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Spirited Away
Spirited Away
0.7.2
4.1
0.0
Spirited Away free download for Mac

Spirited Away for Mac0.7.2

04 November 2009

Hides inactive applications.

What is Spirited Away for Mac

Spirited Away checks each running application's activity, and if an application isn't active for a certain fixed time, Spirited Away hides the application automatically. It is, in effect, Spirited Away :-)

What's new in Spirited Away

Version 0.7.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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muuskuus
muuskuus
Sep 22 2014
0.7.2
0.5
Sep 22 2014
0.5
Version: 0.7.2
Stopped working in 10.9.5 ;(
Peterinwiesbaden
Peterinwiesbaden
Aug 17 2014
0.7.2
5.0
Aug 17 2014
5.0
Version: 0.7.2
Great app - but it lost contact to its developer - does anyone know more?
anonymous-lynx-5546
anonymous-lynx-5546
Dec 16 2013
0.7.2
4.5
Dec 16 2013
4.5
Version: 0.7.2
Great little app. Still working in Maverick 10.9. I wish there was an option to change the hiding time to 0, so it would hide other apps right away instead of waiting the minimum 1 second.
Bobzozus
Bobzozus
Jun 1 2012
0.7.2
5.0
Jun 1 2012
5.0
Version: 0.7.2
Works still in Lion. Keeping fingers crossed for Mountain Lion!
Philosopherdog
Philosopherdog
Dec 16 2010
0.7.2
5.0
Dec 16 2010
5.0
Version: 0.7.2
Totally loving this little app. Brilliant!
Batominovski
Batominovski
Nov 28 2010
0.7.2
3.0
Nov 28 2010
3.0
Version: 0.7.2
It would be great if we can add some applications to the exclude list permanently. By "permanently" I mean that the system will remember the apps that have been added to the list, even after restarting. (I always have to manually add Safari and Finder to the exclude list manually, and this can sometimes be annoying.) PS: Please let me know if someone knows how to make a permanent exclude list for Spirited Away.
Tae-Young-Kim
Tae-Young-Kim
Apr 10 2010
0.7.2
0.0
Apr 10 2010
0.0
Version: 0.7.2
Link is changed. (due to url change of dropbox scheme) https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1025/spiritedaway/Spirited%20Away.zip
Nicksloan
Nicksloan
Nov 25 2009
0.7.2
0.0
Nov 25 2009
0.0
Version: 0.7.2
This is a very neat little app, but I wish the status item could be greyed when SA is deactivated. I would suggest this direct to the developer, but I can find no way to contact them.
Wentworth3
Wentworth3
Nov 4 2009
0.7.2
0.0
Nov 4 2009
0.0
Version: 0.7.2
Link Fixed! Thanks for the update on this utility.
Macolyte
Macolyte
Nov 4 2009
0.7.2
5.0
Nov 4 2009
5.0
Version: 0.7.2
I've been running Spirited Away for a year or two, and I don't know what computing would be without it. It does what it does, invisibly, with access right there on your menu bar. Brilliant software.
Fvdg
Fvdg
Nov 4 2009
0.7.2
0.0
Nov 4 2009
0.0
Version: 0.7.2
Dead link...
Nmege
Nmege
Oct 13 2009
0.7
0.0
Oct 13 2009
0.0
Version: 0.7
in v.0.7 under Leopard (10.5.7): the app doesn't show up in the dock nor task bar BUT in the menu bar. It took me some time to notice its icon up there (i have a big screen) and i would suggest the owner to include an introductory message at first launch, with an "open preferences" option.
Jakekei
Jakekei
Oct 10 2008
0.7
0.0
Oct 10 2008
0.0
Version: 0.7
Yes, 0.7 is not working in Leopard. 0.5 is not UB however I got one from http://homepage.mac.com/koh/.Public/SpiritedAway/Spirited%20AwayUB.zip this one with the option of 0.7 , is UB and works under leopard.
Dpacania
Dpacania
May 7 2008
0.7
0.0
May 7 2008
0.0
Version: 0.7
0.7 didn't work in leopard - but 0.5 is working just fine! very helpful app for those who need help with concentration but need to multi task as needed.
Robogobo
Robogobo
Sep 8 2007
0.7
0.0
Sep 8 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7
Link for previous version?
Case-Larsen
Case-Larsen
Aug 24 2007
0.7
0.0
Aug 24 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7
Version 0.7 doesn't hide the windows on my OS 10.4.10 computer.
Apikoros
Apikoros
Jul 21 2007
0.7
2.0
Jul 21 2007
2.0
Version: 0.7
I used v.5 on my Intel Core Duo iMac running OS 10.4.9, and it functioned very well. I'm afraid v.7 is non-functional, so I'm reverting.
Brianb
Brianb
May 4 2007
0.7
0.0
May 4 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7
Console logs from an attempted launch on 10.3.9 dyld: /Users/brianbowling/Applications/Spirited Away.app/Contents/MacOS/Spirited Away Undefined symbols: /Users/brianbowling/Applications/Spirited Away.app/Contents/MacOS/Spirited Away undefined reference to _NSViewAnimationEffectKey expected to be defined in Cocoa /Users/brianbowling/Applications/Spirited Away.app/Contents/MacOS/Spirited Away undefined reference to _NSViewAnimationEndFrameKey expected to be defined in Cocoa /Users/brianbowling/Applications/Spirited Away.app/Contents/MacOS/Spirited Away undefined reference to _NSViewAnimationFadeInEffect expected to be defined in Cocoa /Users/brianbowling/Applications/Spirited Away.app/Contents/MacOS/Spirited Away undefined reference to _NSViewAnimationFadeOutEffect expected to be defined in Cocoa /Users/brianbowling/Applications/Spirited Away.app/Contents/MacOS/Spirited Away undefined reference to _NSViewAnimationStartFrameKey expected to be defined in Cocoa /Users/brianbowling/Applications/Spirited Away.app/Contents/MacOS/Spirited A
Lainhateslife
Lainhateslife
Mar 25 2007
0.7
0.0
Mar 25 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7
yes it's true it's not working on my computer either i just got a macbook pro several days ago.
TwisterMc
TwisterMc
Mar 20 2007
0.7
0.0
Mar 20 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7
Looks great but doesn't launch on 10.3.9
Jteam
Jteam
Feb 19 2007
0.7
5.0
Feb 19 2007
5.0
Version: 0.7
Excellent little app, that I thought was destined to be forever non-UB (and thus banished from my new computer) has been resurrected as a UB. Hurrah!
Hickory
Hickory
Jul 20 2006
0.5
0.0
Jul 20 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5
It would be good to get an Intel-compatible version - the developer site is down and there's no source code available.
Isaac-Newton
Isaac-Newton
Mar 4 2006
0.5
0.0
Mar 4 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5
Really great utility to keep visual distractions to a minimum. I use it with MenuShade and FocusLayer. All apps work with Tiger and are free and available on MacUpdate :) I'd like to be able to change the time to hide with the slider all the way down to 1 second or instant if possible (currently only goes down to 30 seconds). The preference pane also pops up when the program starts. Thanks for the program.
Guest
Guest
Oct 22 2005
0.5
5.0
Oct 22 2005
5.0
Version: 0.5
Miyazaki's most thrillingest,sweetest,and frightningest feture yet
Bill-B
Bill-B
Aug 10 2005
0.5
4.5
Aug 10 2005
4.5
Version: 0.5
Hey! A really nice little app! I agree with bamse, though. A choice of menubar or dock item would be nice. The menubar tends to get crowded. There is a suggestion in the release notes to delete it's preference file to clear up the problem with the preference pane appearing every time it's started, but it hasn't worked for me.
Guest
Guest
May 9 2005
0.5
5.0
May 9 2005
5.0
Version: 0.5
any unix-type person looking for multiple desktops for osx needs to check this out immediately! now i need to find a spirited away kind of thing for gnome...
Guest
Guest
May 8 2005
0.5
5.0
May 8 2005
5.0
Version: 0.5
sorry about the "backup your claims" in my previous post. Spirited Away is part of a balanced Mac diet for heavy users.
Guest
Guest
Mar 18 2005
0.4
5.0
Mar 18 2005
5.0
Version: 0.4
Ace! No featuritis, low CPU load and genuinely useful!
Guest
Guest
Feb 22 2005
0.4
5.0
Feb 22 2005
5.0
Version: 0.4
This is so far my favourite solution for keeping the screen clean from too many windows. At first I used a utility called AutoHide, which I feel is worthy mentioning too, but the way Spirited Away works simply suits me better. One minor issue has been that the menu item eventually becomes unresponsive, i.e. until I doubleclick the application. But usually I really don't need to access the menu item, so... well, it's kind of cute but nevertheless occupies space on my 12" iBook and I would appreciate the option to hide it. Thanks! :-)
Guest
Guest
Nov 10 2004
0.4
5.0
Nov 10 2004
5.0
Version: 0.4
Any chance of getting the source for this released? I want it to work completely in the background, without a menu item. One star off for having too many features.
Guest
Guest
Nov 7 2004
0.4
5.0
Nov 7 2004
5.0
Version: 0.4
If Apple has listed this app on its Mac OS X Downloads page, than it's a worthy app
Guest
Guest
Nov 3 2004
0.3
5.0
Nov 3 2004
5.0
Version: 0.3
Works great no crashes so far. I use it in conjunction with "speed freak" and it's a great marriage. I wish there was an option to set the delay for each application instead of universally. GREAT JOB!!!
Guest
Guest
Oct 21 2004
0.3
5.0
Oct 21 2004
5.0
Version: 0.3
seems like a good idea. but after launching it, I couldn't use any command-keys in any application. i.e. pressing CMD-H to hide the app would do nothing (nor would any other key combo). seems like it was eating the events. so i'll wait on this one.
Guest
Guest
Oct 20 2004
0.3
5.0
Oct 20 2004
5.0
Version: 0.3
The last post seems little off to me. From what I can tell the developer is simply making use of the built in hide command in OSX. I am on a powerbook G4 and experience no speed problems restoring apps.
Guest
Guest
Oct 18 2004
0.2
0.0
Oct 18 2004
0.0
Version: 0.2
I deleted this application immediately after running it because it slowed the normal operation of the finder so much my Dual G5 became unusable -- it appeared that the entire machine was locking up every time I tried to change to a hidden app. Based on my experience I'd give it one star, but perhaps it was something about my particular setup that it didn't like. At any rate, be warned.
Guest
Guest
Oct 18 2004
0.2
5.0
Oct 18 2004
5.0
Version: 0.2
Hmm.. I'll keep using 0.1 with LSUIElement in the Info.plist. My menubar is already overcrowded - this works well enough that I don't need or want a menu item to mess with it.
Guest
Guest
Oct 17 2004
0.2
5.0
Oct 17 2004
5.0
Version: 0.2
Great Idea! And 0% CPU Load. Awesome job! Could you add a renice feature also? So that after a period of inactivity you RENICE the the busy apps to take on a user specifed percentage of what was given to the old ones? That would be awesome! Thanks, Evan Evans
Guest
Guest
Oct 17 2004
0.2
5.0
Oct 17 2004
5.0
Version: 0.2
great idea! The one feature I'd love to see added is exclusion of applications that get spirited away.
Guest
Guest
Oct 17 2004
0.2
5.0
Oct 17 2004
5.0
Version: 0.2
Great little utility, but please do something about the preferences. It pops up everytime you start the app. I have set it to Startup Items, so thats very annoying.
Guest
Guest
Oct 17 2004
0.1
5.0
Oct 17 2004
5.0
Version: 0.1
Finally, I release new version. and it was changed application style from Standard Application to Menu Bar. Thanks for your feedbacks.
Guest
Guest
Oct 8 2004
0.1
5.0
Oct 8 2004
5.0
Version: 0.1
You can 'hack' Spirited Away yourself to get rid of its dock icon - just add LSUIElement = 1 to its Info.plist.
Guest
Guest
Sep 8 2004
0.1
5.0
Sep 8 2004
5.0
Version: 0.1
I'm having some trouble with Spirited Away on OS 10.3.5. When I launch the application, the "Hide..." option becomes grayed out in certain applications, seemingly at random. Certain apps also won't move to the front when clicked on. These problems reliably disappear when I quit Spirited Away. Anyone else with similar problems?
Mugget
Mugget
Sep 8 2004
0.1
4.8
Sep 8 2004
4.8
Version: 0.1
wow, cool stuff. :D i've just got it on my Mac, havne't left it alone long enough to see it hide anything yet, but great stuff. and very low CPU usage, really good. update> it just hid an app when i left it for a bit. kind of a shock, i saw it disappear and thought it had crashed! but it's okay, Spirited Away just hid it. :)
Guest
Guest
Sep 7 2004
0.1
5.0
Sep 7 2004
5.0
Version: 0.1
the app looks simple but what I like most about it is that it takes little CPU%. This is so important for software that are meant to be working in the background.
Drikin317
Drikin317
Sep 5 2004
0.1
0.0
Sep 5 2004
0.0
Version: 0.1
Thanks for some comments. I'm very glad to see its. Spirited Away is my first Cocoa Application it was published. I think that next version impliment exclusion list. and I think about Dock icon too. Thanks again. I'm Japanese developer. I can't speak English well sorry:-(
Guest
Guest
Sep 5 2004
0.1
5.0
Sep 5 2004
5.0
Version: 0.1
Any chance of a source code release so I could try back-porting it to Jaguar?
Guest
Guest
Sep 5 2004
0.1
5.0
Sep 5 2004
5.0
Version: 0.1
NOt a bad idea - 2 suggestions though. Add an exceptions list (as has been stated), and perhaps give an option to hide the dock icon - and have a menu item instead - or a floating window, or something...
Guest
Guest
Sep 5 2004
0.1
5.0
Sep 5 2004
5.0
Version: 0.1
Made me think "Damn, why didn't I think of that... It's like a dozen lines of code" I thought it'd be one of those 'neat' UI gimmicks that I'd download and trash, but it's actually improving the way I use my Mac. My screen is just so less cluttered now, with no action on my part other than launching this app. Exclusion list would be nice. as would hiding the dock icon. It's nice and all, but it's taking up space.
Guest
Guest
Sep 5 2004
0.1
5.0
Sep 5 2004
5.0
Version: 0.1
To author: Excellent idea! It would be nice to have an exclusion list in the Preferences... what do you think?
Free
4.1
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
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