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X-Assist is useful utility that adds:

  • Mac OS 9 behaviors to Mac OS X like the Application Switcher Menu
  • OS9 window behavior - when you switch applications by clicking in a window, all windows for that application are shown. This behavior has changed in OS X and can be a bit annoying.
  • Ability to toggle between OS9 and OSX window behavior with a hot key shortcut.
  • Recent Applications Menu with no limit
  • Ability to add personal hierarchies of items in an OS 9-like "apple" menu
  • An extensible "Control Strip" like plugin architecture to support 3rd party plugins (MP3 player and Volume more...

What's New

Version 0.8.1:
  • fixed the Control Panel submenu items not showing up when run on certain systems. Thanks Thomas Fischer.
  • updated German localization to be more consistant between menu and pref window prefs. Thanks Thomas Fischer.
  • updated localization for Japanese. Thanks Chris Li.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Vagator Member IconReview+46
Vagator
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I have been using this fantastic application for years now-since Jaguar-and now it's working flawlessly on my iMac 27" using Snow Leopard 10.6.4.

I would say to ' WARMFUZZYGECKO ' you must have a separate problem - it certainly can't be this application. If your problem seemed to disappear after stopping X-Assist, I would say that problem may still be there lying dormant....I would check it further if I were you.

To conclude, this is a fantastic application and one of the first of its type and is highly recommended for all Mac OS X.

My thanks to the developer.

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Version 0.8.1
Qb
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I've used it on Lion for 12 months and for the past 3 days on Mountain Lion. It is very slow at loading right after startup but seems to work fine.

Warmfuzzygecko Member IconComment+2
Warmfuzzygecko
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Not Leopard compatible. Just went thru a long troubleshooting session and have concluded that X-Assist version 0.8.1 is NOT Leopard compatible (at least on my machine). That is if you ever have your Mac sleep. With X-Assist installed waking Mac will freeze and soon after fans will run at full speed. Booting from my Tiger firewire drive X-Assist 0.8.1 does still work and is quite useful as an alternative to Apple's discontinued Application Menu from the "Classic" days.

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Version 0.8.1
Tim27
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It must be your system because I use X-Assist on an iMac running Leopard at work and a brand new iMac running Snow Leopard at home.

ipeck Member IconComment+2
ipeck
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I use Butler, its free and you can add as many custom drop menus and shortcuts as you want.. And you can reorganize the placing in the menubar. Even got a finder menu switcher like old days.

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Version 0.8.1
Joy-Livingwell Member IconReview+20
Joy-Livingwell
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For those of us who like pull-down text menus rather than icons (or who like aspects of the OS 9 interface), X-Assist provides an easy way to switch and hide applications, go directly to items within System Preferences rather than loading the main window, etc.

It's a bit slow, and it doesn't provide a list of windows open under each app as OS 9's application menu could be made to do. However, it does provide convenience, plus a visual cue as to which application is frontmost, something which can be confusing in X.

Also recommended: AppleMenu, TypeIt4Me.

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Version 0.7
neo979 Member IconComment+80
neo979
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I've had a longstanding problem that I finally tracked back to this program... I call it "iTunes sinking," where sometimes, when you hide the iTunes window when switching to another application - and then you can never get the window to show again no matter what you do, even though iTunes has not crashed and can be sent AppleScript commands.

If you are having this issue, turn off OS9 Window Behavior in X-Assist.

I'm glad I didn't have to get rid of the program altogether - I still really like it. I'm just posting this in case others are having this problem.

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Version 0.7
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I know it's free and beggars can't be choosers, but I do hope this is updated soon for OS X 10.4 (Tiger). It really is a bit hard to get used to not having it over where it should be on the Menu Bar.

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Version 0.7
Øyvind Sægrov
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I found a simple hack to force x-assist in to the right place, at least on my system:

1: open “AppleScript Utility”, located in Applications/AppleScript. Select the “Show Script Menu in menu bar” checkbox. The menu appears on the right side of the menu bar.

2: Uncheck the “Show library scripts”-button.

3: The check the same “Show library scripts”-button, and voila - this did the trick for me!

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Menu position is incorrect under Tiger. :(

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Version 0.7
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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When you have to switch back and forth between OS 9 at work and OS X at home, it is indispensable. I love it and can't do without it. Hope this is continued to be updated

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Version 0.7
Kevin Li Member IconComment+0
Kevin Li
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work great for me as exactly what i wanted. I'm not a 9 classic user. Combination with hidden dock to be highly efficiency switching apps without eyes getting tired.

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Version 0.7
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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X-Assist is working fine for me. My one suggestion: Sometimes I want to see other app's windows, and there oughta be a way to facillitate that. Personally, I'd like to see the other apps disappear when using command-tab, but not when they're switched to in other ways (Dock, X-W's app menu, clicking on desktop, etc.). Might make a good option checkbox.

It'd be great to have X-W's menu included in Apple's Finder Contextual Menu as well.

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Version 0.7
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Oxo.design
Version 0.8.1
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Downloads 14,822
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Date 03 Feb 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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