HMS Release History
Available Now KeyWack 2.0 — 26 February 2019
[New] Now available in 64-bit (plus 32-bit on Windows and Linux)!
[New] Now available for 32-bit ARM-based Raspberry Pi 7!
[New] All objects can now be moved around!
[New] Supports Apple's Dark Mode
[New] Runs on macOS High Sierra and Mojave — no longer gives a 32-bit warning!
[New] You can set the number of object to display before a Refresh
[New] Choose you're own line of text
[New] Quitting on Windows and Linux is Control-Q
[New] Works on Linux now (tested on 64-bit Ubuntu 16, CentOS 7 and Mint Cinnamon)
[New] Returns to KeyWack if the OS moves to another application — you must Quit to exit, or display the Preferences first
[New] Works with Windows 7 SP2, 8 and 10
[New] Pictures are 2D Objects rather than pixels, so they can move between layers
[New] Aggressively compiled
[Fix] Application is now code-signed to be compatible with macOS GateKeeper
[Fix] Linux now displays the objects correctly without having to perform a full refresh
[Issues] macOS function keys and Command-Space cannot be stopped
[Issues] Rotation of objects has been removed
KeyWack 1.9 — 21 April 2014
[Fix] No longer supports Windows XP
[Fix] Pictures cleaned up more
[Fix] Sounds work more reliably
[Fix] Works better on Linux
[New] Graphics changed to GDI Plus
[New] New logo
KeyWack 1.8 — 8 Nov 2012
[Fix] Removed the Command-X quitting from the Mac version since the keys are very close and may be accidentally pressed.
[Fix] Graphical objects now can be rotated along with all the text objects.
[Fix] Many of the pictures have been cleaned up more.
[Fix] Returned the Edit menu so that the Serial Number can be easily pasted in.
[New] A new serial number system has been implemented. It will appear after 30 keystrokes or 10 minutes. Please pay on the web site or quit and relaunch the application.
[New] Compatible with MacOS X Mountain Lion.
[New] Compatible with Retina Display.
[New] The types of items displayed are now divided into sections to grow with children as they progress. The sections include: toddler, intermediate, Genius, Geek, Religious and Traveller.
[New] You can now display a randomly chosen ASCII character with its description in brackets.
[New] You can now display a randomly chosen city based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or the United States of America.
[New] You can now display a randomly chosen Country name.
[New] You can now display a randomly chosen dictionary word based on any of the following languages: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish or Swedish.
[New] You can now display a randomly chosen HTML tag.
[New] You can now display a randomly chosen morse code value. When suitable displays the character pressed on the keyboard and speaks the code in dots and dashes.
[New] You can now display a randomly chosen person’s name based on the 2010 USA and UK census.
[New] You can now display a randomly chosen state (or county) based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or the United States of America.
[New] You can now display Old and New Testament Bible verses. Text is based on the Public Domain World English Bible version available at .
[New] You can now display simple Equations (plus, minus, times and/or divide). Pressing a digit will begin the equation with that number. You can choose whether to have the answer displayed.
KeyWack 1.7 — 18 March 2011
[New] The internet version now requires a Pro serial number to change any settings.
[New] Preferences menu shows options in a window.
[New] Now displays the Command-keys in the lower right corner
[Fix] When the Sound is turned off, now all menu choices are also silent.
[Fix] Updated the location of the HMS Help web site.
KeyWack 1.6 — 28 October 2010
[New] Macintosh version submitted to Apple’s App Store
KeyWack 1.5 — 28 October 2010
[New] Added a black background option to give a higher contrast ration to help blind kids see the images better (Command-B). Thanks to Matthew D. Mowry for this suggestion (Classroom Technology Specialist, Franklin County Board of MRDD, Tri-Rivers Educational Computer Association).
[Fix] The window background is a normal document window rather than the metal window. Seems metal is going out of fashion.
[Fix] The animal pictures have been improved so that the white sections no longer appear transparent, but properly white.
KeyWack 1.4 — 10 May 2010
[Fix] Removed Plugins error message on launch
[New] Checks for new version on HMS server.
[New] Windows now uses an installer
[Fix] Advertising window removed.
[Fix] Changed the menu key shortcuts to work better on Windows and Macintosh.
[New] Added a Google Ad.