How do you launch apps on your Mac? Without creating a scientific analysis or nationwide poll, it’s my view that most app launches occur one of two ways. Clicking on an app icon in the Dock, or finding the app in the Finder, and double clicking (the old fashioned way).
Is there an easier, better, more efficient way to launch apps without using a utility that comes with a tough learning curve?
Maybe. I’ve been a Drag Thing user since the last century. For the point and click crowd (those of us who cannot remember keyboard shortcuts), it’s as easy as it gets.
Except that Drag Thing has a healthy set up learning curve, it’s highly customizable to the point of being complex, and it can take up a whole screen (if you have plenty of Mac apps).
On the other hand, Launcher is an alternative app launch utility that blends ease of use with power user methodology. That means the setup is nominal, but you use the keystroke combos and the keyboard to find and launch apps.
Point and click may be easier, but never leaving the keyboard may be faster. With Launcher you’re not required to remember much.
Open Launcher and set up the apps and commands you want.
You determine the keystroke combo to open Launcher. After that, add web sites to open in Safari, add apps to launch, add search, add files to open, and so on.
It all works right from the keyboard. Invoke the keystroke combo and Launcher displays the launch pad. Enter text and commands appear. Hit Enter to select what you want.
Is that easier than the Dock? No. Point and click is eliminated and only the choices you want are displayed in Launcher.
Is Launcher easier than Drag Thing. Setup is easier, and launching is keyboard driven, so it’s better for power users than the point and click crowd.
To be fair, it’s not a comparison of apples to apples. Drag Thing has much more capability and is highly configurable. Launcher simply launches.