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Giveaway of the day — Perfect Hotkey 2.43

A powerful hotkey managing and overriding utility for Windows.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 69 (65%) 37 (35%) 46 comments

Perfect Hotkey 2.43 was available as a giveaway on December 25, 2018!

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Perfect Hotkey is the ultimate productivity tool for the everyday computer user. With Perfect Hotkey, you can open any program, website, game, video, music with a hotkey that you defined. This will not only boost productivity, but also save you the time wasted on finding programs, locating folders, double clicking on music files and manually opening a website. Perfect Hotkey can do all that for you.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

YL Computing

Homepage:

http://www.pcclean.io/perfect-hotkey/

File Size:

2.85 MB

Price:

$39.95

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#12

Very dodgy company and website. I'm personally staying far, far away from it.

On the About Us page, one can read : "We are one of the original manufacturers and vendors of our software and related products." That does not mean anything in any language known to man.

Their address is : "US Office, 900 Island Drive, Suite 203, Redwood City, CA 94065". So, a post box. They are not from the US, and they don't want you to know where they are from.

The "picture of the team" is obviously a stock photo pulled from an online image bank.

There's no help to be found on the site about the software. Just a short list of features, the first of which does not mean anything : "Create and manage your canned messages for any programs." What's a "canned message for a program" ?

The program is misrepresented by its name. Judging by the features list, it's not a hotkey program, like Auto Hotkey, for instance, which allows you to launch full-fledged macros with a combination of keys. It's a mere program launcher.

The most alarming sign is that the website itself is dodgy. When I click on the hamburger menu on the top right, I'm variously redirected to Google, or to a ladies clothes retailer. When I first tried to copy some text to paste it here, a new, unrelated page opened, with big scammy warnings "your computer is infected, click here to clean it". It's the first time in my life I see this happening.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)
#11

Don't you have to commit to memory an ever growing "legend" that translates the key combo you define? Seems to me you're trading one aggravation (memorizing) for another(typing).

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

dan, That's always going to be a problem with ANY program that gives you "shortcuts", isn't it? I have been using SlickRun, mentioned by other users, for years, and inevitably i have hundreds of shortcuts, which SlickRun calls "Magic Words". Many i remember because i use them often. So, for instance, i can hardly forget that "ym" calls up YahooMail on my default browser. But if i've forgotten that "ynews" opens my Yahoo News homepage, two keystrokes let me scan the entire list of my Magic Words. PLUS, when i make a new MW, i add a short entry to a simple, searchable textfile (also callable with a simple MW). so i can almost always find it faster than searching for a shortcut on the desktop, say, or in Program Files. But YMMV.

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

The fastest Hotkey, software out there is SLICK RUN ! Try it and you'll never
stop using it. Been using it for ten years now, and it's the first app, i open when I start windows. Oh, and it's free.

Reply   |   Comment by Bojames  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Bojames, thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Paul G.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

According to the Slick Run web page: " Please note, SlickRun is not a "hotkey" program. If you want a program that lets you press some wacky keyboard shortcut (say, Shift + Win + 1) to run to something, you'll want to find a different utility."

Reply   |   Comment by Hugo vH  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Slick Run I found is better for running programs or urls using natural names you will remember rather then hotkeys for a million things but doesnt do all the same functions. For slick run I put the bar and second text box in the middle of the screen (or in options choose chase cursor to pop it up by the cursor), assign a easy hotkey such as ctrl-z, and then you can create various shortcuts such as to launch a url or program, and can take a second input such as search google or amazon. For example netflix with https://dvd.netflix.com/Search?v1=$W$ when I start typing NE for netflix that I'll remember pops up a second box that I enter the movie name and then it will search netflix. I could just put the dvd.netflix.com to just launch the website instead. I could also put say "subscribe" to launch my subscribe and save at amazon which might be easier to remember then ctrl-f with 1000 other of these you will eventually have.

Both slick run and perfect hotkey didnt work with chrome://bookmarks/#9 as it didnt know its a chrome url to launch my bookmarks.

Perfect Hotkey has some added abilities like you could lower or increase volume, eject dvd, enter some basic text (although if you want to do that regularly, have formatting or more options I suggest phraseexpress which is free for non commercial use. A hotkey however is always the fastest and so assigning a couple to hotkeys is still better then hitting a hotkey then typing what you want and hitting enter by far. So I would say both can be useful programs and it depends what you are trying to do.

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Bojames,

Slick Run is an application launcher, not a real hotkey program. I have been using it for some time, then I stopped. I installed it because it has some clever user interaction ideas . However, it's not high DP-aware, it's completely obsolete in terms of user interface (including a "joke" button that does nothing), it's very feature-poor, and it has an irritating bug which makes is flicker at times.

I even thought is was abandonware, at some point. I've just seen there's a new version out, so I might give it a new try. However, just like in previous versions, the version number on the website changelog is different from the number recorder in the executable. More sloppy work, I'm afraid.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Clairvaux, You can auto hide the search bar when not in use if you want and assign a hotkey to bring it up as well as the icon in the tray which is how I use it. The features as a launcher are good, it can launch programs, urls, add a second input of text $W$ which can be used with sites as the input for a search term, such as searching wikipedia, google, netflix etc for the term just by finding the search url and replacing with $W$. I have also for example am for amazon, amo for amazon orders, ams to search amazon, amp to see amazon profile, amr to my review page etc which saves time. jot brings up a autosave notepad, it has a calendar. The colors are adjustable. Certainly could be improved and hopefully will be but really a useful program and especially at this time its free.
He is still developing it so you can suggest additions, and I've mentioned for example How about putting the text you enter in notes for a magicword in a bubble above the bar as it matches what you type against the magicwords and also pop in up when you are hovering over a magicword using the magicword list. This may allow more shorter magicword launch names. For example the mentioned AM to launch amazon or AMO to launch amazon orders AMS to launch subscribe & save. The difference is that you may forget what they are and the text notes popup will help remind people using it like that. Otherwise you would have long names possibly like Amazon Order and Amazon Subscribe. If you put just Order or subscribe it again could forget what its for with hundreds of these. Maybe we should mention hotkeys for the entries as they can be displayed next to the name in the list when you forget.
Yes a hotkey combo is faster for the few you can remember or again for the other features like volume, cut/paste, minimizing windows etc and a macro to record keystrokes is also good. There is room for many programs as peoples needs may be different.

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

DataDragon,

I agree. I chose Slick Run because it's easier to type a few letters of the program's name to launch it, rather then remembering a keyboard combination, or scrolling menus. And the tiny window is unobtrusive, yet efficient.

However : high DPI-awareness ! It was one of the few programs I accepted to use despite its blurry interface (only in editing mode).

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

I have an older one. Can I install this one without uninstalling v1.32 so I can keep my settings?

Reply   |   Comment by beans  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

beans, If this is like older versions, no. You need to export your information, install the new one & register it, then import the information you had before the upgrade.

I found out the hard way on a prior upgrade that you lose your data if you don't export & import after the upgrade.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

I could not find a HELP file. I will appreciate answers to these question: After clicking New Hotkey, and then the + sign ('add action'), and choosing an Action, it asks for File Location, Parameters and Working Folder.
What exactly do I enter in the File Location? I see some existing hotkeys have entries like "open%Systemdirectory% ".
I typed C: and where the program file is nested, but that is not working.
What do we type File Location and Working Folder?
Thank you
Meer

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

drvajra,

Here are two links from the developer that might help:

http://www.pcclean.io/how-to-adjust-volume-with-a-hotkey-in-windows-7-8-10/

http://www.pcclean.io/how-to-insert-often-used-text-templates-or-snippets-in-any-applications-for-windows-7-8-10/

Reply   |   Comment by Paul G.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

drvajra,

You can also ask here: I have more questions - who should I write to?
Please send your additional questions to support@ylcomputing.com

Reply   |   Comment by Paul G.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

This software captures all of your key strokes and that is a NO NO for me. It is like someone is following you around and taping your actions. What if this or some other software has ability to send those keystrokes somewhere else? Not going to install for security reasons.

Reply   |   Comment by Matt  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Matt, you can always block a program via Firewall. Doing that will not harm the workings of the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Sujay  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Matt, every program can read your keyboard and not tell you. It's called a low level keyboard hook and windows offers an api for this. Best to run only software you trust.

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#6

Absolutely love this program.
I got it years ago when GOTD offered it and it is wonderful.

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#5

The software registration was successful. I was unable to understand what he meant by tray icon. In fact I was looking in Desktop icons. It is at the bottom right corner of taskbar. Right Click on that and you will get help link. When you click on help, you will get a window where you can register with the key provided.
Also sorry for down voting.

Reply   |   Comment by Amit Ray  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

Cannot find the Tray icon. Where is it?

Reply   |   Comment by R S Chan  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

R S Chan, Next to the clock on the screen:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/k86lisokal5bvmp/Registratie.png

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

R S Chan, chances are windows in its default configuration almost imediately hid the tray icon since it was innactive... most users do not customise the system notification area to not hide inactive icons by default.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

doesn't register despite entering the key as instructed

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Peter, Exit the program using the icon in the system tray, then restart from the shortcut on your desktop - I had the same problem and figured it out

Reply   |   Comment by Tony  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#2

What is the advantage over Autohotkey?

Reply   |   Comment by Zen  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Zen , gui only, the functionality is inferior.

Reply   |   Comment by name  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Louis Verellen, Your statement is not accepted in gratitude.

Reply   |   Comment by Johan Cabs  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#1

can't find help for register :) and I'm not noob :)

Reply   |   Comment by Kasandrada  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Kasandrada, please right click the program TRAY ICON => Help => Enter Registration Key :v

Reply   |   Comment by Y  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Kasandrada, yeah that's right. Right click tray icon and like "Y" has mentioned.
I think those who cannot find how to register are just noob's.
Who doesn't know the basic of Computing.

Does anyone know how can i assign a hotkey to insert date and time in a notepad. Basically in any txt editor, i have been trying but i find it difficult to assign, as i am not too fond of hotkeys.
They take up all the key in the Windows and also they consume memory. I already have a lot of application that runs during start up.
There is a conflict between application and my PC is just dual core with 4 GB Ram (32bit).

Reply   |   Comment by Endomondo  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)

Endomondo, So, you were just born smart will all your skills and never needed to ask a question?

Reply   |   Comment by Al  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Al, one needs to have some basic computing skills to know how to register an application.
By the way i think i am smarter than few people, including you. So guy do your homework and obey what your parents say.

Reply   |   Comment by Endomondo  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)

Endomondo,

Yes. Rather than this program, you would want to use AutoHotKey which is a bit more complicated to use. But you could use that program to assign this small command to a typed set of keystrokes to do what you describe:

FormatTime, CurrentDateTime,,M/d/yyyy h:mm tt
SendInput %CurrentDateTime%
return

For example, I assign that to to keystrokes "]d", and when I type "]d" in notepad or anywhere, it automatically changes to what you want, as in 12/25/2018 9:16 AM. I actually just did it that way with AutoHotKey.

In your AutoHotKey script you would do an assignation to those two keystrokes with :*:]d::
followed on the next lines with the command lines mentioned.

Sorry it isn't easier, but that will do exactly what you want. I use it all the time.

Reply   |   Comment by Dusty  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

People, be nice. No need for personal attacks.

Merry Christmas!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Endomondo, Happy Holiday to you. Sure, one needs some skills but no reason to put down someone that is just gaining them, at no expense to you.

Reply   |   Comment by Al  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Endomondo, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/260563/how-to-use-notepad-to-create-a-log-file

Reply   |   Comment by M.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Endomondo,

The program PhraseExpress can paste the current date or time in a customizable format. I believe its free for non commercial uses and can assign a hotkey to launch it. It has quite many other features related to putting repetitive text/formatted text far beyond this giveaway (but this giveaway has other good uses). For date/time example:

Today is 12/25/2018 and the time is 2:10:24 PM.
The current year is 2018.

PhraseExpress can also calculate future time/date based on the current time/date:

The day before yesterday was Sunday.
In two hours, the time will be 4:10 PM
...or more beautifully 4:15 PM (rounded to a quarter hour).

The date in 14 days will be 1/8/2019.
The date shifted by 14 work(!)days will be 1/14/2019.

It could be run as needed rather then always running although that adds an extra step if you use it frequently.

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

DataDragon,

Phrase Express is one of those unknown gems. In the free version.

The paid-for versions have extortionate prices, as the product was originally aimed towards doctors. Alas, there's no support for the free version, except for the online help, which is quite good. You're not even allowed to ask a question on the official forum if you're a free user. And they are downright rude when you do use the support command, which is nonetheless included in the free version.

Also, they have some sneaky and obnoxious ways to display threatening messages, warning you against using the free version in breach of the terms of service (business use is not allowed). I suspect some word combinations trigger those, because they suggest use in a company setting.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

DataDragon, yeah that was more like i wanted.
Thank you for this, it worked. Exactly to my wants, maybe i'll purchase after there is a christmas sales.

Reply   |   Comment by Endomondo  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

M., that didn't work, i tried it. :(
I did exactly as it says but couldnt get the desired results.

Reply   |   Comment by Endomondo  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Al, Happy Holidays, don't mind me.

Reply   |   Comment by Endomondo  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Endomondo, did you put the period in before the word "LOG"?
.LOG

Reply   |   Comment by M.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

M., Word for word i h' written and it still didnt work.
I don't know why, but i have my problem solved by another application called PhraseExpress as "DataDragon" has mentioned before.
I really with that.

Reply   |   Comment by Endomondo  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Endomondo, phraseexpress I found is actually free and with updates for non business use and thats why I mentioned it. It just says that if you use it during activities that generate any financial benefit or sharing the same phrase files with other users as you would in a business environment, then they say to pay for the lifetime license of 49.95. They have a few features in the more expensive upgrade version such as having desktop links to your phrases which might be good in business to make it easier for a user, microsoft word specific formatting different from say rtf in wordpad and collecting user text that is embedded into the phrase, again likely for forms business use.
They do offer free help file and support although Clairvaux just said they may be more helpful in support if you have a paid license and just mentioned they may have some form of checks possibly that might indicate its being used for business to generate income and give you a message about the free vs license uses.

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

DataDragon,

It should be noted that the free version (the only one it's reasonable to chose, if you're a home user) won't even allow two Windows user accounts (as opposed to two persons using it). I discovered this the hard way, because nowhere is it explained clearly.

I have one Windows non-admin user account, and another user account with admin rights to myself, as is the recommended security setup. Not only you can't install Phrase Express Free to be available under both accounts, but it's considered a breach of your licence.

It's been my experience that free users are denied support in a very rude way if they venture to ask but a single question.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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