Apptivate
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Apptivate lets you assign a system-wide shortcut for any application, script, or other file on your system for easy access at any time. Simply launch Apptivate, select an application or any other file, choose a key combination, and there you have it! Instant access any time.You can also take a quick peek at any application by pressing and holding the hotkey. When the hotkey is released, the application is hidden.
What's New
Version 2.1:
  • Now free!
  • It's now possible to resize the window (hold Shift while resizing to freely resize the window).
  • You can click on an item's icon to launch/open/execute it.
  • Added support for executing Ruby, Python and shell scripts. Any output from the script will be shown in a notification.
  • A "Suggestions" window can now be displayed. Read more at http://www.apptivateapp.com/support/#suggestions.
  • Apptivate's window is no longer displayed when launching Apptivate (except for on first launch).
  • The preferences window has been improved.
  • Made the list items 33% smaller.
  • Hovering an item now displays the full path.
  • Fixes a bug that would cause Apptivate's window to be displayed when switching spaces.
Version 2.1:
  • Now free!
  • It's now possible to resize the window (hold Shift while resizing to freely resize the window).
  • You can click on an item's icon to launch/open/execute it.
  • Added support for executing Ruby, Python and shell scripts. Any output from the script will be shown in a notification.
  • A "Suggestions" window can now be displayed. Read more more...
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.6 or later



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Apptivate User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
(7)
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Thyx reviewed on 07 Jul 2012
It still works like a charm.
4 stars rather than 5 because it'd be nice to simplify the setup, say, by choosing from running apps.

Last year I thought it'd be a good idea to switch to some Nu Kit, which was de facto abandoned.
[Version 2.0.2]

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Thyx replied on 07 Jul 2012
That said, Apptivate appears to be abandoned, too, i.e. Cocoabeans appears to have gone offline some time ago :(
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Cocoabeans Software (developer) replied on 10 Jul 2012
I like the idea about being able to choose from running apps!

I technically haven't abandoned Apptivate, but university (and now my summer job) has made it difficult to find time to work on Apptivate. Hopefully I'll be able to release version 2.1 (which is basically done) in the future.

The reason for my websites going offline is the same as last time: my friends server (on which the websites are hosted) got a new IP-address. I just updated my domain settings to reflect the change, so they should be up again in the next day or so.

I'm glad you still find Apptivate useful :)

Cheers,
Tim
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+147

xati-ba reviewed on 02 Nov 2011
App does exactly what it says, is reasonably priced, and the developer responded to my queries. Highly recommended if you spend a lot of time at the screen. For example, I toggled F6 to be my browser shortcut and it saves me so much time.
[Version 2.0.2]


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+147
xati-ba commented on 29 Sep 2011
Is there any way to remove the menu bar icon? I've got all my shortcuts in place and don't need to add modifications, and now the menubar icon is just taking up space.

As for the app itself, it is excellent, does what it says and does it well.
[Version 2.0.2]

1 Reply

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Cocoabeans Software (developer) replied on 25 Oct 2011
Hey,

Sorry for taking so long to reply.

You can find an answer to your question (and a few others) over at http://www.apptivateapp.com/support/.

Cheers,
Tim
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+4

willhopkins reviewed on 07 Mar 2011
Apptivate is a fast, stable app. It does exactly what it says, and it does it quickly. Unfortunately, the UI is a bit clunky and you can't delete an item from your list once you've added it. You can delete a hotkey just fine, but the app remains to clutter up your list. Still, it's a minor annoyance and has quickly made itself indispensable.
[Version 2.0]

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+2
Cocoabeans Software (developer) replied on 17 Mar 2011
Hey,

I'm glad you like Apptivate! You can delete an item by right-clicking it and selecting "Remove".

Cheers,
Tim
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+1

+4
willhopkins replied on 17 Mar 2011
Thanks to Cocoabeans for responding. Knowing how to delete something is very helpful.
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+146
Thyx commented on 21 Jan 2011
Well, I was ready to support them since I've been using Apptivate for quite some time. But I'm not sure if 2.0 adds any value... clear case of losing a customer for now because I can't try out the new version.
Seriously, holding Option just to get a serious list, which appears to contain only 3 instead of 8 entries? As soon as they add some proper window/pref pane to organize the short cuts I'm bought.
[Version 2.0]

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+1

+146
Thyx replied on 21 Jan 2011
In a nutshell: try 1.0 and contact them if you miss some feature in the description of 2.0.
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+1

+1

GonzoMode reviewed on 07 Jan 2011
Simple and handy.Excellent!
[Version 2.0]


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+146

Thyx reviewed on 14 Dec 2010
Does it exactly what it promises. No delays - crucial advantage over full-fledged launchers such as Quicksilver.

Only minor issue I found is kind of an : it does not restrict the shortcuts at all.
So, you can assign 'A' to an app.
[Version 1.0.7]

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+146
Thyx replied on 21 Jan 2011
Oops, Yoda-style I typed. And words I […] out.
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+1

+28

Iaian7 reviewed on 25 May 2010
Incredibly simple to use, and performs its task flawlessly - super fast application launching and (if selected in the preferences) hiding. Runs in the task bar instead of as a Preference Pane, which can take up more visual space than necessary IMHO, but I'd still give it 4.5 stars just for sheer simplicity and usefulness.
[Version 1.0.5]


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+2
Thumbmaster commented on 21 May 2010
Thank you for putting the shortcuts in the listing! And I notice you fixed the bugs where apps are accidentally hidden even though the prefs says "no"; and the "about" box not displaying. I can't recommend this app enough. Thank you for the great work!
[Version 1.0.5]


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+2

Thumbmaster reviewed on 12 May 2010
This app was exactly what I was looking for to replace my much-beloved iKey. iKey, a PowerPC app, was bogging down my Intel iMac pretty badly. I've finally had it and searched for a worthy replacement and I found Apptivate. Its interface is simple and unintrusive. It does its thing fast and well. The only things I would like to add are: the ability to "expand" the shortcut list so I don't have to scroll; show the shortcut key right next to each item (ala normal menu commands) so I don't have to click on it to see it; add shortcuts for tasks such as "type today's date", etc. Overall this app is a must-have for anyone looking for a lightweight app launcher.
[Version 1.0.4]

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Cocoabeans Software (developer) replied on 13 May 2010
Thank you for your kind words. I'll look into implementing your suggestions for the next version.

Cheers,
Tim Andersson
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+146
Thyx had trouble on 21 Feb 2011
The site has been down for some days.
I hope Tim gets it back up. It seems to sell well and it's so close to be fully functional.
[Version 2.0]

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Cocoabeans Software (developer) replied on 06 Mar 2011
Yeah, my friend (whose server I'm hosting my website on) was having some trouble with his ISP. Everything should be back to normal by now.

Cheers,
Tim

+73

Myka rated on 08 Mar 2011

[Version 2.0]



+65

James-D rated on 19 Feb 2011

[Version 2.0]



+1

GonzoMode rated on 07 Jan 2011

[Version 2.0]


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Apptivate lets you assign a system-wide shortcut for any application, script, or other file on your system for easy access at any time. Simply launch Apptivate, select an application or any other file, choose a key combination, and there you have it! Instant access any time.You can also take a quick peek at any application by pressing and holding the hotkey. When the hotkey is released, the application is hidden.


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