WinSwitch
WinSwitch
3.2.1
4.3
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WinSwitch free download for Mac

WinSwitch for Mac3.2.1

05 April 2006

Access fast user switching via slim menubar item.

What is WinSwitch for Mac

WinSwitch did a superb job with its new Fast User Switching feature in Panther (Mac OS X 10.3), but for users with long names, the associated menu item is a terrible waste of precious Menu Bar real estate.
  • Access the feature through a compact, icon-sized Menu Bar icon.
  • Closely matches the performance and style of the Apple-provided menu, but without all the bulk.
  • In fact, it even corrects some problems with Apple's menu by eliminating certain "daemon" users which shouldn't show up in the list, and by improving the alignment of user icons in the menu.
  • WinSwitch gives you rapid access to the Accounts preference pane, and is completely customizable, allowing you to choose from six different menu bar styles: Standard icon, User picture, Full username, Short username, First name only, and Initials.
  • You can also optionally display the root user, define a hot key to take you back to the login window, and adjust the size of your user pictures both in the menu bar and inside the menu itself.
  • For power users, WinSwitch can automatically run applications and scripts of your choosing whenever you switch in or switch out.

What's new in WinSwitch

Version 3.2.1:
  • fixes a crashing issue on launch.
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John-Sawyer-CJS
John-Sawyer-CJS
Feb 5 2008
3.2.1
0.0
Feb 5 2008
0.0
Version: 3.2.1
Winswitch 3.2.1 doesn't work under OS 10.5--it shows in the menu bar, but it lists no user accounts.
Guest
Guest
Apr 7 2006
3.2.1
2.0
Apr 7 2006
2.0
Version: 3.2.1
On my iMac/Intel the System Preferences/Security feature of "Requiring a password to wake computer from sleep or screen saver" does not work when using WinSwitch. After removing WinSwitch and resetting User Login then re-starting my iMac the Security worked.
Cruzdrew
Cruzdrew
Mar 11 2006
3.2b
0.0
Mar 11 2006
0.0
Version: 3.2b
In accounts in system prefereces you can switch enable fast user switching to icon
Gee4orce
Gee4orce
Mar 10 2006
3.2b
0.0
Mar 10 2006
0.0
Version: 3.2b
Feature suggestion: It would be great if the menu could show the number of unread emails in Mail; that way I can avoid switching accounts just to 'check my email'. ...a hack to display this on the login screen would be fantastic too !
Semiotek
Semiotek
Mar 10 2006
3.2b
0.0
Mar 10 2006
0.0
Version: 3.2b
The disadvantage with the way iTunes used to work was that you had to remember to quit it when logging in to another account, or else it couldn't be opened in that account. Personally, I prefer it as it is now. Anyhow, it's nothing to do with WinSwitch.
Twister-Mcs
Twister-Mcs
Mar 10 2006
3.2b
0.0
Mar 10 2006
0.0
Version: 3.2b
I'd like to see a key command to switch from all accounts
Guest
Guest
Aug 23 2005
3.1
5.0
Aug 23 2005
5.0
Version: 3.1
I wanted to check WinSwitch to see if it fixed my biggest complaint with Tiger's Fast User Switching, which is the way it interrupts iTunes playback when switching accounts, something that didn't happen in Panther and definitely not what I expect to happen if I'm in the middle of listening to a song and my girlfriend decides to user her account. Anyway, here's for adding a preference for iTunes to keep playing when switching accounts in the next version! :-)
Guest
Guest
Jun 15 2005
3.1
5.0
Jun 15 2005
5.0
Version: 3.1
Excellent. Works in my bilingual family (Spanish/English) perfectly. My thanks to the developer.
Guest
Guest
May 28 2005
3.1
5.0
May 28 2005
5.0
Version: 3.1
My only problem with this application is that it should be possible to install it without an installer, simply by dragging it into ~/Library/Menu Extras. Especially annoying is the way it forces all your other menu extras to restart...
Guest
Guest
May 13 2005
3.1
5.0
May 13 2005
5.0
Version: 3.1
Excellent Programme
Guest
Guest
Mar 31 2005
3.0.1
5.0
Mar 31 2005
5.0
Version: 3.0.1
In this version,it seems that the Japanese localization have updated. But,still, the same part have not been localized into Japanese neatly! The part is in the 1st.part,"Introduction" and the 3 rd. part,"Install files" in the all 4 parts processed window. All the 4 part have localized only the buttons,not the main text body at all. Therefore, the 1st. and 3 rd. parts have been mismatched between the descriptional body text and test on the button below in the part' window. I suggest at least the 1 st. and 3 rd. part ,"Introduction" and "Install files", be localized a.s.a.p.
asmeurer-1
asmeurer-1
Mar 30 2005
3.0.1
4.0
Mar 30 2005
4.0
Version: 3.0.1
Needs Keyboard shortcuts for individual users. I can do this with Quicksilver Triggers, but not all users use Quicksilver on my computer. Please, until Apple creates a login window that opens instantly, this feature would be invaluable.
Guest
Guest
Mar 29 2005
3.0.1
5.0
Mar 29 2005
5.0
Version: 3.0.1
An invaluable addition to every Mac. Way better than Apple's fast user switching menu! Everything about this is well thought out and beautifully done. As for paranoia and the request to have it possible to install without the installer... if you're really concerned you should be looking at the source and compiling from it, not installing from the binary. The source code is available from the web page.
Guest
Guest
Mar 29 2005
3.0.1
5.0
Mar 29 2005
5.0
Version: 3.0.1
I really like this program. I saves me some serious room on the menubar over Apple's FUS control.
Guest
Guest
Mar 10 2005
3.0
5.0
Mar 10 2005
5.0
Version: 3.0
Apparently this needs to be 'installed' by an installer. No option is given to install manually, and I can't see a reason why this would do any harm. If the developer could offer a build sans installer for those of us who are either paranoid or don't want to install WinSwitch for all users, it'd be much appreciated.
Guest
Guest
Mar 9 2005
3.0
5.0
Mar 9 2005
5.0
Version: 3.0
Excellent. Thank you !
Guest
Guest
Mar 9 2005
3.0
5.0
Mar 9 2005
5.0
Version: 3.0
Works as expected. It's free and it's better than Apple's FUS. The small icon saves a lot of space on my small iBook screen. No more menu clutter and so far I never had any problems with WinSwitch. Thank you.
Guest
Guest
Mar 9 2005
3.0
5.0
Mar 9 2005
5.0
Version: 3.0
I updated and now the menu item has disappeared! How do I re-enable it?! I checked the Fast User Switching menu in the Users pref-pane and, as required, it is off. Now, amusingly, while the previous version did work, it used to prevent my Processor Preferences icon from showing up. Now the Processor Preferences does show up, but WinSwitch is gone. I tried disabling Processor Preferences and loging out/in but to no avail. Any ideas?
Guest
Guest
Mar 9 2005
3.0
5.0
Mar 9 2005
5.0
Version: 3.0
I am the previous commenter below. Thanks for your effort! I was just about to report a bug when I saw that it had gone final. If you have two users open, are switched into one bring up the Log Out Dialog (Command-Shift-Q) click on the user you want to switch into and then quickly press enter to dismiss the dialog just before it switches (log out in background) the winswitch menu doesn't read this in the newly switched user. In other words, the list of logged in users might have to be recached when the user clicks on the menu icon (or work out if the list of logged in users is different from the cached version and if so redraw the menu contents). I think Apple's menu follows this pattern, as it doesn't have this problem.
Guest
Guest
Dec 21 2004
3.0b
5.0
Dec 21 2004
5.0
Version: 3.0b
Great software but there are a few (minor) UI glitches in v3.0b. The name next to the picture in the menu is no longer vertically centered. "User picture size inside menu" pref defaults wrongly when first starting up. The "5" above it is unaligned. That's all. Fix that and it's fine.
Guest
Guest
Dec 15 2004
3.0b
5.0
Dec 15 2004
5.0
Version: 3.0b
I used to use this, until I discovered that Butler has a similar ability. Is there anything that Butler can't do????
Guest
Guest
Dec 8 2004
3.0b
5.0
Dec 8 2004
5.0
Version: 3.0b
Does the job better than the Apple original. I think that is the best comment I can give. On my iBook everything is messed up anyway so I just don't need more space covered with my name. Just a small picture is fine enough for me and its purpose.
Guest
Guest
Dec 8 2004
3.0b
5.0
Dec 8 2004
5.0
Version: 3.0b
Great! The keyboard commands were the one thing I wanted and didn't have in earlier versions. Again, I'm only giving it four stars in "Ease of Use" because I have to activate it in each account. (Yes, I'm lazy.) If there was a 4.5, I'd give it that. Features: it does what it promises to do without problems or bloat. What more can I ask for? Ease of Use: see above Value: free, and good. What a deal. Stability: it's never crashed on me, which is more than I can say for most software.
asmeurer-1
asmeurer-1
Dec 7 2004
3.0b
4.0
Dec 7 2004
4.0
Version: 3.0b
Good. Needs more keyboard shortcut support, though.
Guest
Guest
Dec 7 2004
3.0b
5.0
Dec 7 2004
5.0
Version: 3.0b
This is a great little app. Would it be possible to add the ability to "ignore" arbitrary accounts? Sometimes I don't want certain accounts listed, and disabling the account in Netinfo is overkill.
BDog
BDog
Dec 6 2004
3.0b
5.0
Dec 6 2004
5.0
Version: 3.0b
Great MenuExtra. Tons of features. I've NEVER had a problem with this, in all released versions. Keep up the great work and keep those features a'comin!!
Guest
Guest
Oct 8 2004
2.0
0.0
Oct 8 2004
0.0
Version: 2.0
I receive a Panic Kernel when switching to root user or a desktop screen without dock, without menus, with no options at all except to restart.
Guest
Guest
Oct 1 2004
2.0
5.0
Oct 1 2004
5.0
Version: 2.0
Kudos. This little icon is perfect.
Guest
Guest
Sep 15 2004
2.0
5.0
Sep 15 2004
5.0
Version: 2.0
Simply perfect. You improved the OS usability.
Guest
Guest
Sep 7 2004
2.0
5.0
Sep 7 2004
5.0
Version: 2.0
Features: 5. It has the features it needs, and the work. What a deal. Ease of Use: 4. Click & Go. The only thing I can think of that would be easier would be a switch-out keystroke, and for all I know, there is one. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is the need to activate per each account. Value: 5. It works as advertised, and it's free. What better value than that? Stability: 5. It's caused me no problems. Conclusion: I like it.
Guest
Guest
Sep 7 2004
2.0
0.0
Sep 7 2004
0.0
Version: 2.0
Wonderful. It is so nicely integrated that we could believe it is by default “part of the system”. I look forward for future evolutions of this software. Best Regards, Steve Fortin, From Canada.
Guest
Guest
Aug 31 2004
1.5
5.0
Aug 31 2004
5.0
Version: 1.5
An excellent app which saves heaps of menubar realestate. I would agree with comment below that it would be good to be able to install this for all users rather than having to install individually.
Guest
Guest
Aug 24 2004
1.5
5.0
Aug 24 2004
5.0
Version: 1.5
Cool and useful (more and more apps. seem to create a menu icon whether you ask them to or not, and it does chew up a lot of space). The only drawback: when you install it it only works for the current User. Each User has to install it independently. I don't quite see why a User with an Administrator account shouldn't be able to install it across the entire Mac.
Guest
Guest
Aug 24 2004
1.5
5.0
Aug 24 2004
5.0
Version: 1.5
do we really need another program like this? i can think of at least four others. and guess what? they are FREE!
Guest
Guest
Aug 23 2004
1.5
5.0
Aug 23 2004
5.0
Version: 1.5
What's better in this one than in Butler?
Guest
Guest
Aug 22 2004
1.4.1
5.0
Aug 22 2004
5.0
Version: 1.4.1
Excellent app which helps you save tremendous amounts of menu bar space. I have iCal, Airport, Ink, Sound, and the clock all in my menu bar, and certain apps would cut off some of the icons when switched to. WinSwitch solved the issue for me, and it looks like it belongs there anyway.
Guest
Guest
Jul 29 2004
1.4.1
5.0
Jul 29 2004
5.0
Version: 1.4.1
Nice, but I'm looking for something that will let me change users with a keyboard shortcut (panther's keyboard shortcut changer doesn't seem to work with the one that comes with panther. maybe this could be a new feature for this.
BDog
BDog
Jul 26 2004
1.4.1
5.0
Jul 26 2004
5.0
Version: 1.4.1
The option to show root is what I've been waiting for!!
James
James
Jul 25 2004
1.4
5.0
Jul 25 2004
5.0
Version: 1.4
This is now not only as go as the Apple menu, it is much better than the Apple menu. It has become a "must have" for me and will be for anyone who uses lots of menus and who has limited menu bar space. It also has better functionality than Apple's product. It demonstrates what Apple should have done and hopefully will in Tiger. Hopefully they will just compensate this developer for his ideas in a straightforward manner.
Guest
Guest
Jul 25 2004
1.4
5.0
Jul 25 2004
5.0
Version: 1.4
Excellent. Simply needs FUSKey functionality built in to be perfect.
Guest
Guest
Jul 25 2004
1.3
5.0
Jul 25 2004
5.0
Version: 1.3
Cool App. But what an incredibly stupid name... ARGH
Guest
Guest
Jul 14 2004
1.3
5.0
Jul 14 2004
5.0
Version: 1.3
I'd like this functionality but I'm hesitant to test it unless its easy to remove from my system. Can anyone tell me if its a real menu item or a menu extra? For example, can it be repositioned by cmd+drag like Apples items or is it fixed in place on the left of Apples menus like other 3rd party items. I like my user list all the way to the right, and just the positioning factor would be enough for me to stick with Apples built in menu item.
Guest
Guest
Jun 20 2004
1.2.1
5.0
Jun 20 2004
5.0
Version: 1.2.1
Cool program. Does exactly what it says it would do, and I've yet to come across any problems with it. An option I've always wanted and wasn't able to have till now. It's as if you're reading my mind, man!
White-Fire
White-Fire
Jun 20 2004
1.2.1
0.0
Jun 20 2004
0.0
Version: 1.2.1
For those of you who only want to install this application (yes, it is great) on their local user but _not_ on the entire machine, an installer is not ideal. However, the installer just moves things around, so it must get them from somewhere. It gets it from inside the Installer.app's own resource Contents, so it is relatively simple to just manually get it out yourself and install locally. After mounting the disk image that this installer comes in, control-click on the Installer.app's icon, then select 'Show Package Contents'. Find the WinSwitch.menu file in this path: Contents/Resources/Files.localized/0 and move it to ~/Library/MenuExtras/ in your home folder. After that you will want to run it and then add it to your LoginItems in SystemPreferences -> Accounts.
Hhochilora
Hhochilora
May 22 2004
1.2
5.0
May 22 2004
5.0
Version: 1.2
great except for one thing... when in screen saver mode it doesn't show the switch user option which was valuable to me...the only way i can enable that is using apples user switching... be nice to have that added to win switch
Guest
Guest
Apr 7 2004
1.2
5.0
Apr 7 2004
5.0
Version: 1.2
Fabulous.
Lazydesert
Lazydesert
Apr 5 2004
1.2
5.0
Apr 5 2004
5.0
Version: 1.2
I'm the only user on my machine, and I use WinSwitch for "locking"my machine when I'm not using it. I can move over to the login window and have my program continue to run in the background. A+ !
Guest
Guest
Apr 3 2004
1.1
0.0
Apr 3 2004
0.0
Version: 1.1
I have tried all the fast-user switching apps there are and I have to say this one is the best-first of all it has the coolest icon, but if you don't like that you have the option of changing it (something I couldn't find on other similar apps). I would say this is easliy the best user switching app and a must have for any Panther user.
Guest
Guest
Apr 1 2004
1.1
5.0
Apr 1 2004
5.0
Version: 1.1
Why are all my accounts duplicated in the list? eg. Account 1 Account 1 Current user Account 3 Account 3
BDog
BDog
Apr 1 2004
1.1
5.0
Apr 1 2004
5.0
Version: 1.1
This is excellent. The only feature I would like to see is an option to add "Root" (if enabled) to the list of users. But I don't know if you can do this, since it doesn't show up in the list @ Login Window.
Guest
Guest
Apr 1 2004
1.1
5.0
Apr 1 2004
5.0
Version: 1.1
One Word.... GREAT
Guest
Guest
Mar 29 2004
1.0
5.0
Mar 29 2004
5.0
Version: 1.0
In trying to download this file to my computer, both here and on the developer's site, I get a text file called "download.php." I even tried to download via my "download link" contextual menu. Simply changing the extension from ".php" to ".dmg" will allow you to unpack the file and see the app.
Guest
Guest
Mar 29 2004
1.0
5.0
Mar 29 2004
5.0
Version: 1.0
This is the forth one of these replacements for Apple's FUS and this is the first one (other than Apple's) to accurately show the state of the other users. I don't know if the failing of the others is due to a conflict with some other hack I have running, but I am glad to finally have one that works on my system.
Free
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0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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