Raskin 1.2 Brings iOS Experience to the Mac

Macworld Australia Staff
17 December, 2010
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ZURICH, Switzerland, – December 16, 2010 – Today, Raskin Software LLC announces Raskin 1.2, the second major update to its zoomable Finder alternative for Mac. The update builds in new features, a friendlier look and feel, and a range of usability enhancements that make the user experience feel more honed.

“We’ve managed our most complete system integration to date,” says Raskin’s Chief Usability Expert and Co-Founder Michael Rosewich, “with improved and now system-wide drag and drop, and click-through actions.”

Other new features to the application, that feels like a giant zoomable contact sheet for your Mac – not just for photos but for all file types – include: an overhauled user interface, a new shortcut to reveal open windows for a single running program, customization options, and the ability to hide selected files and folders.

In December, Australian Macworld gave Raskin a 4.5 (out of 5 Mice) rating and considers it “ahead of the game” to Apple’s upcoming OS X Lion, with iOS-inspired features like multi-touch navigation, full-screen, auto-save and App-resume. Macworld UK calls Raskin “very impressive and intuitive” and for desktop users, Cult of Mac says it’s “the single best reason to go out and buy Apple’s new Magic Trackpad.”

The Raskin website is running a holiday sale until January 15th offering two copies of Raskin for US $55 (regular price single license $49).

Raskin Software LLC released Raskin – a zoomable desktop alternative to the Macintosh Finder – in June 2010. Raskin shows the computer’s contents (folders, documents and applications) on a single surface, allowing the user to visually find and organize files. Once a document is located, the user can zoom-in to preview the document before opening. Raskin is named after and inspired by the work of Macintosh visionary Jef Raskin.

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