May 11, 2009 in Mac OSX (F)
[prMac.com] Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Rainer Brockerhoff has announced version 1.1.1 of Klicko, a small freeware utility that blocks undesired click-through in application windows. In the Classic days, if you wanted to use a window that wasn't frontmost, you could click anywhere on it to bring it to the front. Mac OS X introduced a feature called "click-through" where certain controls, like the "traffic-light" buttons in the window title, would work even for background windows. Applications can also make other controls, or even the entire window, work with click-through.
Now you must first click anywhere inside a background window to bring it to the front. Klicko also has two other convenient functions: window maximizing and bringing all windows of some application to the front at once.
New in this version:
* Some applications reported to be incompatible are now added to the exclusion list during installation.
* The updating process is now more reliable and uses less system resources.
* Several bugs and edge cases have been fixed.
* Klicko can be instructed to not act on any of a list of applications, or
* Klicko can act only on specific applications in a list.
* Klicko can make a window's Zoom button maximize the window to the full screen.
* Bring all windows of an application forward by control-option-command-clicking on any of them; this also lets you bring all Finder windows forward by control-option-command-clicking on the desktop.
* Klicko will momentarily let through any clicks with a modifier key.
* Mac OS X Version 10.5 Leopard
* Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
If you, too, think click-through is inconsistent and annoying, Klicko will be useful. Klicko is a System Preferences panel written in Cocoa. It doesn't hack the system, other applications, inject code or do anything magic.
Rainer Brockerhoff has been programming since 1969, for the Mac since 1984. His RBSplitView open-source framework is used by nearly a hundred published applications, and several other shareware and freeware applications can be found on his website.