Trickster - Quickly act on relevant recent files, folders, and apps

If you work with files at all, Trickster is the ultimate productivity booster for you.

What are others saying about Trickster?
- "Incredibly useful, nicely designed. The simple 'Help' is perfect" - Smile Software
- "A handy tool for tracking and working with documents, folders, and other data." - Macworld (4 mice)
- "Trickster is easy to figure out, fast, and looks nice." - $2-tuesday
- "Where Trickster does the trick for me is with its keyboard navigation." - Macstories
- "I’m always on the lookout for productivity boosters, and Trickster has me in love." - TheNextWeb

Quickly access to your recently used documents, folders, and applications.
All your important stuff is now just a couple of clicks away, accessible from your menu bar.

Did you just open a document in Pages? It’s in Trickster.
Did you just download a file? Don’t bother searching your downloads folder. Trickster has it one click away.
Did Dropbox sync files from another computer? It's in Trickster.
Everything you were supposed to be working on is a click away, ready when you are.

Some of the things Trickster can do:
- Drag and drop files from Trickster to Finder or any other application like you'd do from Finder.
- Open files and applications from Trickster, preview them or reveal in Finder.
- Includes ​Preset filters to only display images, audio files, videos, documents, applications, folders and specific locations.
- Create your custom filters based on location, file types, Finder tags or string matching.
- Track only relevant files and ignore all the rest.
- Favorites "sticky" bar gives you fast access to your most frequently used files, folders, and applications. Drop files on a 'favorite' folder to move it there or drop on a 'favorite' application to open it with that particular app.

Trickster is 100% keyboard-friendly. For ultimate productivity and speed, you can use it entirely without a ​mouse or combine mouse with keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys.

What’s New

Version 3.8.1

New in version 3.8.1

* Fix AppleScript integration (required for LaunchBar integration, for example)
* Add menu items in Integrations menu for Hook, Launchbar and Alfred articles in user manual, in addition to the DEVONthink one.

New in version 3.8
NEW: Integration with DEVONthink (optional). This integration enables Trickster to track the documents you open in DEVONthink and then open these documents back in DEVONthink when you ask to open them in Trickster. Instruction are available through Trickster's main menu (bottom-right button in Trickster's window, choose Integrations)

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Pogofire ,

Very useful tool!

I'm reminded of how quickly I can forget things. So I think I saved a file in one place but can't find it there. Did I drop it into the wrong folder? What was its name? Questions like these confounded me almost daily. But Trickster gives me easy access to a record of exactly things went. It really saves me time and aggravation!

forest430 ,

Unorganized Guy’s Best Friend

I tend to save things in places that I don’t quite remembe where it was. And even when I do know where it is, it take many clicks to get to that folder. Trickster has made my life much easier as I know to go here right away. Being able to omit certain folders makes it better than the “all my files” view in the OS finder. Highly recommend.

brandon12354w5 ,


Fanstastic tool. It’s essential to my daily workflow for video editing. Keeps new files right at my fingertips (such as downloading a new logo, then dragging from Trickster straight into Premiere, rather than having to dig through the folders in an import menu or Finder window before importing). Speeds things up.

App Privacy

The developer, Apparent Software Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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