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Free Giveaway! Blast, a better way to access your Mac’s recent items

Free Giveaway! Blast, a better way to access your Mac's recent items

Do you often find yourself hunting down the same files, folders, and applications over and over again? With Blast in your Mac’s menu bar, these frequently accessed items are always within reach.

Blast ($9.95) is a convenient Mac application from Apparent Software that sits in the menu bar and offers easy access to recently created or opened files. That means no more searching or digging through Finder to locate a file or folder you’ve been working with. It’s a smart idea and the software’s implementation is impressive as well.

After launching Blast, an icon will appear in the top menu bar. Clicking on this icon will reveal a list of recent items which can be filtered by type – documents, images, videos, audio, folders, and applications. The list automatically accumulates more files as you open, create, and modify them on your Mac. There’s a sidebar with fixed icons, which can be changed based on the user’s preferences. Just drag an existing sidebar icon away to remove it or drag an item from the recents list onto the sidebar to add it.

The user interface is smooth, visually appealing, and very simple to work with. Each item’s file path is shown below its name, the window can be resized to show more or fewer items, and right-clicking an item reveals additional actions. These include renaming, opening, excluding, or showing the file itself.

Blast - A better way to access your Mac recent items

Some may question why such an application is necessary when there is already a Recent Items list under the Apple menu. I wondered this myself until I started using Blast and realized what set it apart. The most prominent difference is that Blast can be operated without ever touching a mouse. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B brings up the Blast window and the arrow keys help navigate & filter through the results with no clicks. In addition, files can be dragged from Blast directly to other applications, whether they’re running or sitting in the Dock. Blast even shows small previews of each file to help identify different files of the same format. Overall, it’s just more accessible and customizable than Mac OS X’s built-in Recent Items menu.

After working with Blast for a bit, I definitely see the value it offers Mac users. Blast’s easy access to files downloaded from the internet certainly beats rummaging through a cluttered Downloads folder. And it’s great for those times when you ask yourself, “Where did I save that file I was working on a little while ago?” Since it’s right there in the menu bar, that’s no longer a concern. For those in search of a way to boost productivity on their Macs, Blast is worth a look at a price of $9.95. Check out Apparent Software’s website to learn more or download a trial.

Win a free copy of Blast for Mac!

The developers of Blast (regularly $9.95) have been nice enough to offer free software licenses to 3 lucky MacYourself readers! To enter, please leave a comment below, along with a valid email address (this is how we will contact you). In order to avoid spam filter issues, please type a coherent sentence saying you’d like a chance to win. Make sure you’re running Mac OS X 10.5 or later since this application won’t work with anything older. Multiple entries will be deleted, so please only add one comment per person. And finally, don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear on the site immediately — it might be awaiting moderation and will show up shortly.

The winners will be chosen at random based on the comment numbers they happen to be. The lucky guys or girls will be announced on this page, so save this article’s URL and be sure to check back later. All entries must be made by August 8, 2010 at 11:59pm eastern U.S. time. In the meantime, download the free trial of Blast and take advantage of having your recent files at your fingertips. Good luck!

UPDATE – August 9, 2010:
Congratulations to our winners MJ, Beth, and FiZ! Their comment numbers were chosen from a random number generator and they have each been given a free copy of Blast for Mac! Thanks to everyone who entered and remember to consider purchasing Blast yourself.

43 Comments Have Been Posted (Leave Your Response)

I havn’t seed the product but I surely love the name. Blast.
Cheers !!

I like. This is something missing in my tool set. :)

Haha, I’ve just started trying this app for 3 days.

Very handy tool!

I would like a chance to win a copy.

Yay, I want this one!

Would love a copy!

Yes Yes! I love to win!

Blast looks great, thank you very much for the review!

I’d like a chance to win. :)

It looks great, I’d like to win a copy!!!

Looks cool, I would love to try and win a copy.

Great interface. Smooth. Would love a copy indeed. XD

I’d love a copy of Blast! Gimme gimme gimme!

I’ll give it a try!!

I’d love to win a copy of this. It’ll free up room in my dock for all the custom stacks I use for the same functionality.

Hoping to win a copy!

I would like to win!

I would love to use Blast!

This is an awesome app. I would love a chance to win a free copy!

I have been looking for something like this recently. Pick me!

Corradino Milone
August 4th, 2010, 6:09 PM

Give one, please !!!

I would love a copy of Blast!

This would be handy to have!

I’d like to win a copy of this great program. Thanks!

would love to win too!

I would like to have the chance to win one copy of this very useful S/W.

Thanks and wait

Hi, great giveaway please count me in


It’s really nice and usefull tool to have order within your docs and files.

…and of course I’m eager to joyfullly receive one free copy ;)

Just your plain ol run of the mill guy, who loves the American way of giving.
Thanks, Pete

Very slick looking app. I can see how it would fit nicely into my workflow.

Nice tool. I’m eager to receive a free copy.

thanks for the opp to win this app

seems like a handy tool

I would love to win this app. Thank you for it. Would be lot helpful…

yes, i would like win this tool. thank you. sarita

I’d love to win!

3…2….1….”Blast” Off!!!

Hello and best regards from Germany !! :)
I really need that piece of software – hope I’ll be the lucky one.

Greetings, Matthias

I simply just wanna it

Would love to own this. Thanks!

I manage more or less to keep track of what I have recently opened. I am more interested to know if you can help me with a little smart program in the menu bar where I can store interesting links etc for later use. A program which van “remember” for me.
Thanks in advance!

This sound like a really cool app. D/L the demo now.
Would love to win!!

Sounds VERY handy. I would like, please! :)

I do the purchasing for my company and this is one of the most useful Application/ Utilities I have used in a while. I for sure will be purchasing this Great Application for my employees! Keep up the Great Work at Apparent Software we need more applications like this.