LiteSwitch X
LiteSwitch X
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LiteSwitch X free download for Mac

LiteSwitch X for Mac2.8.3

18 February 2019

Keyboard application switcher.

What is LiteSwitch X for Mac

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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Kuck
Kuck
Jul 21 2021
2.8.3
0.0
Jul 21 2021
0.0
Version: 2.8.3
Hi Ammon, Is there any chance you would find some time to port this app to 64bit or to be compatible with the M1 chip from Apple? I have been using it for so long and it is annoying not having the features that this tool offers. I know it is hard keeping small apps like this alive as there is very little reward, but here is me hoping. I would pay $5 to $10 bucks for having this feature back. Thank you. Best regards, Robert
Eldorado47
Eldorado47
Sep 25 2018
2.8.3
5.0
Sep 25 2018
5.0
Version: 2.8.3
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.
Scott-Winklebleck
Scott-Winklebleck
Mar 3 2017
2.8.3
4.0
Mar 3 2017
4.0
Version: 2.8.3
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.
Doug-Engelbart
Doug-Engelbart
Nov 12 2016
2.8.3
5.0
Nov 12 2016
5.0
Version: 2.8.3
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.
Ward
Ward
Feb 12 2016
2.8
4.0
Feb 12 2016
4.0
Version: 2.8
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.
Mcx
Mcx
Nov 24 2014
2.8
0.0
Nov 24 2014
0.0
Version: 2.8
LiteSwitch X was recently updated to 2.8.3, fixing the Yosemite shortcut incompatibility. The latest version can be found at http://sysbeep.com
macupdate-122
macupdate-122
Oct 23 2014
2.8
0.0
Oct 23 2014
0.0
Version: 2.8
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 !
orazio-principe
orazio-principe
Aug 22 2014
2.8
0.0
Aug 22 2014
0.0
Version: 2.8
Hi, anybody have already test it on Yosemite? I had to uninstall it because my desktop become instable... Any suggestion?
Marivaux
Marivaux
Jan 14 2014
2.8
3.5
Jan 14 2014
3.5
Version: 2.8
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!
Dmcrimson
Dmcrimson
Oct 31 2013
2.8
0.0
Oct 31 2013
0.0
Version: 2.8
Used to be great and indispensable - now won't even activate under Mavericks!
Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
Sep 8 2013
2.8
0.0
Sep 8 2013
0.0
Version: 2.8
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.
Beige
Beige
Jul 16 2013
2.8
5.0
Jul 16 2013
5.0
Version: 2.8
great app - simple but very clean and less clutter than the others IMO. Thanks for the Mavericks support.
Phantazm
Phantazm
Jul 15 2013
2.7
0.0
Jul 15 2013
0.0
Version: 2.7
Head over to sysbeep.com for 2.8b1. It works in Mavericks and eliminates the registration code.
Doug-Engelbart
Doug-Engelbart
Nov 16 2012
2.7
5.0
Nov 16 2012
5.0
Version: 2.7
Every function of LiteSwitch 2.7 works in my OSX.8.2, except: After every login or reboot, it is not running until I open its prefpane, then it popups a window saying "Note: In order to enable Apple-Tab, the Dock must first be quit and relaunched. This will cause all minimized windows to be expanded. Do you wish to proceed? No/Yes", then I click "Yes" and the Dock relaunches, and ONLY THEN LiteSwitch works completely — until next startup/login. :(
Tlance
Tlance
Sep 6 2012
2.7
0.0
Sep 6 2012
0.0
Version: 2.7
What a shame we can't contact the developer. Well actually, it's a shame you can't buy it! Once upon a time they did give free serials for LS and MaxMenus. I bought early on. Now under Mountain Lion LS doesn't work until the PreferencePane is opened.
Doug-Engelbart
Doug-Engelbart
Sep 1 2012
2.7
5.0
Sep 1 2012
5.0
Version: 2.7
Works great in OSX.8.1! I'm using it since Jaguar. Simply better than Apple's Switcher because LS can not only switch forward, but also backward (shift) — and hides an app (H), shows one alone (A), quits one (Q) instantly, changes the switcher colors etc.pp. ... I dunno why such usability is still not implemented by Apple itself. Shame.
Cowicide
Cowicide
Mar 23 2012
2.7
0.0
Mar 23 2012
0.0
Version: 2.7
Is this abandonware? The developer's website appears to be gone.
Sequoia1
Sequoia1
Jun 20 2011
2.7
5.0
Jun 20 2011
5.0
Version: 2.7
Currently works on Lion! (10.7 , 11A494a) Yaaa!
Peternsteinmetz
Peternsteinmetz
Apr 6 2011
2.7
0.0
Apr 6 2011
0.0
Version: 2.7
The developer did the same thing previously, disappeared, with no updates or news for 1 or 2 years. Also wasn't paying their taxes. Best avoided -- lots of alternatives, like Switcher Maestro, which is cheaper and supported by a great developer.
Paul-Roberts
Paul-Roberts
Jan 4 2011
2.7
0.5
Jan 4 2011
0.5
Version: 2.7
Very frustrating that I can't purchase the application. I've been trying to buy for a couple months but keep getting the 404 errors when I either connect from the UI nag screen or try connecting to their e-commerce site from their own website. Especially annoying since I finally spent time evaluating the options so that I could make the *right* choice. Just like I thought, it's not worth the time. So I will buy one of the others. The rating is strictly because of the problem downloading. My experience with the actual application has been flawless with no issues.
Soderberg
Soderberg
Nov 1 2010
2.7
0.0
Nov 1 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
I am getting 404 errors on the developers site as well (in contrast to my earlier replies to ACCOUNTCLOSED; apologies for posting without checking more thoroughly). Download links work, but nothing else.
Stormchild
Stormchild
Aug 9 2010
2.7
1.0
Aug 9 2010
1.0
Version: 2.7
Nice to see some new features and continued development. Just thought I'd mention that the scrollwheel issue still hasn't been fixed (scrollwheel is still scrolling whatever window is under the mouse pointer when scrolling through open apps -- which it shouldn't be doing while the app switcher is open).
Robotank
Robotank
Aug 9 2010
2.7
0.0
Aug 9 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
The download link here isn't giving the latest version. Go to the dev's site for it. The DMG file will indicate verison 2.7b2.
junlam
junlam
Jun 4 2010
2.7
0.0
Jun 4 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
While I love most of the LiteSwitch features (especially the ability to ignore some app like LaunchBar in the Tab-Switcher, and the use of just "shift" key to go backward), I revert back to the standard Tab Switcher because of this: http://www.macworld.com/article/142637/2009/09/106expose.html I simply cannot just use Cmd-Tab, then up-or-down arrow key to activate the new Snow Leopard Exposé Application Window mode. Instead the Contextual Menu will be displayed for that App. I wish they can put some enhancement in it to either allow this new Snow Leopard behavior, or allow us to choose which behavior we want.
KNOBO
KNOBO
May 26 2010
2.7
0.0
May 26 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
How to deal with multiple windows in liteswitch, like several browser windows? I cannot access it via liteswitch, right? Thank you in advance.
Batgirlshops
Batgirlshops
May 24 2010
2.7
0.0
May 24 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
I was just wondering how can someone purchase LiteSwitch X and get rid of the annoying pop-up screen. Proteron's page does not have enough information on how to do that
Gregr
Gregr
Apr 27 2010
2.7
0.0
Apr 27 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
And there was much rejoicing...
Stormchild
Stormchild
Apr 20 2010
2.7
1.0
Apr 20 2010
1.0
Version: 2.7
Oh yeah, one other thing. Since Snow Leopard added the option for windows to minimize to the app icon (instead of taking up space on the Dock), I actually minimize windows all the time now (never used that feature from 10.0-10.5). The one thing that's been annoying about it, though, is that minimized windows don't restore when switching back to the app via Command-Tab…even if it's a single-window app. This differs from the behavior of clicking an app's icon in the Dock. To make a long story short, the LiteSwitch option "Switching sends re-open event" totally solves this problem, and makes the behavior of switching apps consistent, whether you switch via Command-Tab or clicking the app's icon in the Dock. Okay, make that two other things. It's also nice being able to hide specific apps from the switcher. For example, I really don't need LaunchBar in there, since I already have a shortcut for that.
Stormchild
Stormchild
Apr 20 2010
2.7
1.0
Apr 20 2010
1.0
Version: 2.7
Really happy to see this is still alive (or back from the dead, as it were). The new version seems to be working nicely (on 10.6.3). Apple's Command-Tab switcher has certainly improved over the years, but I still find it frustrating to use at times due to the way it sorts apps. Apple's implementation moves hidden apps to the end of the list, which is annoying if you just want something out of the way for a second (especially apps that tend to fill the entire screen, like Aperture and Photoshop). I also still prefer the way LiteSwitch handles quitting apps -- by marking them with an X, and not actually quitting them until you let go of the Command key, it gives you the opportunity to hit Esc if you hit Q by accident. In Apple's version, accidentally hitting Q instead of Tab can be very annoying, depending on what app you just accidentally quit. I also missed being able to hit 'R' to relaunch an app. This is particularly handy when you want to restart the Finder, since it lacks a quit command of its own. One thing they haven't done (yet?) is deal with the scrollwheel scrolling background windows. This was added in Leopard (which is about when LiteSwitch got too buggy to use), and this is the first update since then, so maybe it'll be addressed in the next update (if there is one…here's hoping). But FYI, if you're used to using the scrollwheel to scroll through open apps, you'll notice it will also scroll whatever window (or text box, etc.) your cursor happens to be over, if any. Would be nice to get that sorted out, but it's not a big deal.
YesThatAllen
YesThatAllen
Apr 18 2010
2.7
5.0
Apr 18 2010
5.0
Version: 2.7
I've used LiteSwitch for so long I can't remember. i've tried others, but it's just so nice to have LiteSwitch! It's never failed me since 10.4, and I'm so glad to see this new version! Thanks Proteron!
Peternsteinmetz
Peternsteinmetz
Apr 17 2010
2.7
0.0
Apr 17 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
And the claim on their web site that they have been around since 1996 strikes one as quite laughable given the history.
Peternsteinmetz
Peternsteinmetz
Apr 17 2010
2.7
0.0
Apr 17 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
While I always liked LiteSwitch, I tried many times to reach Proteron during their "hiatus", all to no avail. I don't know that I could recommend purchasing items from a company which completely abandoned its customers for two years, and was listed as an inactive corporation by the Secretary of State in Nebraska due to non-payment of taxes. This does not strike one as reliable behavior. Keyboard Maestro has a nearly identical keyboard switching function now, provides much other functionality, and is back by a developer with a long track record of excellent customer service.
Robotank
Robotank
Apr 17 2010
2.7
0.0
Apr 17 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
Sooooo... This app is back, which is great, but there doesn't seem to be any way to purchase it at the moment, which is annoying because it still flashes a registration reminder. I hope it doesn't take too long for the devs to get their store back up and running.
Yazsoft
Yazsoft
Apr 17 2010
2.7
5.0
Apr 17 2010
5.0
Version: 2.7
It lives!!
clakes
clakes
Apr 17 2010
2.7
0.0
Apr 17 2010
0.0
Version: 2.7
YES!! 64 bit-update! I love LiteSwitch. It's a conditio sine qua non on my Macs.
Batgirlshops
Batgirlshops
Apr 16 2010
2.6
0.0
Apr 16 2010
0.0
Version: 2.6
Indeed, the site is up and there's currently version 2.7 beta available for download. So far it seems to working fine with 10.6.3. Yay! Have been waiting for an update for quite a while.
Petty-Evil
Petty-Evil
Apr 1 2010
2.6
0.0
Apr 1 2010
0.0
Version: 2.6
Proteron's site is back online with the old download available. They also have the following message: "After approximately two years of unavailability, we are preparing to re-commit our efforts to the prompt service and attention that have been the mark of the Proteron experience." I'm looking forward to updated versions of this essential piece of software. It's been a little buggy for me under the more recent versions of 10.5. While Apple did swipe the default look of LiteSwitch, they did not duplicate the functionality and flexibility of this tool and I'd really like to make use of it again.
Peternsteinmetz
Peternsteinmetz
Feb 24 2010
2.6
0.0
Feb 24 2010
0.0
Version: 2.6
Proteron out of business, where Keyboard Maestro provides largely same functionality with great support by the developer.
Mac007
Mac007
Dec 21 2009
2.6
0.0
Dec 21 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
I wouldn't bother with LiteSwitch X. The website is totally inaccessible which means the application is abandoned. Proteron evidently went out of business.
Sequoia1
Sequoia1
Dec 14 2009
2.6
5.0
Dec 14 2009
5.0
Version: 2.6
LiteSwitch works perfectly in Snow Leopard (10.6.2, as of 12-14-09). Still one of my must-have utilities whenever I get a new Mac. So much slicker than Apple's built-in app switcher. Granted, the developers are screwing themselves by not posting any information and making it really hard for people to purchase LiteSwitch. (talk about leaving money on the table). But if you can find the installer, it works fine on SL.
Bradsmith74
Bradsmith74
Dec 9 2009
2.6
0.0
Dec 9 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
Strange, there appears to be a site here: http://proteron.portcode.com/ but most of the links (history, contact) are broken and there's no way to purchase the software.
Peternsteinmetz
Peternsteinmetz
Nov 16 2009
2.6
0.0
Nov 16 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
Next version of Keyboard Maestro (and the current beta) handles command-tab, which was my only reason for continuing to use LiteSwitch.
Peternsteinmetz
Peternsteinmetz
Nov 6 2009
2.6
0.0
Nov 6 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
This is a 32 bit control panel, so requires a restart of System Preferences under Snow Leopard -- annoying, but works. As to Proteron, LLC, it is listed as an inactive corporation by the state of Nebraska for non-payment of taxes. The registered agent, Neill Mollard, of Omaha, NE doesn't appear to have a phone number in whitepages. But perhaps someone in Omaha might be able to reach him. The other developers, Ammon Skidmore, Samuel and Matthew Caughron seem to have moved out west. Would be nice to get the source or an update, that is for sure.
Doug-Engelbart
Doug-Engelbart
Oct 21 2009
2.6
5.0
Oct 21 2009
5.0
Version: 2.6
Much more comfortable than Apple's built-in Cmd-Tab application switcher. Still working flawlessly on my G4 1.2 GHz with OSX.5.8 (Leo) ... as it did in OSX.2 (Jaguar) to OSX.4 (Tiger).
Nicksloan
Nicksloan
Oct 7 2009
2.6
0.0
Oct 7 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
Who can say what lies behind the disappearance of Proteron? There could be any number of reasons, but they leave two exceptional apps marooned. I wish that somebody would pass on the code for LiteSwitch and Maxmenus to another developer-or even that someone would pick up the same concept (particularly for LiteSwitch) and run with it. The idea of a simple keyboard-controlled switcher of running apps, that supports exclusions and interactions, is too good to die. Witch could fill the role with a few tweaks, but as of now there is no viable replacement for LiteSwitch.
Jmichaels
Jmichaels
Sep 27 2009
2.6
1.0
Sep 27 2009
1.0
Version: 2.6
I have used LiteSwitch X for as long as I can remember, essentially since it was first released. The one point everyone hear needs to take away from this, is that no matter how good the software is, it is garbage if the developers do not respect their users. The developers, or owners of Proteron, have zero respect for their users. They Web site has been down for over a year, leaving users stranded to ask around for a shared copy if your lost yours and needed to reinstall. There is no official announcement of whether or not it works with Snow Leopard. I believe you can find the developers on twitter, and a basic search shows there are unanswered questions about this product. Even if they were to release a new updated version, with Snow support, and have a new website, I could never give these guys my money again. Even if it were free, I would not use it. There is a level of communication that a developer and company should have with their users. It is not hard to come here, and version tracker, or put up a page on their site, explaining they have stopped working on the software. I suggest everyone here, no matter how much you like this software, take into consideration, how you are being treated by someone who you have paid money to. This has been going on too long, too many unanswered emails, too many blog posts from users who have no idea what is going on. These guys should be ashamed, as it is clear fro their blogs and twitter posts, they have the ability to post something, they just chose to not care about those of us who have come to rely on their software. If anyone has any suggestions for an alternative, please post it here, as we all need to move away to something that will treat users with respect.
Frankns
Frankns
Sep 21 2009
2.6
0.0
Sep 21 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
Proteron's site appears to be down ... It would be great to see an update.
Dave-H-
Dave-H-
Sep 6 2009
2.6
0.0
Sep 6 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
Snow Leopard really hosed this, at least for me. To have it work as expected I have to go into System Prefs and quit and restart it after I restart my machine, which, admittedly, isn't often, but it's still 'something else' I have to do to in order to have things run the way I like under SL.
clakes
clakes
Aug 27 2009
2.6
0.0
Aug 27 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
Desperate (useless?) call to the devs: _Please_ ... I love this app. I can't think of my Mac without it. Don't give this one up. It's worth it, for me and a lot of other people, including the ones who haven't even got to know about LiteSwitch X.
Fred-Klein
Fred-Klein
Jul 26 2009
2.6
0.0
Jul 26 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
Incompatibility found with Screen Sharing in 10.5.7 Switching away from Screen Sharing using command+tab in LiteSwitch X, ends up "leaving" the command key "pressed" in Screen Sharing: any further clicks behave like command+clicks. Disabling LiteSwitch X solves the issue. see http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2094309 Too bad Proteron is gone and there is no fix to this.
Stormchild
Stormchild
Feb 1 2009
2.6
1.0
Feb 1 2009
1.0
Version: 2.6
I used to swear by LiteSwitch (I've been using it for around 10 years now!), but lately, I find myself swearing *at* it. It occasionally gets into a state where it fails to notice when you launch new apps, so they don't show up in the switcher. Quitting and relaunching LiteSwitch temporarily "fixes" it, but it soon happens again and again, and I've found that the only way to actually fix it is to restart -- which, quite frankly, I find completely unacceptable. Even just relaunching LiteSwitch is not an acceptable fix either, because it restarts the Dock every time you close *and* open LiteSwitch (two Dock restarts per relaunch of LS) -- and that gets to be a real pain in the a s s (btw, MacUpdate, comment censorship is extremely lame), cause it closes all your Dashboard widgets, and forces QuickLook to rescan all the items in any stacks you may have on the Dock. I hate to say it, but it's come to the point where the problems outweigh the benefits, so I can no longer recommend this abandonware. Here's hoping Apple improves the default cmd-tab switcher, cause I just can't put up with the bugs in LiteSwitch anymore. Seems like Proteron simply stopped caring. Too bad.
thec13
thec13
Jan 14 2009
2.6
0.0
Jan 14 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
Is this a dead application? I mean it hasn't been updated in two years.
J-w-
J-w-
Dec 23 2008
2.6
0.0
Dec 23 2008
0.0
Version: 2.6
Anyone else having problems with this under 10.5.6? Once in a while it slows to a halt every time I invoke it. And sometimes it loses track of the order of apps, or doesn't show a newly-launched app in the list. Stopping and starting LiteSwitch fixes it for a while.
Guest
Guest
Nov 13 2008
2.6
0.0
Nov 13 2008
0.0
Version: 2.6
What happened to http://www.proteron.com ? the site is gone?
Redsox
Redsox
Mar 4 2008
2.6
5.0
Mar 4 2008
5.0
Version: 2.6
LiteSwitch is a nice little PrefPane for those of us who find our hands floating towards the keyboard more than the mouse. If you use alt-tab, this is definitely for you. More or less, it's a custom alt-tab menu, but it does more than you think! The main use for this is when you have multiple windows open at a time of one application, say if you have to Safari windows. With the alt-tab menu, you can only switch the that application, not the window. With LiteSwitch, press your mappable keyboard shortcut (Cmd+Return for me,) and up comes what looks like an average alt-tab menu, but you can change the way it looks if you want. After you've activated LiteSwitch, you can use your keyboard shortcut again to flip through apps, still just like alt-tab. Here's where it gets interesting. Once the application your want to switch to is selected, you can press various keyboard shortcuts for various applications. The actions are: -Select previous app -Hide/show the selected app -Quit the selected app -Force quit the selected app -Show only the selected app -Exit and do nothing Each action, like I said, has a keyboard shortcut. I use it countless times a day, go ahead and try it out, you'll use it much more than you think...it's a steal at $15.
EZ411
EZ411
Feb 1 2008
2.6
3.0
Feb 1 2008
3.0
Version: 2.6
Last year I downloaded (vsn 2.6) and tried it for a month. Here's my Review: ( Note: Apple's built-in App-Switcher is: [apple]+[tab] ) (+) PROS: * + Multiple Hot-Key Activation Choices o + Right-Mousers can more easily activate it ( e.g., [control]+[tab] ) o + And Likewise for Left-Mousers ( e.g., [control]+[return] ) * + You can EASILY step-navigate through apps by releasing and pressing the 2nd Hot-Key key (to Reverse direction press the [shift] key as the 2nd key instead). * + Right-Click an App's icon to see Contextual Menu Options (or use Keyboard Shortcuts INSTEAD) * + Provides MANY Options you can set in System Preferences (-) CONS: * - Can NOT [esc] from it IF Hot-Key is set to: [apple]+[tab] * - If you've just hidden an app and then quickly depress and release the Hot-Key, it re-activates the Hidden App. It should NOT do that. What it should do instead is Select the Next ACTIVE App below the one on top (which is standard OS X behavior). * - Developer never responded to my Important Email Inquiry (and why I never bought it) * - NOT updated since 7-06 (1.5 yr) * - When Intel Macs were released it took 1-YEAR for an Intel-compatible update Summary ( RATING: 3 / 5 ): A real Time-Saver. It makes app-switching easier & brings new useful features into this process. IF the Developer was responsive to emails and updated this app more frequently I'd raise my rating to 4 / 5. What would Help? Surely these Enhancements would be meaningful: 1. SEGREGATE Active and Hidden Apps into Distinct Groupings wherein Active ones are navigated first. Either: a. Place Active on LHS and Hidden to the RHS, OR b. Place Active on Top and Hidden below in a 2nd list 2. If you HIDE an App (with LSX) it should Behave just like Mac OS and auto-select the front most Active App. CRUCIAL to any software purchase is the Developer's commitment to their customers needs and wants. If a Developer is not giving adequate consideration to customer needs; and is not planning ahead of the upcoming OS changes; then their product is not a worthy investment. * Usage Tip: In order to confidently rely on the use of the [esc] key I recommend you NOT use [apple]+[tab] as the designated Hot-Key.
JeremyAgost
JeremyAgost
Jan 31 2008
2.6
0.0
Jan 31 2008
0.0
Version: 2.6
In my opinion, this little app is somewhat useless. The built-in application switcher in 10.5 (this applies to 10.4 as well, I believe) is just as functional as LiteSwitch. And the former is free!
Theallseer
Theallseer
Aug 2 2006
2.6
0.0
Aug 2 2006
0.0
Version: 2.6
So glad its been released for intel macs. But ive seem to have found a problem. Sometimes switch is VERY slow. When i hit the key combo, it takes 1-5 seconds to show the tab switcher. As soon as I disable LiteSwitch, the default apple one will pop up instantly, like LiteSwitch should be doing. Using it on MBP 15" 2gb ram, 100gb 7200 HD
Veke
Veke
Jul 27 2006
2.6
0.0
Jul 27 2006
0.0
Version: 2.6
For me, being lefthanded and working with a Wacom-tablet on the left side of my desk, being able to set a shorcut to switch applications with BOTH hands, makes this indisbensable!
Flounder
Flounder
Jul 23 2006
2.6
5.0
Jul 23 2006
5.0
Version: 2.6
I love this app. I have been using it since the 10.2 or 10.1 days... so long I don't remember. However This has alot more functionality than the built in cmd-tab switcher that apple added with tiger. It makes it easier to force quit apps, show and hide apps and even allows you to prevent some apps to be shown in the switcher. I prefer this to the OS X built in switcher anyday.
Andrew-Scott
Andrew-Scott
Jul 23 2006
2.6
0.0
Jul 23 2006
0.0
Version: 2.6
Perhaps the product description could be a little clearer. From the description its capabilities sound very similar to the built-in Command+tab functions in OS X: Quit = q, Hide = h, drag & drop files. LiteSwitch no doubt has additional functions but their benefits need to articulated more clearly for me to bother trying it.
clakes
clakes
Jul 23 2006
2.6
0.0
Jul 23 2006
0.0
Version: 2.6
yes, it wipes the default app switcher out in terms of features and options, and yes, it's a handy lovely piece of software so after a few minutes of trial i was >this< close to hit the "register" button *but* ...then i've noticed... where's my customized finder icon? where're mail and newsmac pro badges? and where the status-changing and warning icon in adium? saved the precious money until that is fixed...
Phatcactus
Phatcactus
Jul 23 2006
2.6
0.0
Jul 23 2006
0.0
Version: 2.6
How strange. Just this afternoon I was trying to remember the app that provided OS 9-styl window switching, and here it is. Lovely.
Theallseer
Theallseer
Jul 23 2006
2.6
0.0
Jul 23 2006
0.0
Version: 2.6
Thank the sweet lord its finally arrived for intel macs!
Theallseer
Theallseer
Apr 21 2006
2.5
0.0
Apr 21 2006
0.0
Version: 2.5
Need this for intel macs POST-HASTE
Guest
Guest
Nov 4 2005
2.5
4.8
Nov 4 2005
4.8
Version: 2.5
After 10.4.3 update, pressing escape does nothing. Bug needs fixing fast!
Guest
Guest
May 29 2005
2.5
4.8
May 29 2005
4.8
Version: 2.5
When I choose "Don't display in Liteswitch" the application strip disappears. It won't come up when pressing command and tab, not even if you disable Liteswitch. In order to get the applications strip up again you need to enable Liteswitch again and disable it. Shame, the "don't display in Liteswith" feature is the only one for which I would use this software... Running 10.4.1 on a iMac G5.
Guest
Guest
May 11 2005
2.5
0.0
May 11 2005
0.0
Version: 2.5
Thank you, Proteron, for fixing the bug that prevented people from logging out of their computer. It's nice that you fixed it in May 2005. I reported this bug to you in November 2003. That's only a matter of ... er, hmmm, uhh, let's see ... oh, just 18 MONTHS that any user who had their Dock set to auto-hide found your product unusable as a result. I registered this product a long time ago. If I could go back and reverse that decision, I would. MacUpdate readers, I strongly urge you to spend your money elsewhere on Macintosh developers that actually stand behind their products and and pay attention to their customers even after they've received the money.
Guest
Guest
May 4 2005
2.5
4.8
May 4 2005
4.8
Version: 2.5
"Fixed a bug that prevented logging out." So! It WAS the previous version of LiteSwitch that sometimes prevented my machine from logging out. I wasn't really sure what was causing it. Great to see it's updated!
Guest
Guest
Apr 29 2005
2.5
4.8
Apr 29 2005
4.8
Version: 2.5
Awesome. LiteSwitch is my most essential utility and I, too, was worried that this wouldn't be updated for Tiger. Glad to see Proteron is moving forward.
Guest
Guest
Apr 29 2005
2.5
4.8
Apr 29 2005
4.8
Version: 2.5
LiteSwitch is back! Just when I thought Proteron wasn't going to update this again after Apple was so *cough* inspired by it and bundling nearly identical functionality into OS X, here comes an updated build for Tiger. I still prefer the functionality, size, and general appearance of this over Apple's. A very welcome update.
Guest
Guest
Jan 1 2005
2.1
0.0
Jan 1 2005
0.0
Version: 2.1
I you have a problem with LiteSwitch there's something wrong with your system. Proteron makes very well designed and functional software! Period No, it doesn't. If you have your system set to normally hide the Dock, then the system will hang on logout. Proteron's left this bug unattended to by over a year now.
Guest
Guest
Nov 9 2003
2.1
4.8
Nov 9 2003
4.8
Version: 2.1
Well, as I said before, one reason to use LiteSwitch over Panthers built in is that it comes up faster. Also it has more features. I you have a problem with LiteSwitch there's something wrong with your system. Proteron makes very well designed and functional software! Period
Guest
Guest
Nov 5 2003
2.1
4.8
Nov 5 2003
4.8
Version: 2.1
Preference Pane which lost most of its usefulness by the introduction of Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. Proteron wrote a letter to Apple concerning the fact that Apple's app switcher almost looks the same as theirs. You can even use the Q key to quit apps while switching in Panther. So why buy an app switcher that you get free of charge with your new system? Anyway, I never liked that Proteron first made it a free prefpane, but then decided to make it payable shareware. That's no honorable way, guys!
Hedemann
Hedemann
Oct 26 2003
2.1
4.0
Oct 26 2003
4.0
Version: 2.1
Works fine here. The feature that still makes me want to use Liteswitch instead of Panther's built-in switcher, are two unique features: Being able to force-quit & relaunch via Liteswitch. ( And the resizing feature of course...
Guest
Guest
Oct 26 2003
2.1
4.8
Oct 26 2003
4.8
Version: 2.1
I like the looks of this application... but I only wish it had a launch application feature, then I would surely invest in it, otherwise, it's pretty much the same as the os application switcher.
Guest
Guest
Oct 26 2003
2.1
4.8
Oct 26 2003
4.8
Version: 2.1
It bugs a lot :-( They can't make a working app and now they are suing Apple for a Windows function. LOL I am a disgusted customer. I will never buy nor use your apps again, never. BOZOS
Guest
Guest
Oct 26 2003
2.1
4.8
Oct 26 2003
4.8
Version: 2.1
I reckon the overriding reason Apple included similar features into Panther is that you're charging such a riduculous fee for it. For the cost of this "lite" app switcher, I can buy a game, two movies, or so many books I'd drop one or two... or knock a large chunk of the price of Panther.
Guest
Guest
Jul 10 2003
2.0
4.8
Jul 10 2003
4.8
Version: 2.0
bcwinters: Thanks for the tip about resizing the icons. LiteSwitchX is getting better and better as I learn how to use its features. Yay!
Guest
Guest
Jun 26 2003
2.0
0.0
Jun 26 2003
0.0
Version: 2.0
Escher: You can resize the icons, too -- drag the lines under the application name up or down to alter the size. Drag with option held down to snap to standard icon sizes (just like the Dock). A stellar utility.
Guest
Guest
Jun 25 2003
2.0
4.8
Jun 25 2003
4.8
Version: 2.0
Follow-up: It looks like Apple copied LiteSwitch's functionality into its own app switcher for the upcoming Panther release of OS X. I guess imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. ;)
Guest
Guest
Jun 24 2003
2.0
4.8
Jun 24 2003
4.8
Version: 2.0
After testing LiteSwitchX for two weeks, I decided that its functionality was well worth the price and registered. I also figured out that I could change the opacity of the LiteSwitch display in the Advanced tab of the preference panel, which addresses one of my concerns below. Apple failed to include a good application switcher in OS X. Kudos to Proteron for providing such an elegant and well-integrated solution.
Guest
Guest
Jun 19 2003
2.0
4.8
Jun 19 2003
4.8
Version: 2.0
I started using LiteSwitch when I found out that it would let me use command-tab to switch apps. (Keyboard Maestro, which I've used for many, many years, couldn't use that key combo in OS X because it said it was reserved by Apple.) I love the fact that LiteSwitch works as a control panel in OS X's System Preferences. That's much less obtrusive and more user-friendly than an invisible background app. However, I would like to see yet more customizability. E.g. variable icon size, darker background for better visibility in front of white windows, and application name under the icon (not centered) would be nice additions. Since this is a dedicated app switcher, I think LiteSwitch needs an option for vertical display (like Keyboard Maestro) as well. Finally, $15 is a steep price, but worth the convenience of using command-tab (instead of alt-tab).
Guest
Guest
Jun 4 2003
2.0
4.8
Jun 4 2003
4.8
Version: 2.0
Yeeeeeha - version 2 allows you to exclude applications. Now this works beautifully with LaunchBar. Try it - and take 5 minutes to read the documentation - you'll love it. And subsequently using a Mac without LiteSwitch will be just plain irritating...
Guest
Guest
Jun 3 2003
2.0
4.8
Jun 3 2003
4.8
Version: 2.0
NOTE! The version before 2.0 was nagware/shareware, always worked. Makers website for this version states 90 day trial! If you cannot afford to pay $15 for such a simple (yet very well written) utility, stick with the last version to avoid cut-off. Other than that, EXCELLENT software. Cheers!
Guest
Guest
Dec 13 2002
1.5
0.0
Dec 13 2002
0.0
Version: 1.5
LiteSwitch really rocks. Now what would be a really cool feature would be to have all windows in an application active as icons that stack up in a line over each application icon, so that you can easily switch to a window inside of an application instead of just to the application itself...
Guest
Guest
Nov 7 2002
1.1
4.8
Nov 7 2002
4.8
Version: 1.1
Great program, however it just doesn't feel right that for ONLY Jaguar compatibility this went from freeware to a $14.95 shareware level.
Guest
Guest
Sep 5 2002
1.0.1
4.8
Sep 5 2002
4.8
Version: 1.0.1
This is the best enhancement to OS X!!! I would really give it 10 stars. In fact, I think I will buy Proteron's max menu thing just show them my gratitude.
Guest
Guest
Aug 25 2002
1.0.1
0.0
Aug 25 2002
0.0
Version: 1.0.1
i love this app. i am hoping there is an update soon though, since jaguar wont allow it to use the command-tab keys for switching
Free
4.0
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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