Teaching new tricks to an old dog is easier said than done. If you’re at all like me, then you’re set in your Mac ways. You know where your files are. You know which apps are worthy of your time. And, you’re skeptical whenever some high flying glitter app comes along to revolutionize the world. Right?
This weekend I’ve been using Trickster on my MacBook Air. Why? Because I need to be a little more productive, keep my hands on the keyboard longer (vs. mouse or trackpad), and, well, because nothing improves without change.
Trickster is a bit like a smart launcher. It remembers your most frequently used apps and their associated files so you’re merely a click away from getting what you need. And, Trickster is visual.
Click Trickster’s icon in the Menubar and you get a pop down menu of nearly anything you’ve touched recently on your Mac.
Trickster watches which apps, files, and folders you use and makes them available in the pop down menu. That means you won’t have to look through a pile of folders to find something you were working on recently. It’s in Trickster’s menu.
This is a bit like using the Apple menu’s Recent Items file, but with a more granular, useful and visual way to get what you want.
The icons in Trickster’s left sidebar represent different types of files– movies, music, photos, apps, files, and so on. One click on each and you can see what Trickster has been tracking.
Items can be set as favorites so there’s no scrolling. If you have dozens or hundreds or thousands of files, Trickster can even filter out what you don’t want to find first. And, there’s a built-in search function.
Even better, files within Trickster become drag and drop email items (simply drag the file to the Mail icon in the Dock). Use Quick Look to preview files. And even move files around to other folders. Trickster still remembers where everything is.
And– insert drum roll here– Trickster is keyboard friendly, which means you can begin the process of avoiding the mouse or trackpad and let your fingers do the walking.
This is so nice, instantly familiar, and costs little more than a trip to Starbuck’s.