Pretzel

Keyboard shortcuts for the app you're currently using

#1 Product of the DayMarch 25, 2018

Pretzel is Mac desktop app that shows and find keyboard shortcuts based on your current app.

Reviews

  • landen
    landenStudent at Lighthosue Labs, Toronto
    Pros: 

    Looks nice

    Cons: 

    MacOS already has similar functionality

    It should be noted that you can already do this with MacOS. Almost all commands with their respective keyboard shortcuts are listed in the menu bar for each app, and can be searched through using the Help tab (Command + Shift + /).

    More info: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/11673

    That said, nothing exists on Windows that can do this yet, so I'm really eager to try this product out there!

    landen has used this product for one day.
  • Rick Sheahan
    Rick SheahanSoftware Engineer in Seattle. 🐹❤️
    Pros: 

    IMO the best way I've seen yet to present keyboard shortcuts besides the few apps that have their own cheatsheet mechanism.

    Cons: 

    Only a couple handfuls of products are supported right now

    I have a very bad short term memory *cough* (nothing to do with living in Washington state) so I find tools like this incredibly handy. And it is just that - incredibly handy.

    Rick Sheahan has used this product for one day.

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Amrith Shanbhag
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
This looks great, @amiechen01 🙌 How would you differentiate Pretzel from Cheatsheet?
Amie Chen
Amie ChenMaker@amiechen01 · UI Designer/Developer. Love making stuff
@amrith Thanks for asking, Amrith! I was a loyal user of Cheatsheet for a while before making Pretzel. The main differences are 1. for large apps like Photoshop/Illustrator/Cinema 4D, Cheatsheet doesn't show you ALL the shortcuts. I think it only shows you the ones that it accessible through Apple's Accessibility API (guessing here). 2. Pretzel has a search which filters quickly to the shortcut you're looking for! On the other hand, I love that you can click the commands from Cheatsheet and execute it in other apps. It's definitely something I have in mind for the future of Pretzel!
Amrith Shanbhag
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
@amiechen01 that's great 🔥
Ahmad Awais ⚡
Ahmad Awais ⚡@mrahmadawais · 🥑 OSS Dev Advocate & WordPress Core Dev
@amrith @amiechen01 I am a fan. 👏
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Clever. It would be awesome if this supported shortcuts for web apps like Gmail in addition to native Mac apps.
Amie Chen
Amie ChenMaker@amiechen01 · UI Designer/Developer. Love making stuff
@rrhoover Absolutely!
Andy Zhang
Andy Zhang@andyzg3 · maker of stuff
@rrhoover Macro can actually do that! https://www.producthunt.com/post... We're trying to make discovering shortcuts on the web (instead of native) easier by making shortcuts more discoverable and crowdsourcing all of the web's shortcuts on GitHub: https://github.com/UseMacro/macr...
Ayush Chandra@ayush_chandra · Research Intern & Tech Evangelist
Great job!! Looking for an Windows 10?
Amie Chen
Amie ChenMaker@amiechen01 · UI Designer/Developer. Love making stuff
@ayush_chandra You bet I am working on it! Just need more testing and should be out soon.
Ayush Chandra@ayush_chandra · Research Intern & Tech Evangelist
Alessio Fanelli
Alessio Fanelli@fanahova · Sports fan + Engineer @ 645 Ventures.
Just installed this, pretty useful as a refresher for Atom but finding the most value for it on Sketch since I don't use it as much and have never gotten around to learning the shortcuts. Thanks for putting this together!
Amie Chen
Amie ChenMaker@amiechen01 · UI Designer/Developer. Love making stuff
@fanahova Thanks!
Alessio Fanelli
Alessio Fanelli@fanahova · Sports fan + Engineer @ 645 Ventures.
@amiechen01 Hey Amie! Just noticed that the ~ shortcut overrides other ones that include it. For example, I use CMD+~ to switch between windows of the same app, but with Pretzel open it doesn't work and it opens the shortcuts list instead. It makes it impossible to keep Pretzel open :( Any way we could customize it?
Amie Chen
Amie ChenMaker@amiechen01 · UI Designer/Developer. Love making stuff
@fanahova Yes! I'm actually working on a patch which would allow users to customize shortcut to open Pretzel. https://github.com/amiechen/pret....
Alessio Fanelli
Alessio Fanelli@fanahova · Sports fan + Engineer @ 645 Ventures.
@amiechen01 Got it, where do you register the CMD+tilde shortcut to open it? I took a quick look in the code to see if I could help with a PR but didn't see it!
Amie Chen
Amie ChenMaker@amiechen01 · UI Designer/Developer. Love making stuff
@fanahova it's CMD + backtick(`)!
Rick Sheahan
Rick Sheahan@cucumbur · Software Engineer in Seattle. 🐹❤️
Love it! Do you plan to always curate the shortcut keys or open it up to a "repo" later on? (assuming you aren't just getting the shortcuts through programs APIs or something) The latter is how dash cheatsheets and stuff mainly worked and usually they're pretty messy. I have to say, besides Firefox. XCode, Things 3, Day One, Alfred, and Bear (this is very small for the amount of apps I use!!!) your initial offering covers a bunch of what I use already.
Amie Chen
Amie ChenMaker@amiechen01 · UI Designer/Developer. Love making stuff
@cucumbur Yes it's open sourced! The repo is up on github and PLEASE feel free to make a pull request for the shortcuts you want to add. https://github.com/amiechen/pret... (Sorry for not making this more clear. I will add it to the FAQ) Also, thanks so much for trying it!
Rick Sheahan
Rick Sheahan@cucumbur · Software Engineer in Seattle. 🐹❤️
@amiechen01 Thank you! I'm forking to hardcore in a different shortcut as Cmd+~ makes me unable to use most mac applications. I am also willing to address this properly in terms of sticking with the existing conventions and making it fit the interface without adding complexity, which I might do regardless, and you can reject it with total understanding from me - I have no problem making sure my fork isn't lagging behind upstream
Amie Chen
Amie ChenMaker@amiechen01 · UI Designer/Developer. Love making stuff
@cucumbur thanks for pointing that out! Yeah, I seem to have picked a rather inconvinent shortcut to toggle the Pretzel window :/. Please feel free to fork and do a Pull Request if you have any suggestion, otherwise I am planning to do a patch this week with couple fixes, a different shortcut and support more apps. Together we will make Pretzel better!
Rick Sheahan
Rick Sheahan@cucumbur · Software Engineer in Seattle. 🐹❤️
@amiechen01 its impossible to avoid overlapping some shortcuts! Ive got a huge remapping with alfred and all the customization apps i use, so it wasnt actually a big deal. Look forward to using and watching/contributing shortcut files + whatever else! (P.s my phone autocorrected “hardcode” to hardcore...)