Proteron LLC, the developer behind MaxMenus for Mac OS X, has another tool in development for Apple’s new operating system: LiteSwitch X, a keyboard application switcher for Mac OS X.
It’s currently in the final stages of development and due soon, according to Sam Caughron of Proteron. While the Dock offers limited keyboard switching under Mac OS X, LiteSwitch X — which is a complete rewrite for Mac OS X of an earlier Proteron’s product, LiteSwitch 1.0 — will offer many more features and sport a better interface, he added.
LiteSwitch 1.0 offered Windows Alt-tab style switching. The Mac OS X version follows in its footsteps, being designed as a simple (and free) for managing open applications using the keyboard, Caughron said. It features an “Aquified,” transparent, resizeable window that’s “summoned” by a configurable key-combination (the default is Apple-Tab).
From the pop-up window you can switch to any application, hide, quit, or force quit any application or drag-and-drop files onto any application. When Proteron has finished testing LiteSwitch X, it will be made available first and exclusively to registered users of MaxMenus, Proteron’s flagship product for Mac OS X. MaxMenus adds flexible, customizable menus to the Mac OS X.
A free 30-day trial version of MaxMenus can be downloaded from the product Web site. MaxMenus regularly sells for just $29.95, with volume and educational discounts available by contacting Proteron directly.