- Date Posted
June 4th, 2012
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Trickster is a new productivity boosting application from Apparent Software. I've been playing with it for a while, and so far, I like it. Trickster runs in your menu bar, and keeps track of the files and applications you use, so you can access them quickly later.
When you first launch Trickster, it presents you with its gorgeous interface, pictured at right. At first it is basically empty, since it hasn't had time to track anything yet. But as you work with documents and images, they fill up the various categories in the app. Items you use are automatically organized by type (images, documents, videos etc.). And Trickster also gives you access to folders you are likely to access often, like your Dropbox and Downloads folder.
You can also flag items, or add items to your favorites so you will always have easy access to them.
But the primary feature of Trickster is to let you access recent files. I can't be the only person who routinely forgets where he saved things. Trickster can save people like me a lot of time.
One nice feature Trickster offers is the ability to control what files and folders Trickster tracks. You can exclude files of a certain type, files in certain folders, or files that contain certain text in the file name.
But my favorite thing about Trickster so far is the keyboard shortcut support. By default, Control-Z brings up the Trickster interface (this is configurable). From there, you can use keyboard shortcuts to do just about anything: including navigating through the various categories and selecting and opening files.
Overall, Trickster feels really well designed. It's easy to figure out, fast, and looks nice. I'm pretty picky about apps that I let keep an icon in my status bar, but Trickster has earned a spot there.
If you've ever struggled to remember where you saved a file you just closed, or find yourself repeatedly hunting through Finder windows for the same files over and over, Trickster is definitely worth a look. It's regular price is $4.99, and it's available in the Mac App Store, and it's also available for the next two weeks in the Productive Macs Bundle, along with 7 other apps.
Apparent Software has been kind enough to donate two promo codes for Trickster. If you'd like to win a copy, post a comment below with your Twitter name, and let us know why you want a copy.
Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday!