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Avoid a macOS 14.5 issue in Moom’s keyboard mode

Monday, June 10th, 2024

With the release of macOS 14.5, we received a number of reports from users that Moom’s keyboard mode had become so slow as to be unusable—there would be a many-second delay after invoking keyboard mode before the onscreen controller appeared. At first, we were unable to replicate the problem, but after working with the users, we figured out the setup that will cause the problem—and we found a way to prevent it from happening.

The following applies if you use Moom on macOS 14.5 and use Moom’s keyboard mode (Moom Settings → Keyboard → Trigger keyboard control with hot key is enabled). In addition, the problem seems to occur more often for those using multiple displays.

While we don’t know what changed in macOS 14.5 to cause this slowdown, we do have a fix to prevent it from happening: Open Moom’s Settings and go to the General tab, then disable the grid/keyboard control highlight by moving its slider all the way to the left:

With the highlight off, Moom’s keyboard mode will work without delay. We’re still investigating what changed in macOS 14.5 to cause this problem, and to hopefully identify a workaround so we can bring back the highlighting feature. For now, though, leave the highlight off if you use Moom’s keyboard mode on Mac running macOS 14.5.

Moom 3.2.26 released

Monday, February 12th, 2024

Today’s Moom update fixes a few annoying little things that have popped up, mostly since Sonoma was released:

  • Moom will no longer generate a macOS permissions request about accessing data from other apps. (This only affected users using third-party desktop image apps from the Mac App Store.)
  • We’ve improved error logging to help diagnose issues Moom may have when interacting with other apps.
  • Moom’s pop-up menu now works when the LanguageTool app is running.
  • Moom’s pop-up also now works when the TopDrop app is running (Hat tip to Alex P. for reporting this one.)

As always, update from within the app, or just download a fresh copy from Moom’s page (you won’t lose your settings).

A major number of minor updates

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Today we’re catching up on a bit of a backlog of minor updates…the following apps have updates available for both their direct versions, and (where applicable) their App Store versions. Here’s what’s been updated, highlighting any important changes in each update. You can also click through to the release notes for the full details on each update.

  • Butler 4.4.5 [notes] We’ve hopefully fixed an issue that would sometimes cause Butler to hang if Music was running.
  • Keymou 1.2.10 [notes] We renamed ‘Move to Edge/Corner’ action (and added more details about it in Help) to hopefully prevent user confusion over its effect.
  • Leech 3.1.7 [notes] Nothing changed that you’d notice, but we fixed some minor bugs and improved the behind-the-scenes code.
  • Menuwhere 2.2.1 [notes] Fixed a bug that caused the preferences window to appear on launch, regardless of the setting for showing the preferences.
  • Moom 3.2.25 [notes] The ‘Bring Moomed windows to the front automatically’ setting is now applied more consistently. Lots of other little changes, too—see the notes.
  • Usher 2.2.1 [notes] There are a ton of behind-the-scenes improvements, and you can now insert metadata references into Notes via the Edit menu.

As always, direct users can update in the app itself, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from our web site. App Store users should see the updates in their App Store app—if not already, then very shortly.

Save 50% on all our apps, and help the people of Ukraine

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

Wrap up: The fundraiser has now ended. Through the sale period, our customers purchased just over $4,000 worth of our apps—wow! Peter and I are also going to contribute roughly $1,000 of our own money, bringing the total donation to $5,000, which we’ll split evenly between Global Giving and UNICEF. Thanks to everyone who participated!


Between now and the end of the day Sunday, March 6th, every one of our apps is on sale for 50% off*.

We will donate all of our net proceeds raised from the sale to two charities that are supporting relief efforts in Ukraine: Global Giving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund and UNICEF‘s efforts to support Ukranian children and families.

This isn’t much, we know, but it’s a bit, and every little bit helps.

* If you want to save exactly 50% off, then you’ll want to purchase directly from us for apps whose prices aren’t divisible by two. On the App Store, we have to use price tiers, and in cases where we couldn’t divide things equally in two, we went with the higher tier, to increase the donation amount.

Moom 3.2.24 released

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Moom 3.2.24 is out, with some cosmetic fixes for macOS Monterey, and a fix that allows Moom to work with Cursor Pro and LyricsX. See the full list in the release notes.

As always, direct users can either update in-app, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from the Moom web page. App Store users should see the update in the App Store app—if not now, then shortly.

How to: Use Moom in macOS Shortcuts

Monday, December 13th, 2021

Users of macOS Monterey can use the new (to macOS) app Shortcuts to automate many tasks. Developers can add direct support for Shortcuts to their apps, and we’ve heard the requests: We are investigating Shortcuts to see how we can improve support in the next major version of Moom. But just because better support may be coming in the future doesn’t mean you’re locked out of working with Moom in the Shortcuts app right now.

Moom has long supported a basic AppleScript dictionary, and Shortcuts can (with a simple setting change) execute AppleScripts. Once you’ve made that change, you can use Shortcuts to interact with some of Moom’s features. In particular, you can:

  • Activate a saved window layout snapshot.
  • Save a window layout snapshot. You can optionally merge with an existing saved layout snapshot, or replace an existing one (if one exists; if not, it will be created).
  • Center the frontmost window, either using macOS guideline (which is slightly above screen center), or to the exact screen center.
  • Generate a list of saved window layout snapshots.

Here are a few examples to get you started.
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Our apps and macOS Monterey compatibility

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Sorry this is a bit late; I didn’t think about it much because, well, everything basically works fine. There are two minor issues (you can’t see rotated movies in Usher, and menu items for saved layouts in Moom are slightly too tall), but both will be fixed in upcoming minor updates. Outside of those two things, we’re not aware of any other issues with our apps in macOS Monterey.

If you do run into a glitch of some sort, please do let us know about it.

Keymou and Key Codes updated…and a birthday!

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Keymou 1.2.9 is now a universal app built for both Apple Silicon and Intel Macs. It’s also got a shiny new icon, and its interface now feels more at home on Big Sur.

Key Codes 2.2.1 also has a new icon, which is really all that’s changed in this update.

Direct users can update in-app, or by downloading a new copy of the app(s) from our site; App Store users should see the updates in the Mac App Store app, if not yet then very shortly.

Oh wait, did I say something about a birthday?! Yes, I did. No, not a person’s birthday, an app’s birthday: Moom is 10 years old today!

In celebration of this milestone, Moom is on sale for 50% off (just $5.00 in US currency) for the next five days. So if you or someone you know has been thinking about buying Moom, these next five days would be an excellent time to do so.

So happy birthday, Moom…and many more!

Moom 3.2.20 charts a universal path forward

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Moom 3.2.20 is out, and as given away by the headline, it’s our first universal app: It runs native code on both M1 ARM Macs and Intel Macs…

And now that we’ve got one under our belt, more will follow in the future. But back to Moom…

Also in this release are additional changes to the UI to better fit with macOS 11’s new look, a fix for a visual glitch that only appears in macOS 10.13 and earlier, and Moom now properly remembers its location in the menu bar between relaunches.

As usual, direct customers can update via the in-app updater or by downloading a fresh copy from the Moom web page. App Store customers should see the update in the App Store app—if not now then very shortly.

Moom 3.2.19 released

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

Moom 3.2.19 is out, and it will be of great interest to Big Sur users. We’d had a few scattered reports of Moom working inconsistently in Big Sur, but we couldn’t figure out the problem.

But on Twitter, user Wil L. pointed us to Notifications as the culprit: When a notification was onscreen, Moom would only work for windows at the top of the screen. Thanks to Wil’s detective work, we’ve resolved that problem.

We also optimized some code that handles the Custom section of Moom’s preferences—this should eliminate the delays that some users were reporting when opening and working in the Custom tab.

Finally, we fixed a few little Big Sur layout issues, and as is “the way” in Big Sur, our preferences panel’s toolbar icons are now center-aligned. If you prefer left-aligned icons in the toolbar, you can easily modify the layout.

Direct users can get the update via the in-app udpater, or by downloading a fresh copy from the Moom page of our site. App Store users should see the update in the App Store app—if not now, then shortly.