Based on the number of add-on utilities which grace the aluminum clad confines of my trust dusty MacBook Air, you’d be forgiven if you think I have a fetish for incremental improvements in efficiency and productivity.
How else would you explain my love of Mac apps such as Manico; simple, elegant, useful, inexpensive, and a little better than OS X’s built-in Command-Tab app switcher, with a power user’s twist? Twist? Manico reinvents the wheel.
Switch By Numbers
My own informal and non-scientific survey says that Apple’s built-in app switcher doesn’t get used much. Yes, it’s similar to switching apps in Windows, but so what if it’s not used by the masses. Press Command-Tab right now on your Mac and you’re presented with pop up window bar which displays large icons of all the Mac’s running apps.
Use the arrow key to navigate to the app you want to switch to and you’re there. Or, simply hold the Tab key and press again to cycle through the open apps. Either way, switching to another app isn’t exactly a painful exercise, though it involves a few clicks, depending upon the number of open apps.
Is there a better way?
Yes, and it’s name is Manico, yet another Mac app switcher, but in this case, one that uses numbers.
Assign a number to your most often used apps and switching apps from the keyboard becomes a simple numerical exercise.
Setup is simple enough, too. Drag and drop apps onto Manico’s bar.
Manico is also an app launcher because you can assign keyboard shortcuts to open any app on your Mac.
Overall, Manico is a bit faster than using Apple’s Command-Tab to switch apps, and the shortcuts make it easier to switch than using the Dock.
Yes, it’s reinventing the wheel, so to speak, but in this case the wheel goes faster.