Butler
Butler
4.3.2

4.6

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Butler

4.3.2
10 April 2019

Hot key, menu, and keyword launcher.

Overview

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 -- for example, enter "qt" to launch QuickTime Player
  • hot keys -- for example, hit [F1] make iTunes switch to the next track
  • hot corners -- for example, [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 -- for example, 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...

What's new in Butler

Version 4.3.2:
  • Volumes Smart Items now sort volumes alphabetically
  • Firefox bookmarks support is now a visible-by-default feature again. Note that you still have to jump through an extra hoop to make Butler actually see your Firefox bookmarks

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anonymous-parakeet-3167
24 September 2013

Most helpful

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?
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Version 4.1.15
Kästchen der Ordnung
29 September 2018
Best Helper ever!
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Version 4.2.2
Lvdoc
27 September 2018
Wish it had dark theme, but at least it's now up to 64 bit. It's a great program, but like many reviewers here, I'm not keen on the company.
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Version 4.2.2
Every few years I check in to see if Butler v.5 has been released. Alas, we are now 9-10 years since the developer said 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!"

And the developer has never come clean about this, just quietly removed references to Butler 5 from their web site. Vaporware.

I use Alfred instead. And I refuse to use any of Many Tricks' apps because they are a dishonest company.
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Version 4.1.23
Macguruguy
24 September 2016
Doesn't work in 10.12 Sierra
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Version 4.1.22
2 answer(s)
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
26 September 2016
Same experience here.
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Macguruguy
Macguruguy
30 December 2016
New version 4.1.23: Menu locations still do not work in Sierra.
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ScienceGuy
10 August 2016
New version fixes the 10.9.5 bug. Many thanks for the the super-fast update.
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Version 4.1.22
Programhappy
09 August 2016
Butler 4.1.21 crashes on Mac OS 10.9.5. I've never had a single problem with Butler until updating today from 4.1.20 to 4.1.21.
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Version 4.1.21
2 answer(s)
ScienceGuy
ScienceGuy
09 August 2016
For me 4.1.21 just indefinitely tries to "initialize interface" on 10.9.5. Tried all the usual troubleshooting tricks, but had to revert to the previous version.
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Programhappy
Programhappy
09 August 2016
Exactly, ScienceGuy. You explained the problem more accurately. I, too, had no choice but to revert to 4.1.20.
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patriciogomez89
15 July 2016
Butler does a good job.
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Version 4.1.20
learnit77
04 March 2016
Even without functional updates, Butler is still one of my all time favourite and most useful OSX utilities I use and depend on every day on multiple Macs. Joining Default Folder, SuperDuper and the much missed FinderPop on my must have installed list. A Mac without these feels rather slow, limited and awkward to use. On 10.11.3 and all previous versions - for me - Butler is extremely stable. I do find that on 10.11.# some abbreviation triggers (which I use a lot more than hot keys) get lost or overridden every once in a while and need manually readding but that is the only minor issue. Using almost every feature of Butler with hundreds of custom scripts, web searches, keystrokes, folders, sites, etc. I find it is the only tool that can be configured to do everything I ask of it. Alfred, Quicksilver & LaunchBar have snazzier interfaces but they can't match Butler for real power and functionality. I'd still like to see version 5 add even morel features (I've suggested a few over the years - even before v5 was mentioned) but as long as it remains compatible with the latests OSX I'll be satisfied. Please please do give Butler some 2016 love Many Tricks!
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Version 4.1.20
1 answer(s)
neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
04 May 2016
"... much missed FinderPop"? That's still working without problems on my Mac with OS X 10.11.4 (would be terrible if not).

In general I also agree that Butler, Default Folder, and FinderPop are three of the most important utilities on my Mac (I do, however, prefer Carbon Copy Cloner over SuperDuper).
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wickedsp1d3r
28 December 2015
I can't even count how many times it crashed during 10-minute test run under OSX 10.11.2. Sad...
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Version 4.1.19
artie505
04 October 2015
So sad that this wonderful app has been abandoned...not so much as one functionality update in YEARS!!!
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Version 4.1.19
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4.6

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
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