Synergy
Synergy
6.0a4

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Synergy

6.0a4
04 June 2014

Adds iTunes controls to your menubar (beta).

Overview

Synergy places three buttons to control iTunes in your menubar: previous track, next track, and play/pause; as well as providing you with visual feedback about the currently playing tune.

The Synergy controls, together with the ability to control iTunes via system-wide Hot Key combinations, mean that Synergy provides the fastest way of skipping between songs when using the keyboard or the mouse; all this without having to switch to iTunes or accessing its Dock menu.

What's new in Synergy

Version 6.0a4:
  • Fix another crash on launch (also reported on bug #2173)

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Edified
02 September 2009

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Synergy is a great app with a developer that expects a bit much of customers. I'm a little rebuffed at having to pay for it again since there's no new functionality that I'm aware of since version 3. Sure there's been lots of rewriting and refactoring on your end but where is the cash value for us your customers when it looks like just bug fixes and implementation updates. The last time [Feature] appeared in the official version history is November 2006. What you're providing now is essentially a compatibility update from our perspective. At the very least I think you could offer registered users (I registered 19 Feb 2006) a discounted upgrade price (like $2). Or else provide some motivation like new features or a development roadmap. Buy-it-again to stay compatible doesn't feel nice.
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Version 4.0.1a
Iacas
10 November 2017
Does not launch on 10.13.1 with iTunes 12.7.1. Bummer. I think it's finally done. Any idea on a similar application? I suppose I could make FastScripts do this…
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Version 6.0a4
Lvdoc
01 April 2017
For anyone who might still be following this thread, Synergy seems to be working again in the latest iteration of iTunes (12.6). In fact, I have another program that I also used to use with iTunes that hasn't worked in ages, and it's now working again as well.
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Version 6.0a4
Cschoolland
09 June 2016
I have been using this app for many years, and it's been very helpful! I can instantly call a "floater" to see song name, album, album art, artist, and star rating, and use keyboard shortcuts to quickly change star rating on the fly. The app is fairly robust and highly customizable. Unfortunately, since updating to Mac OSX 10.11, the floater no longer displays any information, and the menu bar controls don't display properly. This pretty much renders it useless. Since the last Synergy update (6.0a4) was in June 2016 (2 years before this review), I worry that it is no longer supported. It was good while it lasted...
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Version 6.0a4
2 answer(s)
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
29 June 2016
I thought maybe only I was having that experience. No one else does the floater quite like this one. I could have a song name stretched all the way across the bottom of my screen. Now no more. Sigh.
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Markymix
Markymix
27 August 2016
It was good while it lasted and I'm still missing it. The project is now open sourced at GitHub ( https://github.com/wincent/synergy ) and I still hope someone might pick it up and fix it, but maybe its days are now over, shame...
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mookee
16 April 2016
well done! using 10.6
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Version 6.0a4
Shock-J
03 July 2014
Anyone having issues with Last.fm? I just realized that it hasn't been submitting scrobbles at all. I have my account info entered, but Synergy doesn't show up as an Application with privileges on my profile in Last.fm.
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Version 6.0a4
Beta indeed! This version is incredibly unstable on my new 27" iMac with OS X 10.9.3. The preferences app crashes repeatedly. Don't throw away your old version until you're sure it works for you.
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Version 6.0a
8 answer(s)
Lvalue
Lvalue
21 May 2014
I found one source of the crashes via the help of "Console": somehow the app is crashing upon launch trying to remove itself from the "Login Items". You can fix it by following these steps if that's the case for you too. Open "System Preferences" > Select "Users & Groups" > Pick your account > Choose "Login Items" tab on the right side. > Select "Synergy" and then click the "-" button. Hope this helps.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
23 May 2014
Lvalue: Thanks. I followed your advice before launching the latest version, 6.0a2. Between your tip and the update it seems to work OK now. That said, I haven't been tempted to try any of the other iTunes control tools since starting with Synergy many years ago. It does what I need it to do - with the temporary exception of the previous beta.
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Lvalue
Lvalue
23 May 2014
Glad to hear that it was of help. The crash seems to be fixed indeed. For me, I've been using SizzlingKeys together with one of the many menu bar iTunes controllers, but current version of SizzlingKeys has (for me at least) a nasty bug where it relaunches iTunes whenever I quit it or try to shut down/restart the system, thereby cancelling the shutdown/restart request. So I decided to move on, and up to now Synergy serves my purpose well; my only complaint is that I can't directly move the floater by drag-dropping it (which SizzlingKeys supports).
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
23 May 2014
Lvalue: You know, of course, that you can move the floater to a new position using the Set floater position button near the bottom right of the General tab in the Synergy preferences. This is perhaps not as proactive as you would like, but the floater is transitory so moving it while it's visible may be problematic to implement, using as it does a preference app setting. Unfortunately, the crashing problem is not gone. It's not quite as bad as the last version, but it's still unstable. I will be reverting once more. I think now I'll wait for the final release and hope it really is solved.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
23 May 2014
P.S.: I inadvertently launched the old, 4.5.2, version of Synergy before launching the new version again and I found that it had put itself in the Login Items list - so there were two of them there. This may account for the renewed crashing. So I deleted them both from Login Items and launched the new version again. It seems fine - for the moment, at least. I deleted the old version so that I won't make that mistake again. I have it archived in case I need it again.
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Greg-Hurrell
Greg-Hurrell
24 May 2014
Can you try posted your crash log on the Wincent issue tracker? (https://wincent.com/issues/2173) 6.0a3 is out, but if there are any remaining crashes they'll need to be reported there.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
24 May 2014
Greg-Hurrell: If it crashes again I'll take a look at the logs. But the 6.0a3 version is not yet posted or linked to on MacUpdate and the download button on your web site doesn't work. So I'll have to wait for it to show up here.
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hwgray
hwgray
15 November 2015
It works fine on my new 27" iMac with OS X 10.11.2b. You never know.
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Fightingcat
20 May 2014
Wow... Didn't know that this tool is still alive, but it's nice to see it again. I using this some years ago and also pay for it the small fee of 5€. Now it's for free, so it's the best chance to give it a try if you never hear from this tool. Great to have the little control toll for iTunes back in my menu-bar :-)
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Version 6.0a
Aetnaria
23 July 2013
I requested a feature back in 2010 that the developer consider adding the ability to rotate the floater 90° (ticket #1557) - this would allow placement of song info along the left or right side of the screen, instead of forcing it across the bottom of some already very busy screen real estate. Someone else requested back in early 2012 that the floater hide itself when the only thing it has to say is "iTunes status: not playing" independently of the setting to always display whatever music is currently playing. Both are good ideas, and neither has been implemented yet. That is why I haven't upgraded my old license to the latest version yet. I get the feeling that at this rate I may never do that.
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Version 5.0a
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
11 January 2013
I can't say I'm happy to see Synergy constrained to OS X 10.8. That's pretty limiting. I guess the developer decided he had all the business he was going to get from current Mac owners. Since he bailed on me, though, I'll be sure to bail on him when I get a new Mac. I've been a Synergy user for many years, but this will be the end of the line for me.
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Version 5.0a
3 answer(s)
Moxiesozo
Moxiesozo
20 January 2013
You are choosing to slam the developer for not maintaining backwards compatibility. However, Synergy 4.5.2 continues to function just fine on 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. I'd say that's pretty amazing. Skip that burrito you were going to have and instead REWARD the developer for not bailing on Synergy, but choosing to move forward. There's going to be a time for ALL software to shed outdated, non-compliant code and therefore only work with recent or current operating systems. Bitching about $7.00 is sort of sad.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
22 January 2013
@ Moxiesozo: You may be right that paying for Synergy again is a small matter. Yet this version is beta software so I'm reluctant to do so. It may be that when the app is out of beta it will once again be backwards compatible. That said, your characterization of anyone who disagrees with you as "bitching" tells us all we need to know about what your opinion is worth. It would not have been difficult for the developer to explain why backwards compatibility was removed. His good reasons would carry far more weight than your suppositions, which are, in fact, worthless.
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hwgray
hwgray
25 March 2014
"It would not have been difficult for the developer to explain why backwards compatibility was removed." Backward compatibility hasn't been removed, B. Don't upgrade and you have backward compatibility. Nobody is forced to upgrade, not even you. Your "complaint" is nonsense. Unless the fact that v4.5.2 works on OS X from v10.2 through v10.8 doesn't equal "backward compatibility" in your mind.
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Duncan-Fisher
19 November 2012
This is one of those programs I've been using for a while. Even though my MBP has hardware media controls I still prefer to use Synergy. It's simple and customizable. I've never experienced a crash using this app and it's never got in my way. For anyone using older Mac's without the media buttons, I highly suggest this app. And even if you have a newer Mac, I still suggest this. It's simple, three buttons that sit in your menubar. Great for mouse commandos!
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Version 4.5.2