What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing AskKey Essential for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software AskKey Essential

TOKYO (MacHouse) – I’m very slow this month partly due to the family tragedy that occurred last month. Yet, I’m finally ready to introduce the second software title of the month, which I submitted to Mac App Store a few hours ago. This new release is called AskKey Essential.

AskKey Essential is a desktop application that comes with a status menu. It gives you quick access to common characters and their corresponding ASCII code numbers or HTML notations. Regardless of the development platform, ASCII code numbers are important for software developers. It’ll be sometimes easier for them to produce a particular character with a code number, depending on the programming language they work with.  

Mac OS X software AskKey Essential   Mac OS X software AskKey Essential

Available at Mac App Store
Mac App Store


  1. List basic and extended ASCII characters (ISO 8859-1) with their corresponding code numbers.
  2. Click on HTML over the top toggle button to list characters with their corresponding HTML notations.
  3. Highlight the selected ASCII node number or HTML notation.
  4. Choose a highlight color.
  5. Customize the way the selected ASCII code number or the HTML notation appears in the code field.
  6. Add the selected ASCII code number or the HTML notation to the status menu for quick access.
  7. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  8. Languages: English.
  9. Application file size: 10.9 MB.
  10. The application comes with a complete user’s guide written in English. (Choose Help > User’s Guide.)
  11. The application comes with a 9-page introduction window, giving the user a quick tour over how it works.

System requirements

  1. 10.7 (tested with 10.7.5), 10.8 (untested), 10.9 (tested with 10.9.5), 10.10 (tested with 10.10.0)
  2. 64-bit system


None so far…

Version history

1.0.3 (Released on January 3, 2015)

  1. Gray image layers are added behind the type segment control at the top and also behind the h and + buttons so that they will be visible under Mac OS X 10.10.

1.0.1 (Released on December 18, 2014)

  1. Fixed: The text color of the push buttons over the main application is altered because of Mac OS X Yosemite.

User’s guide

Application user’s guide is available (only in English). Click here to access it online.

Trial/Demo version

Click here to download a trial version. This trial version will remain fully functional for 7 days, starting from the very moment you first launch it.

Video tutorial

There is no video tutorial at this time.

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2 thoughts on “What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing AskKey Essential for Mac OS X

  1. I bought the app, and when i downloaded it in my Mac, it permits to see the normal ascii code but not the one used to write on the Mac, that was the purpose of my purchase. I am very dissapointed. Is it a change of configuration that can repair it?

  2. I am sorry to hear your disappointment. Just as explained in the Features of the application description, it covers basic and extended ASCII characters (ISO 8859-1). If something is missing, then please tell me what it is.

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