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XBar is a dynamically resizable application and file launcher that allows users to better organize their most used applications. By arranging applications by category, XBar greatly increases efficiency when looking for frequently used files and applications.

What's New

Version 1.3 adds the following:
  • updated for Panther Compatability

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Anonymous
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Seems like a very cool app if only it would allow me to add more than 1 app. I am able to add a category, drag and add an icon to the category well, add 1 app, drag the app onto the app well. However, when I try to add more apps and/or categories, no go. It won't take any icon dropped onto a well. What gives?

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Version 1.3
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Anonymous
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This program is great to some extent with one major flaw. A slight mis-step in moving the mouse when control-clicking, and instead add application, you delete the category. And there is no undo or alert that you are about to do that. It should alert you before you delete anything. This is a problem with using a trackpad as an input device. It can slip, and frequently does. The program should take account for possible user error and give the user a chance to either undo, or at least dismiss a command which would delete a category or button. I do like the fact I can launch either application, document, or folder from the button and the buttons remain floating and can be moved anywhere you like, and that once launched only the category button remains open. This saves screen space that most launchers lose site of.

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Version 1.3
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The programme works perfect in OSX 10.2.8. no problems at all. To make the user-experience faster/more enjoyable., I would recommend the following additions:
- Add an option to change 'opacity/transparancy' when the application is NOT active.
- Add an option to change the 'opacity/transparancy' when the application IS active. It could be all grayscale/white outlined on top of the desktop, and fades to the actual colors when you move over it.
- Instead add an option to 'pre-define' the menu location somewhere on your screen so it will always be activated when you click for example in your top-left corner, left border, etc.
- add an option to have the (sub)menus roll-out when you move over the category name. This saves the user all the clicking until he/she wants to actually start the application.
- add an option for more multiple stacked folders in folders in folders in folders... 1 level is just too limited for my daily usage.
- add an option to 're-order' all the categories and application-contents in the preferences.
- add an option to switch between aqua/metal interface.

These are just my thoughts. I use a 'pull-down' feature in my top menu bar to get quick access to all my applications. Until the accesstime is a lot faster in Xbar, I'm sticking with it for now. But hey!; I'd love to try this app. again in the near future!. keep up the good work, since it's a raw diamond now.

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Version 1.2.2
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3818
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Well, it now works correctly with 10.2.8! A very nice app! I'd like to see a rename function for both apps and categories; and screen edge docking.

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Version 1.2.2
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Anonymous
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Does NOT work with 10.2.8---the icon appears in the dock for a second, then vanishes as the app refuses to launch.

And yes, I have the allegedly 'good' version of 10.2.8 that replaced the bad one.

Still waiting for a version of XBar that works with this nasty, awful, prematurely-released version of Apple's System software. Wish I had never moved past 10.2.6 where everything was working great on my Mac.

XBar itself is a cool app, though.

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Version 1.2.1
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Anonymous
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Why is it that people, or "reviewers", here and at "the other place" are constantly recommending _other_ software instead of keeping to the current software issues. As if we got to install hundreds of similar programs just to try one out. AH! I bet you those same people even recommend _other_ software while reviewing those _other_ softwares! LOL!

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Version 1.2.1
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Anonymous
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This seems really nice - and is very nicely polished for a free program. However if you really need a good replacement for the dock you should try out dragthing - which is NOT free, but is worth every penny

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Version 1.1
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Anonymous
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Very nice program. If you have a lot of apps or just never liked the dock, this is a nice alternative.

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Version 1.1
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Anonymous
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Very nice app works well but i prefer to use Contextual menus instead leveing my desktop clear of launchbars and such like. I still recommend XBar if your into this kind of App

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 7,020
Version Downloads 3,136
License Free
Date 17 Nov 2003
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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