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Trickster (was Blast) is a productivity booster application that places all recently used files at the user's fingertips, providing fast and easy access to them.

Trickster keeps track of all of the recently used files on your Mac. With Trickster, all of these documents are just one click away. Files are accessible at anytime by clicking on the application icon in the menu bar, making it easier than ever to perform common functions like: open, preview, move, and many others.

What's New

Version 2.2.2:
  • Fixes Trickster to work with OS X 10.9.3.
    Specifically, Trickster will no longer ignore files in hidden folders.
    OS X 10.9.3 made the /Users/ folder hidden by default which caused Trickster to skip all files inside user's home folder. This update will also allow to watch files inside other hidden folders, such as inside your home's Library folder, if you want.
    It is more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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IloveBurma Member IconReview+19
IloveBurma
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Works as adverstised.

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Version 2.1.1
bbw7 Member IconComment+313
bbw7
+1

As a heads up to people not aware, OS X (SL anyway) has a "Recent Items" menu option: Apple->Recent Items

which gives access to recently used applications, documents and servers.

Not dissing this software in any way (I assume it is more powerful than the native option); just letting folks know what is natively available.

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Version 2.1.1
Sandrine Member IconReview+54
Sandrine
+1

I use it every day, and it's really helpful!

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Version 2.1.1
Drdul Member IconReview+448
Drdul
+1

Trickster is the best app I've found for accessing recent files (and I have tried them all!). I like the ability to create categories that are limited to specific folders and file types, as that allows me to find certain files quickly. Some other similar apps also offer this feature, but in my experience they miss some files. Trickster shows me all files that have been opened or modified, including files in my Dropbox that were modified on another computer.

One of the (minor) downsides of the way Trickster is programmed is that it shows files for any modification, including hiding the file extension or changing the colour label, even if the file has not otherwise been modified.

There are two reasons I'm giving Trickster only four stars. The first is that it occasionally goes nuts and eats up a lot of CPU, as others have reported below. I only encountered this problem once in the two weeks I evaluated Trickster before purchasing it, but nevertheless it is an issue. The second reason is that the selection of icons to assign to categories is fairly small, with no option of adding custom icons.

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Version 2.1
Sigil Member IconComment+208
Sigil
+1

Anyone know of an alternative to this app that supports Evernote or can be modified to do so? I'd appreciate the info.

Perhaps, I should at at least comment on Blast. I purchased Blast via the MAS this past February. I really liked the UI. However. it was really taxing my Mac. (I have screen shots of Activity monitor showing the memory issues.) So, I couldn't have it as a Login item or even leave it running. I wanted it to be my go to Evernote app. I simply couldn't.
That said, the app is dead. I don't think anyone who purchased Blast less than a year should buy this app. I'll gladly take the sad faces.

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Version 2.0.2
Frankns
+1

Same experience with Blast ... really consumed CPU cycles and I uninstalled it right away. (MBP 2.66 GHz, 8GB - 10.7.4)

Gcoghill
+2

I've had CPU issues with Trickster as well. The developer was responsive and even sent a alternate build, but it still ended up chewing up CPU over time.

The app itself is great and I really liked what it did, but the performance needs to be fixed before I can run this on my Mac. I was ready to give them my $10 before I noticed the CPU issues.

Drdul
+1

I tried Trickster for the full 14-day trial period, and during that time I had one incident where Trickster revved up and was consuming massive amounts of CPU (I noticed it because my normally cool and quiet MacBoo Pro suddenly got warm and loud). Despite this, I found Trickster to be the best way to access recent files, so I purchased it. Let's hope the dev can further improve the app to eliminate CPU issues.

Gcoghill
+2

I was in contact with the developers and they were very helpful in working to find a solution. It seems to have been fixed (they suspected an Apple/O SX issue). It's been working great since (this was a month or two ago).

Apparent Software (Developer)
+2

Version 2.1.1 of Trickster finally fixes the problem that haunted trial users such as yourself with high CPU usage. It took me a really long time to find and fix it. But I'm glad it's gone now.

Falstaffa Member IconComment+29
Falstaffa
+1

From Trickster's developers' (Apparent Software) webpage:

"Note that Trickster requires Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or later - so if you have an older OS X version, you're stuck with Blast :-)"

Well, for starters I find the apparently facetious tone of such statement unprofessional at best and less than knowledgable at worst (the word 'ignorance' comes to mind,) a cursory review of Mac owners' opinions of Lion when compared to Snow Leopard clearly indicate a preference for the latter, a significant number of Mac owners who "upgraded" to Lion came to regret having done it, many of them even have gone so far as to downgrade to Snow Leopard, basically Lion is a Service Pack for OS X that leaves much to be desired, there is no need to code applications solely for Lion, as they can easily be coded to simultaneously work on both Snow Leopard and Lion with the Lion exclusive functions and features disabled for Snow Leopard users.

I urge the developers at Apparent Software to reconsider their decision to limit this application's appeal and its concurrent potential loss of sales/revenue/income.

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Version 2.0.1
Apparent Software (Developer)
+1

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry for unfortunate choice of words on our website - we have fixed it now.

Regarding Lion - it may be not a significant improvement for Mac users, but in terms of development is offers several major improvements, and Trickster is heavily dependent on several of these improvements, mostly in data management automation. When developing Trickster, we had to make the call if we embrace these new capabilities or provide compatibility with older OS X versions. It was a tough call, but we chose to provide better functionality and embrace the future, as we both know that eventually most Mac users will adopt new operating systems and will be able to use Trickster.

Pnn314 Member IconReview+24
Pnn314
+0

Does not works on external drives!

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Version 2.0.1
Jacob Gorban
+0

Did you add your external drive to Watched Folders in File Tracker settings? (click the button below the filters)

Pnn314
+0

OK. I have added my external drive and now Trickster woks well. But if I add any folder from external drive only (without adding my external drive as disk) it does not work.
Neverthelees your solution works.
Thanks

Pnn314
+0

No. I have checked again and finded that it does not work for external drives.

Jacob Gorban
+0

Please contact support at http://apparentsoft.tenderapp.com/discussions/trickster-support

MacUpdate is not so good for handling support.
It'll be easier to help you there.

Kitmos Member IconComment+124
Kitmos
+1

Note that all these comments are referring to Blast, the Old version of Trickster

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Version 2.0.1
gripmedia Member IconReview+6
gripmedia
+3

I like this App. But it leaks memory really badly on my Core i7 quad core Lion mac. If left running it will consume up to a half gig of memory, which is far too much for a small helper App.

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Version 1.7.5
jeffrwarren
+3

I agree - I really like this app when it is working. However, too often it uses up 300mb+ of memory AND 80% of my CPU (on 2.4ghz duo/4 gig memory macbook). It then freezes up for extended periods of time, and in the end really does not save time at all. Shame.

markflanagan79@yahoo.com Member IconReview-1
markflanagan79@yahoo.com
+0

This app was very useful for me.

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Version 1.7.5
user icon-7
guycharlesrinauro
Version 2.1.1
user icon+0
Physhbourne
Version 2.0.2
user icon+7
Anna M
Version 2.0.2
user icon+0
Scott S
Version 2.0.1
user icon+0
Laujeman
Version 2.0.1
user icon+1
Jred21
Version 2.0.1
user icon+36
Jacob Gorban
Version 2.0.1
user icon+0
i®ipa
Version 1.7.5
user icon+0
Mark Fl
Version 1.7.5
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Uncle Lar
Version 1.7.5
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Details

Downloads 25,440
Version Downloads 725
License Shareware
Date 16 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $9.95
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