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ASM (Application Switcher Menu) is a small utility that adds a system-wide menu to the right side of the menubar. This menu lists all of your open applications, so you can easily switch between them. And you can set ASM to automagically hide other apps when you switch to another app! This is one utility you must have! Brings back the application switcher menu (and more) to Mac OS X. It's highly customizable and offers some nice extra features, such as Classic Window Mode (orders all windows of an application to front when it becomes active) or Single Application Mode (automatically hides applications other than the front-most one).

What's New

Version 2.3:
  • Adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 a.k.a. Snow Leopard, though the dock menu feature is currently not supported and possibly never will.
  • ASM 2.3 is a free upgrade for existing customers who purchased a license after 2009-02-28. Otherwise you have to purchase a new license. This is a change of policy, in the course of nearly seven years updates were free for existing more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Bb553 Member IconComment+23
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Has something happened to ASM developer Frank Vercruesse? I sent this message weeks ago, but haven't gotten any reply back:

Subject: Kagi - Frank Vercruesse URL blank / broken?
Date: October 17, 2011

Dear Mr. Vercruesse,

I directed a friend of mine to your ASM utility site

When he went to Kagi [ http://store.vercruesse.de/ ] URL, all he could see was the sentence:

" I would like to purchase from Kagi, the following items supplied by Frank Vercruesse : "

instead of links for purchasing a license for either:

ASM v2.2.12 (v651) for OS X 10.3 - 10.4.11 

ASM v2.3 (v700) for OS X 10.5 or later

He tried clicking on the "Add to cart" link, to see if it would work, and got:

Your Shopping Cart

Your shopping cart is currently empty. Please Continue Shopping.

Subtotal
$0.00
Tax
$0.00
Total (USD)
$0.00

Text der Nachricht in die deutsche via Google Language Tools übersetzt:

Ich leitete ein Freund von mir, um Ihre ASM Programm vor Ort

Sehr geehrter Herr Vercruesse,

Als er nach Kagi [http://store.vercruesse.de/] URL ging, was er konnte,
sehen, war der Satz:

"Ich möchte von Kagi kaufen die folgenden Produkte geliefert von Frank Vercruesse: "

anstelle von Links für den Kauf einer Lizenz für entweder:

ASM v2.2.12 (v651) für OS X 10.3 - 10.4.11

ASM v2.3 (V700) für OS X 10.5 oder höher

Er versuchte Klick auf "In den Warenkorb"-Link, um zu sehen, ob es funktionieren würde, und bekam:

Ihr Warenkorb

Ihr Warenkorb ist derzeit leer. Bitte Weiter Warenkorb.

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Version 2.3
Bb553
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Frank Vercruesse's public reply:

ASM no longer available for purchase

You may have already noticed that development of ASM has stopped a while ago. While it was a quite successful piece of software in the early days of Mac OS X, only few people have a use for it these days. So, about a decade after I put it on the market, I hereby declare end of life for ASM.

Thank you very much for the support through all the years!

Best wishes,
Frank Vercruesse
[ http://www.vercruesse.de/contact ]

Demolition Member IconComment+38
Demolition
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For those of you are balking at paying the new upgrade fee for ASM and are looking for alternatives...

X-Assist still seems to work with Snow Leopard. It's a little bit primitive compared to ASM, but the basic functions (i.e. application switcher menu and classic window mode) are there.

Meanwhile, Jack Overfull says that he's working on a new version of multiXFinder (v0.4). At the top of the list is Snow Leopard compatibility. It should be available sometime this month. That's good news for people who like the way that ASM operates, since it's basically the same app.

Personally, I'm debating whether to pay the upgrade fee. I've been an ASM user for several years and had assumed that the upgrades would continue to be free. But, nothing lasts forever, I guess. I'll probably try X-Assist for a while, then multiXFinder when a 10.6-compatible version arrives. If they don't work out, then I can always ante up the dough for ASM again.

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Version 2.3
dmp6 Member IconComment+3
dmp6
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ASM does load and work under 10.6 on the oldest Intel machines that have 32-bit processors -- but not on more recent machines with 64-bit processors. So the problem has something to do with how preference panes work on 64-bit machines.

On my old machine, I also don't get the annoying "System Preferences must quit and reopen" message, nor the words "32-bit" in the menu title.

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Version 2.2.12
Eric-Woehler Member IconComment+417
Eric-Woehler
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Doesn't load under Snow Leopard - lets hope we see an update/beta soon!!

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Version 2.2.12
Kosovar1 Member IconComment+367
Kosovar1
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In repoly to the previous comment, let's see what happens. To be fair, I failed to mention that there are ways to switch apps, see what apps are running, or see which one is frontmost, but none of these are nearly as clever as the way Apple implemented it in in OS9. For example, the icons in my dock are too small to see clearly which apps are active and I prefer to keep the dock hidden anyway.

The developer of MultiX Finder seems to indicate that (s)he isn't actively working to rewrite any code for this free app , which used to be SUPER and was very much appreciated, btw! (S)He also mentions that the developer of ASM "abandoned" it back in 2001, so my guess is that were stuck with this curious shortcoming of the Mac OS.

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Version 2.2.12
Kosovar1 Member IconComment+367
Kosovar1
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ASM doesn't appear to work on the latest version of Mac OS X 10.6 (10A432), which is reportedly the GM for the commercial release of Snow Leopard. Neither does MultiX Finder. It would be nice if the developers of these two preference pane utilities would have mentioned that somewhere (like their websites), so that people don't waste their money (as would be true for ASM) on something that is now BROKEN. Let's hope that within a few of weeks, when Snow Leopard is supposed to be released, that ASM and/or MultiX Finder will be updated to work. What amazes me, though, is that Apple never built a menu bar application switcher into OSX. The frontmost application should be immediately recognizable to the Mac user without his or her having to click, navigate, and search around the GUI to find out.

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Version 2.2.12
misha
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Most developers don't release their apps for a new OS until it's officially released. And since only developers should be running 10a432 right now, those 10a432 users should understand that and not be upset that a developer hasn't yet released 10.6-ready software...

Larsen2k4 Member IconComment+29
Larsen2k4
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Thank you for the update - works great again under 10.5.7 :)

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Version 2.2.10
Majestik7 Member IconComment+16
Majestik7
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After updating to 10.5.7, the Dock Menu items no longer work.

This seems to happen with every Mac OS update, the developer usually responds quickly to fix the problem.

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Version 2.2.9
Formica Member IconComment+259
Formica
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I can't believe that so many people think this thing is worth $17.22! Maybe $5, but $17.22 -especially when a new free version is in development called multiXFinder (http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/30492/multixfinder)?

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Version 2.2.9
Dremwkr Member IconReview+107
Dremwkr
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This is an interface item Apple should have kept going from OSC to OSX. This is an item every mac can use. I am learning disabled and having an easy to see and switch at a glance AS is a blessing indeed, for me anyway much more useful than Apple's "stealth mode" ASM. The Developer does work hard to keep the app current and is to be commended.

In addition, the price is right, and it works as advertised.

In summery, a Mac essential.

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Version 2.2.7
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Downloads 37,910
Version Downloads 3,765
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 02 Sep 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $9.50
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