July 25, 2006

Small Details

by psu

Today I am happy because I can again use a utility that I had been deprived of for the last few months. Liteswitch X has always been a fixture on my Macs. Originally, it provided features in a keyboard app switcher that the Dock did not. Later, I kept using it just because I was used to it. But I stopped using it when I got an Intel Mac because there was no Universal version of the Preferences panel, so I had to wean myself off of the tool.

Liteswitch does three things that I like that the native switcher does not do:

1. To move backward in the icon list, you only have to hit cmd-shift, not cmd-shift-tab or cmd-arrow. I find this convenient.

2. It has a quick key to force-kill any running app (cmd-f-f).

3. It provides custom window layering modes. The one I like brings all the windows of an application forward if I bring any of its windows forward.

I thought I would miss all three of these things, but it wasn't too bad. The native app switcher is really not that different from LiteSwitch. I ended up really missing the last item on the list though.

With the normal Dock, if I switch to an app using cmd-tab, all of the application windows come forward. But if I pick the application in any other way, I have to tediously find all of the other application windows in order to see them. The most glaring problem here is that Exposť does not bring the all of the application windows forward, only the one I picked.

I found this single small detail to bother me tremendously in my day to day work. I must have spent and extra ten minutes each day bringing windows forward that used to be there as if by magic.

Now my life is back to normal. It's good to not have to think about these small details.

Posted by psu at July 25, 2006 06:23 PM | Bookmark This

The Dock's cmd-tab thing brings all the windows of an application forward. So does clicking on the dock. Or am I misunderstanding. Sometimes I wish I could get the cmd-tab mode to just bring up a particular document. Also most, but not all applications have a "Bring All To Front" menu command (it's missing from Firefox for instance).

Posted by ThomasW at July 26, 2006 01:23 AM

My complaint is only about the behavior in Exposť. I know the dock and the cmd-tab bring all forward, but I pick windows in Exposť a lot.

Like I said, a small detail.

Posted by psu at July 26, 2006 06:52 AM

I actually find myself using F10 (or whatever you have set up to have expose just pick from an application's windows) if I need to force all of an application's windows forward. I just tap it twice and voila.

Posted by tilt at July 26, 2006 12:38 PM

Cmd-f-f ? Cmd-shift-tab? It's like you really just want emacs!


Posted by cache at July 26, 2006 01:25 PM

Don't we all just want emacs, at heart?

Posted by Alex Groce at July 28, 2006 07:18 PM

I'd say "good lord, of course not", but I do have to admit that I spent a couple minutes today figuring out how to configure my editor to treat ctrl-r as isearch-backward because I can't train my fingers out of typing that.

Posted by Nat at July 28, 2006 09:35 PM

look, I've covered this.


Posted by psu at July 28, 2006 09:54 PM

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