What's New
Version 2.4
- Now runs on 10.6 or later and Intel based Macs only.
- Updated to take advantage of latest Mac technologies.
- other bug fixes

Version 2.2
- Added support for dragging a file to the application icon in the Finder or the Dock to perform a search
- Added applescript support so you can tell application "What's Keeping Me?" to open "path:to:file:" to perform a search
- fixed 10.6 bug in listing mounted drives and files in trash
- other bug fixes


About What's Keeping Me?
Have you ever have the problem where you can’t empty the Trash or eject a disk because something is preventing you? Usually the reason is because some application has a file open, and thus you can’t get rid of the disk or trash the file. That’s why we made What’s Keeping Me! What’s Keeping Me will identify the application that is holding the item open. You can then use What's Keeping Me to quit the problem application (or kill it if needed) so you can perform your task. What’s Keeping Me includes an Automator workflow so you can perform searches directly from the Finder too!

What are the computer requirements?
What’s Keeping Me? will work on Macintosh computers with system software of MacOSX 10.6 and higher for Intel based Macs.

How do I use What's Keeping Me?
What’s Keeping Me is simple to use. Just type in the name of the item you want to get rid of and hit the key on your keyboard to begin your search. If you are trying to empty the trash then type the file name you can’t empty into the search field. If you can’t eject a disk then type the disk name into the search field.

If you install the Automator workflow from the Tools menu or the installation disk, then you can right-click on a file in the Finder and use the Services menu to run a search on the selected file.

Other ways to perform a search: you can perform a search quickly by double-clicking a Mounted Disk or Trash File in the Enhanced Features drawer. You can also drag a file directly onto the application window, the application icon in the Dock, or onto the application icon in the Finder.

After the search is completed (searching takes a little time), the application process that is keeping the file from being trashed (or disk from being ejected) is listed. Select it, then you can use the buttons to Quit, Quit and Relaunch, or Kill the application process. You should then be able to trash or eject.
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