For example, with a stock Mac running OS X Yosemite, how many different ways can you launch apps and files? The Dock is one. A third-party add-on utility launcher is another. The Finder works. You can even launch Mac apps by using the Terminal. Here’s a way you probably haven’t thought about.
A Launch Menu In A Ring
Ring Menu boldly goes where no Mac app launcher has gone before. Think Dock, but in a circle instead of a long bar at the bottom of the screen.
That’s right. Application icons are arranged in a circle, much like an old telephone dialer (pre-push button era). Click on an icon in the circle, and the corresponding app launches.
Apps, files, and folders can be added to Ring Menu via drag and drop. The circle menu pops up, ready for a click, whenever you need it by using keyboard shortcuts or trackpad gestures.
It’s odd looking. It’s completely different than any Mac app launcher you’ve ever used. But, oddly enough, once you get the hang of it, Ring Menu works rather well.
Here’s what it looks like on the Mac’s screen. It’s a ring with app icons; much as if the Dock curled itself up into a circle.
Ring Menu can be customized, too. Add groups of apps, each revealed by a click to an icon in the circle. Customize the keyboard shortcut. Change the track pad gesture. Adjust the Ring Menu ring color and size.
I’m not saying Ring Menu is better than the Dock. It’s actually much like the Dock, if the Dock were rolled up into a circle and popped up on the screen with a keyboard shortcut. Oddly enough, it works.