Flic for Mac

Wireless shortcut buttons for Mac

#5 Product of the DayApril 03, 2017

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Joacim Westlund
Maker
@joacimwe · I dream of shortcuts.
Thanks for the hunt @percival! Flic is an extra button. You remember those old “favorite buttons” gadgets used to have? It’s like that, but way more advanced. And wireless, now for your Mac. Flic Smart Buttons have been around a since our IndieGoGo launch in 2014 - small Bluetooth Low Energy buttons that save you time. Today we have over a hundred different ways to use Flic in our apps for smartphones. We launched the Mac App today with some of the most useful actions for Flic at home and in your office, e.g. Slack, Timely time management, music control, Keynote presentation clicker and much more. We will keep adding functionality if you like it, including ways to build your own shortcuts. The Flic Mac App works just like our smartphone apps - add Flics if you have any, or create shortcuts to be executed from the notification center (widgets). The app is all free. If you want to buy Flic buttons, use “IMAHUNTER” discount code for 20% off 😃 Excited to show this to the community and see what you guys have to say about it! What do you want a shortcut button for?
Csaba Kissi@csaba_kissi · Developer & maker of Hunter Analysis
@joacimwe I like smart HW and SW combinations and this is one of them. Great!
Jevin Sew@jevinsew · Rails / iOS developer
@csaba_kissi @joacimwe I love how the possibilities are endless with this!
sam englund@samenglund · Creative
Cool idea!
Scott Winterroth@swinterroth · Co-Founder at ContentAcademy.com
Can you use the button to execute keyboard shortcut commands?
Anton Meier
Maker
@antomeie · Engineer
@swinterroth Not yet, but that is a feature that I hope we will be able to add in the near future.
Scott Winterroth@swinterroth · Co-Founder at ContentAcademy.com
@antomeie I use a screencasting program and I would love to have a simple button to start, stop and pause the recording. Since the program uses shortcut commands, it would be something I figured could be programmed. I have an example of something similar if you're interested in more info.
Ed Holloway@edholloway · AutomatedSky, MaidBooks, Field2Base
@antomeie @swinterroth +1 for this. Would expand the mac functionality quite a bit if this were there
Maarten den Braber@mdbraber · Digital health strategist
@edholloway @antomeie @swinterroth you can actually use it to execute almost anything on your Mac if you use Keyboard Maestro. KM has a built-in webserver that you can call with the Flic webrequest hooks. Works great!
Lee Fuhr@cozysd · Founder & Creative Director, Cozy
@mdbraber @edholloway @antomeie @swinterroth Keyboard Maestro is a friggin' treasure trove. Making functionality like what you listed above (and, frankly, a lot of KM's abilities) much more user-friendly would be killer.
Anton Meier
Maker
@antomeie · Engineer
@cozysd @mdbraber @edholloway @swinterroth Actually I will throw in a little tease here and say that I actually already implemented a Keyboard Maestro action a few weeks ago that can trigger macros directly. Unfortunately I had to remove it on release since it is conflicting a bit with Apple's Sandboxing requirements for apps. The reason for why we want to conform to their requirements is because we want to keep the option open to move it over to an App Store distribution in the future. Anyhow, I am now seriously thinking about making a plugin system for the Flic app that would allow for actions to be added manually by the user after the installation and thus not affecting the sandbox. The cool thing with that would of course also be that ppl could create their own actions... No timelite yet though.
Scott Winterroth@swinterroth · Co-Founder at ContentAcademy.com
@antomeie The Belkin powermate has a pretty cool shortcut button maker program.
Maarten den Braber@mdbraber · Digital health strategist
@antomeie @cozysd @edholloway @swinterroth Interesting :-) But the simplest / easiest form would be to just allow custom (Apple) scripts to execute. That could then execute any other type of action. Would that be outside of Apple sandboxing?
Anton Meier
Maker
@antomeie · Engineer
@mdbraber Well the idea is that a Sandboxed app, for security reasons, should only be able to execute files that are included within the apps own bundle (shipped with the app). This means that arbitrary AppleScripts can not be executed since they would have the capability to access other resources in the system and potentially do harmful stuff. There are a few exceptions to this where, for example, a sandboxed app can control other sandboxed apps (like how I do it with Spotify and Keynote), but this is not the case with KM since it is not a sandboxed app. One other exception is that an app is allowed to execute files where the user explicitly has given the app execute permissions, which is why a plugin would work in this case. A plugin could of course consist of a script of some sort, so anything could be done..
Christopher Scott@mckean · Space monkey, mckean.co
I participated in your crowd fund and was super happy when I received those four buttons. I was similarly sad when I lost the first one outside and couldn't find 😟 I used several ble trackers and it was showing but I didn't see it... Now it's still out in the cold. So yeah very nice product and does what it promises. The only issue is - which cannot be resolved by the makers - thelack of an IoT ecosystem. Be it hubs or smarter wifi routers etc. So relying on my phone is often a bit fickle.
Joacim Westlund
Maker
@joacimwe · I dream of shortcuts.
@mckean Thanks for the comment and the kind words! I feel sorry for your cold Flic too, but good thing that you have three left then :) With the Mac app, you don't have to rely on your phone anymore. Perhaps you want to try to attach some of them to your desk?
Brian Lee@kay0stheory · code monkey @ theymadethat
This is great. I have Flic for iOS but it wasn't awesome because I always had to remember to keep the app running in the background. Flic is now awesome