Mac software developer Proteron has released the source code to LiteSwitch, a simple keyboard switching application developed for Mac OS 9 or earlier. The company is done developing LiteSwitch itself, but it’s encouraging other developers to continue working on it.
Although the ability to switch between applications is built into newer versions of Mac OS already, LiteSwitch offers a simple graphical interface to help identify what application you’re switching to. It can also be turned off or customized with a unique command key if you wish.
LiteSwitch is still supported by Proteron, and the software is free to download and use. The source code is also freely available for download — visit the LiteSwitch Web page for more details.
Proteron’s Mat Caughron explained the company’s motivation for releasing LiteSwitch’s source code.
“Now that Mac OS X is here, we would rather see the community use the source code for it rather than have it disappear,” said Caughron. “Proteron urges other Mac developers to open source their software rather than abandon it completely.”
Proteron’s other products include N2MP3 Professional, a digital music encoder; MPegger, an MP2/MP3 encoding tool; and more. Visit Proteron’s Web site for more details.