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Having just discovered Vienna and immediately made it my RSS handler by default, I decided to have a bit of a play about with the interface. If you don't have Apple's Developer Tools installed, you will need to install them (free account required).

Using Interface Builder, navigate into the app of your choice and locate the .nib files in the program's Contents/Resources folder. Find the main window of the app and click on the main area of the window (around the title and traffic light buttons). If the information panel is not open, go to Tools -> Show Info to display it. Then in the Attributes section, click on the little tick box adjacent to Hide on deactivate, and do a File -> Save.

Now when you launch your application, you'll find that as soon as you click on the Desktop or switch to a different application, the window automatically closes.

Obviously only work on backups of apps, or on ones that you can easily re-install should something go awry. Also beware that doing this will make it difficult, if not impossible, to drag and drop between those altered applications, so use it sparingly to reduce window clutter.
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Auto hide certain apps when not in use
Authored by: Tulse on Jan 08, '07 08:27:50AM
The freeware app Spirited Away does a similar thing, hiding apps after a pre-set interval of inactivity. I'm not sure if it's still currently in development, but I have had any trouble with it in my brief experience.

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Auto hide certain apps when not in use
Authored by: borgendorf on Jan 08, '07 09:14:53AM

I've been using Spirited Away for close to a year now with no problems. I love it. It defaults to auto-hide any running program, and allows you to easily set any running app to be excluded from hiding, and remembers that preference between restarts.

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Yup, SpiritedAway is Stable and brilliant NA
Authored by: cvk_b on Jan 08, '07 01:10:58PM


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Auto hide certain apps when not in use
Authored by: jasongutierrez on Jan 08, '07 01:27:07PM

The old favorite of holding down the option key whilst clicking the desktop is still available.

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Auto hide certain apps when not in use
Authored by: porkchop_d_clown on Jan 08, '07 07:46:41PM

Very slick. This would be good for Soho Notes, too.

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