Yes, Virginia was told there is a Santa Claus (even though there’s not). And, yes, there’s something new under the sun (even though everything is a remix).
What’s new today is a remarkably inexpensive and useful app that helps you launch the apps that live in your Mac’s Dock, all without using the Dock. No mousing equals increased productivity.
Keep your hands on the keyboard and make apps launch wherever they live.
Launch An App In A Snap
Alright, not really a snap, as in finger snap. It’s Snap the app which launches apps in a snap (as in quickly, using only the keyboard).
So, Snap couldn’t be called Click, because both mouse and keyboard click.
I’m thinking Easy Launch would be more descriptive of the functions, but what sets Snap apart isn’t the easy-to-remember name, it’s the option to launch apps with keyboard shortcuts that you control. and that are easy to remember because they’re in sequence.
Instead of mousing down to the Dock on your Mac’s screen, scrolling through the 47 icons to find the app you want, then clicking to launch it, just enter the sequential keystroke combo, and Voila! Snap launches the app.
Setup is easy, too. Set Snap to launch itself at login. Choose to use the Menubar icon. Set your specific pre-launch keystroke combos.
If you’re not a big fan of Apple’s Mission Control or LaunchPad, and your Dock is simply too crowded, Snap can make it easier to setup and launch apps using keystroke combos you won’t have to remember.
Snap rearranges the apps in your Mac’s Dock to correspond to keyboard shortcuts. For example, Command + 1 could be Safari. Command + 2 could be iTunes, and so on.
As far as productive apps that are worth the price, Snap is worth a look. What about Mac apps that are not in the Dock?
Snap lets you assign shortcuts to those specific apps, too. Shift + Command + I for Illustrator, or Shift + Command + P for Photoshop, or Shift + Command + W for Microsoft Word.
See? Simple, straightforward, easy to remember, and about as inexpensive as an app can get when it’s almost free.
Unfortunately, Snap, even at less than a dollar, is not try-before-you-buy, it’s Mac App Store only.