What’s your take on Lion? Too much influence from iPhone and iPad? What? You think Lion’s Launchpad is the cat’s meow (pun intended)?
Here’s how to make it better and easier to use. It seems Apple forgot to include some kind of utility to help us control this unwieldy little app launching beast. Now you can do it for free.
Free The Launchpad!
The Launcpad in Mac OS X is pretty much a clone of the iPhone and iPad launchpad. It holds icons of all your apps. It’s easy to get the Launchpad onto your screen, too.
Launchpad is fun to impress your iPhone and iPad-toting friends with your knowledge of Lion
Like, you know, they already know how to use it. So, what’s the problem with the Mac version of Launchpad?
Organization. That’s pretty much the same problem with the launchpad on iPhone and iPad. It’s not that it’s difficult organizing app icons. Lion stills makes them wiggle. You can still delete some icons (strangely, not all).
And they move around the same way. Touch, hold, wiggle, drag. Lion apps in Launchpad will even nest the same way into those strange little folders with that strange way of opening them to view what’s inside.
Launchpad Control Is Free!
What you want and need to control all this new Lion eye candy is Launchpad-Control. It’s a Lion System Preference Pane, the likes of which I’m sure we’ll see more of.
What’s it do?
Launchpad-Control creates a list of apps used by Launchpad. Instead of swiping back and forth between pages, simply hide or unhide the apps or groups of apps you want or don’t want.
Launchpad-Control is so easy that you already know how to use it, too.
Click on a checked app to hide it from Launchpad. Click an unchecked app to make it visible in Launchpad. Then, click the Apply button to make it happen.
The app also backs up and restores your Mac’s original Lion Launchpad database file.
Since it’s a Preference Pane, it won’t show up as an app, further cluttering your already cluttered app collection. What’s it missing?
For the price, not much. I’d like to see it rearrange apps and app groups, similar to what is done in iTunes when I connect my iPhone or iPad. Otherwise, Launchpad-Control will be the first of a number of Mac apps to help us tame Lion.