Application Switcher Menu
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Adds system-wide menu to right side menubar, and more.   Shareware ($9.50)
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ASM (Application Switcher Menu) is a small utility that adds a system-wide menu to the right side of the menubar. This menu lists all of your open applications, so you can easily switch between them. And you can set ASM to automagically hide other apps when you switch to another app! This is one utility you must have! Brings back the application switcher menu (and more) to Mac OS X. It's highly customizable and offers some nice extra features, such as Classic Window Mode (orders all windows of an application to front when it becomes active) or Single Application Mode (automatically hides
What's New
Version 2.3:
  • Adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 a.k.a. Snow Leopard, though the dock menu feature is currently not supported and possibly never will.
  • ASM 2.3 is a free upgrade for existing customers who purchased a license after 2009-02-28. Otherwise you have to purchase a new license. This is a change of policy, in the course of nearly seven years updates were free for existing customers. At the same time I set a substantially lower price for ASM: 6.99 EUR (plus taxes) for a single user license.
Version 2.3:
  • Adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 a.k.a. Snow Leopard, though the dock menu feature is currently not supported and possibly never will.
  • ASM 2.3 is a free upgrade for existing customers who purchased a license after 2009-02-28. Otherwise you have to purchase a new license. This is a change of policy, in the course of nearly seven years updates were free for existing more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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+10
Bb553 commented on 13 Nov 2011
Has something happened to ASM developer Frank Vercruesse? I sent this message weeks ago, but haven't gotten any reply back:

Subject: Kagi - Frank Vercruesse URL blank / broken?
Date: October 17, 2011

Dear Mr. Vercruesse,

I directed a friend of mine to your ASM utility site

When he went to Kagi [ http://store.vercruesse.de/ ] URL, all he could see was the sentence:

" I would like to purchase from Kagi, the following items supplied by Frank Vercruesse : "

instead of links for purchasing a license for either:

ASM v2.2.12 (v651) for OS X 10.3 - 10.4.11 

ASM v2.3 (v700) for OS X 10.5 or later

He tried clicking on the "Add to cart" link, to see if it would work, and got:

Your Shopping Cart

Your shopping cart is currently empty. Please Continue Shopping.

Subtotal
$0.00
Tax
$0.00
Total (USD)
$0.00

Text der Nachricht in die deutsche via Google Language Tools übersetzt:

Ich leitete ein Freund von mir, um Ihre ASM Programm vor Ort

Sehr geehrter Herr Vercruesse,

Als er nach Kagi [http://store.vercruesse.de/] URL ging, was er konnte,
sehen, war der Satz:

"Ich möchte von Kagi kaufen die folgenden Produkte geliefert von Frank Vercruesse: "

anstelle von Links für den Kauf einer Lizenz für entweder:

ASM v2.2.12 (v651) für OS X 10.3 - 10.4.11

ASM v2.3 (V700) für OS X 10.5 oder höher

Er versuchte Klick auf "In den Warenkorb"-Link, um zu sehen, ob es funktionieren würde, und bekam:

Ihr Warenkorb

Ihr Warenkorb ist derzeit leer. Bitte Weiter Warenkorb.

Zwischensumme
$ 0,00
Steuer
$ 0,00
Total (USD)
$ 0,00
[Version 2.3]

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Bb553 replied on 17 Jul 2013
Frank Vercruesse's public reply:

ASM no longer available for purchase

You may have already noticed that development of ASM has stopped a while ago. While it was a quite successful piece of software in the early days of Mac OS X, only few people have a use for it these days. So, about a decade after I put it on the market, I hereby declare end of life for ASM.

Thank you very much for the support through all the years!

Best wishes,
Frank Vercruesse
[ http://www.vercruesse.de/contact ]
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Demolition commented on 02 Sep 2009
For those of you are balking at paying the new upgrade fee for ASM and are looking for alternatives...

X-Assist still seems to work with Snow Leopard. It's a little bit primitive compared to ASM, but the basic functions (i.e. application switcher menu and classic window mode) are there.

Meanwhile, Jack Overfull says that he's working on a new version of multiXFinder (v0.4). At the top of the list is Snow Leopard compatibility. It should be available sometime this month. That's good news for people who like the way that ASM operates, since it's basically the same app.

Personally, I'm debating whether to pay the upgrade fee. I've been an ASM user for several years and had assumed that the upgrades would continue to be free. But, nothing lasts forever, I guess. I'll probably try X-Assist for a while, then multiXFinder when a 10.6-compatible version arrives. If they don't work out, then I can always ante up the dough for ASM again.
[Version 2.3]


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Kosovar1 commented on 16 Aug 2009
In repoly to the previous comment, let's see what happens. To be fair, I failed to mention that there are ways to switch apps, see what apps are running, or see which one is frontmost, but none of these are nearly as clever as the way Apple implemented it in in OS9. For example, the icons in my dock are too small to see clearly which apps are active and I prefer to keep the dock hidden anyway.

The developer of MultiX Finder seems to indicate that (s)he isn't actively working to rewrite any code for this free app , which used to be SUPER and was very much appreciated, btw! (S)He also mentions that the developer of ASM "abandoned" it back in 2001, so my guess is that were stuck with this curious shortcoming of the Mac OS.
[Version 2.2.12]


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Kosovar1 commented on 16 Aug 2009
ASM doesn't appear to work on the latest version of Mac OS X 10.6 (10A432), which is reportedly the GM for the commercial release of Snow Leopard. Neither does MultiX Finder. It would be nice if the developers of these two preference pane utilities would have mentioned that somewhere (like their websites), so that people don't waste their money (as would be true for ASM) on something that is now BROKEN. Let's hope that within a few of weeks, when Snow Leopard is supposed to be released, that ASM and/or MultiX Finder will be updated to work. What amazes me, though, is that Apple never built a menu bar application switcher into OSX. The frontmost application should be immediately recognizable to the Mac user without his or her having to click, navigate, and search around the GUI to find out.
[Version 2.2.12]

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misha replied on 16 Aug 2009
Most developers don't release their apps for a new OS until it's officially released. And since only developers should be running 10a432 right now, those 10a432 users should understand that and not be upset that a developer hasn't yet released 10.6-ready software...
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Larsen2k4 commented on 22 May 2009
Thank you for the update - works great again under 10.5.7 :)
[Version 2.2.10]


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+12
Majestik7 commented on 15 May 2009
After updating to 10.5.7, the Dock Menu items no longer work.

This seems to happen with every Mac OS update, the developer usually responds quickly to fix the problem.
[Version 2.2.9]


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+113
Formica commented on 23 Feb 2009
I can't believe that so many people think this thing is worth $17.22! Maybe $5, but $17.22 -especially when a new free version is in development called multiXFinder (http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/30492/multixfinder)?
[Version 2.2.9]


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Dremwkr reviewed on 25 Aug 2008
This is an interface item Apple should have kept going from OSC to OSX. This is an item every mac can use. I am learning disabled and having an easy to see and switch at a glance AS is a blessing indeed, for me anyway much more useful than Apple's "stealth mode" ASM. The Developer does work hard to keep the app current and is to be commended.

In addition, the price is right, and it works as advertised.

In summery, a Mac essential.
[Version 2.2.7]


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+5
Dogbert1 commented on 15 Jun 2008
The newest version (2.2.6) appears to have fixed the Preferences problem. I am quite pleased because this is one of my favorite Mac OS enhancements.
[Version 2.2.6]


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Dogbert1 commented on 02 Jun 2008
This does not appear to work on an iMac G4. Version 2.2.4 works just fine. I have had to drop back to version 2.2.4. Version 2.2.5 causes the system preferences app to crash. I have tried removing the old preferences, but it did not help. System preferences still crashes when trying to load ASM pref panel.
[Version 2.2.5]


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dmp6 had trouble on 30 Aug 2009
ASM does load and work under 10.6 on the oldest Intel machines that have 32-bit processors -- but not on more recent machines with 64-bit processors. So the problem has something to do with how preference panes work on 64-bit machines.

On my old machine, I also don't get the annoying "System Preferences must quit and reopen" message, nor the words "32-bit" in the menu title.
[Version 2.2.12]


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Eric-Woehler had trouble on 27 Aug 2009
Doesn't load under Snow Leopard - lets hope we see an update/beta soon!!
[Version 2.2.12]


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Flyboy had trouble on 26 Oct 2007
Closing Pref pane does not hold settings. I have clicked on “Show menu icon in menubar” many times and it will not stick. Close pref pane, reopen and show icon in menu bar is not selected. This is Leopard I am trying to work with. No need to mention the problems with the last version.
[Version 2.2]


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Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:02 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $9.50
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ASM (Application Switcher Menu) is a small utility that adds a system-wide menu to the right side of the menubar. This menu lists all of your open applications, so you can easily switch between them. And you can set ASM to automagically hide other apps when you switch to another app! This is one utility you must have! Brings back the application switcher menu (and more) to Mac OS X. It's highly customizable and offers some nice extra features, such as Classic Window Mode (orders all windows of an application to front when it becomes active) or Single Application Mode (automatically hides applications other than the front-most one).


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