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Introduction to LRKeys v2 for Motibodo users

This is the new member of the LRKeys family. It shares a lot with LRKeys v2 Basic, but the keyboard shortcuts match as closely as possible to the ones used by Motibodo.

Motibodo is a popular keyboard shortcut application for Lightroom on Apple Macs. It used to be available for Windows PCs, but not any longer. For Windows users who have got used to the Motibodo mappings and want to make use of that “muscle memory”, this is the perfect solution.

In consultation with existing Motibodo users, as many mappings as possible have been configured within LRKeys.

Plus, the new exposure controls of Dehaze and Texture have been added. In LRKeys, Dehaze is mapped to the E/R keys, and Texture to Shift+T/Shift Y.

Also, as in LRkeys v2 Basic, where LRKeys v2 Motibodo mappings have masked useful existing Lightroom keyboard shortcuts, these have been remapped to Alt+key in LRKeysM. So for example, the R key usually jumps to the Crop & Straighten panel. But in LRKeys2M, the R key now changes Dehaze. By pressing Alt+R within LRKeys2M, you will jump to the Crop & Straighten panel.

More to come on changes affecting all three versions of LRKeys v2…

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Introduction to LRKeys v2 Basic

LRKeys v1 Basic has been brought in line with LRKeys v2 Pro code, benefiting from sharing all the bug fixes and improvements there. This means the home screen looks quite different from v1 Basic, but it has the same set of the most useful keyboard shortcuts as in v1 Basic, with several additions.

The most obvious addition is that both Dehaze and Texture exposure controls are now available. The missing Vibrance and Saturation have also been added.

Further, where key mappings mask default Lightroom keyboard shortcuts, these have been reinstated as an Alt+key combination. For example, the R key now changes Saturation, rather than taking you to the Crop panel. But you can still access the Crop panel while LRKeys v2 Basic is running by pressing Alt+R.

Other changes to the behaviour of LRKeys v2 Basic apply to Pro and Motibodo-users versions as well, so look out for more on them…


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Introduction to LRKeys v2

LRKeys v2 is based on feedback from many users and many hours’ use processing photos from real weddings, events and portrait sessions. There are dozens of new features, enhancements and bug fixes.

The most common request for LRKeys v2 Pro was to make LRKeys more robust. For some users, there seemed to be an issue with losing the file storing their custom key mappings. This was understandably very frustrating! So LRKeys v2 Pro has moved away from storing multiple mappings in one ini file, and now stores each set of key mappings in its own “.lrk” file. Plus these files can be saved to and loaded from anywhere on your file system. By default, this is in “My Documents”. This should be completely stable, and is much easier for you to find to back up your files.

The dozen or so default key mappings that came with LRKeys v1 Pro have been converted to individual .lrk files, and can be found in the “Default key maps” folder.

If you are an existing user of LRKeys v1 Pro, and you created your own custom key maps, there is a utility to convert these to the new format.

There are also useful links to the Most Recently Used mappings, and you can create a set of your Favourite mappings. These Favourites can then be used in Macros. Indeed, LRKeys v2 Pro is installed with the four most popular key maps ready-defined as Favourites, and with their own custom shortcut keys.

More to come on Macros, new exposure controls and default key mappings, and many other new features…