis on simplicity and usability over technical power.
This is an app I actually use every single day. It lets you move windows with global keyboard shortcuts. Since it uses Vim-like key bindings, it should feel pretty natural to any programmer. There's no configuration needed; it Just Works™.
As an evolution of Phoenix, Hydra was my first attempt at embedding a full Lua virtual machine into an Objective-C app, to make a lightweight and efficient window manager that focused on speed, low memory usage, low CPU usage, and overall being gentle on laptop batteries.
These may be tiny, but they're interesting technical feats.
|Lua4Swift||Swift framework for embedding Lua with a native Swift API.|
|choose||Command line fuzzy-matching tool for macOS that uses a GUI|
|music||Command line music daemon for macOS that only speaks JSON|
|hecto||Command line text editor with an embedded Lua plugin system|
|ZephSharp||Window manager for Windows using Clojure for scripting|
|management||Minimalist EC2 configuration & deployment tool in Ruby.|
|go.assert||Assertion helper package for writing tests in Go.|
|go.shattr||Go library for printing shell-attributed strings to stdout.|
|OCDSpec2||Objective-C based testing framework with Xcode integration.|