Every Mac comes with a bunch of useful applications– Safari, Mail, iPhoto, Calendar and Contacts, iTunes, Garageband, FaceTime, Pages, Numbers, Keynote. You get the idea. Great apps all, and built-in to every Mac.
What’s not baked in to every Mac are those useful little utilities that do this or that to make a Mac user’s Mac life a bit easier. If you enjoy finding and using such apps, and don’t want to spend much money, there’s QuickToggles, a Mac app that blends together a few useful functions into a one-click Menubar utility that, well, toggles between this or that, on or off.
QuickToggles is not a shortcut app in the Menubar, though it has plenty of shortcuts. It’s easier to show some options.
Click the image above to get a larger view of the Menubar details and options, but what you’ll see are a list of useful functionality. For example, the first options– Hide All and Show All refer to a screen cluttered with apps. Click Hide All and they disappear. Show All brings them back.
There’s also an option to Clear DNS Cache and Free RAM that’s not being used. QuickToggles also displays system information; from local IP address to public IP address, from RAM usage to iTunes.
In fact, the iTunes controls are worth the price of admission alone as it brings easy access to play, pause, and skip. Also built in are quick access links– shortcuts to whatever apps you want– Mail, Safari, System Preferences; almost anything can be made a shortcut and is a click away.
Looks good, right? Not quite.
Here’s the caveat to this kind of utility as I see it. QuickToggles is more or less abandonware. Yes, it works, though your mileage may vary, depending on version of OS X and your Mac. It only costs a few dollars but has never been updated and is pushing three years old. That’s abandonware to me. Worse, the developer’s website appears to be abandoned, too, filled with useless comment spam. Quite often I run into such abandonware on the Mac App Store. Apple does not do a good job pruning the apps and clearing out the obvious cruft.