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I prefer Find Any File [FAF] to EasyFind.

Most handy is the search option to show files changed in the last n minutes. I use it to show changes in the last 2 or 3 minutes — it shows files installed by app installers, including hidden and system files — an easy way to delete what was just installed, if you change your mind. The 64-bit version is on its way, too.
 


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If you go to About This Mac > System Report > Software > Applications and wait until the screen displays, it will show that EasyFind 4.9.3 is, in fact, 64-bit.
 


I prefer Find Any File [FAF] to EasyFind. Most handy is the search option to show files changed in the last n minutes. I use it to show changes in the last 2 or 3 minutes — it shows files installed by app installers, including hidden and system files — an easy way to delete what was just installed, if you change your mind. The 64-bit version is on its way, too.
The best app to track and document exactly what is being installed and where, is FSMonitor.
 


Another favorite app that's going to be a pain to replace. Cadence BPM Tapper is a great utility for tapping out the BPM of songs and directly adding them to iTunes metadata. It was a free App Store download many years ago, but the author doesn't support it anymore and it's no longer in the App Store. And it's 32-bit so it's going to stop working soon.
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Does anyone have a suggestion for a good replacement BPM tapper for iTunes, preferably a small window I can shove into the corner of a screen, tap out BPMs and directly import the results into iTunes? And not cost a lot (there are several high-priced apps that do this as a part of a large list of features I don't need)?
ltjBPM 2.6 (first letter is an "L", not an "I") is $3 in the Mac App Store. It is 64-bit and it works quite well.

This is a fabulous tap counter (“tap counter” meaning it does not analyze the music to figure out the BPM, but you tap a key in sync with the music, and it counts the tap rate).

Why fabulous? It works great and can be fully controlled with keystrokes. While listening to the track in iTunes, you tap to the beat with the period key and enter the measured BPM rate into iTunes with the semicolon key.

You can reset the beat counter with the Return key (or the Reset button), Play/Pause with the space key; jump forward or back 10 seconds with the ] and [ keys; skip to the next track with the quote key; turn the volume up or down with Command-up-arrow and Command-down-arrow; set the star rating with the 1 to 5 keys and remove the rating with the grave key; and all these keystroke commands can be set to whatever keys you want with the Preferences. Finally, you can set a preference that will launch iTunes when ljtBPM is launched.

You can even take advantage of the iTunes Scripts menu so you can launch ljtBPM from within iTunes. To set that up, launch AppleScript Editor from your Applications > Utilities folder; then in the Finder, open your Applications folder so you can see ljtBPM. Back in AppleScript Editor, click the Record button, then double-click ljtBPM in the Finder; back in AppleScript Editor, click the Stop button. Then File > Save and navigate the Save dialog box to the top level of your disk (click on the folder drop-down and slide down to the name of your disk (the next-to-last choice)), then to Library, to iTunes, and to Scripts (if there is not a Scripts folder there, create it), and Save. The next time you launch iTunes, there will be a menu bar icon of a Script between the Window and Help menus, and you can launch ltjBPM from there.
 



As others have said, I have been bemoaning the loss of DragThing to the discontinuance of 32-bit support. I have found that the app, iCollections, can be configured to almost exactly replicate the behavior of the DragThing dock that I have been using for decades. As a bonus, it offers to import existing DragThing data and does a credible job in automatically setting up the functionality.
 


As others have said, I have been bemoaning the loss of DragThing to the discontinuance of 32-bit support. I have found that the app, iCollections, can be configured to almost exactly replicate the behavior of the DragThing dock that I have been using for decades. As a bonus, it offers to import existing DragThing data and does a credible job in automatically setting up the functionality.
I installed iCollections yesterday and, after about 40 minutes of "what the heck?", managed to get it 99% of the way to DragThing. Unlike DragThing, it doesn't offer a grid; rather, you get a continuous string of apps and have to futz with adding and removing "blank spaces" and dragging the sides of the dock to emulate the DragThing grid. The Process Dock (Apps Monitor) is pretty close, and yes, it even offers a trash can on the desktop -- where it belongs!
 


As others have said, I have been bemoaning the loss of DragThing to the discontinuance of 32-bit support. I have found that the app, iCollections, can be configured to almost exactly replicate the behavior of the DragThing dock that I have been using for decades. As a bonus, it offers to import existing DragThing data and does a credible job in automatically setting up the functionality.
I'm also looking to replace DragThing. I tried iCollections and didn't get it to a format I found acceptable, but it's possible I didn't tinker with it enough. I didn't see anything about importing DragThing data on the web site. Does it offer to do that during initial setup? Is it possible to set it up in trial mode or do you have to buy a license first? (I will be glad to buy a license, but I would like to make sure it works for me before I do so.)
 


I'm also looking to replace DragThing. I tried iCollections and didn't get it to a format I found acceptable, but it's possible I didn't tinker with it enough. I didn't see anything about importing DragThing data on the web site. Does it offer to do that during initial setup? Is it possible to set it up in trial mode or do you have to buy a license first? (I will be glad to buy a license, but I would like to make sure it works for me before I do so.)
I'm also testing iCollections as a DragThing successor, using Trial mode. When first launched, it offered to import DragThing's settings. That worked pretty well, but on a subsequent relaunch, one collection's interface and layout changed (not a deal breaker).

I had trouble figuring out how to modify parts of the interface. I'd click something and nothing would change. This could be a conflict with some other 3rd-party software.

I miss being able to use icons for tab names instead of text, and I miss having vertical docks with vertical tabs. I also miss having the Trash icon on the Desktop.

DragThing in Mojave often delays for a minute or two opening items with custom icons. I put custom icons on folders and disk image files so I can quickly graphically recognize them.

I also got a recommendation for True North Software's Station. I've downloaded a demo and will test it soon.
 


I'm also looking to replace DragThing. I tried iCollections and didn't get it to a format I found acceptable, but it's possible I didn't tinker with it enough. I didn't see anything about importing DragThing data on the web site. Does it offer to do that during initial setup? Is it possible to set it up in trial mode or do you have to buy a license first? (I will be glad to buy a license, but I would like to make sure it works for me before I do so.)
As I recall, it offered to import DragThing data when I set up the first “collection“. I was using the trial version, which appeared to be fully functional, although I was having trouble getting appearance settings to “stick”, so I purchased a license. It turned out I was not correctly making the appearance changes, and perhaps I could have done it all in the trial version.

My DragThing dock has seven named tabs, on which I have have items organized by function—utilities, network, etc.. iCollections created a collection with matching tabs. From there, I spent an hour tweaking the behavior and appearance controls to closely match my DragThing setup.
 
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I'm also looking to replace DragThing. I tried iCollections and didn't get it to a format I found acceptable, but it's possible I didn't tinker with it enough. I didn't see anything about importing DragThing data on the web site. Does it offer to do that during initial setup? Is it possible to set it up in trial mode or do you have to buy a license first? (I will be glad to buy a license, but I would like to make sure it works for me before I do so.)
1. There is a fully-functional trial mode.
2. Yes, it will offer to import DragThing docks
3. I am using the process dock and a tabbed application dock.

Because iCollections imported my old DragThing items alphabetically as a long "string" of items, I manually created a new dock and dragged my items from the first dock it created to my new one one by one in the horizontal order I wanted, starting with the top row and adding spaces as needed.

When I had all of my top-row items in place, I set the horizontal size of the dock to the right of the last item in the top row then increased the vertical size, so that I could place the second row of items, also adding spaces as needed. Repeat for each row that you have in any DragThing dock.

When you like what you have, use the option to lock the collection so that you don't accidentally drag the edges of the dock and throw everything out of alignment.

The developer says that fixed-grid mode is coming, probably sometime this year.
 


Can anyone recommend a good utility to hide desktop clutter (by taking all icons off the desktop) when taking screenshots? Thanks in advance!
 





I talked about Station in January, and it has since added hotkey launching, among other features. It is a multi-level dock. The author has posted about it here before and has been very responsive to suggestions.

In DragThing, one could create tabs for categories. In Station, I've created folders with category names and added custom folder icons to represent each category. Space with or without divider lines can be added between each app. Dragging apps to these Station folders simulates DragThing tabs fairly well.
 



FYI, Station 3.0 is coming out in a few days with a good set of new features. Just need to complete regression testing and then off to the Mac App Store.
Brendan: please consider a less restrictive demo version. I tried the Station demo today, but my setup is too complex not to be saved between launches (that terminate after one hour). I suggest a fully-functional demo that expires after at least 7 days. This gives potential customers the time to thrash Station and decide if it suits their workflow. A nag dialog each time it's launched is acceptable, since I'd leave it running all day while testing.

I also suggest a downloadable version, in addition to the App Store, since many people won't buy from the App Store.
 



I'm also testing iCollections as a DragThing successor, using Trial mode. When first launched, it offered to import DragThing's settings. That worked pretty well, but on a subsequent relaunch, one collection's interface and layout changed (not a deal breaker).

I had trouble figuring out how to modify parts of the interface. I'd click something and nothing would change. This could be a conflict with some other 3rd-party software.

I miss being able to use icons for tab names instead of text, and I miss having vertical docks with vertical tabs. I also miss having the Trash icon on the Desktop.

DragThing in Mojave often delays for a minute or two opening items with custom icons. I put custom icons on folders and disk image files so I can quickly graphically recognize them.

I also got a recommendation for True North Software's Station. I've downloaded a demo and will test it soon.
Does either iCollections or Station allow you to create a "drawer" or tab along the left side of the display taking up minimal space that opens to show you the collection therein?
 


Does either iCollections or Station allow you to create a "drawer" or tab along the left side of the display taking up minimal space that opens to show you the collection therein?
Station behaves more like Apple's dock, so it doesn't use a "tab" theme like DragThing. You can set Station to auto-hide, which has zero space usage until you move the mouse to the edge of the screen you designate. The equivalent for tabs in Station are its folders. You also can create named panel sets and switch between them with a global keystroke of your choosing. This gives you great scalability.
 


Used all of these and they work like they should; find the one whose interface and subfeatures (and maybe OS compatibility) you prefer.
There’s also one in the App Store called HiddenMe, which has both a free and paid version. The main difference between them is the free version only supports the primary display. I used the free version for a couple of years before finally upgrading.
 


Does either iCollections or Station allow you to create a "drawer" or tab along the left side of the display taking up minimal space that opens to show you the collection therein?
In iCollections, you can invoke a "Drawer" mode on either side, as well as on the top or bottom. When on the sides, the collection label is hidden. The size of the visible portion of the hidden drawer is adjustable.
 


Does either iCollections or Station allow you to create a "drawer" or tab along the left side of the display taking up minimal space that opens to show you the collection therein?
iCollections can act as a vertical or horizontal drawer that self-hides -- and it can be made to look identical to a DragThing drawer. Station seems to be more Apple Dock-like, which is a showstopper for me since I have 60 items in my iCollections dock.
 


iCollections can act as a vertical or horizontal drawer that self-hides -- and it can be made to look identical to a DragThing drawer. Station seems to be more Apple Dock-like which is a showstopper for me since I have 60 items in my iCollections dock.
I am not sure why 60 items would be a showstopper, because I currently have well over 120 items in Station with no problems, and one customer told me he put in over 300 items into Station with no problems. The key to this in Station is the hierarchal nature in which Station is structured, which makes navigating a large set of items logical and easy. If you mean by "showstopper" that it would take time to recreate 60 items in Station, that is a one-time cost and not that difficult to do.

This all depends on what kind of functionality you want to achieve. Station is aimed at providing structure and order to enhance productivity, which I personally find very appealing, and it looks cool. iCollections will emulate DragThing in many ways, and I get that people have muscle memory that has been trained by DragThing’s interface, but is it better or just different?
 


iCollections can act as a vertical or horizontal drawer that self-hides -- and it can be made to look identical to a DragThing drawer. Station seems to be more Apple Dock-like which is a showstopper for me since I have 60 items in my iCollections dock.
Ok, I've played around with the Drawers feature a bit, but I cannot get it to look like a DragThing Drawer. The tab that shows is as tall as the displayed window. When displaying on the left side of the monitor screen, I cannot find (if it is even possible) a way to display the tab on the right hand side and only have that tab visible as in DragThing. (I currently have six DragThing drawers displayed along the left side of my monitor. If iCollection could replicate that, I'd switch in a heartbeat). Also the manual mentions having iCollections with multiple tabs, but I cannot find how to do that.
 


I am not sure why 60 items would be a showstopper, because I currently have well over a 120 items in Station with no problems, and one customer told me he put in over 300 items into Station with no problems. The key to this in Station is the hierarchal nature in which Station is structured, which makes navigating a large set of items logical and easy. If you mean by "showstopper" that it would take time to recreate 60 items in Station, that is a one-time cost and not that difficult to do.

This all depends on what kind of functionality you want to achieve. Station is aimed at providing structure and order to enhance productivity, which I personally find very appealing, and it looks cool. iCollections will emulate DragThing in many ways, and I get that people have muscle memory that has been trained by DragThing’s interface, but is it better or just different?
Two words: Muscle memory. I know exactly where to move my fingers in a 20-wide by 3-high grid to launch a specific action. I use the hierarchical Default Folder to get around my folders and documents and it takes much longer to navigate a hierarchical system than a flat system. Just personal preference.
 



I haven't seen anybody mention it, but I have been using Overflow, from Stunt Software. With a few tweaks, it is a quite effective replacement for DragThing.
 



You might want to check out a Mac utility app called "A Better Finder Rename."
I've been using ABFR for 20 years now, and it has been reliable throughout all the changes to Apple's Finder. For a while there was "A Better Finder Select", which would allow criteria-based file selection that could then be processed by ABFR. ABFSelect is no longer supported.

However, If you need to batch-rename hundreds of files at a time, I offer this amazing tip: The combination of Find Any File + A Better Finder Rename is unbeatable - two well supported utilities that work perfectly together. Criteria search + batch renaming!
 


Kudos to Naarak Studio (iCollections) for having excellent support. I ran into an opacity problem on a collection I imported from DragThing. In less than a day they found the bug and released a beta that fixed it.
I'm coming from DragThing and have been playing with betas and providing feedback. Bugs are quashed and features are added almost daily.
 


I am looking for a replacement of LiteSwitchX by Ammon Skidmore. This is a Command-Tab application switcher with two features I have not found in any other similar program. You can use the Shift key alone while holding Command to reverse switching direction. All others use Shift to reverse, but you must still continue Command Tabbing, making it three keys to operate at the same time. The second feature is quitting or hiding applications with Q or H keys without actually performing the action until you release the Command key. All other app switchers execute hide or quit at the moment the respective key is pressed. LiteSwitchX remembers the keypresses and only performs the actions when the Command key is let gone. One can even escape out of it all before letting Command go and nothing happens.

Does anyone know of a simple Command Tab task switcher that has these two features and is 64-bit/Catalina-proof?
 



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I am looking for a replacement of LiteSwitchX by Ammon Skidmore. This is a Command-Tab application switcher with two features I have not found in any other similar program. You can use the Shift key alone while holding Command to reverse switching direction. All others use Shift to reverse, but you must still continue Command Tabbing, making it three keys to operate at the same time. The second feature is quitting or hiding applications with Q or H keys without actually performing the action until you release the Command key. All other app switchers execute hide or quit at the moment the respective key is pressed. LiteSwitchX remembers the keypresses and only performs the actions when the Command key is let gone. One can even escape out of it all before letting Command go and nothing happens.

Does anyone know of a simple Command Tab task switcher that has these two features and is 64-bit/Catalina-proof?
Take a look at Witch. It allows you to set your key combinations for switching, etc. It may not have the delayed effect you describe.
 




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