LiteSwitch X
LiteSwitch X
2.8.3

3.9

LiteSwitch X free download for Mac

LiteSwitch X

2.8.3
18 February 2019

Keyboard application switcher.

Overview

LiteSwitch X follows the tradition of LiteSwitch as a simple solution for managing open applications using the keyboard. Like its predecessor which will continue to be available, LiteSwitch X has a clean, simple and functional style that has become Proteron's hallmark. It features an aquified transparent, resizeable window which is invoked by a configurable key-combination (default is Apple-Tab). From the pop-up window the user can switch to any application, hide, quit, or force quit any application or drag-and-drop files onto any application. Windows users migrating to the Mac can feel more at home having the Alt-tab functionality returned to them, yet enjoy it in its full Mac OS X splendor.

What's new in LiteSwitch X

Version 2.8.3:
  • Performance improvement with processing some types of background apps, a regression introduced a decade ago and made worse by all the new sandboxed background apps in Mavericks & Yosemite. If you experienced unresponsiveness with LiteSwitch on launch, or after restarting Safari with many windows/tabs open, then this was likely the cause.

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Eldorado47
25 September 2018

Most helpful

Oh no! Looks like LS doesn't work with Mojave. Ammon -- I hope you are listening and will be so gracious as to update the app. I've been a user for as long as I can remember and find if hard to live without.
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Version 2.8.3
Eldorado47
25 September 2018
Oh no! Looks like LS doesn't work with Mojave. Ammon -- I hope you are listening and will be so gracious as to update the app. I've been a user for as long as I can remember and find if hard to live without.
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Version 2.8.3
2 answer(s)
Eldorado47
Eldorado47
28 September 2018
Goops! Spoke too soon. It suddenly started working and appears to be okay with Mojave. Sorry for the alert.
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gradebuster
gradebuster
31 December 2018
LS still works great in Mojave. However, a message pops up every so often saying that it will need to be updated (to 64-bit?) in the near future. Truly, I cannot imagine using a Mac without this fantastic little app. Here's hoping for an update before Apple disables it in a future OS release.
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Scott-Winklebleck
03 March 2017
I have loved this app, but for various reasons I have to let it go. The one feature I am trying to replace is the "switching sends re-open event" so if there are no windows open for that app, it opens one. I can get the same effect if I hold option before letting go of cmd.. Anyone know of a script or terminal command that makes that the default behavior so I don't have to hold option every time I cmd-tab.
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Version 2.8.3
1 answer(s)
Scott-Winklebleck
Scott-Winklebleck
20 April 2017
Command-Tab Plus does what I want:
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/57759/command-tab-plus
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Doug-Engelbart
12 November 2016
Works perfectly now (v2.8.3) in Sierra (X.12.1). Much better than Apple's CMD-TAB (next app) and CMD-Shift-TAB (prev app) because LiteSwitch can switch using ALT-TAB (next) and ALT-Shift (prev) which is much more comfortable and easy-to-use. I dunno why Apple didn't do it just like that.
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Version 2.8.3
Ward
12 February 2016
A shortcoming of LiteSwitch X on Yosemite is that its keyboard shortcuts (especially tabbing to a previous application) do not work by default. The simple work-around to activate the shortcuts is to select LiteSwitch X in System Preferences, disable it and re-enable it. This must be done after each OS X startup or restart.
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Version 2.8
Mcx
24 November 2014
LiteSwitch X was recently updated to 2.8.3, fixing the Yosemite shortcut incompatibility. The latest version can be found at http://sysbeep.com
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Version 2.8
macupdate-122
23 October 2014
Ammon (the developer of Liteswitch X said the following :- "Yes. I plan to release a new version this week. For now if you want to use the old version, unset the command-tab hotkey and use another" Hope that helps others !
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Version 2.8
orazio-principe
22 August 2014
Hi, anybody have already test it on Yosemite? I had to uninstall it because my desktop become instable... Any suggestion?
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Version 2.8
3 answer(s)
AlVarnell
AlVarnell
29 September 2014
According to his Google + page, the developer now works for Apple, so that tells me there won't be any more updates.
https://plus.google.com/+ammonskidmore/posts
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Gilbarbara
Gilbarbara
17 October 2014
It's not working with 10.10! :(
Lots of errors in Console including CarbonCore.
I love this utility and I hope it could be fixed!
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Eldorado47
Eldorado47
20 October 2014
His Google+ page says he's worked at Apple since 2002. He altered the code for LS to work in Mavericks so let's hope he blesses us with an update.
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Marivaux
14 January 2014
Works in Mavericks, but with some problems--mainly (at least for me) it doesn't run at login/startup--you have to go to the System Preferences and click on the preference pane, which is an annoying additional task. Also un-retina-ized--I wouldn't expect that one, though. I've used this for years and years and paid for it (albeit quite a while ago). it'd be nice if the bugs got worked out!
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Version 2.8
Dmcrimson
31 October 2013
Used to be great and indispensable - now won't even activate under Mavericks!
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Version 2.8
8 answer(s)
clakes
clakes
06 November 2013
You used to be great, but now you're dropping a sloppy comment, I'm afraid to tell you: 1) LiteSwitch worked just fine even as of 2.6 in 10.9 for me 2) it works even better as of 2.8 ßeta 3) my heart is beating to a LiteWitch drummmm!!! =) so delited it's still alive < 3 *un-beat-able* 4) try again, you might be luckier
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Dmcrimson
Dmcrimson
09 November 2013
Just retried - nothing. Well, need to erase all things related to it, delete and reinstall once more after a fresh reboot.
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clakes
clakes
09 November 2013
Hmm... Weird. But possible nonetheless. Indeed you should try a clean install (AppCleaner is a fast, free and reliable companion when it comes to this, but it's just a matter of a pref file after all, in this case). Actually, although OS X is less prone to such mess, one should clean-install new OS's every time it upgrades, imvho: I zeroed my disk, had a sheer 10.6 install and straight all the way up to 10.9 and now my MacBook is ten times faster than before and not a single glitch even as verbose as I might let it be... Meh
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Dmcrimson
Dmcrimson
09 November 2013
Still, no go. Worked fine on mountain lion, tho.
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clakes
clakes
09 November 2013
*facepalm* Really, I feel it for you, brother, and sorry for being so stupidly ironic in my first post... I'd truly feel lost without this custom transparent, less obtrusive, bottom o'screen working LiteSwitcher! I think this - along with Spark and Quicksilver, and let Shortcat kick in why not - is a must have for people who still trust their keys instead of wandering around with a touchy-thing (blame string calluses here?!) and constantly chasing a damn pointer (tap-a-tee-tap... tap, tap, tap) IDK... Maybe something tightly related to video and specs? *double meh* I guess that the only real help could come from Ammon himself, the dev of this must-hav
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Dmcrimson
Dmcrimson
09 November 2013
Hmm, liteswitch fails to start for some reason. I get "9.11.2013 19.53.09,962 System Preferences[804]: 8837325: Attempting to SIGCONT to pid #947 failed, with errno=#3, or the process failed to actually start " all over the logs.
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clakes
clakes
09 November 2013
Ow... That makes a lot more sense! =D No, seriously now... Feeling the pain, for I wouldn't live without LiteSwitch, I'm not a coder, and not even a decent debugger: it just sounds like it fails to start, as you stated, IDK... I can't be more helpful, and it *bugs* me, I swear. Given you're on a clean 2.8ß install, try feeding Ammon via Twitter with such log thing... Maybe he'll be kindly back at yours with a fix... or a reason at least! *meh-eh* =(
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Dmcrimson
Dmcrimson
17 November 2013
Doh. HAd my boot drive fail on me, and reinstalled Mountain Lion -> Mavericks, and now it works... Luckily, most of my apps were ok, and data rescue did it's job. Curious though, every sing Apple app was busted :D
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Maclover1-1
08 September 2013
It destroys the drag and drop capacity of the Switcher, making it unusable for me. Too bad, all I wanted was to be able to hide a few "Background" apps in my Switcher. Oh well.
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Version 2.8
1 answer(s)
Beige
Beige
02 October 2013
drag and drop still works for me.
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