Some Mac developers I talk to like doing little hacks, they like programming little customize-the-system stuff.
I understand this: itâ€™s cool, fun, relaxing, a nice way to take a break from the bigger problems of working on an application.
But I myself almost never do this kind of thing. Except recently I did.
I wanted a global keyboard shortcut for launching Terminal or bringing it to the front. I could have chosen from any number of launchers and utilities that make this possible, but I realized I just wanted this one, simple thingâ€”so I wrote HotKeyTerminal which does this one simple thing.
It runs in the background (no dock icon). I made it a startup item so itâ€™s always there. And now whenever I hit cmd-escape, Terminal comes to the front.
Thereâ€™s an excellent chance you donâ€™t need this, since it was really just written for me. Itâ€™s not an official Ranchero Software release, itâ€™s completely unsupportedâ€”Iâ€™ll probably never mention it again. But you can download the app or the (extremely simple) source.