Essentials
Essentials
1.30

4.5

Essentials free download for Mac

Essentials

1.30
16 March 2012

Shortcuts pad that appears with a keystroke.

Overview

Essentials app can easily become your favorite and irreplaceable shortcuts pad. Just press hotkey (default is Ctrl + space, but you can customize it in preferences) and Essentials will appear where ever your mouse cursor is (or not, if you choose so in preferences).

You can use it to:

  • quickly launch applications
  • access assorted folders, documents and files of any kind
  • act as clipboard or "dropbox" for your e-mail messages and text clippings
  • make YOUR OWN simple Terminal commands/scripts (that can act as droplets too! :) ...now which app can do that! :D)
Customize it!
  • resize groups by holding Command key (⌘) and scroll up or down (or pinch it on trackpad)
  • resize items icons (⌘+scroll) and their titles (⌘+⌥+scroll)
  • hope this feature makes you say "sweet!"
  • group your favorite items in any way you like
  • reorder groups and items by holding Command key and dragging groups/items to desired position
  • mark items AND groups with colors from pop-up menu
  • you can finally make your dock look fancy by not overloading it with so many icons
Essentials is simply essential because:
  • you can keep your favorite/frequently used items really accessible and nearby
  • it has smooth and intuitive UI
  • it is responsive and fast
  • it can easily blend like it is part of the OS X

What's new in Essentials

Version 1.30:
  • Spacer item type (adds empty space between items)
  • support for "note links" from Evernote
  • items highlight on mouse over
  • bug fixes

10 Essentials Reviews

Rate this app:

Lvdoc
21 March 2011

Most helpful

$15 and no demo? Not too essential for me. Tell the App Store that I'm sticking with Drag Thing. Pricier, but it does the same thing (and more), and at least I got to test drive it.
Like (4)
Version 1.0
homepary2
13 April 2017
great
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Version 1.30
Dan-D
30 October 2014
Is this app still under active development? I wrote the developers a couple months ago, had a few questions about the features they wanted to add over two years ago – still waiting for an answer.
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Version 1.30
Steve K
26 April 2014
This is attractive. I might use it had I not purchased Overflow years ago, which I love.
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Version 1.30
Xenophile
27 December 2013
It looks promising but I cannot find any means of trying it out.
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Version 1.30
1 answer(s)
Xenophile
Xenophile
27 December 2013
Sorry, that comment was directed at another app. Essentials can be downloaded as a free trial.
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Rob-h
22 March 2012
As a long time Bevy user I thought I'd give Essentials a go to see what it's like. First impressions are good, it's pretty intuitive and I like the way you can separate items into different categories, e.g. music apps in one view, art/graphic apps in another, etc. Also the ability to colour-code items is nice. A few things (preferences) that would go on my Essentials wish list are: - Ability to automatically scan Applications or other specified folder to populate Essentials (rather than relying on drag & drop). - Ability to change the transparency of the Essentials overlay. - Ability to launch folders using something other than Finder (e.g. PathFinder). Also, I noticed that for all the apps you put in Essentials it shows the name with the .app extension visible. Would be nice if you could strip these off when importing them (rather than having to edit/rename each one in turn). Overall a nice app though, will be interested to see how it develops.
Like (1)
Version 1.30
1 answer(s)
gxs54
gxs54
26 June 2012
I agree that Essentials needs to be able to automatically populate a group with the contents of a selected folder. I would also like to see the ability to navigate through a folder similar to DesktopShelves.
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Dana-Sutton
16 March 2012
Okay, I sprang for it, and I must say I like it. I prefer it to my previous launching app., Overflow, because, its easier to set up multiple panes and navigate between them. When I started with it, I kept thinking “this thing would be great except for thus-and-such a missing feature,”and then with a bit of trial and error I discovered I could indeed do the thing in question. So what’s not to like? Well, maybe just one thing: those big black windows, which i. m. h. 0. are ugly and needlessly obtrusive. It would be nice if the developer would give individual users some flexibility here in choosing a window background color, including the option of total transparency (as Overflow does). Other than that, I’m completely sold on this app., it’s going to be my fave launcher from now on.
Like (2)
Version 1.3
1 answer(s)
dunja
dunja
16 March 2012
Thank you for review and nice comments. Color customizations are already on our to-do list :)
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Dana-Sutton
16 March 2012
One small glitch: this page says the price is 0.99. Go to the Apple Store and you'll find out it's 6.99. Who's wrong? Presumably a typo on this page, right?
Like (1)
Version 1.3
1 answer(s)
dunja
dunja
16 March 2012
Thank you for noticing and reporting! We already updated the price here, twice, to reflect the price on the App Store, but it seems there is an problem when updating price here. We'll try it again.
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Bacchus72
24 October 2011
So far it looks good time me. I'm also testing PrimeFiles, and that looks good, too. Don't know which will win out yet, but so far Essentials has the advantage. 1 quick question to the developers, or anyone else out there. What is up with the color feature? I can make a color, and then what. What would I need a color box for? I can't seem to put anything in to it.
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Version 1.1
1 answer(s)
dunja
dunja
21 November 2011
Colors can be copied as "Color", to be used in system provided color pickers, or as hex number, which is commonly used in web development. It can also be dragged and dropped onto system provided color picker windows.
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Iangreig
06 April 2011
Set up collections of apps, docs, images etc for work practices or individual projects e.g. I have one labelled "Comms" that has a couple of browsers, Mail, a diary app and MacJournal where I log what happens day to day, and I can set up one for each project with the relevant apps and folders. Good interface, easy to use, hot key brings up the window – it all just works. OK, there's no demo but advantage of app store is that the price point and therefore value is exceptional. My advice (no connection with developer!) – buy it.
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Version 1.01
Lvdoc
21 March 2011
$15 and no demo? Not too essential for me. Tell the App Store that I'm sticking with Drag Thing. Pricier, but it does the same thing (and more), and at least I got to test drive it.
Like (4)
Version 1.0
2 answer(s)
Macmaria
Macmaria
21 March 2011
I agree. No demo, no gain. There are other — very reliable — apps on the market that do the same (I suspect that better too). Example: PrimeFiles, DragThing, Overflow.
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dunja
dunja
21 March 2011
yes, that is something that we agre that App Store has to think of changing. but in the meantime pls contact us http://habitatus.net/contact/ so we can provide promo code for you. we are working on putting demo version on our web site. thanks for commenting!
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$6.99

4.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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