Butler for Mac

Butler for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 112 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.18
  • Total Downloads:
    23,409
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 16, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; $20.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    2.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #7 in Launchers

Editors' Review

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Butler for Mac allows you to create a number of custom menus, shortcuts, and abbreviations for your Mac's desktop that speed up how you use your computer. From adding search interfaces to the menu bar to creating shortcuts that actually learn as you use your machine, Butler's goal is to make your Mac easier to use for you.

Pros

Wide range of customizations: Butler's customization options are plentiful. The file launcher is found in many other apps, but in Butler it learns from your uses and starts providing shorter and more accurate abbreviation support. Combined with a central bookmark manager, menu-based Web search, and extended clipboard so you can store multiple things at once, it's a very useful tool.

Fast and lightweight: In our tests, Butler had a minimal impact on performance or battery life. It sits in the background and only appears when the selected hotkeys were pressed. This made for a very interactive, but unobtrusive support tool.

Cons

Interface needs work: Built into Mac's preferences template, Butler doesn't look all that pretty when you open it to make adjustments. Finding specific options can be hard as well, and Help menus often look like blocks of text. It's not impenetrable, but it will take time to set up your shortcuts, initially.

Bottom Line

With the exception of the sometimes cumbersome menu, Butler is a fast, incredibly handy tool that offers a range of solutions to problems that you might have with your Mac. Combining the touch key tools that many other apps have into one solution, Butler is a must try for anyone who wants to be more efficient on their Mac.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Butler for Mac 4.1.17

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"After all those years ? still my most used utility."

April 26, 2011  |  By bonobo

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.10

Pros

Easy to use, responsive developer, dirt cheap

Cons

Been a long hiatus, but-see bottom line summary!

Summary

After a long hiatus, Many Tricks is back on track-and updating Butler! Best news in a looooooong time!

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5 stars

"indispensable"

November 11, 2010  |  By Chuckmeister

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.9

Pros

essential part of the operating system

Cons

none .

Summary

Use it every hour of every day.

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4 stars

"Great product. Well supported."

June 05, 2010  |  By cfoster

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.8

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Thanks for the ongoing support of Butler 4 even with Butler 5 coming up. Looking forward to the fall!

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1 stars

"Very very disappointed by the developer's subterfuge"

May 27, 2010  |  By summerstormpictures

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.7

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
It is sad when a developer chooses not to be up front and transparent about their software.

Butler was one of my favorites and I always heartily recommended it among my list of the best of the best freeware out there.

Sadly, it is apparent that I was wrong.

Forgetting to update VersionTracker from freeware status to shareware is really not excusable. It is not something one just forgets to do. When one makes a conscious choice to change horses mid-race and switch to a revenue generating model, it simply is not possible to just forget.

This is a deliberate omission in order to bait and switch. As a long-time loyal user who believed in this altruistic software, I am epically disappointed by this subterfuge.

FYI, the old genuinely free version works absolutely perfectly fine. I suggest others continue to use it in the spirit it was originally developed.

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5 stars

"Excellent little tool"

July 19, 2008  |  By pkiula

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Does what it says, very handily.

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5 stars

"Indispensable"

March 24, 2008  |  By jonathanmitchell_dotmac

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.5 Transient

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Wonderful range of features- excellent clipboard, Google in the menubar, better Spotlight searcher, all the features of FruitMenu or the old OS9 Apple menu, immediate access to email addresses, etc. Very easy to customize- all changes show up immediately.

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4 stars

"Digital Meccano"

February 06, 2008  |  By Nick Sloan

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.5 Transient

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Butler is a miracle of configurability. It can duplicate the varied functions of at least eight other best-of-class utilities, and do so elegantly and without compromise.

It had been hovering around my consciousness for more than a year when I decided to spend a little time seeing whether it was really all that it was cracked up to be. Definitely, but it is only when you start fine-tuning and putting it to your own uses that you fully understand what it is capable of. It is like a digital Meccano set: it may not arrive in the form that quite suits you, but you can take it apart and reassembe it in infinite different ways. It would be a rare Mac user who could not somehow work more efficiently or pleasantly with Butler's help.

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4 stars

"god application"

December 05, 2007  |  By Run Home Slow

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.4 Transient

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
was using MaxMenu till leopard... tried Butler... delete all thing except the menu bar shortcut... works well... IT'S FREE!! i'd like to see a preference for bigger icon and menu... it's good but i'd like it bigger a bit on my iMac G5/2.1 20inches kinda little bit too small... MaxMenu a pref for small, big, bigger....too big ;-) well, Butler is still on... nice FREE app. :-) good works.

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5 stars

"A \"must-have\" app!"

November 07, 2007  |  By darkmooncalling

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.3 Transient

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is my one absolute "must-have" for my Mac! I feel lost without it, so the Leopard update is very welcome!!!

Excellent program.

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5 stars

"Awesome Work!"

January 07, 2007  |  By astrochess

 |  Version: Butler 4.1.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've been using Butler for over a year now, and I am very impressed with it. This is the best piece of third-party freeware I've ever used, bar none. The interface is incredibly cohesive, intuitive, elegant, and Apple-like. Whenever I talk about Mac freeware, Butler is almost certain to be mentioned as the best of the best.

But Butler isn't just a nice collection of eye candy. MacWorld gave it the rare five-mice rating because of its perfect combination of usefulness, ease of use, and versatility. Using multiple clipboards, controlling iTunes, replaying keystrokes, searching the net, and controlling the system can all be done with Butler via keyboard shortcut, hot corners, the menu bar, or the Butler docklet.

I am using Butler on my PowerMac G5 dual 2Ghz with 10.3.9. So far, Butler has never stalled or crashed my system.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1.18
Prepared for upcoming Gatekeeper changes.
General
Publisher Many Tricks
Publisher web site http://manytricks.com/
Release Date August 16, 2014
Date Added August 16, 2014
Version 4.1.18
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.14MB
File Name butler4118.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 23,409
Downloads Last Week 6
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $20

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