I have become a huge fan of Kickstarter and every so often you find a real gem of a project. Sometime ago I stumbled on to the CTRL+Console app (download link) and loved the idea. If you’re unfamiliar with the project check out CTRL+Console Kickstarter page, but note it is no longer active. In short the app acts as a GUI to a variety of shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Quicktime and soon for Lightroom.
While a lot of Kickstarter projects feel or look like a do it yourself project this one is quite polished. The app was released yesterday on the Apple iTunes store and is now public. It is free to download with the Quicktime console being accessible out of the gate, but you’ll need to purchase/unlock additional editors with in the app. For the app to communicate with the programs on your computer you do need to download a program, but it’s of minimal effort to set up. Overall I think its a great concept and has been extremely well executed. To ground expectations though it did just come out and there are a couple of bugs for Windows users I hear, but they’re being tackled quickly.
One of the nicer touches that was included in the app for those that took part in funding the project was this very nice Thank You page in the app. Much to my surprise I actually found my name listed pretty quickly. A nice touch by Jeff Chow who made the app!