Raskin
Raskin
1.8.4

3.5

Raskin free download for Mac

Raskin

1.8.4
02 December 2013

Alternate desktop interface for OS X.

Overview

Raskin is an alternative desktop interface for OS X. It simplifies interaction with your computer by placing your documents on a zoomable surface, avoiding the clutter of multiple windows. Raskin makes finding, organizing, previewing, and opening documents seamless and time-saving. Raskin is named after and inspired by the work of Mac visionary Jef Raskin.

See more with Raskin. Forget digging through deep folder structures or remembering file names. With Raskin the contents of your files and folders are displayed openly with full previews - zoom-in for a closer look.

Interact with your Mac in a whole new way. Use simple trackpad gestures, like on the iPhone or iPad, to zoom and pan your way around the contents of your computer.
Raskin also lets you zoom away from whatever application you're in, back into the Raskin Surface so you can see the location of the file you're working on and related documents saved nearby.

Complement Finder and Exposé. Quickly review and organize your visual files - photos, graphics, presentations, and artwork on the Raskin Surface with seamless zooming of all file types. No importing necessary. And Raskin's "Bird's Eye Windows" shortcut let's you zoom-in on and get details of all open application windows.

View large photo sets instantly. Handling photography is a snap with Raskin. Just insert the memory card or connect the hard disk containing your photos and you're ready to start reviewing and making selections. And since the Raskin Surface is fully interactive you can immediately group, arrange, rename or rate them using color labels.

Simplify your design and editorial workflow. Raskin is the perfect tool for designers or anyone that handles artwork on the Mac. Because it presents all your documents visually, you won't waste time hunting for stuff and you'll have more time to do what you do best.

Stay organized and productive. Raskin maintains Finder's built-in file and folder structure to help you stay organized and it also helps you intuitively remember the location of files thanks to your spatial memory - a massive time-saver.

What's new in Raskin

Version 1.8.4:
  • Multiple minor bug fixes.

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mcmillan
24 September 2010

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I bought Raskin and hoped to use it on my MacPro at home and on my MacBook Pro when I am traveling. I just read the comment by ME2 and was very disappointed in the Raskin developers. Reading their reply was no consolation. This is a very expensive application for what it does. I would guess that most purchases have included some kind of discount as mine did. Even then I consider it expensive however. Now I have no desire to incorporate Raskin into my work flow as I can only use it on one Mac, period. If the developers were aware of the unusual licensing restriction and the reaction among the buyers who were surprised when they discovered it then it is a mystery why the developers don't have a cheap second Mac upgrade license available. At this point I would personally prefer a refund than a second license for more money. This is a clever little app and arguably at times it can be useful but there are alternatives that are much more feature rich that cost less. They also do not have the multi Mac restrictions that Raskin does.
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Version 1.1.1
Sgmoye
31 December 2012
I would like to update this application. Trouble is that I got it from Apple's App Store. The update -- 1.8.2 -- is still not available there. I know the App Store is slow, but 3.5 months?!?!
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Version 1.8.2
1 answer(s)
Raskin-Support
Raskin-Support
25 June 2013
Raskin 1.8.3 is now ready in App Store as well as on our website. Thank you for your patience.
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Revco
13 September 2012
Crashes on launch for me. On 10.6.8.
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Version 1.8.2
buschheuer
23 March 2012
Installiert, gestartet, Absturz! Mit anderen Worten: unbrauchbar
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Version 1.8
Prince-Isaac
23 March 2012
In the description above is this fragment: "On top of a supped-up performance..." Perhaps the word "supped-up" should be changed to "souped-up?" :-)
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Version 1.8
Macsterdam
15 December 2011
A very interesting and aesthetically looking project. Every now and then I try a new release, but never use it for long, because it gobbles up RAM like there's no tomorrow. Within 3 minutes after launch, RAM use was up to just over 1GB! If they manage to keep it well under 100mb, I'm willing to giver it a serious try.
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Version 1.7.1
1 answer(s)
Raskin Software Llc
Raskin Software Llc
06 February 2012
With the newest Release we decreased the memory consumption of Raskin. There are still several things you could do to optimize your Surface: * Hide the Quick Start Guide (using Menu View > Hide Quick Start Guide) * Hide the Application Place if you don't use it (also in Menu View) * Hide unused Places using menu View > Hide Place > ... (they keep their layout when added later again) * Hide folders using context menu (or select them then menu View > Hide) * Hide documents and folders using the "Display Less" buttons Generally speaking Raskin takes as much RAM as there is available but releases it as soon as there is memory pressure from other apps (as known from iOS). This mechanism ensures that you always have the optimal speed to load all the previews of your documents.
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Edgarcabrera
25 November 2011
I'm evaluating it and it's quite a pleasure to use under Lion in my MBA 2011. It's quite good for managing folder for a projects, it feels quite intuitive and lean. I'll give 5 stars if it has got the ability to automatically add a new drive or network drive as they are connected to the computer as a place. I can do it using the service of "reveal the selected item in Raskin", but if that can be done, that would be brilliant!!!
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Version 1.7
korsbakken
15 August 2011
WARNING: Be very careful when using this app. I made a few (apparently) wrong moves with my trackpad, and it started moving files around all over, from completely unintuitive and in some cases random locations (looks like a bug). I inadvertently moved one folder into another due to a somewhat too sensitive trackpad, and all of a sudden I found that folders from completely different locations had also been moved to the same target folder. In some cases the folders were also renamed. Individual scattered folders were moved, not entire directory trees, which made it all the more confusing. Fortunately I was able to figure it out by comparing with my most recent Time Machine backup, but ended up wasting and hour and racking up my blood pressure many, many notches. To top it off, Raskin crashed in the middle of the moving (maybe a good thing, or no telling what it would have ended up doing). Neat concept, but the interface is a bit dangerous. Stability needs to be improved, bugs weeded out, and there should be a confirmation when moving large numbers of files as a safety net.
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Version 1.5.3
1 answer(s)
Raskin Software Llc
Raskin Software Llc
26 August 2011
Thanks for your suggestion. None of our users had run into this issue yet. We'll consider including an information dialog into our roadmap.
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sachaweiss
07 August 2011
Easy to use project/file organizer, amazingly simple to clean up the desktop (or dowloads...) folders etc. Use with trackpad, not mouse!
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Version 1.5.3
Yennta
23 July 2011
I want my money back. This is a lousy app at any price. Crashes continuously, slows the computer. Yuk!
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Version 1.5.2
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Raskin Software Llc
Raskin Software Llc
25 July 2011
There's bound to be a solution for this problem, please do contact Support directly with a crash report in case you haven't done yet. Some specific set-ups, even though these cases fortunately are rare, have caused instability issues before. Usually our Support team can analyze them quickly and provide a solution. We appreciate all user feedback that will help improve the application very much.
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Yennta
Yennta
15 September 2011
I tried it some more. Crash, crash crash. That's it.
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John-S
22 July 2011
I've been trying Raskin since 1.5 came out about a month ago. I have to say, it took a while to get used to it. Initially it looks very easy but then to use it efficiently I had to learn to the zoom shortcuts. Then it's really awesome... if you have to switch between documents, for example in a project folder. It's also good to review a bunch of files I don't know yet, like when I receive materials from clients. I'd say it doesn't replace Finder as such but adds some very interesting functionality.
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Version 1.5.2