Peter Lewis of Stairways Software has released a new utility called Switcher Maestro, a focused tool that provides three functions: an application switcher to replace Mac OS X’s Command-Tab application switcher, a window switcher that lets you jump instantly among windows of running applications, and an application launcher. Switcher Maestro doesn’t bring any shockingly new innovations to the switcher/launcher field, but it’s quick, elegant, and highly functional. You can configure the activation hotkey for each of Switcher Maestro’s three features, launch apps by typing a few characters from the start of their names, control the look and feel of the switcher interface, have the switcher pop up near your cursor, and more. If you’re looking to go beyond Mac OS X’s built-in application switcher, and don’t already have a utility that does what you want, Switcher Maestro is absolutely worth a look. ($9.99 new, 10.5 MB)
Compare More Easily in Apple Mail
In Apple Mail, if you need to work back and forth between two different views of Mail's mailbox contents, you can do so quite easily. For example, you might want to look at a mailbox holding all filtered-in sales orders from the past week while also looking at a smart mailbox showing unanswered customer questions.
To avoid constantly clicking between mailbox views and losing your context each time, choose File > New Viewer window to get a second window and then arrange each window as desired.