If you’re working with Photoshop (or other Adobe tools), using keyboard shortcuts will boost your efficiency enormously. You can activate any tool and make almost any setting just by pressing a few keys instead of going through menus and searching for the right command. But if you’re like me (bad at memorizing stuff) it will take a while before you have all the necessary shortcuts in your head. And even then, you’ll need to look up some of the keys again and again, e.g. by typing it into Google, opening one of the resulting pages and then searching on that page. What a hassle!
Now, these days are gone, thanks to Cheetyr. Cheetyr is one of those tools that makes me think “Why didn’t I think of this? Hmmmm…“. It’s so simple, but yet so useful. It’s an extremely simple website (no clutter, no unnecessary information) that presents a list of keyboard shortcuts and lets you search that list very efficiently. Just choose the tool you need help for, go to the search field, and start typing the name of the tool you are looking for. The list is immediately reduced to only show the matching shortcuts while you are typing. This makes looking up a shortcut a matter of split seconds.
Here’s how I use Cheetyr
I have it open in a separate browser window on a second screen or a second computer, and whenever I forgot a shortcut, I quickly type the tool name into the serach field, et violà! The website is also mobile friendly. So you can even just put your cell phone next to your keyboard and use Cheetyr from there.
My wish list for the next version
The website is still in the early stages of its development. While it’s working great as it is, there are some features that I think could improve the tool even further:
- A more complete list of shortcuts: Right now, the tool does not list all the available shortcuts (At least for Photoshop). But this is just a matter of filling the underlying database with the missing ones.
- A list of personal favorite shortcuts: Everyone uses Photoshop and the other tools differently, and at least I tend to search for the same shortcuts again and again until I managed to memorize them. It would be awesome if you could store a number of shortcuts in a short list of favorites that you use frequently.
- A setting for choosing your operating system: The shortcuts are different on Windows and on Mac because the keyboards are different. If I could tick a checkbox for choosing my operating system so that Cheetyr would display the shortcuts for my system that would be a great addition.
- A new section for Lightroom: This is something that will certainly be added soon as the site is designed to be extended to various tools.
- Keep the website clutter-free: The current design approach is 100% centered around the efficient usage of the site. It would be great if it stayed this way.
- Keep it free of ads: A website like this could very quickly turn into a traffic monster, attracting a lot of visitors each and every day. Moreover, it is extremely targeted at a specific audience. Of course this creates the temptation to put ads all over the place. While it would be legitimate and understandable if the creators would choose that route, this decision could easily reduce the usability and usefulness of the site.
If you have any suggestions for improving the tool, feel free to leave a comment below. I am sure William Leeks will be thankful for constructive feedback. To get in touch directly, follow Cheetyr on twitter.