What are some products with great, keyboard-shortcut focused first time user experiences?

Example: Medium.com has a captivating set of tips along the bottom when you first write a post; about half of which are keyboard shortcuts. What other great products out there are innovative in this way :)?
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    Magnet 2.0

    Window manager for Mac

    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic Β· Written
    Great, great app! Fully keyboard-based.
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    Jarod Stewart
    Jarod StewartSr. Software Engineer, Yonomi Β· Written
    Seriously one of the easiest apps to set up and use
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    • Adam Tervort
      Adam TervortCustomer Success Director at SpiderOak

      This is one of the first apps I install on Mac. Using keyboard shortcuts to manage the size of windows is amazing, the kind of thing macOS should have natively.

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  2. 12
    BetterSnapTool

    Manage your window positions and size from your keyboard

    Niv Dror
    Niv Dror14VC at Shrug Capital Β· Written
    I use this app only through keyboard shortcuts to move apps around the screen
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    • Justin Plagis
      Justin PlagisMarketing Automation

      Great tool to effectively re-size your windows. Should be something standard on IOS, but this tool fixes it well.

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  3. 11
    Keyboard Maestro

    Conduct your Mac like a pro

    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic Β· Written
    I am not really sure if Keyboard Maestro would fit here, but it's a great app if you want to do keyboard-shortcuts (virtual mouse and keyboard inputs) on any app!
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    Brilliant app. It's the bees knees when it comes to keyboard macro recording with ease. It's an intuitive way to build complex workflows to save time and strained hands on mouse/trackpads. This app allows you to take those great keyboard shortcuts you know and love, and bring them into other programs, control your UI, run scripts, macros, workflows, actions, etc. Also great to be running alongside alfred, karabiner and either a macropad and/or a programmable keyboard for ultimate workflow control.
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    • Lets you do anything with your Mac. Automate all the things! Script apps that don't have scripting support (by replaying macros containing keypresses, mouse movements, clicks, whatever), have your Mac react to USB events, date/time, your input, device keys, external triggers, sleep/wake events, filesystem triggers, etc.

      I use it heavily for a few years by now, it's one of my essential apps. New versions are usually insta-buys β€” when I read that v7 was released, I bought it without test-driving it first. Same thing happened a year or two later with v8. It's worth every single penny.

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    • Patrick Loonstra
      Patrick LoonstraDesigner at patrickloonstra.nl

      It does repeating boring tasks for me. And also some fun logging stuff.

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  4. 6
    Spectacle

    Move and resize windows with ease on Mac.

    Best keyboard shortcut app for mac!
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    Agreed!
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    • I like this tool. It's simple, free and doesn't get in your way. You just set the hotkeys you want to use and manage your windows with comfort. It's also open source: https://github.com/eczarny/spectacle

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    • James Holcomb
      James HolcombCyclist and software developer

      A great window sizing and placement manager for macOS.

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  5. 6
    aText

    Type faster using abbreviations for common phrases

    Waldo Broodryk
    Waldo BroodrykCustomer Success Manager at Webflow Β· Written
    Super easy to modify, and it includes the ability to add custom fields easily.
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    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic Β· Written
    aText is an excellent choice if you want a tool for expanding text. I have been using for an year now and I don't have complaints.
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    • David Bograd
      David BogradFounder, Bograd Design

      I've used this app a lot when I was working in customer support, and often time miss it when I have to write my email (or anything repetative actually). I will download it again and get back to using it!

      Great that PH also surfaces "older" products.

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    • Mikael Vinding
      Mikael VindingCTO, AP Technology

      aText is great. Make shortcuts like @@ for your email address, @ $ for work email etc. Things you type a lot like addresses, phone numbers, greetings and so on. If you moderate a forum or group this is a godsend as wel.

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  6. 6
    Alfred Remote

    Supercharged remote control for your Mac (iOS)

    Nick Abouzeid
    Nick Abouzeid37Words at Product Hunt ✌️ · Written
    If Spotlight was actually powerful, it would be Alfred. Alfred lets you build in hundreds of shortcuts, including my favorite "Open {{file name}}" all from your keyboard. Saved me hours - was the first thing I installed when I got my new computer.
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    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic Β· Written
    Very helpful for me too. I use Alfred Remote for quick weather, currency conversions, defining words, searching Twitter. :)
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  7. 6
    Alfred 3

    The Mac's best launcher just got a whole lot better

    Niv Dror
    Niv Dror14VC at Shrug Capital Β· Written
    Never use your mouse again.
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    Alfred is the ultimate productivity app. This will MAKE you a keyboard shortcut freak (if you aren't already, for some reason...)
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    Ben Adamski
    Ben AdamskiDeveloper. Storyteller. Collaborator. Β· Written
    I can't believe this isn't higher! My first install on any new computer.
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    • Nikita Dudnik
      Nikita DudnikDeveloper/Designer

      Workflow is a killer feature. Also, you can configure Alfred to be called by double tapping one of the modifier keys. This is super convenient.

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    • Anna  Miroshnichenko
      Anna MiroshnichenkoWeb Developer

      I cannot imagine how to use Mac without it. Finding apps by name is more convenient for me that do it with standard ways that iOS provides

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  8. 5
    CheatSheet

    View Mac keyboard shortcuts in the current application

    The only keyboard shortcut / hotkey app you'll ever need! It displays any applications shortcuts
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  9. 5
    Rocket

    Slack-style emoji everywhere on your Mac πŸš€

    Nick Abouzeid
    Nick Abouzeid37Words at Product Hunt ✌️ · Written
    Emojis EVERYWHERE! Touch bar has nothing on this. Only way to use emojis on Mac. πŸš€
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    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic Β· Written
    I tried Rocket on my Mac once. Found it a bit slow/not working in certain cases, but is a good choice, nevertheless.
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    Ben Adamski
    Ben AdamskiDeveloper. Storyteller. Collaborator. Β· Written
    I tried it out briefly and found auto expanding all of my favorite emojis (every slack default) as snippets in alfred to always be fasterβ€”but I'm keeping my eyes on Rocket!
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    • My first attempt to use this was in Atom. I tried typing out two separate emojis. In both cases, Rocket replaced the text with whatever was in the clipboard.

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    • MacUpdate Editorial Team
      MacUpdate Editorial TeamThe MacUpdate team has thoughts on apps

      This is such an easy app for using GIFs and emoji anywhere. I have it set to launch at start-up and it's hidden in my menubar unless I need to add a cool new GIF. Once I figured out the best process for saving GIFs locally to then enter them into the app, I was settled on using Rocket for my everyday GIF sharing and emoji entry tool.

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  10. 3
    Ghost Browser

    The productivity browser for tech pros

    Larry Kokoszka
    Larry KokoszkaFounder, Ghost Browser Β· Written
    Larry Kokoszka made this product
    Ghost browser has keyboard shortcuts to open up isolated cookie jars in the same browser window and also new Projects on the fly. We'll be expanding keyboard shortcuts to include a lot of other stuff too...probably in the order that they are requested.
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  11. 3
    CloudApp Annotate

    Annotate screenshots right from your Mac's menu bar!

    Niv Dror
    Niv Dror14VC at Shrug Capital Β· Written
    Record screenshots, videos, and GIFs, and annotate in the cloud via keyboard shortcuts. Very useful, use CloudApp multiple times daily. Disclosure: minor investor ✌️
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    Ben Adamski
    Ben AdamskiDeveloper. Storyteller. Collaborator. Β· Written
    Nothing even compares for screenshots, videos, gifs and heavily annotating any of those options. I can't imagine my computer life without it. (They don't pay me but I'd quit any job I've had to work there in a ❀beat)
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  12. 2
    Got It Pro

    1-1 instant help from vetted Excel experts

    Niv Dror
    Niv Dror14VC at Shrug Capital Β· Written
    Excel (using this as a representative example) is the holy grail of keyboard shortcuts
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    • The solution I needed was probably complex but understanding the problem was not. After an hour the 'expert' still did not understand the problem let alone have a solution. So this was a serious waste of my time. I fell this would not have happened if we could speak to each other.

      Also the sound notification using Apple and Chrome doesn't work meaning it's hard to work on other tasks while waiting for the response.

      I'm, sure I would recommend this if these significant issues could be fixed.

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    • Derrick
      DerrickLooking for the best of the best

      Website not functioning

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  13. 2
    Dribbble

    Show and tell for designers (web interface inspiration)

    As a designer, I find myself using Dribbble for inspiration. They have nice shortcut to like a post and perform other operations.
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  14. 2
    Jumpcut

    Access your clipboard via the menu bar

    Nick Abouzeid
    Nick Abouzeid37Words at Product Hunt ✌️ · Written
    Live. Saver. Especially when you're moving a bunch of text between windows or pages. Access up to 40 of the past things you've copied, directly from your keyboard. I change the shortcut to CMD+Shift+V, but to each his own πŸ€—
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  15. Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic Β· Written
    Keyboard Maestro is crazy awesome. I have been using for an year now for a ton of automation and hotkeys. I love this app!
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    Evernote

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Niv Dror
    Niv Dror14VC at Shrug Capital Β· Written
    Evernote has some very useful keyboard shortcuts. Although, now that I use the emoji keyboard shortcut, I end triggering an Evernote command quite often unintentionally. πŸ˜…
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    Ben Adamski
    Ben AdamskiDeveloper. Storyteller. Collaborator. Β· Written
    Still think Evernote needs more keyboard love, but since they released a hotkey for fuzzy searching anything from tags, titles, notebooks or keywords, I haven't used anything else to dig through my Evernote.
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    • Emily Kellert
      Emily Kellerttech lover & travel freak & tractive PM

      Absolutely love Evernote. Use it for work and personal use and that is easy with the ability to make notebooks. Tags are super helpful as is annotating a document or editing a picture with Skitch. Makes my life easier and more organized!

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    • David Neira
      David NeiraChape Fitness - Online Personal Training

      Evernote is a platform that allows you to organize, store, share and then search your information. Evernote impacts a business's productivity by streamlining the collection and distribution of critical information by enhancing its retrieval. Evernote's gives your business enhanced control of the information you own or information already collected by your employees. It's your business. It's your information.

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  17. 2
    Slack for Mac

    A new, improved Slack desktop app for Mac

    Best chat app on the market and super easy to use mouse free...beautiful layout on Mac as well
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    Ben Adamski
    Ben AdamskiDeveloper. Storyteller. Collaborator. Β· Written
    Slack's desktop app does keyboard shortcuts right. I almost never use my mouse for anything. (except maybe scrolling through large libraries of emojis)
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    • Veli BahΓ§eci
      Veli BahçeciGrowth Hacker & Digital Marketing Expert

      When I use the platform for my mac, it makes other applications to slow. It is taking most the capacity of ram!

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    • Michael Huggett
      Michael HuggettCTO/Software Engineer

      Don't want a white background within messaging window. Found a hack but have to redo every time a new update comes out.

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  18. Turn every single website in your browser into something you can keyboard shortcut your way through! I can't begin to describe how much mental effort this saves me as I browse websites on a day to day basis...
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    EmojiOne for Chrome

    Finally, an emoji keyboard for the modern desktop.

    Valentin
    ValentinInvestor & board member @ Ikigai Β· Written
    Perfect to get emojis on computer
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  20. kazz
    kazzIssueHunt / Boostnote Β· Written
    Boostnote has tons of shortcut keys such as search, copy of snippet and etc.... There are boost my productivity.
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