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LiteSwitch: The best Mac app switcher

1 October 2010 3,702 views 6 Comments

There’s software that gets used day in and day out, and ya just don’t give it much thought, like the AppleScript you installed years ago that’s seamlessly made the transition from Mac to Mac and just kept working without a hiccup. A short write up on Minimal Mac reminded me of such a handy bit o’ code, one that I’ve been using continuously since the ’90s.

LiteSwitch from Proteron Software is that app, version 1.0 of which shipped for the Mac back in November 1997. Nearly 13 years later, LiteSwitch 2.7 is the flavor and it’s still one of the first things I install on a new Mac, whether it’s for myself or a customer.

Whereas Minimal Mac’s Patrick Rhone enjoys the “hide on switch” functionality, I like the smaller icons and the ability to move backwards through the queue by pressing Command + Shift keys versus OS X’s native switcher, which requires three fingers. The ability to turn off mouse interaction is nice, too.

If you’re in a low-memory situation, LiteSwitch allows you to quit the Finder — a handy stopgap measure to keep your Mac running. There’s also Exposé integration, which gives you the ability to open specific windows within an application, keeping your hands firmly on the keyboard.

Lastly, although the current version of LiteSwitch is listed as a beta, it’s solid as a rock. Give it a shot…

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