I assigned a keyboad shortcut to “Auto-Generate Synopsis” via the keyboard pref pane in OSX. When I invoke that shortcut, the “Documents” menu flashes, but nothing happens. Likewise, when I select “Auto-Generate Synopsis” from the menu nothing happens. If I delete the shortcut from the keyboard pref pane, everything goes back to normal and selecting “Auto-Generate Synopsis” from the document window generates the synopsis. Am I doing something wrong, or is this a bug?
Did you quit and relaunch?
Apple has sort of punted on actually making it easy to assign keyboard shortcuts. For instance, there is no way
to see if global keyboard shortcuts (like Services) conflict with local ones–Apple just deactivates the global and lets you figure it out for yourself–
or to see if a new short cut conflicts with a previous shortcut (I just added command-Q as a shortcut “Show Snapshots”)
or to see if you have the capitalization wrong
or to discriminate between the same menu string in two different places.
And for some programs, you can add the shortcuts, but then they don’t work due to some programming details that I don’t understand
Anyway, you need to figure out any conflicts yourself (hint, start with a chord command-ctrl-shift-non-alphabetic-key which is probably not already being used), and always quit and relaunch (or even restart) if you think it should be working but isn’t.
I use a macro program as well as keyboard shortcuts, but that creates its own set of issues.
Ok, I think I figured this out. The document needs to be saved at least once for “Auto-Generate Synopsis” to work. Once it has been saved, it will take the current text, not the last saved state. This seems like a bug to me.
I’ve also found Apple’s keyboard shortcuts to be unwieldy.
I use iKey and like it a lot. It also lets you chain commands and do a lot of other stuff that comes in handy.