LiteSwitch X
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Keyboard application switcher (beta).   Shareware ($14.95)
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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
What's New
Version 2.8 (2.8b1):
  • Fixes compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Eliminates the registration code
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later



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LiteSwitch X User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Marivaux reviewed on 14 Jan 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!
[Version 2.8]


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Dmcrimson commented on 31 Oct 2013
Used to be great and indispensable - now won't even activate under Mavericks!
[Version 2.8]

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Clakes replied on 06 Nov 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 replied on 08 Nov 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 replied on 09 Nov 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 replied on 09 Nov 2013
Still, no go. Worked fine on mountain lion, tho.
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Clakes replied on 09 Nov 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 replied on 09 Nov 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 replied on 09 Nov 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 replied on 17 Nov 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 commented on 08 Sep 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.
[Version 2.8]

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Beige replied on 02 Oct 2013
drag and drop still works for me.
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Beige reviewed on 16 Jul 2013
great app - simple but very clean and less clutter than the others IMO. Thanks for the Mavericks support.
[Version 2.8]


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Phantazm commented on 15 Jul 2013
Head over to sysbeep.com for 2.8b1. It works in Mavericks and eliminates the registration code.
[Version 2.7]

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MacUpdate-Jess replied on 16 Jul 2013
Thanks for the heads-up, Phantazm! I've updated the listing with the link to the dev's site, and the link to the new beta. Do you know if this is now freeware?
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Bdikkat replied on 16 Jul 2013
Many thankyous! I just love this switcher. I used it for years. I developed a motor program in my brain to switch to an app and hide all the others by command-tab-[select app]-A. So glad to have it again. One thing, it is a beta, and it seems a bit twitchy, especially for some reason while tabbing over the MAS icon. Still, I love it.
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Tlance commented on 06 Sep 2012
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.
[Version 2.7]

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Clakes replied on 15 Sep 2012
Actually, it still works OK here on 10.8, but I remember having such issue in Lion. Not 100% sure, but I think I fixed it by simply wiping and reinstalling... you might want to give a try.

But indeed it's a horrible shame LiteSwitch's been abandoned!
I love the way... it keeps out of the way! Witch is just so much more obtrusive!
Someone should really get LS going again, for its (should-be-Apple's) simplicity and effectiveness truly deserve it!
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Tlance replied on 15 Sep 2012
Well said Clakes. Also, a restart was all I really needed (color me shamed).
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Doug Engelbart reviewed on 01 Sep 2012
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.
[Version 2.7]


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Cowicide commented on 22 Mar 2012
Is this abandonware? The developer's website appears to be gone.
[Version 2.7]

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gatovadio replied on 15 May 2012
and there's no email to contact the author. this is so light-weight, simple yet powerful (with single app mode included) it's a pity that was abandoned.

expose for app windows stopped working in X 10.7.4 and there's also 2 other things i miss:

when it's set to bring all forward in the window layering, it would be great if liteswitch x could bring smaller windows to the front (a preferences window that could be behind the main window, for example).

also, one thing that was overlooked would be the ability to disable command-shift to switch backwards and leave just command-`. the reason for this is that in single application mode, holding shift when clicking another app on the dock or switching to another app via command-tab, overrides it so you can view 2 or more applications at the same time. as it is, the only clumsy work-around is to command-tab to the item right next to the one you wanna view at the same time and press shift once while keeping command pressed. it's also advised to disable key repeat in the advanced options so you don't get just 1 split second to do it.
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Sequoia1 reviewed on 20 Jun 2011
Currently works on Lion! (10.7 , 11A494a)

Yaaa!
[Version 2.7]

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Beige replied on 16 Jul 2011
actually, it makes my desktop flash grey on launch and when my monitor wakes from sleep, this grey desktop comes back and only relaunching Liteswitch fixes it.
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Beige replied on 17 Jul 2011
oops - it seems this bug is with the Dock. Glad it's not a problem with Liteswitch because the support link is dead on the Proteron site.
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Bud_simrin replied on 28 Sep 2011
Actually, it is beginning to break down in Lion. It does work but the Exclude function no longer does. Also some of the hot keys no longer work. An update would be welcome.
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Sequoia1 replied on 28 Sep 2011
Bud_simrin, the Exclude feature still works by right-clicking on the Finder list of open apps, and choosing "Don't display in LiteSwitch." You're right: the wheels are falling off, though.
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Bud_simrin replied on 28 Sep 2011
Thanks, Sequoia1. I had ver 2.7 and the current download is a beta so I just assumed it was older than what I have. But, in fact I just tried the beta and it is newer and improved. The Exclude function works as it always had and there are additional hotkeys now that I didn't know about. So I retract my comment.
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Peternsteinmetz commented on 06 Apr 2011
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.
[Version 2.7]


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Doug Engelbart had trouble on 16 Nov 2012
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. :(
[Version 2.7]


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accountclosed had trouble on 22 Oct 2010
We must be on different sites. The URL http://www.proteron.com (link to developer's site above) continues to return 404s for purchase links, latest news, contact, company-everything but downloads. In addition a number of images show broken links. This is a poor showing: over a week to reply to a "can't purchase" alert, and the claim that the site is now up and running turns out to be wrong. Losing interest fast in this app.
[Version 2.7]

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Soderberg replied on 01 Nov 2010
Try refreshing the page in your browser when you click on the link if you get a 404 error again ... as of 4:08 PM today (EST) I clicked the link and it worked for me, so perhaps your browser has cached a previous out-of-date link.

BTW I have no comment yet about the app itself, it's one of a few I'm checking out ... just thought it was useful for people to know the link works; also, I would have responded sooner to your post except that you ddn't "reply" to mine, so I didn't know there was a new comment here.
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Soderberg replied on 01 Nov 2010
Mea culpa!

Oops, my mistake ... wrote my reply hastily and checked only the first page, I am getting 404 errors as well.
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accountclosed had trouble on 13 Oct 2010
Can't purchase or use contact link on developer's site. 404s all over the place. App seems solid, but geesh. . .
[Version 2.7]

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Soderberg replied on 22 Oct 2010
The site is up and the download link is working.
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Kantorde had trouble on 26 May 2010
How to deal with multiple windows in liteswitch, like several browser windows?
I cannot access it via liteswitch, right?

Thank you in advance.
[Version 2.7]

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Robotank replied on 28 May 2010
Correct. For window switching check out Witch or WindowFlow.
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Kantorde replied on 30 May 2010
Thank you Robotank.
This makes LiteSwitchX useless. Even the original Cmd-Tab facility can deal with multiple windows - and looks much better.
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Espiridion commented on 16 Jun 2010
I'll add Keyboard Maestro to the list of apps for navigating multiple windows.
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Nicksloan replied on 29 Jun 2010
And SnapRocket and Exposé.
BUT Kantorde this doesn't make LiteSwitch useless --or any different from the Cmd Tab switcher as far as I can see. Sure you can go to Exposé from Cmd-Tab, but if you have multiple app windows open, Exposé or Witch is probably your best bet anyway. As an application switcher, I find LiteSwitch to be the best by far.
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Kantorde replied on 29 Jun 2010
BUT an application switcher without this functionality is just to limited to be a "replacement" for the original one. Thus, things like that make little sense for me.
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Batgirlshops had trouble on 23 May 2010
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
[Version 2.7]

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Robotank replied on 25 May 2010
Grab it on MU Promo today for $5.95.
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Frankns had trouble on 21 Sep 2009
Proteron's site appears to be down ...

It would be great to see an update.
[Version 2.6]


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Fred Klein had trouble on 26 Jul 2009
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.
[Version 2.6]


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J.W. had trouble on 23 Dec 2008
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.
[Version 2.6]

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Stormchild replied on 31 Jan 2009
Yup, I'm seeing the same issues, and it's been happening for a long time now, so I don't think it's a new problem in 10.5.6.

Unfortunately it looks like Proteron has stopped working on it.
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theallseer had trouble on 02 Aug 2006
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
[Version 2.6]

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lworth02 commented on 13 Jan 2007
I'm having the exact same slowness problem, on a new MAP 17”: 2.33 ghz, 3GB RAM! Pls. reply if you found a solution. I love LiteSwitch but this is driving me crazy. The CPU % jumps up to almost 19% when I hit cmd-tab...

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Beige rated on 15 Nov 2011

[Version 2.7]



Terrellm rated on 08 Jan 2011

[Version 2.7]


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Date:16 Jul 2013
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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.


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