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Applidude floats over your screen and reminds you which application is currently active. Position Applidude's window anywhere convenient. Optionally set it to speak the name of the new application every time you switch applications, to move out of your way automatically, and to disappear up to a minute after you switch. Great for users with impaired vision, and for all of us who sometimes forget where we are.

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Version 1.1.5:
  • Code improvements and minor bug fixes


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

I agree this might be useful for some people who are visually impaired, but all most people need to do is look to the upper left-hand corner of the screen to see the name of the frontmost app just to the right of the Apple Menu in the menubar. Alternatively, you can press Command-Tab to see a frame around the icon of the frontmost app in the Application Switcher. This is also the easiest way to move between apps. It's too bad this feature is not more well known. But a great many people seem to resist learning even the most useful keyboard shortcuts. For me, though, as a visually impaired person, keyboard shortcuts are a vital part of my workflow.

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Version 1.1.4
Lvdoc Member IconComment+535

Well, Focus is free and appears to do more, so I have to recommend that over this. As for the approach itself, yes, it might sound foolish, but some people are visual-iconic, and it with a kazillion windows open, it can be much faster to figure out what's up by simply glancing at a large icon. That's why Macs are so wonderful; they offer a variety of approaches for different people's learning styles and cognitive processing orientations.

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Version 1.1.2
Djefis Member IconReview+156

I like it.

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Version 1.0.0
Xenophile Member IconReview+694

Absolutely ROCKS MY WORLD!

Applidude method: a nifty window, using only a small portion of screen real estate, constantly reminds me which application is active.

Default Mac OS X method: forces me to glance way over and way, way up in the left top corner, note the position of the Apple icon on the very left of the menu bar to orientate myself, and then, keeping my gaze on the menu bar, look to the very right of the Apple icon, where I could finally read which application was active.

Please Apple, buy this app, hire this developer, do whatever it takes to get him in the infinity loop before Microsoft gets to him. One can only imagine what improvements the Applidude developer will conjure up for keeping the user aware of things like time, date, bluetooth status, volume...my GOD the possibilities!

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Version 1.0.0

Are you a member of the developers family or something?


"Default MAC OS X ...forces me to glance way over and way up in the left corner to...read which application was active"

This is obviously a joke. Next up from this developer: a new application that lets you know which hand you're using to operate the mouse. My GOD the possibilities!

Tryme Member IconComment+65

I fully support developers making "useful" apps and understand the "horses for courses" theory but good grief - you can either look what at your utility is putting on the screen or you look at the left side of the menu bar - but seriously, if you're using your Mac I would hope that you know what application you are using!! From my point of view - anyone that doesn't deserves to pay you $5 for that privilege!

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Version 1.0.0

I agree. This should be a free utility. But hey, the developer is free to decide what's best for his business.

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Downloads 1,090
Version Downloads 80
License Demo
Date 10 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $4.95
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