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Orb1.1b6

12 March 2016

Slick radial contextual menu for opening documents.

Overview

Orb is a drag-and-drop, radial contextual menu that allows you to swiftly open files with various applications without having to drag them all the way to your Dock. This is particularly useful on larger screens (such as those of iMacs), where you might have to drag a document across the screen to open it.

Orb menu is triggered by a "short-distance drag-and-wait" gesture, which brings up various choices of applications to open the file, including Trash and Get Info preset functionalities. Orb features a special Preview (only available for image-type formats) that displays an enlarged preview of the image at the center of the menu. Among various settings are the ability to choose the size and color of Orb, and to enable "frosting" for a matte-glass look. A direction-sensing feature allows the default application to be placed in the direction of gesture. Orb also allows you to choose which applications will show up for a particular file type.

It tightly integrates itself with Finder on OS X, although it can also be triggered inside of any application. It is compatible and has been tested with virtually all recent versions of OS X, from 10.7 to 10.11. The new update (v1.1) features full compatibility with El Capitan, without having to disable SIP.

What's new in Orb

Version 1.1b6:
  • Fixed occasional miss on drag activation
  • Fixed compatibility with older versions of OS X (10.7 and later, now)
  • Fixed Enable/Disable Orb
  • Fixed up helper app
  • Fixed registration stuff

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12 Reviews of Orb

MacUpdate-Ishaq
16 December 2015
Version: 1.01

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Orb is a simple radial contextual menu that appears slickly when a file or document is clicked and dragged in Finder, allowing you to then open the file in a particular app. In a crowded field of app launchers that pile features on top of features and ultimately complicate your user experience before improving it, Orb sets itself apart by keying in on an oft-repeated process and streamlining it with intuitive efficiency. Orb seems like a novelty app at first glance, but it almost immediately establishes itself as a key productivity app, especially for users who create and edit files consistently. And because it seems like a novelty app, Orb is one of those rare apps that is delightful and fun to use without sacrificing any of its serious usability. Different files call up different file-specific apps or actions to be launched or triggered, and you can even customize what gets called up if the suggestions do not already include what you are looking for. Perhaps Orb’s greatest asset is its active, responsive developer, who is dedicated to improving this promising new tool and helping users have the best possible experience with the app. Contextual menus have never been this exciting.
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4
Albertkinng
26 June 2016
Version: 1.1b6
I love it!... could the developer bring dual monitor capabilities in the next update? please it's a pain in the... trying to do the drag and wait in the second monitor and nothing happens. thanks
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4.5
Garyi
16 January 2016
Version: 1.1b3
Took me a while to get used to it, but for a fiver its a great little utility. Would be great to include dropbox/onedrive compatibility or even the ability to send to say dropbox public and automatically copy the addy but perhaps I wish for too much! Developer very responsive and clearly wants this to be a great app. Its the sort of thing I am surprised apple has not integrated into finder.
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4
miladg69
16 January 2016
Version: 1.1b3
An Amazing App that needs a little polishing:

It is a great idea, and having a trial version is also amazing so you can make an informed choice before buying. It is not expensive, but if I keep buying different apps from the app store which doesn't give refund, I may feel like a gambler.
I would love, however, to be able to select ONLY specific apps that appear on the orb circle to open a specific file type. It is nice to have the option to prioritize the one on your system, but being able to hide the ones you don't want to appear will be a great plus. Also, being able to enlarge the circle even more will be very handy for the 4K monitors, in which it appears still relatively small. One more thing, it will be nice when you get the newer version (this one), it doesn't ask you to register again.
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5
Jimlat
08 January 2016
Version: 1.1b1
Downloaded 1.1 beta 3 directly from the developer's website...installed and it works great. Awesome little utility that provides a functionality you didn't know you needed...well worth the $5...
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Drdul
04 January 2016
Version: 1.1b1
I'm making this a comment, as I was not able to properly evaluate Orb, and after my experience with it I'm really not that interested. First of all, I encountered a message that my 15-day trial had expired, right after a message that Orb detected I was launching it for the first time. Sloppy. Second, there does not appear to be any way of adding apps to the list for a specific file type in the DocTypes tab. Orb populates the list with a bunch of default selections, but there's no way to add another app that could open the file. Orb detected one version of Pages (the older 4.x version) on my system, but did not detect the newer 5.x version, and I could not add it to the list. Also, there's no way to turn off apps in the list. Reordering them and moving unwanted apps down in the list turns them off, but there are always 7 apps turned on. What If I only want to see 4 apps for a particular file type? What if I want 8 apps? Lastly, when I click "Help" in the menubar, I get a message that help isn't available for Orb. Really? Then how do I figure out what "direction sensing" means in the Settings tab? How do I figure out if there's a way to add another app to the list in the DocTypes tab? Orb is an interesting approach to launching apps, but the glitches and omissions in the current version don't make me want to drop $5 on it. I'll stick with the tried-and-true "Open With" option in the contextual menu, or I'll go old-school and drag a file to an app's dock icon.
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Garyi
01 January 2016
Version: 1.1b1
I like the idea of this but wanted to check it out before buying. It says there is a 15 day trial but immediately informed me the trial had expired. Therefore I am unable to check it out.
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hwgray
30 December 2015
Version: 1.1b1
The ZoomingCube icon is a tesseract. That's fresh!
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MacUpdate-Ishaq
16 December 2015
Version: 1.01
Orb is a simple radial contextual menu that appears slickly when a file or document is clicked and dragged in Finder, allowing you to then open the file in a particular app. In a crowded field of app launchers that pile features on top of features and ultimately complicate your user experience before improving it, Orb sets itself apart by keying in on an oft-repeated process and streamlining it with intuitive efficiency. Orb seems like a novelty app at first glance, but it almost immediately establishes itself as a key productivity app, especially for users who create and edit files consistently. And because it seems like a novelty app, Orb is one of those rare apps that is delightful and fun to use without sacrificing any of its serious usability. Different files call up different file-specific apps or actions to be launched or triggered, and you can even customize what gets called up if the suggestions do not already include what you are looking for. Perhaps Orb’s greatest asset is its active, responsive developer, who is dedicated to improving this promising new tool and helping users have the best possible experience with the app. Contextual menus have never been this exciting.
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Frodo-life
15 December 2015
Version: 1.01
you need to execute some terminal commands to get the app working "This application does not work with SIP enabled. To disable SIP: reboot holding Cmd-R, open Terminal, and run "csrutil disable", then try again." sorry no
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meaney93
16 November 2015
Version: 1.0
Very fun to use, I know some people with cluttered desktops who could use Orb!
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Lvdoc
13 November 2015
Version: 1.0
How can this be a 1.0 and tell me the evaluation period has expired? Thanks for wasting my time.
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
13 November 2015
Version: 1.0
ZoomingCube never submitted for an Apple Developer ID so the app isn't signed. This means anyone that has their Mac setup by default to not open unsigned apps won't be able to launch this. Note to devs: Sign-up. It's fast and cheap.
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$5.00

3.9

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later

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