How do you launch an app on your Mac? The easy way is to use the Mac’s built-in app and document launcher– the Dock. That is, until the Dock gets crowded with apps and folders and then it can slow you down.
Of course, you could always set up app icons in a folder on the Dock’s document side. Or, float through the Finder’s sidebar section to find an app. The Finder is a launcher, too Or, you could dig through the Applications folder to find an app to launch. Or, just Think Different™.
Point, No Click
For most Mac users there’s really nothing easier to launch an app than the Dock. It’s a time honored method; flawed, doesn’t scale well, but usable. Flawed? Apple encourages us to buy Mac apps. App developers publish better apps and utilities. But more apps and more documents means more clutter in the Dock because it doesn’t scale well visually.
Even with the magnify setting on, a Dock packed with tiny app icons can make it cumbersome to find a specific app. So, what to do? Try AmbiLauncher. Think of it as a very inexpensive mini-launcher that’s fully customizable, exceedingly intuitive and easy to use, and yet it mostly stays out of site.
If AmbiLauncher is out of site, how do you use it? Simply move the Mac’s screen pointer to the right or left edge of the screen, and out pops a color-coded window. The colored bars represent a specific app; hover the pointer and launch.
See those colored bars on the right and left of the Mac screenshot above?
Each of them represents a specific application. You control the size. transparency, and width of the bars, the bar’s color, and the app associated with each color. There are no keyboard combos to remember, not even any buttons to click. What? No clicking? Yep. Just move the Mac’s screen pointer to the appropriate color and that app launches.
No clicking. App launching doesn’t get much easier or faster than AmbiLauncher.
The only nit I have to pick with AmbiLauncher is the sensitivity of the colored bars.
At first I thought it was broken because I’d move the pointer, slowly, of course, and nothing happened when it got to the colored bar. AmbiLauncher prefers that you move the pointer quickly, to avoid accidentally launching an app. That worked perfectly.
Nicely done. Useful. Remarkably inexpensive, yet there’s a free trial version, too.