Illuminate 1.1 Announced - Update to Mac Window Switcher

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[] Castro Valley, California - Fortunate Bear today is pleased to announce Illuminate 1.1, an intuitive window switcher for Mac OS X. The 1.1 update adds support for Safari tabs, sports user interface improvements, integrated help, and stability improvements. The update is free for existing customers, $9.99 for new customers, and is available from Fortunate Bear's online store or Apple's Mac App Store.

Illuminate 1.1 adds the ability to cycle through Apple Safari tabs in addition to windows. This includes an explicit Cycle Tabs feature, as well as tab integration into the existing Cycle Windows and Quick Switch features. By invoking Cycle Tabs while a Safari window is frontmost, the user can quickly switch to another tab with just a few keystrokes. All tab titles for the window are listed vertically and repeatedly pressing the keyboard shortcut moves in between them. Choosing Cycle All Tabs allows the user to cycle through all Safari tabs that are currently open.

Safari tab functionality has also been added to the Cycle Windows feature. When cycling through Safari windows, the tabs are listed below the window thumbnail. The tabs can be navigated with the arrow keys and selected by letting up on the keyboard shortcut modifiers or by pressing return. Similarly, Safari tabs have been integrated into the Quick Switch feature. When typing a title into the Quick Switch search field, tabs which match will also appear.

The 1.1 update also provides an easier way to find and use the preferences. Illuminate has been split into a foreground application the shows up in the Dock and provides the preferences UI, and a background application that performs all window switching tasks. The new foreground application means the preferences won't get lost behind other windows, and the user can always launch it or click on the Dock icon to get to it. Additionally, the foreground application adds a complete help file explaining how to use all of Illuminate's features.

The new update also improves application stability. All private APIs have been removed, resulting a codebase that relies only on tested and fully support APIs. These changes also have allowed Illuminate to submitted to Apple's Mac App Store.

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.6 or later
* Intel based Macintosh
* 2.1 MB of disk space

Pricing and Availability:
Illuminate 1.1 is $9.99 (USD) and is available through Fortunate Bear's online store or Apple's Mac App Store. Review copies are available upon request.

Fortunate Bear is a software company dedicated to creating software for humans using the Mac and iOS platforms. Founded in 2011 by Andy Finnell, Fortunate Bear is headquartered in the San Francisco East Bay. Copyright 2011-2012 Fortunate Bear, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, and the Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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