Trickster
Trickster
3.5

5.0

Trickster free download for Mac

Trickster3.5

11 November 2020

Quickly access recently used files.

Overview

Trickster (was Blast) is a productivity booster application that places all recently used files at user's fingertips, providing him with a fast and easy access to them.

Trickster keeps track of all the files the user has been recently using on his Mac. With Trickster, all these documents are just one click away. The user can access the file list anytime by clicking on the application icon in the menu bar, and perform multiple actions on the files: open, preview, move and more.

What's new in Trickster

Version 3.5:
  • Added Support for macOS 11 (Big Sur) and Apple Silicon Macs
  • Added a preference to limit the number of files that Trickster will keep in the list. The default is 5000 but it can be edited to be between 10 and 10000. Note that the actual number of files at any specific time can be higher for many reasons since the cleanup occurs only about once an hour or on launch.
  • When tracking is paused (there's a command in Trickster's main menu), Trickster will now display [Paused] in its title and its icon in the menubar will become translucent.
  • Invoking the "Empty List" command in the main menu will now show a confirmation alert
  • Updated the copy of various menu items to make them clearer and more consistent
  • When the "Current app" filter (bottom bar, second control from left) is disabled, Trickster will now display the current app's icon as translucent, for clearer indication of the enabled and disabled state for this option

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39 Reviews of Trickster

5
Hydester
22 February 2020
Version: 3.3

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Very handy for tracking recent files. Use it in combination with another great app called Workspaces and you really will have super-quick access to files you used to have to dig for.
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5
Hydester
22 February 2020
Version: 3.3
Very handy for tracking recent files. Use it in combination with another great app called Workspaces and you really will have super-quick access to files you used to have to dig for.
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5
ahmedhatata-ah
20 August 2019
Version: 3.1
the most convenient and powerful application ever for the Mac , works as promissed and let me keep track for my recent folders and files and even applications and with the ability to flag some items I can access what I want when ever I want with ease if I am working on a certain project or file . the favorites panel make it easy to access what I want in a simple and intuitive way . this application is amazing and deserves 5 stars rating without any doubt
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5
LeMerlot
29 March 2019
Version: 3.0
Yeah, Trickster 3.0 now with Mojave design – I love it! And for those really ;) experienced Mac Pros: Trickster is something like the modern version of legendary and unbeatable "Super Boomerang" 30 years ago which reliably "remembered" everything opened on the Mac…
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4
cohen-2
19 February 2019
Version: 2.8
2.8 fixed the memory issue for me, which I only noticed with Mojave. It seems so strange that all apps have 'File/Open Recent' but Finder does not.
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5
LeMerlot
20 January 2018
Version: 2.6
Next to App Tamer, Trickster is one of my "hidden champions" on the Mac, which makes my daily work a lot easier and I don't want to miss. Highly recommended!
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5
gcoghill
25 December 2017
Version: 2.6
It took me a while to wrap my head around Trickster at first, but now I use it all the time. I love having all the recent files of my choosing accessible from one consistent place in the menubar. I never have to think about where to look for files now. Helpful and friendly developers as well. Part of my macOS EDC.
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5
bobembry
08 January 2016
Version: 2.4
A real convenience for anyone who opens many documents from many applications. It works great
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Rmorden
30 July 2015
Version: 2.3.2
I have tried to remove the pop up menu from my start up screen. I have trashed all app information and still no luck. I wrote to the company several times and they still refuse to respond to my request. How do I remove this pop up menu item?
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4.5
IloveBurma
26 August 2013
Version: 2.1.1
Works as adverstised.
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bbw7
16 May 2013
Version: 2.1.1
As a heads up to people not aware, OS X (SL anyway) has a "Recent Items" menu option: Apple->Recent Items which gives access to recently used applications, documents and servers. Not dissing this software in any way (I assume it is more powerful than the native option); just letting folks know what is natively available.
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4.5
Sandrine
13 February 2013
Version: 2.1.1
I use it every day, and it's really helpful!
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4
Drdul
14 December 2012
Version: 2.1
Trickster is the best app I've found for accessing recent files (and I have tried them all!). I like the ability to create categories that are limited to specific folders and file types, as that allows me to find certain files quickly. Some other similar apps also offer this feature, but in my experience they miss some files. Trickster shows me all files that have been opened or modified, including files in my Dropbox that were modified on another computer. One of the (minor) downsides of the way Trickster is programmed is that it shows files for any modification, including hiding the file extension or changing the colour label, even if the file has not otherwise been modified. There are two reasons I'm giving Trickster only four stars. The first is that it occasionally goes nuts and eats up a lot of CPU, as others have reported below. I only encountered this problem once in the two weeks I evaluated Trickster before purchasing it, but nevertheless it is an issue. The second reason is that the selection of icons to assign to categories is fairly small, with no option of adding custom icons.
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Sigil
28 July 2012
Version: 2.0.2
Anyone know of an alternative to this app that supports Evernote or can be modified to do so? I'd appreciate the info. Perhaps, I should at at least comment on Blast. I purchased Blast via the MAS this past February. I really liked the UI. However. it was really taxing my Mac. (I have screen shots of Activity monitor showing the memory issues.) So, I couldn't have it as a Login item or even leave it running. I wanted it to be my go to Evernote app. I simply couldn't. That said, the app is dead. I don't think anyone who purchased Blast less than a year should buy this app. I'll gladly take the sad faces.
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FalstaffA
05 June 2012
Version: 2.0.1
From Trickster's developers' (Apparent Software) webpage: "Note that Trickster requires Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or later - so if you have an older OS X version, you're stuck with Blast :-)" Well, for starters I find the apparently facetious tone of such statement unprofessional at best and less than knowledgable at worst (the word 'ignorance' comes to mind,) a cursory review of Mac owners' opinions of Lion when compared to Snow Leopard clearly indicate a preference for the latter, a significant number of Mac owners who "upgraded" to Lion came to regret having done it, many of them even have gone so far as to downgrade to Snow Leopard, basically Lion is a Service Pack for OS X that leaves much to be desired, there is no need to code applications solely for Lion, as they can easily be coded to simultaneously work on both Snow Leopard and Lion with the Lion exclusive functions and features disabled for Snow Leopard users. I urge the developers at Apparent Software to reconsider their decision to limit this application's appeal and its concurrent potential loss of sales/revenue/income.
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2.5
pnn314
04 June 2012
Version: 2.0.1
Does not works on external drives!
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Kitmos
04 June 2012
Version: 2.0.1
Note that all these comments are referring to Blast, the Old version of Trickster
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2.5
gripmedia
27 March 2012
Version: 1.7.5
I like this App. But it leaks memory really badly on my Core i7 quad core Lion mac. If left running it will consume up to a half gig of memory, which is far too much for a small helper App.
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4.5
markflanagan79@yahoo-com
22 March 2012
Version: 1.7.5
This app was very useful for me.
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4
Kristan
09 March 2012
Version: 1.7.5
Just purchased this a few days ago and already it is saving me so much time I feel like I'm actually getting younger. I had tried Fresh before, but somehow it never got into my workflow. Something about actually having to drag from the big unwieldy Fresh "green bar" just didn't work with me. Plus, there was a smaller selection of items not really organized in any way, so I always had to think a bit (heaven forbid!) to find what I wanted. As soon as I downloaded Blast I was off and running and it is already an integral part of my workflow. Few apps have done that so quickly. I give it four, since there is room for improvement ( .. a quick filter field would do wonders and solve the problem of obscure file types, I think > [ filter > ".ogg" ] for ex). It's also not revolutionary. I also really really don't like the menubar icon. Either of them.
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3
Dialing-wand
04 January 2012
Version: 1.7.5
I received Blast as part of a Macupdate Promo bundle. I really really want to like it; especially with Lion's own shortcomings in the "Smart Folder" department. In fact, I want to like it so much (because in theory it's eminently useful) that I keep trying it. Here is my one and only qualm with it at this point (and why I can never use it more than a few minutes before remembering this issue): I need to be able to specify filetypes explicitly. I use video for my work that ends with mts and mxf and mp4... Blast doesn't like these formats. I use audio like AIFF, WAV, etc... these don't seem to get picked up either though, in my mind they are standard audio formats. A very quick menu to allow us to assign file-types... and this would be, well, the bomb. ;)
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Pik80
12 October 2011
Version: 1.7.4
I can no longer open the application. Any ideas on why that is? I double click on the program and I get nothing.
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Pik80
18 August 2011
Version: 1.7.4
I can no longer open the application. Any ideas on why that is?
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Rnb2
01 July 2011
Version: 1.7.3
I really wish I could find this more useful. However, I'm a professional photographer and I use a pretty involved backup scheme (a combination of SuperDuper! and CarbonCopyCloner, along with limited Time Machine), and this seems to create issues with file/folder exclusions in Blast. Specifically, no matter how many times I exclude certain types of files or specific folders, my backups keep producing "new" or "modified" files that keep popping up in Blast, so I spend more time right-clicking to exclude things than getting to the files I want. Also, there seems to be a bug when right-clicking on items in the list, as after removing a file/folder/file type, the next right-click will still bring up information related to the item I just excluded. For example, if I right-click on folder "Backups" and exclude it, then right click on the item that has moved into "Backups" position in the list, the context menu will offer to exclude "Backups" rather than the current item. Still, a good idea with potential, and it probably works very well for people with less convoluted disk and backup setups than I have.
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4.5
Vinkri
09 June 2011
Version: 1.7.2
I'm working with loads if files, opening and closing them a lot. I need recent apps, recent files... Well, I needed Blast. And you know what? It's great. Does exactly what it promises. Bugs? Actually there was one, but it was caused by a discrepancy in usernames. However, Apparent Software was very helpful, and althoug I managed to get rid of the issue they had identified, they sent me a version that circumvened it. Great support, great app. Saves me many time, for less than 10 bucks.
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Pik80
30 May 2011
Version: 1.7.2
I have been happy with how this program has been progressing but I can't get one thing ot work. How can I open several files at the same time? The developer said you could do this my command clicking the files but when I double click on the file it only opens that one file I have double clicked on.
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4.5
Slarkin
30 May 2011
Version: 1.7.2
Blast is a GREAT & useful app!
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3
tzoi516
16 May 2011
Version: 1.7.1
I'm currently using Blast 1.7.1 on a 13" MBP running Snow Leopard. Pros: - Good goal for the app - Quick access to recent folders and files Cons: - Drag-and-drop doesn't work like it should because the Blast window disappears as soon as I click-and-hold an item to drag from within the menu app - Another menu icon to clutter up the menu bar - No Little Snitch-like "Stay Visible" check box to keep window open to drag-and-drop items into the sidebar My Suggestions: - Fix drag-and-drop so I can add from anywhere, not just within the app - Add option to not display menu icon because I prefer shortcuts for apps that run in the background, like Alfred, Clips, Tags, etc. - Make it more app-like and not a drop-down UI so I can interact with it more. - Allow app to stay visible until I click outside the app or hit esc - which could make it hard to drag-and-drop folders and files from finder into Blast. I think Blast still has a lot of room to grow, so I'll stick with Fresh. If it incorporates my suggestions then I can't see another app topping it, even Fresh.
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4.5
JonathanG
16 February 2011
Version: 1.6.5
This is a nice little app. Always there. Always ready to launch whatever I ask it to. With ease.
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4.5
Drknd
30 January 2011
Version: 1.6.5
Great product from a great company.
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3
Bnax
10 January 2011
Version: 1.6.5
A 5-star idea with a 3-star implementation. Too cumbersome to add items to the exclude list: - Memorize the file/directory path and type it in, hoping you don't make a mistake while tapping it all into the exclusion list. ----- OR ------ - go to Finder/PathFinder - right-click to "copy path" - back to Blast exclusion list to "paste" - if it's a directory, learn the hard way to include a trailing slash That gets old fast when you find yourself doing it multiple times per day. There is also no way to make the fonts in the listing smaller if desired. In short, I'd expect this sort of consistent irritation with a Win app. It would be much more Mac-like if a simple checkbox appeared before each logged item, allowing one to easily eliminate items which would then immediately disappear from view. Ditto the ability to dictate font size. I thank the dev for making a trial available which, regrettably, has now been uninstalled. I'll check back later to see if a more sophisticated version appears via update.
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5
jpl373
03 December 2010
Version: 1.6.4
Having immediate access to recently used files is essential. It is also better than SL's built in recent documents, because you can do things like drag the files over the mail icon to mail a file. The only competitor I know of is Fresh, and it is much better.
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Sky7i
24 November 2010
Version: 1.6.4
I left this message on the Apparent Software forum, however (like many indigenous peoples!) it disappeared without comment. If anyone knows the answer, I would greatly appreciate it. -- First of all, I have to say I like some of your software, particularly Blast; it's the kind I would like to support. I noticed that Apparent Software is based in Israel, apparently run by Americans who emigrated there. Outraged by what I saw happened in Gaza last year, I am currently supporting the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions movement. I am also rather alarmed by the ethnic cleansing which seems to be integral to the state since its founding. However, I do not believe in collective punishment. My government has done some immoral things which I renounce, so I wouldn't want anyone to boycott me thinking I support such evil acts. I have Israeli friends who fully and frankly acknowledge the immorality of ethnic discrimination and work hard to correct the mistakes that have been made, supporting the right of Palestinian refugees to return and also equal rights for all. I wouldn't think of boycotting them. I would like to know if the management of Apparent Software fits into this category, or if they accept tacitly or explicitly support the injustice being done in their name. Thank you kindly!
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5
Kbran
05 November 2010
Version: 1.6.3
I bought Blast about 4 months ago when it was part of a promo. Not really sure why I bought it, but as it has turned out, Blast has been a wonderfully useful utility. I use it constantly. When I am working on a big project, I have files upon files from different applications opened, used, closed, moved, and then reopened. These files end up spread out over multiple hard drives, monitors, folders, and even in my Dropbox. When I have to again quickly find these files, folders, or even applications, I find myself going to Blast first. Yes, I know I can Spotlight it, or search recents, but Blast is just so darn quick and elegant. Thank you to the developer. (and thanks or bringing back the "splat" icon)
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Orytek
20 September 2010
Version: 1.6.3
The apple menu item in the finder has a "recent items" function providing access to all recent files and apps.
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Matt-Mower
02 July 2010
Version: 1.5.1
I like the premise behind Blast but, just testing it this morning, I don't think it will work for me. I use BackBlaze to do off-site backups. It runs continuously in the background encrypting & uploading files to their network. Looking at Blast I can see every file that's been backed up (and there are quite a lot) mixed in with the files I have, myself, used. If there were some way of excluding files touched by certain processes I think this could be a useful app but, for me, as it is, I think I'll have to pass.
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5
ricardo-filipe-saraiva
14 June 2010
Version: 1.4
I know... I recieved you newsletter. :D Many Thanks. The new features are very nice too...
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5
ricardo-filipe-saraiva
17 May 2010
Version: 1.3
I love Blast, but is there any chance to Blast be 64-bit? is my only 32-bit application ... PS. TheMacBundles offers 20% discount on Blast *this week*
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Peterpan23
17 May 2010
Version: 1.3
Nice but not conform to Mac GUI: no drag&drop to trash, to folder, to Mai etc.. Also no Finder context menu entries like "...open with" - you have to show file in Finder with "Show in Finder" to get access to essential context menu commands. Not very handy!!
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5
JetsSetter
11 May 2010
Version: 1.2.1
One feature of Windows, implemented with OS X is not so easy is the menu "Documents", where different programs put links to the latest discoveries in their files, which often makes access to them, making work more efficient. To help solve this problem may be - Blast. After starting, Blast is located in the top menu. And welcomes the user pop-up message. Utility tracking all the users are accessing files and placed in the list box. Blast - will show you last used a word processor file, display the file you downloaded recently from the Internet, will bring in a handy list of new designs that are synchronized from the camera, and much more. You do not have to think where the file is preserved, or search for it among the dozens of similar files. A list showing Blast, a very functional. All files are equipped with mini preview, which allows you to identify them visually. Straight from the list, you can drag a file into another program or icon in the Dock. This is especially useful for "attachment" files to e-mail, sending in iChat or Skype. Double click on the file opens it in its associated program. The left side displays a list of frequently visited folders, which simplifies access. Preferences window lets you customize the main aspects of the program, there can also customize the list of exceptions. In general, Blast - a small and inexpensive tool that makes life easier so great, whose work is directly associated with the documents. Thanks to developers for a very useful product! Best Regards Vitaly!
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5.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14.0 or later
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