Version: 2.4.1 || Release Date: 2009-07-05 || License: Shareware ($19.95) Developer: Old Jewel Software | App Owner: old_jewel

Trampoline is the upgraded successor to Bullseye. If there are six or ten apps or folders that you use a lot, and you have a big screen, then eventually you will have spent weeks of your life just hauling the mouse over to the same few little spots in the dock. Trampoline makes a circular 'dock' appear right under your cursor, wherever it is, when you hit a chosen hotkey or Mighty Mouse button. It dismisses just as fast, so this thing doesn't get in your face much, but it can make your life a tiny bit smoother, many times a day. Folders can be nested, but otherwise this is not an app that tries to assimilate you with its mass of features. It's just a little launcher for your most used items.

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Hi noriker,
Trampoline was released before Quiksilver 1.0, although it was called Bullseye at the time. Rest assured, Quiksilver doesn't work the same way Trampoline does and vice versa. Of course, it's shareware, so you could always download it and try it to find out.

The Wacom tablets also have that feature now. Was Quicksilver the first to have it? It looks a lot like QS.

I'm not a trampoline user and I've only messed around with Constellation menus plugin but they seem to be two separate things. In QS you are given a constellation of action items (not really applications). Trampoline is an application launcher. You could say that it and Quicksilver are similar but I'm not sure about the Constellation menus. They both have circular menus with pie shaped slices but it really seems to be an apples and oranges comparison to me. Maybe someone can enlighten me here?

cough cough Quicksilver's Constellation cough cough free

Quicksilver can do this too with the constalation plugin.And its free.

Does anyone see any real difference between Bullseye and Trampoline? I notice that it's now UB, as already mentioned, and that it looks a little sleeker than Bullseye did, and now additional "discs" can be opened to represent folder contents, but... I dunno, it seems like not a lot to justify doubling the price. Maybe it's just me, but there are so many launchers out there. I use Trampoline because of the free upgrade from Bullseye, which I registered before I knew that the free Quicksilver can do radial menus; had I known that, I probably wouldn't have been able to justify Trampoline's cost.

For me the key feature of Trampoline is that it appears right under my mouse cursor, wherever it happens to be. Overflow looks very nice indeed, but since it pops up like any other window, it would still leave me raking my mouse half across my 23" screen whenever I wanted a Finder window. So to me that makes Overflow more suited, as its name and homepage suggest, for rarely used items that don't deserve dock space, rather than for the frequently used items that Trampoline targets.

I suppose that if your frequently used apps are actually running most of the time, then CMD-TAB and judiciously populated Finder sidebar and menubar could do much the same job as Trampoline. Somehow I've never quite gotten the keyboard-mouse co-ordination needed to make that kind of thing work well, though; I was always swinging the mouse down to the dock for things.

I liked Bullseye but it never went Universal, so I didn't buy it. I can't justify spending $19.95 on something with less flexibility than Overflow, which is $14.95.

Is it worth $20? To be honest, I bought it for less than half the price, back when it was Bullseye. That was definitely worth it, and Trampoline is better than Bullseye. But you can try it for free.