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Raskin is an alternative desktop interface for OS X. It simplifies interaction with your computer by placing your documents on a zoomable surface, avoiding the clutter of multiple windows. Raskin makes finding, organizing, previewing, and opening documents seamless and time-saving. Raskin is named after and inspired by the work of Mac visionary Jef Raskin.

See more with Raskin. Forget digging through deep folder structures or remembering file names. With Raskin the contents of your files and folders are displayed openly with full previews - zoom-in for a closer look.

Interact with your more...

What's New

Version 1.8.4:
  • Multiple minor bug fixes.

Requirements

OS X 10.6.3 or later

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Sgmoye Member IconReview+20
Sgmoye
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I would like to update this application. Trouble is that I got it from Apple's App Store. The update -- 1.8.2 -- is still not available there. I know the App Store is slow, but 3.5 months?!?!

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Version 1.8.2
Raskin Support
+1

Raskin 1.8.3 is now ready in App Store as well as on our website. Thank you for your patience.

Revco Member IconComment+291
Revco
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Crashes on launch for me. On 10.6.8.

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Version 1.8.2
buschheuer Member IconReview+1
buschheuer
+1

Installiert, gestartet, Absturz! Mit anderen Worten: unbrauchbar

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Version 1.8
Prince_Isaac Member IconComment+298
Prince_Isaac
+2

In the description above is this fragment:

"On top of a supped-up performance..."

Perhaps the word "supped-up" should be changed to "souped-up?"

:-)

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Version 1.8
Macsterdam Member IconComment+98
Macsterdam
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A very interesting and aesthetically looking project. Every now and then I try a new release, but never use it for long, because it gobbles up RAM like there's no tomorrow.
Within 3 minutes after launch, RAM use was up to just over 1GB! If they manage to keep it well under 100mb, I'm willing to giver it a serious try.

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Version 1.7.1
Raskin Software Llc (Developer)
+0

With the newest Release we decreased the memory consumption of Raskin. There are still several things you could do to optimize your Surface:
* Hide the Quick Start Guide (using Menu View > Hide Quick Start Guide)
* Hide the Application Place if you don't use it (also in Menu View)
* Hide unused Places using menu View > Hide Place > ...
(they keep their layout when added later again)
* Hide folders using context menu (or select them then menu View > Hide)
* Hide documents and folders using the "Display Less" buttons

Generally speaking Raskin takes as much RAM as there is available but releases it as soon as there is memory pressure from other apps (as known from iOS). This mechanism ensures that you always have the optimal speed to load all the previews of your documents.

Edgarcabrera Member IconReview+74
Edgarcabrera
+2

I'm evaluating it and it's quite a pleasure to use under Lion in my MBA 2011. It's quite good for managing folder for a projects, it feels quite intuitive and lean. I'll give 5 stars if it has got the ability to automatically add a new drive or network drive as they are connected to the computer as a place. I can do it using the service of "reveal the selected item in Raskin", but if that can be done, that would be brilliant!!!

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Version 1.7
korsbakken Member IconReview+4
korsbakken
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WARNING: Be very careful when using this app. I made a few (apparently) wrong moves with my trackpad, and it started moving files around all over, from completely unintuitive and in some cases random locations (looks like a bug). I inadvertently moved one folder into another due to a somewhat too sensitive trackpad, and all of a sudden I found that folders from completely different locations had also been moved to the same target folder. In some cases the folders were also renamed. Individual scattered folders were moved, not entire directory trees, which made it all the more confusing. Fortunately I was able to figure it out by comparing with my most recent Time Machine backup, but ended up wasting and hour and racking up my blood pressure many, many notches.

To top it off, Raskin crashed in the middle of the moving (maybe a good thing, or no telling what it would have ended up doing).

Neat concept, but the interface is a bit dangerous. Stability needs to be improved, bugs weeded out, and there should be a confirmation when moving large numbers of files as a safety net.

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Version 1.5.3
Raskin Software Llc (Developer)
+2

Thanks for your suggestion. None of our users had run into this issue yet. We'll consider including an information dialog into our roadmap.

sachaweiss Member IconReview+2
sachaweiss
+2

Easy to use project/file organizer, amazingly simple to clean up the desktop (or dowloads...) folders etc.

Use with trackpad, not mouse!

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Version 1.5.3
Yennta Member IconReview+14
Yennta
+4

I want my money back. This is a lousy app at any price. Crashes continuously, slows the computer. Yuk!

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Version 1.5.2
Raskin Software Llc (Developer)
+5

There's bound to be a solution for this problem, please do contact Support directly with a crash report in case you haven't done yet. Some specific set-ups, even though these cases fortunately are rare, have caused instability issues before. Usually our Support team can analyze them quickly and provide a solution.
We appreciate all user feedback that will help improve the application very much.

Yennta
+3

I tried it some more. Crash, crash crash. That's it.

John_S Member IconReview+2
John_S
+2

I've been trying Raskin since 1.5 came out about a month ago. I have to say, it took a while to get used to it. Initially it looks very easy but then to use it efficiently I had to learn to the zoom shortcuts. Then it's really awesome... if you have to switch between documents, for example in a project folder.

It's also good to review a bunch of files I don't know yet, like when I receive materials from clients.

I'd say it doesn't replace Finder as such but adds some very interesting functionality.

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Version 1.5.2
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Zeroin
Version 1.5.3
user icon+83
Panthera
Version 1.5.3
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Gpllp
Version 1.5.1
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John_S
Version 1.5.1
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Puc
Version 1.2.2
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Conner_w
Version 1.2.1
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Ulrich Rassner
Version 1.2.1
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Downloads 16,158
Version Downloads 566
License Demo
Date 02 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $11.99
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