LiteSwitch X requires:
  • Mac OS X 10.1 or newer
  • About 250KB of disk space
  • 128MB RAM recommended

What is LiteSwitch X?

Short Answer: LiteSwitch X is simply the best keyboard application switcher for Mac OS X.

Long Answer: LiteSwitch X is an update to LiteSwitch 1.0, a free keyboard switcher from Proteron originally for Mac OS 8 and 9. LiteSwitch in both incarnations is a Mac OS implementation of the Alt-Tab feature found in another operating system. But LiteSwitch X offers a whole host of other features like drag and drop support, application termination and window layering control.

How much does it cost?

Short Answer: LiteSwitch X is FREE.

Long Answer: Actually, it really is FREE. We don't have a whole lot of time or money to travel, though, making free software so if you want to send us a postcard from your area we'd love to get one. Please send it to 13447 Alpine Cove Drive, Alpine, UT 84004, USA. Alternately, you can send us fan mail to

Why can't I download LiteSwitch X?

Short Answer: Uh, you can.

Long Answer: As a thank you to those who have supported Proteron's development efforts by purchasing MaxMenus, for about a month after its initial release we only made LiteSwitch X available to MaxMenus customers. But it has now been released for public consumption. To download a copy, just fill out our short download form

What else should I know?

Short Answer: Brought to you by Proteron.

Long Answer: If you like LiteSwitch X, you're also going to like our other utility MaxMenus. It's not free, but you can try it free for 30 days. We'd really appreciate it if you would download MaxMenus and just give it a try. Consider it the small favor you can do us for making LiteSwitch X free.

Is LiteSwitch available in other languages?

Short Answer: Yes, in French. German is also coming.

Long Answer: Thanks to the great work of Pierre Haberer and Ronald Leroux, LiteSwitch X is also available en Français. And a German version should be forthcoming shortly. If you have the time and skills to localize LiteSwitch X into your native language, we'd love to hear from you. Please drop us an email.

What do the LiteSwitch X layering modes do?

Short Answer: Sorry, no short answer to this question.

Long Answer: Here we go...

    Normal OS X mode makes no change to how OS X handles window layering.
    Classic Finder Windows makes it so that all of the Finder windows come forward together, but all other programs act normally. This brings back the ability to click on the Desktop and have all your Finder windows pop to the front.
    Classic Window Mode makes it so that when a program comes to the front, all of its windows come to the front, just like they did under every other Mac OS before OS X.
    Single Application Mode hides all other apps every time you switch apps. This makes it always feel like you're only using a single application.

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