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Mac vs Windows Application Switching
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Mar 26, 2001, 09:31 AM
 
One thing Windows has over Mac is that it's easier to switch to the previous apprication - simply command/tab. Do this on Mac and you'll go to the next open application in the alphabetical sequence. Not very helpful when cutting and pasting.

Now I know you can use the three key comboto go back but I often forget it - like I have now - or my typing skills fail me.

Is there a better way?
     
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Mar 26, 2001, 11:17 AM
 
I often use the command-tab to do this and as far as I know it switches to the previous app. Maybe I'm wrong (can't check now as i'm using pc at school).

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Mar 26, 2001, 12:31 PM
 
Im not sure of the name, but I think there is a share ware app called GoMac! which will switch apps like in windows, when you hit command-tab it brings up a little dialog box displaying all your apps running like in Windoze. It also adds a "Start" button and the corresponding nonsense on the bottom, but that can be disabled.

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Mar 26, 2001, 01:31 PM
 
The link to GoMac for those interested is http://versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=3534 and I've used this before and liked it, but current reviews are poor. I was hoping for a trick or script within Mac's OS. Thanks all the same, though.

     
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Mar 26, 2001, 02:35 PM
 
Hey,

LiteSwitch is a wonderful little Freeware switcher; should find it at version tracker or Cnet.

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Mar 26, 2001, 02:43 PM
 
You can use command-tab to switch to the next open app or command-shift-tab to go the other way. Then there's that floating window you can get by dragging the application menu from the right corner of the menu bar. They're not quite as functional as the Windows alt-tab switcher and the taskbar, but easier than nothing. But there's a freeware control panel I use instead called Liteswitch for the Mac that works even better (and will work with systems earlier than 8.5). I'd highly recommend it over the app switcher built into the MacOS.
     
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Mar 26, 2001, 03:25 PM
 
Thanks Patrick, we'll give Light Switch a go!
     
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Mar 26, 2001, 07:48 PM
 
TaskMenuBar. It's better than anything Mac or Windows, it's better than the dock, it's better than freeze dried sh!t on a stick. Find it at versiontracker.com.
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Mar 27, 2001, 01:57 AM
 
Hi all,

Just to throw another one into the mix... You could check out Michael Kamprath (ClaireWare Software)'s Program Switcher shareware control panel. It isn't freeware/open-source like the abovementioned LiteSwitch CP by Proteron (incidentally, I believe that Proteron is also the original/current developer of that other abovementioned ACTION GoMac product that's now being sold by Power On Software). However, it doesn't cost too much to register (US$10, or US$15 if you get the special bundle with Greg Landweber's Power Windows CP), and it does offer quite a few "power" features such as translucent switching-windows (for those who like app-switchers on steroids). It's also compatible with most flavours of Mac OS "Classic" (apparently all the way back to System 7.1).

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Mar 27, 2001, 10:46 AM
 
I use something not mentioned so far. Trouble is, I don't know what it is! I have so many OS enhancements, I lost track long ago as to which one does what in many cases. The freeware/shareware developers ought to wise up and put a logo on the window or menu that executes the function. The TV networks started this long ago so you'd know you're watching them and not someone else.

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Apr 7, 2001, 12:36 AM
 
Actually the Apps rotate in the order the Application Switcher is set for. Mine is set in reverse order of launch so it switches from Netscape to AIM to the Finder.

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Apr 7, 2001, 11:18 PM
 
Hey, I've just started using the Application Menu as a tearable menu (no need to get shareware- it's been in Mac OS since 8.5). Once you tear it off and shrink it to the size of the buttons, you got yourself a a quaint yet effective little task bar. If only the Window menu (new in OS9.1) was tearable, you would have pretty good task bar functionality between the Window and Application menu.
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Yes, that's what I was talking about. You can change how it displays with AppleScript.

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Apr 8, 2001, 08:56 AM
 
http://home.netcom.com/~kawahara/taskmenubar.html


This is where it's at! Better than the Dock and Windows task bar combined. TaskMenuBar. If only OS X had something this good, I might consider using it.
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Apr 8, 2001, 10:04 PM
 

let me reccomend a-dock.
it's useful, minimizes itself automatically, attatches to any side of the screen, and can be used as a launcher as well... highly reccomended.
http://jerome.foucher.free.fr/ADock.html

check it.

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Apr 8, 2001, 10:31 PM
 
If you own Microsoft Office 2001 you can download the latest version of Microsoft Office Manager (MOM) (version 9.0) and install that. If you then disable the "Application Switcher" extension (via Extension Manager or Conflict Catcher) you can set MOM up exactly like a Windoze MAChine. Best thing is that it automatically sets up the Office suite of applications so that you can (eg) use Command-Tab to start applications, and Option-Tab to switch between running applications. It even lets you add other non-Office applications for a fast and efficient way to start your favourite apps.
     
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Apr 8, 2001, 10:31 PM
 
If you own Microsoft Office 2001 you can download the latest version of Microsoft Office Manager (MOM) (version 9.0) and install that. If you then disable the "Application Switcher" extension (via Extension Manager or Conflict Catcher) you can set MOM up exactly like a Windoze MAChine. Best thing is that it automatically sets up the Office suite of applications so that you can (eg) use Command-Tab to start applications, and Option-Tab to switch between running applications. It even lets you add other non-Office applications for a fast and efficient way to start your favourite apps.
     
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Apr 9, 2001, 10:55 AM
 
The MS Office 98 version of Mom was better. It would show the amount of memory assigned to each program as well as how much it is using.

It also kicks arse over the Mac OS app switcher because rather than cycling through all open applications, it switches to the last one you were using.

Unfortunately Microsoft did not put these handy features in the 2001 version. And alas the Office98 doesn't work to well with 9.1
     
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Apr 16, 2001, 03:30 AM
 
I have never use command tab in my life. I always use the application switcher (the torn off one with icons only). It is far faster to me. Believe me, Macs are far better when running multiple apps with multiple windows. For instance if I am running 4 apps with 2 other windows, Windows (the OS) taskbar would already be clogged but the handy Mac OS is still easy to switch.
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Apr 16, 2001, 10:53 AM
 
http://www.proteron.com/liteswitch/ is perfect and seems to work exactly as I wish with absolutely no conflicts observed to date. Thanks for all the suggestions.
     
   
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