The iPhone uses a pages approach because it must. The screen is small. The Mac’s screens are growing ever larger, and the Mac App Store means we collect more apps, which then requires a better launcher than the cumbersome Dock. Is there a way out of this digital conundrum?
Let The Launcher Launch
An app launcher’s job is simple. Make it easy to find and launch your apps. Your Mac’s Dock does that but has limitations in the era of ever growing app collections. A large collection of apps is a limitation. The Dock’s icons get smaller as the Dock fills up with apps, making it more difficult to find what you want to launch.
That’s not exactly the way to manage the trend of having more apps on your Mac, right?
And we all know that more apps on your Mac will enhance your lifestyle, reduce wrinkles, firm your tummy, and increase the value of your retirement portfolio; all for a mere $1.99. Per app. Can you feel that Reality Distortion Field buzz, dear Mac user?
Taking a cue from the iPhone’s approach to managing apps, Bevy is a Mac app that puts all your Mac’s apps into a single window.
What? That’s not the iPhone approach, is it?
It could happen. 20 folders, each with umpteen apps inside, all on one iPhone screen. Bevy isn’t far from that. Except for the folder part.
First, Bevy searches your Mac for apps. All apps. Apps are then displayed in a single screen with a pre-defined location for apps and folders (all totally customizable, because, well, you know—we love to muck with someone else’s idea of organization, right?). Bring Bevy to the screen with a global hot key, or click the Menubar icon, or click the Dock icon, or use a Cursor Hot Spot (think of it as a global hot key without the key—it’s a spot, but don’t rub it or you’ll go blind).
It’s also easy for Bevy to hide seldom used apps or other apps you won’t ever use again (uninstallers, I’m looking at you!). Similar to the popular DragThing, Bevy lets you create groups of app icons from folders. It’s on screen when you need it, off screen when you don’t.
And, in a strange 21st century way, Bevy looks totally familiar to anyone who’s used an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad—or, who’ll use Mac OS X Lion.
App icons are freakin’ everywhere on the screen. That’s my biggest Bevy gripe, but my husband’s biggest gripe is that I have too many apps. C’est la vie, my dear. Bevy is simple, priced about right, quite powerful, familiar, and instantly understood.