Here's what we've introduced in recent versions of Keysticks. You can also check the forum
for news on the latest release and what's planned for future versions.
Keysticks v1.9 - March 2016
A major new release which adds support for Windows 10 and some significant new features.
- Controller support: use any XInput / DirectInput gamepad or joystick
- Controller design: create your own control layouts, input mappings and backgrounds
- Multi-player: have up to 4 players in your profiles
- Import options: import controls and controller designs from other profiles / players
- Auto-activation: activate and deactivate controls automatically when you switch windows
- Quick-edit menu: more ready-to-use templates when you right-click in the Profile Designer
- Notifications: option to turn on / off notifications
Keysticks v1.81 - April 2013
This is a minor update to fix a profile loading issue with certain international number format settings. Thanks to the user who reported it!
Keysticks v1.8 - April 2013
This version introduces a software updater and better support for international keyboard layouts.
- Keyboard layout: key press actions dynamically update according to your current input language and keyboard layout
- Treat as virtual key option: gives you finer control over how key press actions are performed
- Keyboard templates: new alphabetical keyboard that you can add to profiles
- Word prediction: now supports word prediction in over 50 languages and dialects
Keysticks v1.7 - February 2013
This version introduces the Download Area for sharing profiles with other users, plus a few extra program options.
- New Profile Browser: lets you preview, download, share and 'like' profiles
- Allow background running option: whether Keysticks can run in the background with the controller window closed
- Disallow Shift+Delete option: blocks Delete key presses while a Shift key is held down
- Rules for 'Start program' commands: for controlling which commands Keysticks profiles can run
- Choose profiles folder option: choose where you want to keep your Keysticks profiles
- Profile summary info: lets you say which game or app your profile is for and add free text notes
Keysticks v1.6 - December 2012
This version introduces some improvements for using Keysticks with your TV connected to your computer as a display,
plus a compact controller window option.
- Zoom option: lets you magnify the controller and keyboard windows (see Program options - Style tab)
- Compact controller option: displays a more compact controller window that takes up less screen space (see Program options - Style tab)
- Keyboard type filter: preview the available templates for each keyboard type when adding new control sets
- Window positioning: improved support for virtual desktops extended across multiple screens
Keysticks v1.5 - November 2012
This version introduces 6 new action types for manipulating windows,
starting programs and loading profiles using your controller. It also includes improved mouse pointer control
with additional speed and acceleration options, and better support for button combinations.
- Activate window action: switches to a particular window by matching on its title
- Maximise / restore / minimise actions for the current window
- Show / hide controls action: for popping up the controller window to remind you what the controls are
- Start program action: for executing a command to start a program or open files and folders
- Load profile action: for loading a particular profile, or a blank one
- Pointer control: improved algorithm with configurable acceleration, plus fixed speed and absolute position options
- Multiple button presses: better support for changing the controls according to which buttons are held
Keysticks v1.4 - October 2012
This version introduced "action strips", new menu buttons, and lots of usability improvements.
- Action strips: single-row keyboards for entering numbers, switching screens in roleplay games etc
- New menu buttons: for quickly accessing program features from the controller window
- Improved previews: for seeing what the controls are
- Navigate and select: individual directions can now be used as keyboard controls e.g. left/right to navigate, up to select
- New keyboard shortcuts: Del to clear actions in the Profile Designer and F2 to rename control sets
- Message boxes: option to hide certain confirmation messages for slicker profile designing
- Program options: separate options for showing/hiding the held mouse button and key graphics
- Program options: separate opacity options for the controller and keyboard windows
- Program options: new options to show/hide the title bar or footer in the keyboard window
- Improved Minecraft profile
Keysticks v1.3 - August 2012
This version introduced support for emulating multimedia keys to allow you to control your media player, browser and applications.
- Media keys: Go to media player, Play/pause, Next/prev track, Stop, Vol up/down
- Browser keys: Go to home page / search bar / favourites, navigate back/forward, refresh page, stop loading page
- App keys: Open App1/App2 (by default, Explorer and Calculator)
- New media controls profile
Keysticks v1.24 - July 2012
This version focussed on improving the Profile Designer templates to make it easier to create profiles for games.
- New templates for steering controls (like WASD keys)
- New templates for shift-click and ctrl-click
- New "mouse spring grid" profiles
There were lots of earlier versions before this, but it's not that interesting to write about them.
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