FastScripts gets parallel execution and keyboard shortcuts in version 3, exits the Mac App Store

Developer Red Sweater has updated the popular automation tool FastScripts, which is free to download with a discounted premium upgrade for existing users, with new capabilities and keyboard shortcuts.

FastScripts is a popular automation tool for Mac users, and version 3.0 adds several new features and macOS Monterey-styled icons. Most features remain free to all users with advanced scripting and keyboard shortcuts locked behind a premium one-time purchase.

The flagship features for FastScripts 3 include parallel script execution, Scriptlight search, and progress reporting. There are also a number of refinements to script assignment and UI tweaks.

According to Red Sweater’s blog post, Apple’s restrictions on advanced functionality “made it impossible” to release an updated version of the app. So, the app will no longer be distributed using the Mac App Store.

Existing users of FastScripts 2 can get the new version directly from the Red Sweater website. Those who use the Mac App Store version will not be able to upgrade their app directly and will need to navigate to the website for the new version.

Anyone can download the app for free and use many of the scripting options without payment, but those who want the more intricate automation tools and keyboard shortcuts will need to pay. New customers can purchase the upgrade for $39.95, and existing users get the upgrade for $19.95.

Those who purchased the Mac App Store version of FastScripts 2 will need to authenticate their previous purchase using instructions in Red Sweater’s help article.