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Found this app on my local users group - ASM 2.0x. It's a great utility to ease me into independence from the dock.

ASM is the reincarnation of the application switcher menu. It's highly customizable and offers some nice extra features, such as "Classic Window Mode" (orders all windows of an application to front when it becomes active) or "Single Application Mode" (automatically hides applications other than the front-most one).

The fact that its free makes it even better. Download it from their web site. The developer makes the source code available and you can modify it if you want. Very cool!
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Authored by: baba on Nov 26, '01 11:29:32AM

I have to say that if it wasn't for this app, I'd stay with OS 9 and do my unix-y work remotely. I've suggested to the
author to include the option of fast-toggling between the top 2 apps (similar to GoMacs) with the full smorgasboard still
available. This would speed use considerably. It looks like PowerOn, on the other hand, is dragging their feet on porting
GoMacs to OS X . ( No matter. ASM is almost perfect.

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Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Nov 26, '01 10:12:13PM

Why would you need GoMac... it does the same thing as the Dock?

Personally I never even use the App menu in OS 9, I use DragThing or just tear off the menu and use the floating pallet. I find it much easier to move down to the Dock then way up in the right corner. Or just Com-Tab. Just my opinion.

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Authored by: shacker on Jan 04, '02 12:06:03PM
One of the few things I like about the Windows UI is the "Reveal Desktop" icon in the taskbar launcher area. Apple provides Hide App and Hide Others menu items, but oddly, nothing for Hide All. Sometimes you just want to clear the decks and see what's on the desktop, quickly and without futzing around.

Go into ASM's preferences panel (which is also available from the System preferences panel). Take a look in Menu Settings | Special Items | Show & Hide Items. Check the "Hide All" option and close.

Hide All will now be one of the items at the top of the ASM menu, and a revealed desktop will always be a mouse gesture away.

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