Witch allows you to switch directly between not only applications (as you can do with Command-Tab), but windows as well. Instead of switching applications first, then windows, use Witch to switch directly to your desired window. If you're coming to the Mac from Windows, you'll find Witch a natural-feeling replacement for Windows' ability to switch directly to windows.
• Witch earned a very-rare perfect five-mouse rating from Macworld: "...Witch is easily one of the most useful utilities on my Macs."
You can even define global hot keys for useful tasks such as releasing or closing all minimized windows, or zooming the frontmost window.
As you can see from the screenshots, Witch has a ton of customization options, none of which are required, but all of which can help make Witch work exactly as you want it to work.
Witch was recently recognized as one of Macworld's Mac Gems of the Year for 2010.
◆◆ NOTE: You do *not* have to leave the Witch application running to use Witch.
The first time you quit Witch, a dialog will appear asking if you'd like Witch to run in the background. Say yes, and you can then switch away without seeing Witch in the Dock. You can access the settings panel at any time by either double-clicking the application, or by pressing comma while the Witch panel is onscreen. ◆◆
• Fixed an issue where Witch couldn't be enabled under certain circumstances.
• Modernized Witch's user interface ever so slightly.
• This version of Witch no longer supports listing and switching to windows on other Spaces.
Ratings and Reviews
This is a handy app that I've only just started to play around with. However, a couple things jumped out at me that I was hoping this app could handle. One being that it would be great if you could switch between open tabs in a browser window, rather than just browser windows. The other is that there doesn't seem to be a way to hide the app icon. It's always running on the dock. I find apps like this generally allow you to hide the icon so to reduce clutter. I apologize if it's a setting I'm glancing over... UPDATE: The app let's you run it as a background process when you go to quit it - missed it on my initial review.
I have always missed MS way of switching to particular windows rather than switching to applications and then having to switch within the app the proper window.
One of the nice side effects of switching, via Witch, to a particular window is that it doesn't raise all the windows of the target application to the front. With the default Mac OSX behavior, I would often switch to another app only to have to raise the previous apps window again so I could see the two apps at the same time. Witch solves this problem beautifly.
A definite must have app in my books.
Filled that gap nicely managing Lion desktops
I love having multiple Lion desktops open, but was having trouble efficiently flipping between windows and apps on various desktops. Witch fills that gap very nicely. Take the time to view the very nice video they have on their website. I love the little number badges that show which Lion desktop (space) each window is sitting in, but that feature is not enabled until you know how to use the appropriate feature checkboxes. And you need to activate Witch in each Lion desktop to let it calibrate to your situation. Now I can zip around Lion's desktops quickly. I am still experimenting, but I think Witch "forgets" that a Word document is open in another Lion desktop until I relaunch it in that desktop next time I'm back there. Hence 4 not 5 stars for now.
[Really only one thing left that I need to customize my iMac just right: a way of working on a Lion desktop other than the one where Mail is sitting, but stay there to compose a new message or open an incoming message. But that's not Witch's problem!]
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.