Butler
Butler 4.1.16
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Hot key, menu, and keyword launcher.   Shareware ($20.00)
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Butler makes it easier for you to perform a wide variety of potentially recurring tasks. Just arrange these tasks in Butler's fully customizable configuration and assign one or more triggers to a task.

Available Triggers:
  • freely configurable system-wide menus in your menu bar/Butler's docklet
  • freely configurable pop-up menus -- triggered via hot key or hot corner (see below)
  • abbreviations -- e.g., enter "qt" to launch QuickTime Player
  • hot keys -- e.g., hit [F1] make iTunes switch to the next track
  • hot corners
What's New
Version 4.1.16:
  • Improved compatibility with future OS X versions.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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Butler User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 4.x:
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+5

Johnk77 reviewed on 18 Oct 2013
The developer's site states version 4.1.16 requires 10.7.
The last version for 10.6 Snow Leopard is 4.1.15.
[Version 4.1.16]


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+23

Priosantos-Jan reviewed on 18 Oct 2013
Great app and very useful. Use this daily without any problems.

If I could point out something negative it would be the price. It is a bit overpriced imo. About $10 would be more correct. I am pretty sales will go up.
[Version 4.1.16]

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+3
Billearl replied on 18 Oct 2013
I would pay $100 for Butler if that were the price. It's indispensable.
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ohmmmmmm reviewed on 18 Oct 2013
Butler is like an old and dear friend with well-earned wrinkles. Nothing else better IMHO. Still, with this kind of good karma, maybe the developer can dream up a few surprises for v5. Thanks for this update. I am happy to see it is not following in the path of Quickeys, another dear friend that has sadly passed away.
[Version 4.1.16]


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+5

+2
MadEye29 commented on 24 Sep 2013
Version 5 is still vaporware after all these years. What is it, six years since it was announced? Does anyone else find it disingenuous of the developers to continue to say this:

"Butler 5 pre-sale: Support Butler by purchasing Butler 4 now, and you'll receive a free copy of Butler 5 when it ships!"

How about an honest update on when Butler 5 is coming out guys?
[Version 4.1.15]


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+2

+177

Stormchild reviewed on 27 Jul 2013
LaunchBar is my quick launcher of choice (has been for over ten years), but Butler has proven to be a worthy companion. I don't use the abbreviation or search features at all, but there are a number of other features I find really valuable (which no other app seems to provide). Here are a few of the things I use it for:

- I've set up hotkeys (F1-F6) that open pop-up menus in the Finder, letting me quickly get to a specific file or folder. If I hold command and hit the same key, it opens the folder directly instead of the pop-up menu.

- Shortcuts for rating the current song in iTunes. Shift + [numpad 0-5]. Butler is one of the only apps that can actually distinguish between the regular number keys and the number pad. Obviously shift + regular number wouldn't work, as I'd lose access to a bunch of symbols.

- Other iTunes hotkeys: play/pause, next track, previous track. I used to have these in the menubar as well (I think that was even the original reason I started using Butler), but I have a menubar doodad problem, so I don't have space for those anymore.

- Hotkeys for menus in apps where custom shortcuts often don't work. There are a number of situations where custom hotkeys set up in System Preferences → Keyboard Shortcuts don't work until the menu has been opened at least once. Needless to say, this is an unacceptable hassle. What I do now is set up the hotkey I want in Butler, and just have Butler type the default hotkey for me. Works every time.

The other thing this works well for is menu commands whose name changes. For example, instead of setting up two identical shortcuts for iTunes' "Switch to MiniPlayer" and "Switch from MiniPlayer" commands in System Preferences, I can just set up *one* hotkey in Butler, and don't even have to bother typing the command name at all.

Also has the advantage of leaving the original shortcuts intact, which is helpful if someone else is using your Mac.

Finally, because you can specify multiple apps for a hotkey, you can set up shortcuts that work in multiple apps. I've got a "Toggle Web Inspector" hotkey that types cmd-shift-i in Safari, WebKit, Chrome, and Firefox, and it does the right thing in all of them.

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Anyway, my point is that Butler does a lot of things really well, and if you explore its features, you can probably find a bunch of uses for it, even if you aren't using it as a quick search/launcher.
[Version 4.1.15]


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+1

-13

VictorPrijker reviewed on 11 Jun 2013
For me, the best launcher and hot key manager. Couldn't live without. I has everything I can think of.
[Version 4.1.15]


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+2

+14

retech reviewed on 17 Oct 2012
Without Butler I would find my mac to be crippled and painfully difficult to use.

Thank you.
[Version 4.1.14]


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+29

Mruben reviewed on 13 Oct 2012
"Worked around an issue with inter-application communication on OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion."

Thank you! Butler 4.1.13 became unusable whenever iTunes was running, as a result of the 10.8.2 update. So far this new version seems to have solved the problem.
[Version 4.1.14]


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-34

artie505 reviewed on 27 Jul 2012
An 8 year user's offset of MadEye29's inappropriate star review.

Butler offers a wonderful potpourri of useful functionality that is second to that of no other app I've ever run across; when I sit in front of a Mac other than my own I'm practically helpless without it.
[Version 4.1.13]

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+306
Tim27 replied on 13 Oct 2012
artie, after your response to MadEye29 and your post here, I have to say that Alfred is all around a better app. You should give it a try if you have "never run across better competition".
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+2

+30
Tipp-Flo replied on 13 Oct 2012
After working Alfred every now and then since its first release, I find Alfred isn't a real competitor to Butler although the name suggests it. It's not as easy to understand how it works though, but when you discover what it all can do, you'll use it just all the time, and forget that it's Butler who serves you a lot through your every day computer life.
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+1

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artie505 replied on 22 Oct 2012
I've looked at Alfred's specs more than once, Tim, and it's lacking much of the Butler functionality that I use...much of Butler's functionality, period!

Perhaps it's all available in Powerpack/Extensions (£15), but I want an app on my deuced Mac(hina), not a research project.
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+2

MadEye29 reviewed on 05 Jul 2012
I donated $20 for Butler back in 2007. How long have we been waiting for version 5? Vaporware! But worse is Rob's condescending attitude to the customers. We can see it here, but it's even worse in emails directly from him. And, as we all know, there are several better alternatives to Butler out there.
[Version 4.1.12]

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artie505 replied on 27 Jul 2012
Your star review is TOTALLY out of order, your post being no more than a comment that doesn't offer the least bit of insight into or about Butler's VAST functionality.

And as for "better alternatives," I've never run across one, and I've been comparing Butler to the competition for the more than 8 years I've been running it. (I've DONATED more than the $20 asking price, and I don't regret a single penny of it.)

I suggest that you redirect your indignation towards Apple's sandboxing policy which will hobble Butler's functionality if implemented; sad to say, but I suspect that v 4's functionality may far surpass what v5 will offer if Peter and Rob bow down to the Apple god just to get Butler onto the App Store. ('Tis truly a puzzlement!)

As you've seen, I was a major complainer about the hugely delayed v 5 release, and unhappy as I am with how long it's taking the guys to work out the various issues that are delaying it, I've got to sympathize with them.
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+29
Mruben had trouble on 30 Nov 2012
Another version of iTunes (11), and of course the return of Butler's spinning beachball when you quit iTunes.

I love Butler - but I don't need to use it to control iTunes. Is there a way to set a Butler Preference so that Butler doesn't depend on reading the iTunes library all the time? I just want to be able to launch my apps using hotkeys.

Thanks!
[Version 4.1.14]


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+14
Vric had trouble on 25 Aug 2012
Butler 4.1.13 crashes on launch under Mac OS X 10.8.1 on my MBP Core 2 Duo.
Butler 4.1.11 seems fine (still available "for Mac OS X 10.5 and/or PowerPC Macs" on the developer's site).
[Version 4.1.13]


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+4
Polarimetric had trouble on 17 Jul 2008
Fabulous app; been using it for over a year and couldn't live without it. However, it doesn't seem that the iTunes music library fully works with iTunes 7.7. You can still play albums and playlists, but it doesn't seem that you can play individual tracks anymore. It doesn't work for me, anyway. Anyone else having this problem?
[Version 4.1.6]


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rwatts had trouble on 27 Oct 2007
Great must-have app. But some functionality seems to be broken under Leopard, namely, being able to open a folder (from any active window) in finder via hotkey combination. Any one else have this issue? Otherwise works fine.
[Version 4.1.2]

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Denis Picot replied on 28 Oct 2007
Hi, same issue in Leopard, folders won't open. It's also not possible to change the dialog box "open with..." in Butler configuration window. Hope this will be fixed, as Butler remains one of my top apps!
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scott l had trouble on 03 Mar 2006
Help w/ Butler Crashing?

Can the developer or a kind-hearted Butler user help me sort out a problem w/ Butler crashing. I was in the first few days of trying it out when it crashed on me (no software or system changes had been made during this time.) After removing Preferences, uninstalling, reinstalling, etc., etc., etc., here's the Console report I continue to get:

Butler(625,0xa000ed68) malloc: *** error for object 0x38c9d80: incorrect checksum for freed object - object was probably modified after being freed, break at szone_error to debug
Butler(625,0xa000ed68) malloc: *** set a breakpoint in szone_error to debug
Feb 25 20:03:53 Buddy-Roe's-Computer crashdump[633]: Butler crashed

Any help would be greatly appreciated - Butler appears to be really useful and I'm keen to delve into it a little further. Thanks.
[Version 4.0.1]


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Mudflap had trouble on 14 Apr 2005
Fantastic app. Absolutely stellar. This and Default Folder should just be part of the OS. Peter is a gifted programmer and interface designer.

Still having one problem: Butler hangs when copying text from Microsoft Word to Quark XPress 6. Doesn't matter if I change the clipboard settings, Butler will just get stuck and I'll either have to force quit it, or it quits on its own.
[Version 4.0b23]

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Anonymous commented on 14 Apr 2005
well, there's spotlight. and i've never seen the point of default folder.

it'll be interesting to see how butler, launchbar and quicksilver will change to compete with spotlight once tiger is out.
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+2
Peter Maurer (developer) replied on 15 Apr 2005
@Mudflap: Does this error also occur when you set the number of recent pasteboards to zero? Please contact me at .
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changwei had trouble on 26 Mar 2004
I set Butler to launch at login, same as many of my other applications. After i upgraded to 4.0b7, it causes my Entourage to crash during login. I have to diable the auto login of Butler to get around this problem.
[Version 4.0b7]

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changwei commented on 26 Mar 2004
I trashed the Butler plist file and it's fine now.
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changwei commented on 27 Mar 2004
It starts crashing my Entourage again. I have to close butler to make Entourage to work properly.

+2

Kgx rated on 18 Oct 2013

[Version 4.1.16]



+36

Hervé 5 rated on 18 Oct 2013

[Version 4.1.16]



jTux rated on 28 Jun 2013

[Version 4.1.15]



+3

escompter.qch rated on 29 Oct 2011

[Version 4.1.11]



-55

iLeopard rated on 23 Sep 2011

[Version 4.1.11]



+29

Bonobo rated on 26 Apr 2011

[Version 4.1.10]



Lambchop1 rated on 26 Apr 2011

[Version 4.1.10]


Downloads:108,414
Version Downloads:1,210
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:18 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $20.00
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Butler makes it easier for you to perform a wide variety of potentially recurring tasks. Just arrange these tasks in Butler's fully customizable configuration and assign one or more triggers to a task.

Available Triggers:
  • freely configurable system-wide menus in your menu bar/Butler's docklet
  • freely configurable pop-up menus -- triggered via hot key or hot corner (see below)
  • abbreviations -- e.g., enter "qt" to launch QuickTime Player
  • hot keys -- e.g., hit [F1] make iTunes switch to the next track
  • hot corners -- e.g., [shift]-[right mouse button click] in the lower left corner of your screen to pop up a menu that lists all system preference panes
  • events -- e.g., launch iChat when Butler starts up and the [option] key is not held
Possible Tasks:
  • launch applications
  • open files
  • access preference panes
  • manage bookmarks
  • search the web
  • run AppleScripts
  • extend the pasteboard
  • enter text snippets
  • simulate keystrokes
  • control iTunes
  • more...


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