Quick Look: Blast
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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Blast. The developer describes Blast as a productivity booster application any Mac user could use to save time by having their files at their fingertips. It was created to spare you the annoyance of searching around in Finder to locate the file that you were just using.

Blast keeps track of all the files you recently used on your Mac and provides you with a fast and easy access to them. Read on for more information and screenshots!


An Overview of Blast

An Overview of Blast

Blast Preferences

Blast Preferences

About the App

Here are the top five features you can expect to see in the latest version:

  • Recently used and downloaded files can be dragged directly into any application without opening Finder
  • A preview for all the files in the list lets you find a file visually just by looking at its icon
  • A favorites sidebar allows to save your favorite folders and files to be accessed at any time
  • The list of recent files is shown even after Blast is closed and your Mac rebooted
  • Keyboard actions and global hotkey for faster operation

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or later

Price: $9.95

Developer: Apparent Software

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  • Fresh (http://www.ironicsoftware.com/fresh/index.html) has done this for a long time, and I think in a more interesting way. (I’m just a user of the software, not an employee.)

  • Doesnt the ‘recent’ option(s) in the Apple menu do exactly the same thing for free??

  • There are several reasons why Blast is better than Recent items in Apple menu.

    1. Blast can filter results that you don’t want to be shown
    2. Blast shows more results
    3. Blast shows previews of the files
    4. It takes less clicks to get to the files.
    5. Blast can be called by a Hotkey and operated with keyboard.
    6. Blast has a sticky side bar where you can put frequently used files or folders for an even easier access.
    7. You can drag files from Blast to Finder or other applications

  • I use Fresh. How is this any different?

  • While Blast seems to have advantages over ‘Recent Items’ in the Apple menu and ‘Recent Folders’ in the Finder’s Go menu, I still prefer them for the simple reasons that:

    -I don’t make use of this functionality very often so I can make do with any shortcomings the built-in options have
    -I’d rather not waste any additional memory having yet another program running in the background.

    However, I can see that this may not be the case for those who are constantly working with recently opened items.

  • Does blast include recently downloaded or copied items in its list? I find that these don’t appear in “Recent Items” because I haven’t opened them, but I frequently want to interact with them.