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I am a software programmer and I almost never reset or shut down my Apple computer.

Over time, I open a lot of windows, and I don't close them, because I am focused on doing other things.

I was wondering if there is an application that will automatically close unused applications for me, but will keep the active applications running?

I'm not afraid to lose data – mostly all important applications ask whether I want to save before they are closed.

I need this because I end up with a severely cluttered desktop and with lots of windows and applications open, that also slow down my computer in addition to being an annoyance.

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What version of OS X are you using? –  slhck Nov 6 '12 at 10:24
    
I am using OS X 10.8.2. –  Andrey T Nov 6 '12 at 10:26
    
OS X actually does this for some apps without documents open – it's called Automatic Termination. How do you define "unused" and "active"? –  slhck Nov 6 '12 at 10:32
    
Unused: applications that weren't in-focus for extended period of time and didn't receive mouse or keyboard input. Active: applications that were in focus and/or received mouse or keyboard input. –  Andrey T Nov 6 '12 at 10:35
    
Also, I am speaking only about applications that create window, not background running applications. –  Andrey T Nov 6 '12 at 10:36

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Not really a "User" answer, but as you described yourself as a programmer:

It seems like it should be straight forward to write a very simple AppleScript (or more generally OSAScript, which supports a variety of languages such as Python and JavaScript) that polls the active application and does a Tell Application X to Quit for any it hasn't seen in a while.

This has the benefit of being roughly equivalent to an interactive Cmd-Q so the application will attempt to exit cleanly in its normal manner.

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