Witch
Witch 3.9.3
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Shortcut for switching between windows.   Shareware ($14.00)
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Witch makes switching between windows easy. Have you ever wanted to switch to a certain window, not just the application it belongs to? While you can use Exposé to switch windows, doing so can be very clumsy if you're the keyboard-only type of user. And don't all of these windows look just the same when they are scaled down?

Witch lets you access all of your windows (in all Spaces using Mac OS X 10.6 and Witch 3.2 or newer) by pressing a shortcut and choosing from a clearly arranged list of window titles. You can also see an optional window preview before switching
What's New
Version 3.9.3:
  • Updated how-to-enable instructions for OS X 10.9 Mavericks users.
  • Added a workaround for XtraFinder.
  • Other minor bug fixes.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7 or later



MacUpdate - Witch




  • Optimal Layout
    +11

  • WindowFlow
    +8

  • Switché
    +7

  • DockView
    +5

  • HyperSwitch
    +2

  • Fantasktik
    +2
Witch User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Overall:
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Clakes commented on 09 Nov 2013
I'm sorry... I'm a good Mac lover since 2000, and trying to be kind here but...
Witch is a bloated helper, resource-hungry and sporting features I don't even need: Apple should get LiteSwitch code and inject it into the next OS release instead.
Pleasea
[Version 3.9.3]


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TheBloke reviewed on 23 Mar 2012
A wonderful app, totally indispensable for me!

I moved recently from Windows to OSX, and the one thing I could not stand about OSX is the handling of applications and windows. I used Windows and Linux for decades, and would use Alt-Tab hundreds of times a day and was very fast at switching back and forth between windows.

So I found the Mac's handling of Cmd-Tab to be a huge regression - I found it simply dreadful having to Cmd-Tab between apps, then separately cycle between windows with another shortcut.

Enter Witch, which solves all these problems, and has quite a few customisations and extra features which actually make it much better than Windows/Linux switching.

I very much like the numbering of windows, allowing the quick selection of a window by hitting its number. It has a good selection of fully customisable shortcuts (I have the main switcher configured to Cmd-Tab, disabling OSX's default application switcher, which I never use.) You can ignore apps or windows that match certain patterns, which is useful for excluding certain types of windows/panels that you never want to switch to. And the appearance is fully customisable with sensible and attractive defaults.

It's also fast and stable - I've never had a crash or seen a glitch.

For me, there's only one missing feature right now: the ability to disable the mouse from affecting the switcher. I often Cmd-Tab with my left hand with the mouse in my right, and that can cause me to move the pointer over the switcher, changing the selected window. This can slow my down sometimes, getting in the way of quickly flicking back and forth between windows. I'm contacting support to suggest they add that.

It's wonderful tool and I really can't enjoy OSX without it. If I could run only one productivity/UI app on OSX, it would be Witch.
[Version 3.8]

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TheBloke replied on 23 Mar 2012
I'll add "great support" to my review - I emailed Many Tricks regarding my "ignore mouse" feature request, and they got back to me within the hour.

For anyone else wanting to do this, there are already some hidden settings that can configure how the mouse is handled.

Disable Witch through the PrefPane, then open a Terminal and run any or all of the following (their meanings are self-explanatory):

defaults write ~/Library/Application Support/Witch/Settings "Ignore Mouse Movement" -bool YES
defaults write ~/Library/Application Support/Witch/Settings "Ignore Mouse Clicks" -bool YES
defaults write ~/Library/Application Support/Witch/Settings "Ignore Scroll Wheel" -bool YES

I now have no issues or problems with Witch at all - it does exactly what it's meant to, in near enough the best possible way!
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sixoclockish reviewed on 11 Mar 2012
Witch is great! But is there any way that I can "reactivate" minimized apps just like in Witch but in the regular Mac OS?
[Version 3.8]

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sixoclockish replied on 11 Mar 2012
I just figured it out! Hold option when you are on the app you want to activate in the default OS tab switcher
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Harristype commented on 14 Feb 2012
So what ever happen to Witch 4, which Many Tricks last mentioned below back on December 8, 2010 (more than 2 years ago)? Count me as another unsatisfied customer who has switched to Optimal Layout (formerly WindowFlow). A 2-year silence from the developer is not good for future business.
[Version 3.7]


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Cowicide commented on 15 Oct 2011
It seem like Witch uses too much virtual memory for what I use it for. I just have it as an alternative way to switch between apps with gestures since if I use xgestures with the native apple app switcher there's a bug with apple or whatever that will make it scroll continuously as if I'm pressing and holding Command-tab without letting go. Witch handles it much better, but I'm not sure it should be using so much VM as it goes. (it uses as much as safari does) - Mac OS 10.6.7 / Witch 3.7
[Version 3.7]

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Cowicide replied on 18 Jan 2012
I should also mention that Witch's app switcher is slower and more cumbersome than than Apple's command-tab switcher unfortunately.
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Cowicide replied on 29 Jan 2012
I ended up going with LiteSwitch. Works much faster, don't force you with a vertical list, uses less memory, etc. - You can also cancel by just click the grey area around the icons. Witch is just too cumbersome.
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Redswill tipped on 01 Oct 2010
Witch used to be great, but it now pales in comparison to newer alternatives, like Switche or WindowFlow.
[Version 3.5.5]

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Many Tricks (developer) replied on 08 Dec 2010
We still think it's great :). I view Switche and WindowFlow as totally different -- each goes about the task of switching using a different approach.

I happen to prefer Witch's method, but understand that others may prefer Switche or WindowFlow, which is exactly what's great about an open market.

Witch 4 will have some additional layout options, so maybe it will appeal to some folks who currently prefer the others.

-rob.
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Moniquee commented on 20 Sep 2010
Can't see previews of Photoshop photos, I mean first tab is visible. There is also problem with psd-cmyk photos- cant see prev. Generally this version is unstable. I'll wait until next update will be available.
[Version 3.5.4]

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Many Tricks (developer) replied on 08 Dec 2010
Until Apple sees fit to give us a system-wide 'tabs' API, and other developers see fit to use it, tabs will be problematic. We're looking at adding some app-specific tab support in Witch 4, if we can (i.e. if the apps will tell us about their tabs).

-rob.
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Zx reviewed on 23 Jun 2010
Great addition..But 'windows previews' implemented poorly. Just make them appear on the left Side so the previews wont Cover/hide the other windows.

Thanks.
[Version 3.5.1]

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Many Tricks (developer) replied on 23 Jun 2010
In Witch 4 -- the next major release -- we'll be offering different layout options for the switching panel and preview windows. However, we can't do that in the current release, as it's going to require a major rewrite of the interface.

But rest assured, it's on our list, and it will be addressed.

regards,
-rob.
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Bonobo reviewed on 14 Jun 2010
This new feature, previews of windows, is overly cool, wonderful, BEAUTYful. Cant't believe you guys are putting this in a free update. Thank you!
[Version 3.5]


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Bonobo reviewed on 25 May 2010
Yeah, SPACES, they've finally done it!
[Version 3.2]


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Daisermac had trouble on 14 Sep 2010
Witch gets unresponsive when the system is under high load (while I am able to use any other application like ms word, watch movies etc.). Emailed to the developper but got no response.
[Version 3.5.4]

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Many Tricks (developer) replied on 08 Dec 2010
What email address did you send to? I respond to every email I receive at info@manytricks.com.

-rob.
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Ryansebiz had trouble on 11 Jan 2010
Unfortunately the manytricks.com web site has been down for all of 2010 with no resurrection in site.

Since there is no way to buy this app anymore, can anyone please tell me how to disable the annoying "Please buy Witch!" message?
[Version 2.0.2]

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Many Tricks (developer) replied on 08 Dec 2010
With Macupdate's new layout, I'm replying to some old threads just so there's some answer to these old posts.

Many Tricks was gone for a while, but we've been back since March of 2010, and we're here to stay now.

-rob.
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simichavel had trouble on 25 Oct 2006
Once upon a time, when switching windows with Witch, I could highlight a window and click w or q, and thereby close the window oe even quit the program. This seems no longer to be possible. Any insights here? Tips? Plans for the future?

MacBook Pro / OS 10.4.7
[Version 1.0.2]

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Many Tricks (developer) replied on 08 Dec 2010
(With Macupdate's new layout, I'm replying to some old threads just so there's some answer to these old posts.)

As far as I know, that old feature never went away, and it still works in the current (3.5.6) version of Witch.

-rob.

+5

Age rated on 12 Dec 2012

[Version 3.9.2]



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CNYMAC315 rated on 26 Jun 2012

[Version 3.9.1]



cantor rated on 06 Jun 2012

[Version 3.9.1]



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CNYMAC315 rated on 01 Jun 2012

[Version 3.9]



+1

Alotia rated on 15 Feb 2012

[Version 3.7]



+5

Dan1983 rated on 08 Dec 2010

[Version 3.5.6]


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Version Downloads:907
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:18 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $14.00
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Witch makes switching between windows easy. Have you ever wanted to switch to a certain window, not just the application it belongs to? While you can use Exposé to switch windows, doing so can be very clumsy if you're the keyboard-only type of user. And don't all of these windows look just the same when they are scaled down?

Witch lets you access all of your windows (in all Spaces using Mac OS X 10.6 and Witch 3.2 or newer) by pressing a shortcut and choosing from a clearly arranged list of window titles. You can also see an optional window preview before switching windows. Moreover, you can use Witch to...
  • Directly access minimized windows without using your mouse
  • Close minimized windows without bringing them to front first
  • Zoom, de-/minimize, and close windows on the fly


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