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Custom key bindings and command palette in Nimbus Note

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I have been using Nimbus Note’s Mac app regularly for the last week and noticed a number of things that either I didn’t like or could be improved productivity-wise. For example, there is no built-in keyboard shortcut (⌘+,) to bring up the settings. ⌘+F was set for in-note search, not Workspace search. 99 times out of 100, we would search across all the notes in the current Workspace but not within the note.

Also, there are no options to be able to create a new note and search all notes (within the Workspace) globally i.e., even when Nimbus Note is not the active app.

So I used the amazing combo of Keyboard Maestro and LaunchBar to set up custom key bindings and a command palette invoked via ⌥+Space or ⌘+/ that enables me to run various keyboard shortcuts w/o having to remember them.

Some highlights:

  • nn in LaunchBar to create a new note.
  • ns in LaunchBar to search in the current Workspace.
  • In Nimbus Note ⌘+, to bring up the Account information or settings.
  • ⌘+N to create a new note.
  • ⌘+F to place focus in the search.
  • Three backticks to add a fenced code block.
  • Command Palette via ⌥+Space or ⌘+/. Ex.: To make the app full screen, bring up the command palette, begin typing full screen and hit return when you see the match.

Setup

Keyboard Maestro

Import these (mirror) two macros into your Global Macro Group.

Import these (mirror) two macro groups.

Note: The macros for creating new note uses a “Move or Click Mouse” action and the coordinates (especially, the x-coordinate) may be off if your Nimbus Note sidebar is showing. This action is for clicking on the Title field. To fix, simply edit the macros and use the “Get” button for this action.

LaunchBar

Import these two actions:

  1. New Nimbus Note (mirror)
  2. Search Nimbus Note (mirror)

Usage/Demo

References

https://nimbusweb.me/s/share/3746491/9fk5g12b8tdt5hw0u04w

https://www.obdev.at/resources/launchbar/help/RunningAppleScripts.html#string-parameters

https://forum.keyboardmaestro.com/t/how-to-pass-launchbar-string-input-to-keyboard-maestro/20068

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