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Synergy
Synergy
4.1

Adds iTunes controls to your menubar (beta).

Synergy 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 version 6.0a4

Updated on Jun 04 2014

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

Information

License

Free

Size

1.4 MB

Downloads

136875

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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Iacas
Iacas
Nov 10 2017
6.0a4
1.0
Nov 10 2017
1.0
Version: 6.0a4
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…
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
Apr 1 2017
6.0a4
0.0
Apr 1 2017
0.0
Version: 6.0a4
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.
Cschoolland
Cschoolland
Jun 9 2016
6.0a4
3.0
Jun 9 2016
3.0
Version: 6.0a4
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...
mookee
mookee
Apr 16 2016
6.0a4
5.0
Apr 16 2016
5.0
Version: 6.0a4
well done! using 10.6
Shock-J
Shock-J
Jul 3 2014
6.0a4
0.0
Jul 3 2014
0.0
Version: 6.0a4
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.
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
May 20 2014
6.0a
0.0
May 20 2014
0.0
Version: 6.0a
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.
Fightingcat
Fightingcat
May 20 2014
6.0a
5.0
May 20 2014
5.0
Version: 6.0a
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 :-)
Aetnaria
Aetnaria
Jul 23 2013
5.0a
0.0
Jul 23 2013
0.0
Version: 5.0a
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.
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Jan 11 2013
5.0a
0.0
Jan 11 2013
0.0
Version: 5.0a
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.
Duncan-Fisher
Duncan-Fisher
Nov 19 2012
4.5.2
5.0
Nov 19 2012
5.0
Version: 4.5.2
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!
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jun 20 2012
4.5.2
5.0
Jun 20 2012
5.0
Version: 4.5.2
I have been using this app since it first appeared and I love it. It has gotten better over the years and it works great in Lion.
Kidclam
Kidclam
Aug 25 2011
4.5.2
5.0
Aug 25 2011
5.0
Version: 4.5.2
I was wondering if anyone is having this issue. I am using Lion 10.7.1 and iTunes 10.4.1. Synergy cannot show album art. If the developer see this, please fix as I didn't pay for an upgrade not too long ago. I expected a bug like this would be fixed now given how low Lion was on dev and is now released. Thanks in advance.
heavyboots
heavyboots
Feb 4 2011
4.5.2
4.5
Feb 4 2011
4.5
Version: 4.5.2
I was kind of surprised at the rating on this, as I've been using it and loving it since 10.1 (I think?). At any rate, it's gone through a lot of improvements over the years and for the feature set, it's still an incredible bargain, IMHO. Yes, you can get free software that does just the kbd control part. But I don't think anything else out there matches it feature for feature. Plus, Wincent has been really cool about support over the years for a piece of software I've paid $5 for in like 2000! (I think I also paid again at 3.0 just out of guilt for all the work he'd done to keep it functioning smoothly.) My only dings would be the fact it's an app now--just makes it harder to locate for me after years of looking for it as a pref pane and some weird bugs I encountered recently with it maxing the volume. Hopefully that is simply because it has gone to 4.5.2 since I last DL'd 3.5.5 alpha 7 a couple years ago.
Edified
Edified
Jan 10 2011
4.5.1
0.5
Jan 10 2011
0.5
Version: 4.5.1
Buyer beware, you will end up paying for bug fixes. I think the back, play and next buttons on newer keyboards kind of make this antiquated. If you have an old computer it might work for you, but be sure to check out the great free alternatives.
terrydactyl
terrydactyl
Jan 10 2011
4.5.1
0.5
Jan 10 2011
0.5
Version: 4.5.1
paid for synergy once, now they want money again..? no.
oklair1
oklair1
Dec 23 2010
4.5
3.0
Dec 23 2010
3.0
Version: 4.5
Good app, but it miss options to setup the Apple remote behaviours (to control the volume of iTunes, instead of Mac's volume)
VRH
VRH
Sep 25 2010
4.4.5
4.0
Sep 25 2010
4.0
Version: 4.4.5
This one is simply the best in my opinion. Very stable with tons of features. Excellent keyboard shortcut options with nice visual feedback. I have no idea what happened with Synergy Advanced, but it sounds like the developer didn't handle it well. However, my experience with Synergy has been very good.
Yuriy-Georgiev
Yuriy-Georgiev
Sep 25 2010
4.4.5
0.0
Sep 25 2010
0.0
Version: 4.4.5
Really good software. It's a rival of one of the Bit Per Second's but that not makes it bad. Best regards to the developer.
Bm1
Bm1
Sep 2 2010
4.4.4
0.0
Sep 2 2010
0.0
Version: 4.4.4
LVDOC is completely correct. I happened to be one of those persons who paid good money for Synergy Advanced and got completely robbed. Synergy Advanced was a joke and a scam. I would never buy anything from this dev again. Oh.. And if you're looking for something similar to Synergy you should check out BravoTunes. It's free. It's awesome. And the developers aren't crooks. http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/31308/bravotunes Get BravoTunes and save that 7 bucks for a couple cold beers.
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
Aug 13 2010
4.4.3
0.0
Aug 13 2010
0.0
Version: 4.4.3
I think it pays to reiterate that, several years ago, a number of us paid good money for Synergy Advance, only to see that program remain completely undeveloped. And we paid the money specifically for that program to be developed. (That's what he specified the money was for.) Instead, the developer took our money and ran. Period. And now he wants an upgrade fee for this? He should be giving free upgrades to anyone with a Synergy Advance license.
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