Is there a better, more elegant, less confusing way to open and launch apps than the Dock or the Finder? As it turns out, yes. And all it’s going to do is clutter up your Mac’s Menubar with yet another better way to use a Mac.
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Pardon me, but I simply cannot guarantee that I’ve tried out every Mac app launcher and file finder there is. There are dozens and dozens, some good, some not so much.
If you’re tired of wading through the complexity of the Finder and find the Dock to be somewhat sophomoric and limiting in capability, try Apptivate.
It’s both elegant and simple, as well as useful beyond a mere click to launch an app on your Mac (the Dock does that).
Apptivate lets you create a list of the most commonly and frequently used apps and files and functions, so it’s also customizable to massage the geek in you.
Click on the icon in the Menubar and you get instant access to files and folders as well as options to launch apps, run Automator workflows, and execute AppleScripts.
Here’s what a few of the drop-down menus look like.
While Apptivate is dead simple for any Mac user, it’s also geek friendly and gives you quick access to Terminal, AppleScripts, Automator actions, and it comes with keyboard shortcuts, or hotkeys.
Love or hate the Mac’s Dock or Finder, both are the de facto way to launch apps and find files, and that might explain why Apptivate is free. It’s hard to make money with an app that does better what is already included in OS X.