You see it in Safari, Mail, Calendar, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, but at the other end of the scale are utilities which stay more or less the same for years; somehow avoiding the feature creep that literally creeps inside app development. Here’s the story of the ultimate Mac one-trick pony utility.
Say Slow To Quit
My Mac experience goes back as far as Macs in the 1990s, and though I’m experienced on multiple platforms, and acknowledge the similarities and differences of each, they all have one thing in common. Accidents. Like when you hit Command-Q accidentally on a Mac app. Command-Q quits the app.
Call it an involuntary reaction or something else more sinister, but I’m sure we’ve all hit various keystroke combinations that did exactly the opposite of what we wanted. I’m guilty of hitting Cammand-Q whenever I want to close an open tab in Safari. Sometimes I want to save a file and hit Command-Q instead. Idiot!
QBlocker is the one-trick pony that gives you a second chance to avoid the dangers of Command-Q which quits an app when you don’t want to quit. There’s nothing much to see because it either works or it’s not installed. QBlocker resides in the Mac’s Menubar and has a few set-it-and-forget-it settings.
What it does is very cool. Instead of allowing you to quit an app when you hit Command-Q, it blocks the command. No quit. If you really, truly, madly, deeply must quit an app, Command-Q works but you need to hold the key down a little longer. That helps to avoid the accidental Command-Q but still lets you quit an app right from the keyboard.
This is one of those handy little Mac utilities that fall into the one-trick pony category. QBlocker does not have a price tag which kinda sorta mostly makes it free, but it’s really donationware; and not a donation to the app developer, but to any one of a few charities. That’s true donationware, right?
In the end, what you get is a behind-the-scenes always working utility that saves you the embarrassment and frustration of accidentally quitting an app when you really wanted to do something else.
If I had a dime for every time I did exactly that I’d have gained enough money through the years to afford some Apple stock.