Ever since the original iPhone was released, there was a very active community that didn’t like how closed its system was. That’s how the first attempt of jailbreak began, and up to this day the battle between Apple and hackers is pretty much active. The newest iPhone generation can’t be jailbroken just yet, but there are clear signs that this will happen soon.
In case you follow news from the iOS jailbreak community, that you’ve probably heard of numerous applications which are placing toggles somewhere within iOS which could be used to quickly activate/deactivate Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, adjust screen brightness, and similar simple actions. This is something that many iPhone users loved, so that’s why Apple officially introduced a version of these toggle controls within iOS7.
In this article we are not going to talk about iOS, but I needed to make an introduction explaining how toggles appeared in order to bring you closer to a tool that we are just about to review. We are going to talk about Fast Toggles, which is an application designed to bring easily accessible toggle controls to your Mac.
Once you download and install Fast Toggles you’ll see that this is not actually an application, but a series of what looks like nicely packaged Automator actions. What this means is that you’ll see a series of nicely designed icons in your Dock, where one icon performs one action. For example, this is how you can easily turn off your computer.
When it comes to how functional this application is, I’ll explain what these icons are capable of. You’ll get to easily toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, lock your screen, eject all mounted drives, empty the Trash, restart and shut down your Mac, mute/unmute sound, open Downloads, open Dropbox, and several more very simple actions. It’s also important to note that there are several ways to organize these icons (since you’ll get a dozen of new ones in your Dock), so they can be as “invisible” as possible.
Even though I really like the idea behind this application, I am having a hard time understanding why someone would pay $10 for something this simple and non-essential. Actually, you can currently find Fast Toggles for $4, but even this seems overpriced as well. The main role of this time-saving solution is just that – to cut several seconds of those annoying repeated actions. So instead of clicking on the Apple icon and shutting down your Mac, you’ll need to click on the Fast Toggles group in the Dock and click on the “Shut Down” button. What I am trying to say is that this application simply gives you another way to do something that’s already very simple and effortless. In order to justify its price of $10, it needs to bring something innovative or at least interesting, and something that could easily solve some everyday problem, but that’s not the case.
Finally, I can give you one advice. In case you like Fast Toggles, or if you like only one of its actions, instead of paying $10 so you can create your own Automator action that will do the job. You can find numerous tutorials about Automator around the web.