Synergy
Synergy 5.0a
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Adds iTunes controls to your menubar.   Demo ($7.00)
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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
Version 5.0a:
  • Synergy is now a 64-bit application, and will only run on Macs capable of running 64-bit applications
  • Synergy now requires Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
  • Rewrite Hot Key handling code to work in 64-bit environment
  • Fix album cover art breakage caused by 64-bit iTunes (issue #1844)
  • Removed legacy code related to very old versions of iTunes (older than 4.7)
  • Update "Help" button target to point at current documentation
  • Replace many deprecated API calls with more modern equivalents
  • Sanitize and clean-up Clang warnings
  • Adapt to latest Xcode toolchain
  • Qualified for use with iTunes 11.0.1
  • Removed out-of-date and incomplete localizations
  • Removed Growl support, pending possible replacement with "Mist"
Version 5.0a:
  • Synergy is now a 64-bit application, and will only run on Macs capable of running 64-bit applications
  • Synergy now requires Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
  • Rewrite Hot Key handling code to work in 64-bit environment
  • Fix album cover art breakage caused by 64-bit iTunes (issue #1844)
  • Removed legacy code related to very old versions of iTunes (older than more...
Requirements
Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.8 or later





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Synergy User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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Aetnaria commented on 22 Jul 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.
[Version 5.0a]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 11 Jan 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.
[Version 5.0a]

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Moxiesozo replied on 20 Jan 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 replied on 21 Jan 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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lamontDakota replied on 25 Mar 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 reviewed on 18 Nov 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!
[Version 4.5.2]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 20 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 4.5.2]


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heavyboots reviewed on 04 Feb 2011
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.
[Version 4.5.2]


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Edified reviewed on 10 Jan 2011
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.
[Version 4.5.1]


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terrydactyl reviewed on 10 Jan 2011
paid for synergy once, now they want money again..? no.
[Version 4.5.1]

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Aetnaria replied on 24 Feb 2011
Then don't update. Synergy 3.2.1 still works for me in the System Preferences (though does require a relaunch of Sys Pref for 32-bit mode) on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.6.6 and iTunes 10.1.2
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Macaccro reviewed on 23 Dec 2010
Good app, but it miss options to setup the Apple remote behaviours (to control the volume of iTunes, instead of Mac's volume)
[Version 4.5]


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VRH reviewed on 25 Sep 2010
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.
[Version 4.4.5]

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Easer replied on 16 Dec 2010
If, by "didn't handle it well," you mean "stole our money," then yes, you are correct.
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Yuriy Georgiev commented on 25 Sep 2010
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.
[Version 4.4.5]


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Kidclam had trouble on 25 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 4.5.2]


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Solefald had trouble on 04 Jan 2010
Why is this thing CONSTANTLY trying to mount my TimeCapsule disk on start up?


I have been using Synergy for a long time and with every update it becomes buggier and more unusable....
[Version 4.2.1b]


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ashmadux had trouble on 18 Sep 2008
for the love of all thats holy, developer, PLEASE FIX THE LAUNCH ISSUES. omg it is so bloody annoying to relaunch the app over and over again. my mac is on and off sleep for weeks on end. and i time and time again have to go to sys prefs to hit the start button again...why? it seems to be turning itself off every now and again.

sorry ive been using this app for a loooong time and its frustrating as all hell. this is not the most complicated software out there. please fix, a longtime user is begging you.
running 10.5.4. arghrhg.
[Version 3.2.1]


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ashmadux had trouble on 23 Jun 2008
yeah same here- it doesn't launch with login. system 10.4.11.

i dont think i have seen this exhibited on my two other leopard systems. but for this one, it most certainly sucks. plz fix?

hey, and just a comment, how about some new features for this app? it hasnt changed at all in years, or am i missing something?
[Version 3.2.1]


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Alexf had trouble on 24 Mar 2008
It doesn't start at login anymore, no matter how many times I click that option :(

Otherwise a great program...using a Mac without it feels unnatural. This was one of the first shareware programs I ever bought.
[Version 3.5a5]


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Shane Smith had trouble on 24 Jan 2008
What happened to the preference pane? Application that has to sit in your dock, not liking it. Oh yes, and it does work at all! It launches, set your preferences, takes up memory, but does nothing! No menu bar! Might have to find another itunes controller.
[Version 3.5a5]

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kingadrock replied on 24 Jan 2008
I'm having the same issues here. Won't launch, won't control.

I understand the movement away from a preference pane. Please give us the ability to hide the application icon though.

Synergy was once the undisputed King of iTunes controllers. Now it's hardly a contender.

I've switched to SizzlingKeys. Nice app, and it works too.
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Shock-J had trouble on 07 Jan 2008
Same as others...crashes immediately after launch. MacBook Pro with 10.5.1.
[Version 3.5a3]


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Taint had trouble on 04 Dec 2006
Will it update my iPod's recently played tracks to LastFM?
[Version 3.1]


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Cuneyt had trouble on 09 Oct 2006
Synergy 3 stops after a while (like 10 mins or so)? For some reason it just disappears off my menu bar and I have to open up the prefs pane and start it again. I've only had this problem since upgrading to 3 so if anyone knows why or a fix I'd appreciate it
[Version 3.0]

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radenasu commented on 27 Oct 2006
auto close from the menu bar after a few minutes!
i have to relaunch it from the 'system preference'
again to get it back running
help is greatly appreciated
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turntablerocker had trouble on 05 May 2006
Great little app but since I updated to 2.8 Synergy stops the service after a while. Not sure when this happens and why.!?!? Running on Tiger 10.4.4...
[Version 2.8]

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IonYz commented on 08 May 2006
Same here. When I went to start iTunes Synergy stopped responding. Upon killing and restart, it still wouldn't work. Looks like its time to downgrade.
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turntablerocker replied on 08 May 2006
yeah but where to download 2.7 again? :(
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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 08 May 2006
In these instances, contacting the developer should be your first thought.
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IonYz replied on 10 May 2006
Right, well my first thought it, "Why is this hanging up." I managed to find version 2.6 in my trash so I installed that and haven't had any problems. I'm sure you could find it somewhere. If not give me your email and I'll send you my copy.

The developer has been contacted, although according to his website he may be hard to reach in the next 30-days.

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Lookky rated on 11 Jul 2012

[Version 4.5.2]



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VRH rated on 01 Feb 2011

[Version 4.5.2]



Parygot rated on 10 Jan 2011

[Version 4.5.1]


Downloads:132,304
Version Downloads:2,932
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Demo
Date:09 Jan 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $7.00
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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.


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