X-Assist
X-Assist
0.8.1

4.8

X-Assist free download for Mac

X-Assist

0.8.1
03 February 2008

Add OS 9 window and menu behaviors to OS X.

Overview

X-Assist is useful utility that adds:

  • Mac OS 9 behaviors to Mac OS X like the Application Switcher Menu
  • OS9 window behavior - when you switch applications by clicking in a window, all windows for that application are shown. This behavior has changed in OS X and can be a bit annoying.
  • Ability to toggle between OS9 and OSX window behavior with a hot key shortcut.
  • Recent Applications Menu with no limit
  • Ability to add personal hierarchies of items in an OS 9-like \"apple\" menu
  • An extensible \"Control Strip\" like plugin architecture to support 3rd party plugins (MP3 player and Volume control plugins included)

What's new in X-Assist

Version 0.8.1:
  • fixed the Control Panel submenu items not showing up when run on certain systems. Thanks Thomas Fischer.
  • updated German localization to be more consistant between menu and pref window prefs. Thanks Thomas Fischer.
  • updated localization for Japanese. Thanks Chris Li.

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Vagator
08 July 2010

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I have been using this fantastic application for years now-since Jaguar-and now it's working flawlessly on my iMac 27" using Snow Leopard 10.6.4. I would say to ' WARMFUZZYGECKO ' you must have a separate problem - it certainly can't be this application. If your problem seemed to disappear after stopping X-Assist, I would say that problem may still be there lying dormant....I would check it further if I were you. To conclude, this is a fantastic application and one of the first of its type and is highly recommended for all Mac OS X. My thanks to the developer.
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Version 0.8.1
Redward
25 November 2018
I use this great utility on Mojave 10.14.1 because I prefer to have an app switcher in the Menu bar, and it still works well - although Mac OS does warn that the application will not work in future releases. I'd love to see a 64-bit update!
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Version 0.8.1
Vagator
08 July 2010
I have been using this fantastic application for years now-since Jaguar-and now it's working flawlessly on my iMac 27" using Snow Leopard 10.6.4. I would say to ' WARMFUZZYGECKO ' you must have a separate problem - it certainly can't be this application. If your problem seemed to disappear after stopping X-Assist, I would say that problem may still be there lying dormant....I would check it further if I were you. To conclude, this is a fantastic application and one of the first of its type and is highly recommended for all Mac OS X. My thanks to the developer.
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Version 0.8.1
1 answer(s)
qb
qb
30 July 2012
I've used it on Lion for 12 months and for the past 3 days on Mountain Lion. It is very slow at loading right after startup but seems to work fine.
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Warmfuzzygecko
13 January 2010
Not Leopard compatible. Just went thru a long troubleshooting session and have concluded that X-Assist version 0.8.1 is NOT Leopard compatible (at least on my machine). That is if you ever have your Mac sleep. With X-Assist installed waking Mac will freeze and soon after fans will run at full speed. Booting from my Tiger firewire drive X-Assist 0.8.1 does still work and is quite useful as an alternative to Apple's discontinued Application Menu from the "Classic" days.
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Version 0.8.1
1 answer(s)
Tim27
Tim27
23 February 2010
It must be your system because I use X-Assist on an iMac running Leopard at work and a brand new iMac running Snow Leopard at home.
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Version 0.8.1
Ipeck
03 February 2008
I use Butler, its free and you can add as many custom drop menus and shortcuts as you want.. And you can reorganize the placing in the menubar. Even got a finder menu switcher like old days.
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Version 0.8.1
Joy-Livingwell
12 July 2006
For those of us who like pull-down text menus rather than icons (or who like aspects of the OS 9 interface), X-Assist provides an easy way to switch and hide applications, go directly to items within System Preferences rather than loading the main window, etc. It's a bit slow, and it doesn't provide a list of windows open under each app as OS 9's application menu could be made to do. However, it does provide convenience, plus a visual cue as to which application is frontmost, something which can be confusing in X. Also recommended: AppleMenu, TypeIt4Me.
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Version 0.7
Neo979
21 January 2006
I've had a longstanding problem that I finally tracked back to this program... I call it "iTunes sinking," where sometimes, when you hide the iTunes window when switching to another application - and then you can never get the window to show again no matter what you do, even though iTunes has not crashed and can be sent AppleScript commands. If you are having this issue, turn off OS9 Window Behavior in X-Assist. I'm glad I didn't have to get rid of the program altogether - I still really like it. I'm just posting this in case others are having this problem.
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Version 0.7
Anonymous
01 May 2005
I know it's free and beggars can't be choosers, but I do hope this is updated soon for OS X 10.4 (Tiger). It really is a bit hard to get used to not having it over where it should be on the Menu Bar.
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Version 0.7
Anonymous
30 April 2005
Menu position is incorrect under Tiger. :(
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Version 0.7
Anonymous
17 April 2005
When you have to switch back and forth between OS 9 at work and OS X at home, it is indispensable. I love it and can't do without it. Hope this is continued to be updated
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Version 0.7
Kevin Li
05 January 2005
work great for me as exactly what i wanted. I'm not a 9 classic user. Combination with hidden dock to be highly efficiency switching apps without eyes getting tired.
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Version 0.7
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4.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
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