Ironic Software announces Leap - the next generation Finder

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[prMac.com] TORONTO, ON. - October 17, 2007 - Ironic Software today released the first public preview of Leap, a major new application that will change how people interact with their computer. Leap is the second application released by Ironic, the first being the well regarded 'Yep' which is a PDF manager for OS X.

As an early product tester put it: "Leap gives me the feeling of having control over the chaos that inevitably creeps into the home folder over the years, despite all efforts. And its incredible what stuff you can find that you didn't even know exists"

As Mac users for over 20 years, the two principals of Ironic Software have always been disappointed at the performance of the Finder. Leap is their response to the feeling that one gets while looking for files - even files that are in a known location - in Apple's Finder.

Ted Leckie, user interface guru at Ironic puts it like this:
"Locating a file that you know the exact location of can involve many clicks as a folder hierarchy is descended. Make a wrong turn - and you are out of luck. Leap solves that problem by getting rid of the hierarchy, while allowing you to find what you are looking for in just a click or two".

Leap's main other author is Tom Andersen, who has worked with Ted since they first developed Starry Night, an Apple design award winning astronomy program. Tom has designed the engine of Leap to be able to deal with the untold thousands of files that sit on a modern computer today.

Tom had this to add:
"There are other search tools and Finder replacements out there, but they tend to fall into two categories, they are either like the Finder with more buttons, or they are text based search tools like Google Desktop. The problem with Google Desktop is that you search for items by entering text, when many of the documents on a typical computer are best remembered by what they look like. Leap allows you to look for documents visually, with text, by file size - however you remember it".

The program features an iTunes like interface, making it easy to use, so that users can be doing useful things within a few seconds. It also has a great levels of customization available, so that users can set up Leap to reflect the files they care about and the workflow that they perform daily. It supports drag and drop, saving searches, and more. One big feature that it brings is the ability to 'see' many of your files as they actually look, instead of an icon. This is a feature also of Apple's upcoming Leopard release, but Leap users can get that today in OS X 10.4 Tiger.

What about Leopard?
With Apple's Leopard due out soon, a trip to Apple's web site shows some of the features of the new OS X 10.5 Finder. As Ted points out: "The Leopard Finder is one of the big reasons we developed Leap - we are disappointed with the lack of any real new direction the Finder is taking."

Leap requires a Mac running OS X 10.4.8 or later. It is available for $34 USD from Ironic's website.

Ironic Software was founded in 2006 to develop Mac only software. The company is located in Meaford and Toronto, Ontario Canada. The company has developed two software products. Yep - the best PDF manager for the Mac, and Leap - the Finder how it was meant to be.

Review copies of Leap are of course available to members of the Press.

Ironic Software was founded in 2006 to develop Mac only software. The company is located in Meaford and Toronto, Ontario Canada. The company has developed two software products. Yep - the best PDF manager for the Mac, and Leap - the Finder how it was meant to be.

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