Trampoline
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(5) 4.4

Unique file launcher (was Bullseye).   Shareware ($19.95)
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Trampoline (formerly Bullseye) is the shortest route to the things you use most. You have a set of core tools, the things you use many many many times a day. With Trampoline, those things are never more than a few pixels away.

Press a hot key, and a circular launcher appears all around your cursor. Every tool you put in the Trampoline is within easy reach. Just move your mouse in the direction of the thing you want, and then click.

Very shortly, you become used to the placement of your favorite things. Your hand begins to associate moving in a certain direction with
What's New
Version 2.4.1:
  • Scroll wheel to advance between pages - a scroll wheel event causes a page advance.
  • Fixed a bug where quitting an app from the Trampoline could cause Trampoline to crash on non-English systems
  • Fixed another crash in the Add Special menu
  • The Add Special menu will no longer follow aliases to other folders inside the Applications folder.
  • Moved the quit menu item to the top of the contextual menu for running applications
Version 2.4.1:
  • Scroll wheel to advance between pages - a scroll wheel event causes a page advance.
  • Fixed a bug where quitting an app from the Trampoline could cause Trampoline to crash on non-English systems
  • Fixed another crash in the Add Special menu
  • The Add Special menu will no longer follow aliases to other folders inside the Applications folder.
  • Moved more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later (including Mac OS X 10.5)



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Trampoline User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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hmurchison commented on 05 Jul 2009
Installed Trampoline to check it out. Nice app but it used roughly 70MB of system RAM which is way too much for this app. It needs to be down around 20-30MB which is were Overflow resides. When you have a Mac with 2GB maximum you can't afford to be giving up RAM in such chunks.
[Version 2.4]


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+30

Plasterpyrus reviewed on 25 Aug 2008
Very cool application, I have used it since its inception and keeps on going. I use it for a variety of uses great way to access all kinds of files
[Version 2.3.3]


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+7

DrAdrienYouell reviewed on 19 Feb 2008
I love Trampoline, it's not just another launcher, it has a wonderful user interface. Just as the developer says, you get used to where your applications are, left, right, top, wherever in the circle. [I should be talking of compass points ;-)

Initially you can load Trampoline from your Dock apps. Thereafter I pulled off Dock items I rarely used and ADDed them to Trampoline. I also pulled from Dock apps I rarely open first such as TextEdit, I will be double clicking on a txt document.

Trampoline is the BEST launcher with a fascinating opening using Option-Space. My `dock has shrunk leaving only most used apps for opening of for dragging files onto Dock icon.

Though valid 'Jefflass' misses the point about limitations to Apple's Dock... [and I dislike multiple Dock apps]. I have up to 64 icons in Trampoline's circle, some are apps to test or learn. That's a Dock of 64 items, so far only apps, not documents, including a slimmed down Dock.

'Easer' makes a great point of using Mouse centre button to launch Trampoline.

In my assessment I give high marks also for innovation and usefulness.
Yours
Adrien UK
[Version 2.3.3]


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easer reviewed on 18 Feb 2008
I want to make my comments more overt here. This program has significantly reduced my pending carpal tunnel problems. Instead of having to make numerous trips to the dock (or other program switchers), I programmed my center mouse button to pop up the Trampoline menu when I click it. It's a lot easier for me to traverse a small piece of screen realty to find what I want. This might sound trivial, but as I've gotten older, it has made a significant difference. (I've been using Macs for nearly 20 years.) In addition, the program is highly configurable and fast. The developer has also always been prompt with replies and consideration of feature requests. This is a program one should check out before dismissing it as "yet another program switcher and launcher." I'll take it over the dock any day.
[Version 2.3.3]


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JeffLass commented on 08 Oct 2007
Why would software developers continue to spend so much time and effort developing software for Mac OS 10 that is essentially obsoleted by an OS feature that already exists, such as THE DOCK? The DOCK started out as a prominent desktop feature of the wonderful NeXT OS that has since morphed into Mac OS 10.

A similar comment was made recently about the SAPIENS software (also a circular popup menu), though which is somewhat different in that it continually adapts and changes according to app usage, and is activated with a circular motion of the mouse.

BOTH the Mac OS 10 and the Windows XP have DOCKs that enable one-click access to often-used apps. I currently have 40 favorite apps in my DOCKs on my Macs. The Mac DOCK's magnification feature is superb.

LEOPARD will be providing a DOCK feature that springs up in an arc from the DOCK to offer access to apps, utilities, and files. I have had essentially the same thing for years on my Tiger DOCKs, and it's so easy to do: (1) create a folder in the home directory and give it an appropriate name; (2) drag new folder to DOCK on the right side of the vertical separator; (3) drag aliases for desired apps and utilities into the new folder; (4) click and hold mouse on DOCK folder to reveal a popup list to quickly select from.

The following DOCK folder popups have proven very useful for me: Utilities, A/V apps, iApps, Scripts, Documents. Since the latter is already a 'provided' folder in the home directory, the DOCK version also cleverly displays a cover icon.

If the DOCK didn't already exist, then both Trampoline and Sapiens would prove to be indispensable. Still needed though are unique and deft utilities and apps that are NOT already essentially provided by Mac OS 10 ...
[Version 2.3]

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easer replied on 29 Oct 2007
With Trampoline, it's easier on my wrist to select items within a small, confined circle than it is to move my mouse over to the dock. Seems trivial, I realize, but grow older and see how this kind of wrist strain can add up over time. Trampoline cuts down on my carpal tunnel problems, and that's what makes it worthwhile to me.
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Brainois replied on 08 Jan 2008
Since I discovered and bought Sapiens... i almost never use the DOCK anymore... Sapiens or Trampoline are what the dock should have been from scratch... Compared to sapiens or trampoline, the dock is just a waste of screen space. Sorry if you did not catch how superior sapiens or trampoline are...
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JeffLass commented on 08 Oct 2007
Why would software developers continue to spend so much time and effort developing software for Mac OS 10 that is essentially obsoleted by an OS feature that already exists, such as THE DOCK? The DOCK started out as a prominent desktop feature of the wonderful NeXT OS that has since morphed into Mac OS 10.

A similar comment was made recently about the SAPIENS software (also a circular popup menu), though which is somewhat different in that it continually adapts and changes according to app usage, and is activated with a circular motion of the mouse.

BOTH the Mac OS 10 and the Windows XP have DOCKs that enable one-click access to often-used apps. I currently have 40 favorite apps in my DOCKs on my Macs. The Mac DOCK's magnification feature is superb.

LEOPARD will be providing a DOCK feature that springs up in an arc from the DOCK to offer access to apps, utilities, and files. I have had essentially the same thing for years on my Tiger DOCKs, and it's so easy to do: (1) create a folder in the home directory and give it an appropriate name; (2) drag new folder to DOCK on the right side of the vertical separator; (3) drag aliases for desired apps and utilities into the new folder; (4) click and hold mouse on DOCK folder to reveal a popup list to quickly select from.

The following DOCK folder popups have proven very useful for me: Utilities, A/V apps, iApps, Scripts, Documents. Since the latter is already a 'provided' folder in the home directory, the DOCK version also cleverly displays a cover icon.

If the DOCK didn't already exist, then both Trampoline and Sapiens would prove to be indispensable. Still needed though are unique and deft utilities and apps that are NOT already essentially provided by Mac OS 10 ...
[Version 2.3]


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mday commented on 26 Sep 2007
Please ignore my previous comments...I did not realize that when I had downloaded 2.2.3 that I was still looking at 2.2.2. Good Work Trampoline...2.2.3 looks like the first moment the public should now take a good look at your work. Worth downloading and checking out now...FOLKS...Try a bounce on this trampoline...No Negative Impact!
[Version 2.2.3]

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Old Jewel Software (developer) replied on 26 Sep 2007
Hi MDay,

You have every right to be annoyed at version 2.2.2. The only defense I have is that I don't have a G5 or MacPro to test against, so I depended on users to contact me and collaborate to figure out what was going on.

I'm glad to hear that version 2.2.3 worked better for you. In the future, feel free to contact me if you have a problem with Trampoline.
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mday commented on 26 Sep 2007
2.2.2 still crashes...if you try and change hot key...crash...if you have prefs open and touch desktop crash...if you doubleclick on it it opens but closes and always has to opened twice....How about you guys TEST for awhile before rushing out to give us all another buggy tease!? G5 dual processor 4gig ram - 10.4.9.
[Version 2.2.3]


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drummist53 commented on 23 Sep 2007
2.2.2. crashes as well...had to revert to 2.2 too
[Version 2.2.2]

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Old Jewel Software (developer) replied on 23 Sep 2007
please, please please contact me about this guys. I can't fix a bug that I can't test. None of my machines crash. I need your help.

Both of you has reported on the site, neither of you has contacted me.
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easer reviewed on 23 Jun 2007
The main benefit for me is that it reduces wrist strain. I do a lot of program switching, and after awhile, it does get to be a bit of a strain to move my mouse to the dock, hover around until I find the icon I want, etc. That might not seem like much, but I find Trampoline to be much faster and easier. It also has a lot of nice features built in that might not be immediately obvious (e.g., the ability to drag a file to an icon and open it; the ability to right-click a folder and launch items; etc.). I have found it well worth the money.
[Version 2.0.3]

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@timi replied on 23 Sep 2007
If you're into app switching a lot, try Apple-Tab.

Trampoline is a great app launcher, but I find Apple-Tab works a lot better for switching through already open apps.
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Aeschylus had trouble on 23 Sep 2007
Version 2.21 crashes every time I open the prefs on my iMac G5 1.8. Reverting to 2.2 is fine.
[Version 2.2.1]

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Old Jewel Software (developer) replied on 23 Sep 2007
Hi Aeschylus,

Please email me so I can try to fix this. macupdate@old-jewel.com.
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Downloads:14,438
Version Downloads:2,058
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Shareware
Date:05 Jul 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.95
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Trampoline (formerly Bullseye) is the shortest route to the things you use most. You have a set of core tools, the things you use many many many times a day. With Trampoline, those things are never more than a few pixels away.

Press a hot key, and a circular launcher appears all around your cursor. Every tool you put in the Trampoline is within easy reach. Just move your mouse in the direction of the thing you want, and then click.

Very shortly, you become used to the placement of your favorite things. Your hand begins to associate moving in a certain direction with opening a certain thing. This is when Trampoline really becomes useful. Before long, it's not something you even think about. Trampoline gets out of your way so you can get your work done.

That's the philosophy of Trampoline: stay out of your way until you need it, then be quick about getting you to the tools you need. No complex learning curve, no training, no time wasted on manuals, although there is a manual if you'd like to read it. In fact, there are even Video Tutorials that show Trampoline in action.

Give Trampoline a week and see if it doesn't make getting to the things you use most quicker and easier.

Note: Trampoline was once known as Bullseye, but has since gained a new look, many many new features, and a new attitude.


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