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Apptivate lets you assign a system-wide shortcut for any application, script, or other file on your system for easy access at any time. Simply launch Apptivate, select an application or any other file, choose a key combination, and there you have it! Instant access any time.You can also take a quick peek at any application by pressing and holding the hotkey. When the hotkey is released, the application is hidden.

What's New

Version 2.1:
  • Now free!
  • It's now possible to resize the window (hold Shift while resizing to freely resize the window).
  • You can click on an item's icon to launch/open/execute it.
  • Added support for executing Ruby, Python and shell scripts. Any output from the script will be shown in a notification.
  • A "Suggestions" window can now be displayed. Read more at more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Thyx Member IconReview+226
Thyx
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It still works like a charm.
4 stars rather than 5 because it'd be nice to simplify the setup, say, by choosing from running apps.

Last year I thought it'd be a good idea to switch to some Nu Kit, which was de facto abandoned.

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Version 2.0.2
Thyx
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That said, Apptivate appears to be abandoned, too, i.e. Cocoabeans appears to have gone offline some time ago :(

Cocoabeans Software (Developer)
+0

I like the idea about being able to choose from running apps!

I technically haven't abandoned Apptivate, but university (and now my summer job) has made it difficult to find time to work on Apptivate. Hopefully I'll be able to release version 2.1 (which is basically done) in the future.

The reason for my websites going offline is the same as last time: my friends server (on which the websites are hosted) got a new IP-address. I just updated my domain settings to reflect the change, so they should be up again in the next day or so.

I'm glad you still find Apptivate useful :)

Cheers,
Tim

xati-ba Member IconReview+237
xati-ba
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App does exactly what it says, is reasonably priced, and the developer responded to my queries. Highly recommended if you spend a lot of time at the screen. For example, I toggled F6 to be my browser shortcut and it saves me so much time.

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Version 2.0.2
xati-ba Member IconComment+237
xati-ba
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Is there any way to remove the menu bar icon? I've got all my shortcuts in place and don't need to add modifications, and now the menubar icon is just taking up space.

As for the app itself, it is excellent, does what it says and does it well.

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Version 2.0.2
Cocoabeans Software (Developer)
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Hey,

Sorry for taking so long to reply.

You can find an answer to your question (and a few others) over at http://www.apptivateapp.com/support/.

Cheers,
Tim

willhopkins Member IconReview+4
willhopkins
+1

Apptivate is a fast, stable app. It does exactly what it says, and it does it quickly. Unfortunately, the UI is a bit clunky and you can't delete an item from your list once you've added it. You can delete a hotkey just fine, but the app remains to clutter up your list. Still, it's a minor annoyance and has quickly made itself indispensable.

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Version 2.0
Cocoabeans Software (Developer)
+2

Hey,

I'm glad you like Apptivate! You can delete an item by right-clicking it and selecting "Remove".

Cheers,
Tim

willhopkins
+1

Thanks to Cocoabeans for responding. Knowing how to delete something is very helpful.

Thyx Member IconComment+226
Thyx
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The site has been down for some days.
I hope Tim gets it back up. It seems to sell well and it's so close to be fully functional.

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Version 2.0
Cocoabeans Software (Developer)
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Yeah, my friend (whose server I'm hosting my website on) was having some trouble with his ISP. Everything should be back to normal by now.

Cheers,
Tim

Thyx Member IconComment+226
Thyx
+1

Well, I was ready to support them since I've been using Apptivate for quite some time. But I'm not sure if 2.0 adds any value... clear case of losing a customer for now because I can't try out the new version.
Seriously, holding Option just to get a serious list, which appears to contain only 3 instead of 8 entries? As soon as they add some proper window/pref pane to organize the short cuts I'm bought.

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Version 2.0
Thyx
+1

In a nutshell: try 1.0 and contact them if you miss some feature in the description of 2.0.

GonzoMode Member IconReview+1
GonzoMode
+1

Simple and handy.Excellent!

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Version 2.0
Thyx Member IconReview+226
Thyx
+1

Does it exactly what it promises. No delays - crucial advantage over full-fledged launchers such as Quicksilver.

Only minor issue I found is kind of an : it does not restrict the shortcuts at all.
So, you can assign 'A' to an app.

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Version 1.0.7
Thyx
+1

Oops, Yoda-style I typed. And words I […] out.

Iaian7 Member IconReview+36
Iaian7
+2

Incredibly simple to use, and performs its task flawlessly - super fast application launching and (if selected in the preferences) hiding. Runs in the task bar instead of as a Preference Pane, which can take up more visual space than necessary IMHO, but I'd still give it 4.5 stars just for sheer simplicity and usefulness.

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Version 1.0.5
Thumbmaster Member IconComment+2
Thumbmaster
+1

Thank you for putting the shortcuts in the listing! And I notice you fixed the bugs where apps are accidentally hidden even though the prefs says "no"; and the "about" box not displaying. I can't recommend this app enough. Thank you for the great work!

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Version 1.0.5
user icon+84
Myka
Version 2.0
user icon+189
James-D
Version 2.0
user icon+1
GonzoMode
Version 2.0
> 5 10

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Current Version (2.x)
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Details

Downloads 13,021
Version Downloads 4,457
License Free
Date 30 Jul 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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