How do you launch apps on your Mac? The Dock? The Finder? Dig around in the Applications folder and double-click? There are better ways.
The problem is, there are many better ways to launch apps and files on your Mac. A few are free, but only one gets my nod as the Top Mac Launcher Browser Utility. Why? First, it’s free. Second, it does more than just launch (which is easy).
When Launching Is Not Just Launching
Launching, to Mac users, refers to opening an app or opening a file that opens an app. Double-click on an app and it opens. Double-click on a file, and it usually opens the app that created it (not always, of course).
Ultimately, double-clicking is the most base form of app launching.
Even easier to use is the Dock.
Simply click (one click, not a double-click) an app or file icon and it opens.
See how easy it is to use a Mac? Now the problems begin. The Dock shrinks like crazy as you add apps and files. So, use the Finder instead. Set it up correctly and the Finder is a decent app and file launcher.
Except you need to find the Finder behind all your Mac apps and windows and files before you can find something to launch. Is there a better way?
FinderPop To The Rescue
If money is an issue (this is the week for free Mac apps on Mac360) and Dock and Finder are not cutting it for you, try FinderPop. It’s the non-app, zero screen real estate tool that controls apps and files and finds both, too.
FinderPop is a Preference Pane so the controls reside in your Mac’s System Preferences. As a preference tool, FinderPop simply shows up here and there on your Mac.
For example, once installed, it gives you additional context menus when you click or right-click. Click and FinderPop performs some Finder functions like delete, copy, move, open, preview, quick look, and get info.
Use it to drill down into your Mac’s folder hierarchy to find apps and files—but do so without launching a separate launcher app. The only negative to using FinderPop is that it simply shows up as an extra function with an extra click. You have to remember what to click and when.
That also means FinderPop has plenty of features than go beyond mere app and file launching.
Two things happen when you use FinderPop for a week.
Either you want Apple to embed FinderPop’s features into OS X, or you figure out why Apple hasn’t embedded FinderPop’s features into OS X.
There are plenty of features to remember. FinderPop is worth the little bit of extra effort to learn and it’s priced right, too.