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Giveaway: Trickster

  • Date Posted

    June 4th, 2012

  • Posted By

    Mike Dattolo

  • Comments

    35 comments

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.

Quick Review

The main interface for Trickster gives you quick access to applications and documents you've recently accessed.

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.

Giveaway

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!


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Steve

On:June 4, 2012
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I'd love to win a copy because I am a grad student and I access TONS of files every day! @scientifics:twitter 

@Neurolit

On:June 4, 2012
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Because I'm always looking for the last file I opened... Was it in Download directory? Or in Documents? @Neurolit:twitter

Nagy Konstantin

On:June 4, 2012
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I'd like to win as well :D
My Twitter ID is @costee:twitter 

drnk

On:June 4, 2012
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Commenting to win, because Trickster looks... You know... Trick!
I am @drnk.

Jeff

On:June 4, 2012
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Rolls dice...

Serbetli

On:June 4, 2012
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Great app! @serbetlicocuk:twitter 

Jarred

On:June 4, 2012
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I need this app in my life. @aeriff:twitter 

Vadim Rob

On:June 4, 2012
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I want this :(  @vadim_rob:twitter

Sensei

On:June 4, 2012
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I need this in order to be more productive with my work as a developer. @jelendil:twitter 

Gary Patel

On:June 4, 2012
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i want this please for be a productive in my office

Gary Patel

On:June 4, 2012
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i need this apps @patelgary

Gary Patel

On:June 4, 2012
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i need this apps please please please@patelgary:twitter here.

Jamie Schembri

On:June 4, 2012
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Looks good! @shkm:twitter 

Michael

On:June 4, 2012
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I would love a copy, it looks like something I could use. I'm always needing to go back to a recent document or photo. It has some really nice features that I think would be really useful.

    Michael

    On:June 4, 2012
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     I'm so dumb, forgot to add my twitter name @morphorod:twitter

Pedro Lobo

On:June 5, 2012
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Ooh... Want this one in my arsenal! @pslobo

MishMak

On:June 5, 2012
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Just what I was looking for, would love a copy! @MishMak:twitter 

Steve Stone

On:June 5, 2012
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Looks like an amazing app... I'll have to try it! @steveostudios:twitter 

Kenny

On:June 5, 2012
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I just switched from PC to Mac this past weekend, and would love for Trickster to be my first app! @kennyylee:twitter 

Sergey Bozhko

On:June 5, 2012
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Want this in my menu bar :)

L.

On:June 5, 2012
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Sounds neat-o! Thanks fr @lisathai123

András Dóczi

On:June 5, 2012
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@docziandras I am new to the Mac too and applications as beautiful and simple yet very useful, amaze me.

calvin

On:June 5, 2012
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Finally, a "Recent Items" that actually works! @calvin_hs:disqus 

Daniel Gardner

On:June 5, 2012
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I'm a sucker for quality apps! It's like playing with a new toy on Christmas. Would love to get to know Trickster better. @daniel_gardner:twitter 

Maddin

On:June 5, 2012
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I would love to try this out. I wonder how it would affect my productivity and my workflow. @iMaddin:twitter 

AbbiV

On:June 6, 2012
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Thanks for highlighting this new App. I'm curious what is different/ better about this software vs the venerable Default Folder? Both seem to be doing the same thing, no? I'm guessing the main difference is the layout/ look is slightly better? Would love to get a chance to try it out & compare the difference. My Twitter ID is @AbbiV:twitter

rev. michael day

On:June 6, 2012
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@mday108:disqus 

irwinj

On:June 6, 2012
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Waiting for WWDC to buy my first macbook pro. Would love some great starter apps on there!

Dane Omazic

On:June 7, 2012
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I believe this would improve my productivity a lot and would be a great help @Croatian:twitter 

rapstone

On:June 7, 2012
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I really want to have a try for this @rapstone:twitter 

Behinder

On:June 8, 2012
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@behinder i would like a copy because when someday i run 10.8 it will be nice to have it :)

Jack Thomas

On:June 8, 2012
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@JackThomas26:twitter I would really like it for when I exchange my SSD for a newer one

James Stacy Chalmers

On:June 12, 2012
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This looks great.  If I don't win it, I'll probably buy it.

Tom Markson

On:July 9, 2012
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I downloaded the Trial and liked it. It was on sale when I started the trial but went back up to $9.99 . If it goes on sale again I may buy it. That is if I don't win here.

Simon

On:August 20, 2012
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I bought it, but didn't ever use it. So it's off my startup apps now. I must already be hyper-organised :p