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Icon A-Dock X 1.5.1

A-Dock is a bit like Mac OS X's dock. It acts as an application switcher and an application launcher. A-Dock X uses Themes to customize its appearance. Do you want your icons to float into flames, grass, snow, flowers ? A-Dock X features 9 built-in Themes. Plus you can download more cool Themes here, from the Themes-archive. You can also customize A-Dock's colors and transparency so your Dock just looks perfect.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Author/Publisher: Jerome Foucher
  • Modification Date: October 24, 2008
  • Requirements: PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher

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icon aLunch 3.6.2

aLunch is an application launcher operated via the status menu.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Hys
  • Modification Date: January 22, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Icon BeHierarchic 4.2

BeHierarchic is one of the first AppleMenu enhancers. After installing BeHierarchic, when you click in the Apple, it lets you display submenus for each folder, folder alias or server alias located into your Apple Menu Folder.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Author/Publisher: Fabien OCTAVE
  • Modification Date: June 14, 2001
  • Requirements: Mac OS 8 to 9

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Classic PPC File Size: 334 Kb

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Icon Butler 4.1.6

What is Butler?
* A file launcher You can access applications and any other kind of document by browsing fully customizable system-wide menus, pressing hot keys, clicking hot corners, or entering abbreviations. Butler will learn from your habits and remember what you want a certain abbreviation to do (e.g., enter "ab" to launch "Address Book").
* A bookmark manager
Butler offers you a way to manage your bookmarks without depending on a certain browser. In contrast to a browser's bookmark collection, Butler's bookmarks are always accessible through its system-wide menus, hot keys, etc. And you'll certainly become addicted to accessing bookmarks by entering abbreviations. Butler also lets you access the bookmarks of all major browsers. Adding files or URLs from your browser to Butler's configuration is stunningly easy: Just drag them to the active screen corner (default: top left), see Butler's main window open, and drop your items somewhere whithin your configuration.
* A web search utility
Butler's predecessor "Another Launcher" was the first application that let you search the web from the menu bar. But if your menu bar is too crowded for an input field, you can also use hot keys to pop up dedicated web search windows. Butler supports a large number of search engines by default, but you are not restricted to those - you can easily add your own search engines.
* A pasteboard extension
Butler lets you access items you have previously stored in your pasteboard, effectively turning your pasteboard into a stack. You can also take a snapshot of your current pasteboard and keep it for good. This feature is particularly useful for text snippets you need to enter on a regular basis.
* And so much more...
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Author/Publisher: Peter Maurer
  • Modification Date: October 11, 2012
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher

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Icon Classic Menu 2.8.1

Classic Menu brings the functionality of the Classic Mac OS apple menu back to Mac OS X. It displays the files and folders in the Classic Menu Items folder and allows up to 10 levels of hierarchical menus for folder contents. The standard OS X apple menu remains accessible, either by clicking in a user-specified area of the apple icon or holding down a customizable modifier key.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Author/Publisher: Sig Software
  • Modification Date: December 6, 2007
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.0 or higher

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Icon ColorSwitch Pro 1.2.2

ColorSwitch Pro takes the cue from Apple's vaunted Control Strip, adds many sorely-missed features to the mix, and packages it all up in a tidy, convenient pull-down menu that's always available when you need it. ColorSwitch Pro allows you to master your Macintosh with a set of convenient controls for adjusting things such as PPP dial-up connections, network settings, speaker volume, monitor resolution and color depth, audio CDs, and more.
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Author/Publisher: Ambrosia
  • Modification Date: November 20, 1998
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC

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680x0Classic PPC File Size: 935 Kb

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Icon CronniX 3.0.1

CronniX is an Aqua frontend to the powerful Unix tool "cron". Cron is a Unix system service that allows scheduled execution of scripts, programs, applications - in short anything that can be started from the command line. This includes OSX applications and AppleScripts.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Sven Schmidt/abstracuture IT-Beratung GmbH
  • Release Date: June 18, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher

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Icon DragThing 5.9.3

DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop.
The main purpose of DragThing is to make items on your Mac such as files, folders, applications, disks, URLs, clippings, and even windows, quickly and easily accessible, while taking up as little space on your screen as possible.
The main elements with which DragThing enables this speedy access are its docks. DragThing's docks, unlike the Mac OS X system dock, are highly configurable and you can have multiple docks, customised to suit your specific circumstances.
DragThing also allows you to define a huge variety of hot keys. These hot keys can open items in docks, control various other aspects of DragThing and even control the visibility of and switching between other applications running on your Mac.
DragThing can also provide you with a Trash on your desktop, play sounds in response to actions like ejecting a CD, and a lot more besides.
  • License: Shareware, $29
  • Author/Publisher: James Thomson
  • Modification Date: June 4, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher

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Icon Drop Drawers X 1.6.6

Drop Drawers is a revolutionary user interface enhancement for Macintosh which provides floating pull-out, snap-shut drawers on the sides of your screen to store text, URLs, aliases, scripts, pictures, sounds, movies and anything else.
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Author/Publisher: Sig Software
  • Modification Date: May 10, 2005
  • Requirements: Mac OS X

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OS X PPC File Size: 501 Kb

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Classic PPC File Size: 1.1 MB

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Icon FinderPop 2.3

Open the FinderPop preference pane. Click on the Show FinderPop Items Folder button in the Items sub-panel. Add aliases to your favourite applications, folders, documents, and whatnots to that folder. Now every time you control-click in the Finder or click in an unused part of the menubar, you'll get a few more options...
Control-free contextual menu popup in finder.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Turlough O'Connor
  • Modification Date: May 23, 2010
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 - Not Compatible with Snow Leopard

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Icon Fruit Menu 3.7

FruitMenu is a haxie that gives you the ability to customize the Apple Menu and contextual menus. Using a visual editor you can edit the contents of the menus to suit your needs and taste. FruitMenu will also display the contents of the FruitMenu Items folder inside of your Library folder, launch applications and shell scripts from the Apple Menu and contextual menus, to allow easy file navigation and launching. To make the haxie completely flexible and customizable, you can assign hotkeys to particular menu items.
  • License: Shareware, $23
  • Author/Publisher: Unsanity
  • Modification Date: August 18, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher

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Icon Global Hotkey 1.4

This application stays in the background doing nothing. But if you press a key combination which matches one of the file names in the folders of the application, it will do something.
* The text files in the AppleScripts folder will be executed as Applescripts Usefull if you want to quickly turn your Mac to sleep.
* The items in the Applications folder can be launched. It works even for folders or documents.
* Pictures and plain Textfiles in the Clipboard folder are copied to the clipboard.
* Shell scripts are executed from the ShellScripts folder.
The application writes a lot of stuff to the console which you can watch for error messages. Just launch the console application from the utilities folder and read, but don't be scared: Far over 90% of this is to be ignored.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: MonkeyBread Software
  • Modification Date: May 4, 2007
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher

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icon HimmelBar 3.0b64

HimmelBar provides an icon in the menu bar to quickly access your installed applications by scanning standard locations such as local, user, network and developer applications. You can also add a custom location such as the Classic Applications folder, or any other folder of your hard disk that contains applications.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: SoftBend
  • Modification Date: October 16, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Icon HotApp 1.9.2

HotApp is a utility application that let you control various elements of Mac OS 10 directly from the keyboard.
For example if you want to :
* launch your favorite application by pressing a single key combination
* search quickly your address book (require OS 10.2)
* open your default browser on a particular URL by pressing a single key combination
* execute system action (sleep, restart, logout, shutdown) by pressing a single key combination
* start quickly your default screen save by pressing a single key combination
* copy/paste repetive text by pressing a single key combination
* many others...
then HotApp is your solution.
  • License: Shareware, $15
  • Author/Publisher: TrufSoft
  • Modification Date: February 1, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.4 or higher

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Icon LaunchBar 4.3.7

LaunchBar is an award winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to control your computer. It provides instant access to thousands of files and folders, contacts and bookmarks, applications and preference panes just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name.
You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately.
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Author/Publisher: Objective Development
  • Modification Date: April 7, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher

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Icon Lingon 2.1.1

Lingon is a graphical interface for creating launchd configuration files and controlling them through launchctl for Mac OS X Tiger. (launchd is a system daemon that is used to run scripts/programs automatically, repeatedly or at certain times.) You get all your launchd configuration files listed in a table so you easily can see which are loaded and what they do, and you can also load and unload any easily. If you want to create or edit a launchd configuration file you can do that in Lingon through an assistant or in an easy graphical way (or through an built-in text editor, should you want to).
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Peter Borg
  • Modification Date: December 18, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

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Icon MacAt 7.1

MacAT is a Windows AT/UNIX cron-like task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators. It is a fat binary application that allows 37 of the most common MacOS tasks to be run once, hourly, daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly without user intervention.
These scheduled tasks include:
Launching Applications, Files and AppleScripts
Quitting individual applications or alternatively quitting all currently running processes
Rename and Delete any File or Folder
Mount remote AppleShare volumes automatically over AppleTalk (eg NT, MacOS, UNIX EtherShare, Linux Netatalk AppleShare Volumes)
Copy Files or Folders to any mounted AppleTalk volume
Unmount nominated AppleShare volumes or floppies/cdrom's.
Restart or shutdown the Macintosh
  • License: Shareware, $49
  • Author/Publisher: Gerard Hammond
  • Modification Date: July 22, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X and Mac OS 7.1 or higher

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Classic PPCOS X PPC File Size: 3.5 MB

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icon MoofMenu 1.7

MoofMenu adds a small icon to your system menu bar, right next to your Airport and Sound controls. Clicking on the icon opens a menu, in fact your menu - because you were the one that put the items in and organized them into hierarchic order. Just like your Apple menu in MacOS 9.
  • License: Shareware, $5
  • Author/Publisher: Lobotomo Software
  • Modification Date: March 12, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher

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Icon Namely 2.5.1

Namely is possibly the fastest way to open applications. The Dock is okay, but becomes less effective when you have lots of applications in it. Also, you may sometimes need to use an application that's not in your Dock, in which case you need to find it using the Finder or Spotlight first. Namely solves both of these problems. You simply invoke it using your preferred keyboard shortcut (Command-Escape by default) and start typing part of an application's name. It will show you a list of matches and you keep typing to narrow them down. Actually, two or three letters are enough most of the time. When you've found what you're looking for, hit Return to launch it.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Amar Sagoo
  • Modification Date: November 20, 2007
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

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icon Overflow 2.5.5

Overflow is an application designed to quickly launch applications, open documents, or access folders while reducing the number of items needed in your Dock. Anything you want can be added to the Overflow interface, making it accessible through a few simple mouse clicks or keystrokes. The interface is resizable, and fully customizable. Create separate categories for your applications, work files, games, or anything else you want to be able to access quickly. After using Overflow, we think you'll find it just as indispensable as we do.
  • License: Shareware, $15
  • Author/Publisher: Stunt Software
  • Modification Date: February 22, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Icon Quicksilver 1.0b16384

Quicksilver is an evolving framework for accessing and manipulating many forms of personal data.
QuickSilver allows you to access folders, files, URLs etc. by typing the first few letters of their name.

  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Blacktree, Inc.
  • Modification Date: March 25, 2013
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher

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Icon QuickStart 1.4.1

QuickStart is a system extension that lets you open applications, documents or folders through keyboard shortcuts. These keyboard shortcuts are available throughout all the applications you use. Because you can add all kinds of items, you can assign shortcuts to run automated applescript tasks, open websites or write e-mails to specific addresses, etc. The package also includes a control strip module, that gives access to a menu with all items setup in the control panel. This menu allows you to open all these items as well.
  • License: Freeware, Name: Freeware - Code: 3-QKST-502559379
  • Author/Publisher: Berrie Kremers
  • Modification Date: May 22, 2000
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC, Mac OS 7.6 or higher

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680x0Classic PPC File Size: 1.3 MB
icon Relaunch 1.3.9

Relaunch is a Mac OS X menu bar utility that allows you to take snapshots of running applications and then Relaunch them. You can take snapshots of any combination of OS X applications and name them by context, e.g. 'Work', 'Play', 'Development' etc. As well as remembering and launching applications that you had open it also knows how to re-open individual documents for over 20 popular mac applications, so not only will it restart the application itself, but it will also re-open the files you were working on when you took the snapshot.
  • License: Shareware, $5
  • Author/Publisher: Wired Up And Fired Up
  • Modification Date: November 1, 2007
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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icon Sapiens 1.1

Sapiens is an application launcher, it helps you access all the applications in your Mac. Sapiens is clever because it learns from you, so unlike any other launcher it predicts the applications you will likely need and offers a visualization of this prediction in an intuitive way. Sapiens is activated by moving the mouse in a circle (yes, it is a mouse gesture that finally works), therefore touching the keyboard is really the last resort to be used in case you want to search for a specific application.
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Author/Publisher: Donelleschi
  • Modification Date: December 11, 2007
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Icon Spark 3.0b9

Spark is a hotkey manager for simple and powerful keyboard short cuts. You can create short cuts to start an application, to open a document, to control iTunes, carry out AppleScript... It allows you to pass from one application to another without ever having to move the mouse.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Jean-Daniel Dupas/Shadow Lab
  • Modification Date: December 21, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.10 or higher

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Icon TaskMenuBar 2.4.2

TaskMenuBar is a control panel that uses the empty space on the menu bar to switch and launch applications, and drag and drop files on applications. Because it only uses the menu bar, unlike other utilities, it will never obscure or be obscured by other windows.
  • License: Shareware, $15
  • Author/Publisher: Hugh Kawahara
  • Modification Date: November 7, 2001
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC

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680x0Classic PPC File Size: 148 Kb

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Icon 3D-Space VFS 1.9.4

3D-Space VFS is a fast, spectacular 3D file browser/launcher:
* Fly over files and folders instead of navigating through them.
* Simply point and click to open/launch anything anywhere.
* Fast OpenGL graphics, low CPU use.
* And much more. Try it for yourself!
  • License: Shareware, $29
  • Author/Publisher: Marc Moini
  • Modification Date: April 9, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Icon TigerLaunch 1.0.3

TigerLaunch is an easy-to-use and easy-to-configure application launcher for OS X.
It displays an Apps menu at the top of your screen listing all your applications in alphabetical order - no matter what folder they appear in.
You can easily configure it to exclude applications you rarely or never launch.
This allows you to be more selective about what apps are dock-worthy, so your dock doesn't get so cluttered. It also makes it easier to launch apps that are buried in sub-folders, such as in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Ranchero Software
  • Modification Date: June 29, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher

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Icon The Tilery 4.2.1

The Tilery places a tile on your screen for each open application; clicking a tile brings its application to the front. In addition you can create tiles that will launch applications and open documents, folders, control panels, and more.
  • License: Shareware, $15
  • Author/Publisher: Rick Holzgrafe
  • Modification Date: April 8, 2001
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC

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680x0Classic PPC File Size: 428 Kb

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Icon T-Minus Ten 2.2

T-Minus Ten will launch your computer into new realms of automation. Configure hot keys and hot spots to drive applications, scripts and documents with ease. Its most powerful resource is a convenient timer function which provides an off-hours auto-pilot for your Macintosh, sets handy reminders, runs back-up scripts, or creates customizable sets of file launches. Combined with AppleScript, you can use T-Minus Ten to control every detail of your computing day, launching anything double-clickable and fine tuning that golf game while your Macintosh flies its own missions.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Author/Publisher: MK Software
  • Modification Date: December 29, 1999
  • Requirements: PPC - Mac OS 8.1 or 8.5 or 7.5 and up with the Appearance Manager

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Classic PPC File Size: 517 Kb

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680x0 File Size: 472 Kb

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icon Todos 1.5

Sometimes you just don't want to take time going to your Applications folder or searching around your hard drive. Just click a quick hotkey (Command-Option-Control-T) and Todos will simply appear. Todos' job is simple. Todos doesn't do more than it says. Like its definition in Spanish, Todos will show you everything. Todos shows you all your applications in a complete dock. All of us have a plethora of programs, and the Apple dock just can't fit them all. Don't worry. Bring Todos up when you need to get to any of your apps. Click any application in Todos and it will instantly launch. Todos will fade away after application launch. Perhaps you don't want it go go away so fast? Just hold the command key and click. Todos will open the application and remain displayed. Don't forget to stand back and wow at all those cool icons for all of your applications. OS X has beautiful icons, why not see them more?
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Dustin Bachrach
  • Modification Date: July 27, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Universal Binary File Size: 769 Kb

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icon Trampoline 2.3.3

Click its hot key, and it appears directly under the mouse. The things you use most, those core tools, appear all around your cursor, each one just a few pixels away.
Move your mouse up, and there's Safari; left, and there's Microsoft Word; right, and there's your To Do List. You choose what you want in your trampoline, and then when it's time to open it, it's right there.
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Author/Publisher: Old Jewel Software
  • Modification Date: February 18, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Icon Xmenu 1.8.1

This programme brings back the Apple Menu to Mac OS X and includes also a complete application launcher. By adding one or more global menus to the right side of the menu bar you can easily access your preferred applications, folders (and subfolders), documents and files. Furthermore there's no explicit need for a configuration (e.g. creating lots of folders and aliases or adding items to user-defined setups), just activate the menus you like: Applications, Developer Applications, Home, Documents or User-Defined (like the old Apple menu in the Mac OS 9 days).
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: DEVONtechnologies LLC
  • Modification Date: December 18, 2007
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Intel Denotes Mac OS X Intel Native
Universal Binary Denotes Mac OS X Intel & PPC Native
OS X PPC Denotes Mac OS X PPC Native
Classic PPC Denotes Mac OS 8/9 PPC Native
680x0 Denotes Mac OS 680x0 Native
Non-Specific Code Denotes Non-OS Specific Code
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