VSCO announces it’s killing off VSCO Keys, its key-mapping Lightroom plugin

by Gannon Burgett

posted Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10:59 AM EDT

This morning, Visual Supply Co. (VSCO) announced via email it is killing off its Lightroom shortcut plugin VSCO Keys.

Launched in 2012, VSCO Keys is a plugin for Lightroom that allows users of VSCO presets to speed up their workflow by custom mapping their keyboards to give users a one-key method to edit images by increasing the exposure, changing the color temperature, choosing user-defined presets and other variables.

In the mass email to VSCO Keys users, VSCO said:

We know that VSCO Keys is a product greatly loved by many members of our creative community and we recognize that it has been a helpful aid in the editing process. As we continue to move forward in other ventures, we have made the hard decision to discontinue the sale of VSCO Keys.

The message displayed when you visit VSCO Keys' product page.

VSCO says it will continue to support VSCO Keys’ Online Layout Manager through November 2, 2015, and offer online support through December 2, 2015. As a parting offer, VSCO is giving $20 of credit to owners of VSCO Keys to help ease the breakup.

Below is the product video VSCO created to introduce VSCO Keys to the world:

There isn’t a specific reason given for the discontinuation of VSCO Keys, but VSCO Keys isn’t supported by next-generation operating systems OS X El Capitan and Windows 10, which could very well be the driving force behind the decision, as VSCO likely determined redevelopment for the plugin to not be worth the capital.