Mac users have basic keyboard functions we all use. Copy, cut, and paste. Command-P to print. Command-Q to quit and app.
The Mac’s app switcher, that little utility we use to find and switch to other apps, is Command-Tab. Press the key combo and you get a bar with all the open apps on your Mac. Do you need more eye candy than that to switch between apps?
Switch Apps, And More, And More
Thinking different than apps that are already well known and often used requires one thing. More features. Oh, and maybe some different eye candy thrown in for good measure.
There’s nothing wrong with the Mac’s Command-Tab combo.
You see the app icons. Select the one you want. You’re done.
Switcher Maestro aims to bring in a few extra features to bolt onto Command-Tab. Then, it sweetens the pot with tasty eye candy options.
Eye Candy vs. Functionality
If you like the Cover Flow visuals in iTunes and the Finder, then, you’ll be right at home using Switcher Maestro because your apps get coated in Cover Flow-like magic.
See how easy that is? It’s pretty and functional.
Switcher Maestro resides as an app in your Mac’s Menubar which makes all the functions just a click away.
The whole idea of an app like Switcher Maestro is to not use it from the Menubar, but to invoke all that eye candy functionality with a keystroke combo.
Preferences allow you to set up keystroke combos, color options, and which apps to display.
You also get an option to exclude specific apps that you may not need to display in the switcher bar. Likewise, you can choose specific apps to display.
That means that Switcher Maestro is more than a switcher. It’s also an app launcher.
Choose your own hotkey to invoke the launcher.
Start typing the name of the app. Select the app from the pop up.
Switcher Maestro is loaded with nifty, useful, functional features that make switching and launching more visual or more keyboard oriented. Or both.
Some may question the value of such add-on apps that simply bring a new wrinkle to an old, well-known function. If you slave over a hot keyboard all day, anything that shaves a few seconds off common functions and effort is worth consideration.