Butler for Mac

Butler for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 112 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.6
  • Total Downloads:
    23,151
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 30, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #8 in Launchers

Editors' Review

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Adding an unparalleled amount of functionality to your desktop, Butler is a file and application launcher, a bookmark manager, a Web-search utility, and a clipboard enhancer. The program adds several items to the menu bar, including an Internet search field, a shortcut to your computer's file system, and a bar that manages bookmarks from every browser you use. We liked the configurable keyboard shortcuts, which make launching files or Web sites a snap. Without a doubt, Butler is the most comprehensive launcher and desktop helper we've seen. Unfortunately, this is both a blessing and a curse, as the app's large number of features can seem overwhelming. As a result, we recommend Butler to advanced and midlevel users, though newbies should proceed with caution.
 
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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 4.1.6
  • Butler's status window (the one that's shown in response to your entering hot keys or requesting iTunes information, for instance) no longer captures mouse clicks. If you want to move the status window, do so while holding the command key.
  • Worked around a possible interference with Typinator.
  • This is not a transient release. See the Many Tricks blog for more info on this.
  • Available languages: English, French, German, Japanese -- potential localizers might want to have a look at Butler Help's "Localizations" section.
General
Publisher Many Tricks
Publisher web site http://manytricks.com/
Release Date June 30, 2008
Date Added June 30, 2008
Version 4.1.6
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.14MB
File Name butler4118.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 23,151
Downloads Last Week 6
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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