Fantasktik
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Taskbar app that displays open windows grouped by application.   Shareware ($14.95)
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Fantasktik... Switching between windows has never been so easy. Fantasktik shows all your windows in a smart and stylish way, giving you a 1-click access to any of them. Fantasktik unleashes the power of Leopard with a pure Core Animation Interface. Sleek animations and gorgeous transparent effects all contribute to an amazing user experience.
What's New
Version 1.5:
  • Snow Leopard support
  • Added hotkey support to hide/show the bar and switch between windows
  • Option-click to move applications and windows icons
  • New option to add a delay before showing previews
  • Increased max preview size
  • Fixed French translation
  • Fixed an application icon bug when the bar height was increased
  • Other bug fixes
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Fantasktik User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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+14

Kioshi reviewed on 12 Mar 2011
Almost perfect, I just wish it had options to quit and force quit the apps like uBar does.
[Version 1.5]


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+14
Macericg commented on 29 Sep 2010
Like this software a lot, but I'm looking for a total Dock replacement. It needs customizable "Start Menu" for launching applications in categories.
[Version 1.5]

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Kioshi replied on 12 Mar 2011
Try uBar, it does that. Only thing I don't like about it is that you can't set it up so it stays at the top of the display like Fantasktik.
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-23
Helmo Hass commented on 27 Dec 2009
:P SCREENTOM
i suppose ur machine even with snow inside runs @32bit...
[Version 1.5]

1 Reply

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Dockland Software (developer) replied on 28 Dec 2009
Actually the first Snow Leopard build has an issue because it didn't support 32 bits and this seems to break on some Macs. I really don't know why as these Macs are Core 2 Duo and shouldn't have any problem running 64 bits.
Anyway, if you have SL you can download 1.5 again. It should work now.
The Leopard build is still not fixed though.
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+29

Screentom reviewed on 21 Dec 2009
Works fine on my iMac 24" with snow leopard. Nice and clean app. Thanks.
[Version 1.5]


burypromote

+98
Mac007 commented on 21 Dec 2009
Whew! Thanks for the quick response with the 1.4 version. I tried using Time Machine to get it but that 1.4 version wouldn't work either. Your 1.4 version did work which is really puzzling. Whatever the case I know you folks are actively working hard to keep things working and unlike Unsanity you actually respond to problems. Too bad Unsanity won't just sell out to you folks. ;-)
[Version 1.5]


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+104
Macsolu commented on 19 Dec 2009
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Fails to load on my 10.5.8 OS. Reverting back to version 1.4 and it works again...
I'm a registered user. I will be contacting the developer to help determine what's wrong.
[Version 1.5]


burypromote

+605

Fishscale reviewed on 19 Dec 2009
Finally the app is coming into it's own. I bought this app a long time ago due to its potential and I am now finally running it as a startup item. I knew it would soon be a staple. Thank you for the excellent updates! Nothing compares, using another app in fantasktik's place is like spitting into the wind, just not a good idea.
[Version 1.5]


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+98

Mac007 reviewed on 04 Oct 2009
Nice application that needs a customizable Apple menu like Fruitmenu provided and needs a fix for the icon display problem under Snow Leopard. The icons are too tiny in the task bar and nothing in the applications settings will fix it. I had no problem with this under Leopard.
[Version 1.4]


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+374
Drdul commented on 27 Sep 2009
I like this, despite its similarity to the Windoze taskbar. :-)

I am using it on a Mac Pro with dual 30-inch monitors. My left monitor has the menubar at top and the dock at the bottom. My right monitor now has Fantasktik at the top. When I'm working on the right monitor and want to switch windows or apps, my mouse now has an alternative to the dock that requires less movement to reach.

I like how Fantasktik provides an always-on display of which apps are active and what windows are open, even windows that have been minimized to the app's dock icon. The preview feature is nice, but the way it is coded means that previews of short wide windows appear much larger than previews of tall narrow windows. I have the preview size set as large as possible, and checking into the plist file I see a figure of 275, which appears to be the maximum height of the preview image in pixels. The developer should code it so that this number applies as a maximum to both the height and width of the window, and should allow for sizes of up to, say, 500 pixels. This change would better "equalize" the size of preview windows, regardless of how narrow or wide, short or tall they are.

I like that the colours of the Fantasktik bar can be adjusted. I fiddled around with them, and discovered that I can turn off the background colour by making the opacity of it 0%, which allows windows under the bar to show through. This is particularly useful, as on a 30-inch monitor my Fantasktik bar is often only half full. There's no point obscuring part of the screen with a blank bar.

I also like that all the windows of an app can be collapsed into an app's icon in the Fantasktik bar by double-clicking the icon. I use this for apps for which I typically only have one window open, like Path Finder and 1Password. Fantasktik can be set to remember the collapsed/expanded state of every app, so Path Finder and 1Password will always appear collapsed into the app icon (unless I choose to expand the windows out of the icon).

There's so much to like, but there's one glaring omission. As others have requested, Fantasktik desperately needs a hot-key for keyboard access, and the ability to navigate between windows with the keyboard. If this feature was incorporated, I would assign the hot key to one of the buttons on my Logitech mouse, and would use SteerMouse to assign the scroll wheel to the arrow keys (or whatever) to allow me to navigate between windows. It may already be possible to use the scroll wheel this way, but if so, I couldn't figure out how to do it.

The current version of Fantasktik is not without bugs. I experienced weird behaviour when I right-clicked and selected "Exposé" or "Close Window." Some of the time this would work, but other times it caused A Better Finder Attributes to launch (huh?) or some weird window I've never seen before to open.

Despite these glitches and the lack of a hot key, I'll probably buy Fantasktik when my 15-day trial period ends. It already offers enough functionality to justify the $10 price. If a hot key and keyboard navigation are added, and if the weird behaviour on right-click is fixed, it will be a great deal at $10.
[Version 1.4]


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+1

+23
frankns commented on 17 Sep 2009
I'm not quite sure I like this ...

It feels like a guilty pleasure. It's a little too much like the Windows Task Bar to feel really "Mac-like," but it does do the job well. Very nice to be able to navigate to individual windows crisply, seeing what's in the window before I land there. I've always use 'Witch" for this kind of navigation in the past. If it had a hot key to move between windows ... more people would use Fantasktik.
[Version 1.4]


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Helmo Hass had trouble on 20 Dec 2009
same for me on both ppc and intel machine fails to load
[Version 1.5]

1 Reply

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+1
Dockland Software (developer) replied on 20 Dec 2009
Sorry about that, there's an issue with the Leopard build.
For those on Leopard, you can revert to 1.4 that can be downloaded from:
http://www.docklandsoft.com/dl/Fantasktik-1.4.dmg

Wizeguy rated on 21 Mar 2011

[Version 1.5]


Downloads:7,089
Version Downloads:2,870
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Shareware
Date:19 Dec 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $14.95
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Fantasktik... Switching between windows has never been so easy. Fantasktik shows all your windows in a smart and stylish way, giving you a 1-click access to any of them. Fantasktik unleashes the power of Leopard with a pure Core Animation Interface. Sleek animations and gorgeous transparent effects all contribute to an amazing user experience.


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