Slowly but surely Apple is moving the basic look and feel of iOS on the iPhone and iPad to the Mac. Look at all the apps on an iPhone or iPad screen. That’s the launchpad. Tap on an app and it launches. Guess what? There’s a Launchpad on the Mac, too, and it works much the same way, though not as intuitively. Still, Launchpad is a screen full of apps waiting to be clicked.
What if you want to rearrange, delete, group, ungroup or simply manage all those icons on the Mac’s version of Launchpad? For that you’ll need Launchpad Manager which, well, manages app icons on OS X’s version of Launchpad.
Open Launchpad Manager and you’re treated to a few of your Mac’s apps, Launchpad Style. The Toolbar at the top lets you create groups of apps, move apps to a specific page of apps, so apps, delete apps, apply changes you’ve made to Launchpad, plus, rename groups, drag and drop reorder, and the all important Save Layout and Load Layout (from previously saved versions).
If you’re coming to the Mac from iPhone or iPad use then it’s likely the Launchpad is both familiar and useful. What’s the price of that familiarity? There’s a free version of Launchpad Manager with some of the aforementioned features, and a Pro version you can use on up to five different Macs priced at $7.99.
The Pro version gives you the options to organize groups of app icons, add missing app icons to Launchpad, load a saved icon layout, order app icons alphabetically, and move icons to a new page.
You’d think that Apple, in the thought of trying to make the Mac work like an iPhone, would put in the same features that iOS device users have. Launchpad Manager simply makes managing app icons on Launchpad a bit easier and faster.
Caveats? A few. Some saved layouts do not reload properly and occasionally Launchpad Manager forgets where it put app icons. The OS X Yosemite version is not free. It has the $7.99 price tag of the older Pro version.