One of the very early shortcuts my aunt Tera taught me years ago was Command-key + Tab. That brings up the Switcher. Moving to one of many open apps is easy. Just navigate left or right using the arrow key and select the app you want.
Simple. Elegant. Free. And easy to remember.
Witch is a Mac app that aims to simplify app switching by adding more options, complexity, and pop ups to the mix.
It adds more options, and more complexity, but nothing resembling simplifying what Apple already gives us in OS X.
I’ve been using Macs for well over 10 years, since the early days of Mac OS X (didn’t care much for Mac OS Classic), and the trend is to use more apps. So, at any moment during the day, I may have a full dozen apps open and running (Mail, Safari, iCal, Address Book, Twitter, etc.).
Witch gives Mac users a different kind of pop up. Not only do you see which apps are open, but you also see which windows are open in the apps.
While that doesn’t really simplify app switching (Command+Tab is hard to beat), it does make it easier to find the open window you really want.
Witch also does an optional popup preview of the open windows so you get a more granular view of what you’re looking for.
Cosmetically, Witch gives you options to change the default appearance of the pop up tabs, and even lets you change the Command+Tab keystroke combo to invoke the switcher.
That’s the simple stuff. After that, Witch gets complicated. The settings page is enormous with settings for Triggers, Behavior, and Appearance, Oh My!
With is fun to set up, but isn’t for the Mac newbie or the faint of heart or Mac users who can’t remember keystroke combos. While I love some of the settings, Witch really doesn’t simplify app switching. It merely gives you more options.