What’s wrong with the Launchpad on an iPhone or iPad? Not much. It’s easy to understand, easy to use, easy to organize. It’s good for apps, games, utilities. Launchpad on the Mac is a different story. It’s equally easy to use. But that’s it.
Organizing it is cumbersome at best. The only reason it’s there is to make the Mac comfortable for switchers from Windows PCs.
Clean And Organize Launchpad For Free
Free comes with a price. Yes, Launchpad Cleaner 2 is free. It creates an easier way to manage all the apps that Launchpad finds on your Mac (Snow Leopard users need not apply—Mac OS X Lion only).
If you’re expecting an easy-to-use Mac app that magically makes Launchpad usable, think again.
Launchpad Cleaner isn’t a real Mac app at all.
It’s some kind of Frankenstein monster app that runs on Adobe Air (that Middle Earth platform that Adobe just won’t dispose of, no matter what Mac users say).
Like the original Frankenstein monster, Launchpad Cleaner means well. The first two steps during installation told me it was going to be a bad day.
Uh oh. No typical Mac drag and drop installation.
Uh oh. It’s Adobe Air to rescue me from a problem I don’t have.
Did I just let Adobe back onto my Mac?
Here’s what Launchpad Cleaner should look like. Almost. Giant, ugly Adobe-ized icons for options on top of a screen that should display my Mac’s app icons, but never would.
The buttons are mostly self explanatory. You can backup and restore your Launchpad settings, and remove app icons from Launchpad.
After that, the banker arrives, demanding money.
Launchpad Cleaner 2 is free, but you’ll pay a price in time lost reading the constant pop ups to upgrade to the Pro version, which costs $4.99.
I tried the so-called app on two Macs, because it kept breaking the app icons, and got the same result each time. $4.99 is better spent elsewhere. And all Adobe Air apps should not be free. They should pay you to use them.