There’s an old saying about applications. Features keep getting added until the app does email.
That’s silly, of course, but it might explain why some apps (Microsoft Office, I’m looking at you) just seem to grow and bloat and have every feature except the kitchen sink. I found a interesting Mac app that has a bunch of different features that just don’t seem to belong together. But somehow it works.
Stranger Than The Sum Of The Parts
Think about the apps on your Mac. Mail does email. But it also composes announcements and flyers which can be sent via email. Safari views web pages. But it also acts as an RSS reader, and via extensions, has little widgets running all over the place.
Apps seem to breed features, but most usually fit the original purpose of the app.
Not always. Enter NuKit. What is it? A number of features that enhance our Mac experience. Duh. What does it do? Well, there’s a launch panel which opens apps, runs various commands, and even performs calculations?
What? It’s a launcher and a calculator? Uh, yes. But there’s more. Much more. NuKit is interestingly, um, different. For example, there’s the launcher which opens apps, but there’s also the Window Mover which lets you use your Mac’s trackpad to, well, move windows around the screen.
Wait. There’s more. Much more.
NuKit also has the ability to create keyboard shortcuts to launch specific apps. Open NuKit, click on the Shortcuts icon in the toolbar, enable a specific shortcut for a particular app, and edit the shortcut.
It’s the strangest yet oddly symbiotic relationship between app features I can remember ever on a Mac.
NuKit does searches, too. Invoke the keystroke combination and the pop up window prompts for specific shortcut commands (you set those up), launches specific apps (you set those up), and even launches a calculator.
The NuKit toolbar lets you configure apps to be launched via keyboard shortcuts, allows you to edit other Mac shortcuts, sets up a window mover, and has a zoom in feature (some of these features are built-in to Mac OS X, but may not be easy to find).
For example, the Dock and Finder functions replicate similar functions available in OS X but add other features.
It’s almost as if NuKit is an exercise app. Someone wanted to create a Mac app to do this or that, but kept adding features without regard to the original, specific purpose.
The Launcher launches. The Shortcut Editor edits shortcuts. The Window Mover moves app windows around the screen. The Dock and Finder function gives access to hidden settings and other preferences. The Zoom and Close opens and closes windows to full screen.
And, of course, the calculator calculates.
What’s missing? There’s no email. Yes, you can set up a launcher or a shortcut to bring up email or switch to Mail, but there’s nothing faster or easier about the effort than simply clicking the Mail icon in the Dock or hitting Command+Tab to switch.
As to tweaking the Dock and Finder, there are already half a dozen Mac apps that do that already and much more. And many are free. NuKit is not. As a value, it’s rather expensive because the functions are somewhat non-integrated (yet, in an integrated preference toolbar panel), and just don’t do all that much.
Regardless, NuKit has an attractive icon, which, like NuKit itself, has no connection to the functions or features.