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Many Mac applications have an Open Recent command in the File menu, and with a simple Terminal command you can even add a Recent Applications stack to your Dock. But none of this is necessary if you install Blast Utility, which keeps any recent item just a click (or hotkey press) away in a handy window that pops down from your menu bar.
The buttons along the top act as filters to isolate your documents, images, movies, music, folders, and apps.
Forget where you saved something? No problem, just open your Blast Utility window with a click or Control-B. The smart-looking Blast Utility window has a sidebar where you can park your favorite files, folders, or applications, and the self-populating recent documents pane lists everything you've recently done -- just click to open any of those files, folders, or apps once again. It's incredibly handy for grabbing newly downloaded items without needing to open the Downloads folder, and you can keep your Desktop cleaner as a result since you won't need to save items there just to be able to find them.
Blast Utility's recent items list doesn't just include documents you opened yourself, however, but any file accessed by any application on your Mac. If you use Microsoft Outlook for example, just launching it will add a ton of weird-looking files from the Microsoft User Data folder, stuff you'd never want to open and look at manually. No problem. Just right-click it in the list and you can tell Blast Utility to exclude just that file, files with that extension, or files in the same folder. The Settings icon also has an Excluded Files section where you can banish such annoyances.
The bottom line. No complaints whatsoever -- this thing really is a blast.
Blast Utility 1.6.5
Mac OS 10.5 or later
Remembers where you saved everything. Easy to use with key commands or a mouse. Filter buttons along the top let you isolate documents, images, movies, music, folders, or apps.
Nothing, really—it's pretty much perfect!