VSCO decides to open-source VSCO Keys rather than kill it entirely

by Gannon Burgett

posted Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 3:43 PM EDT

Earlier this month Visual Supply Co. (VSCO) announced it was killing off its Lightroom shortcut plugin VSCO Keys and removing support for its accompanying online key-mapping service on December 2nd.

No specific reason was given for the decision, but it’s likely due to the time and costs of development for the ever-changing landscape of operating systems for a product that is likely a small percentage of VSCO’s overall revenue. Thankfully, not all hope is lost for the plugin.

In an email today, VSCO announced that rather than completely trashing the hard work they’ve put into developing VSCO Keys, they have instead open-sourced the code for the installer and Keys app.

It won’t be nearly as intuitive as before, but Lightroom users will still be able to utilize everything VSCO Keys offered before, including its layout editor, which now needs to be tweaked using source code within the GitHub repository.

For more information and to download the required material, head on over to VSCO Key’s GitHub page.