How do you launch your Mac apps? From Dock to Finder to a few dozen other app launchers, some with tabs, some on the Desktop, some in the Mac’s Menubar, I’m pretty sure we have enough so-called app launchers.
What about wizards? You know, those little utilities that walk you through steps to do this or that. The world does not need another wizard, either. True wizards have magical powers. The second definition of wizard is a help feature of software which automates complex tasks. Microsoft’s Windows gave wizards a bad name so you don’t hear it much these days. Yet, here we are, with an exception to my ‘no more app launchers‘ mantra.
Apps, Meet Wizard
Yep, you guessed it. This one is called Application Wizard, a Mac app which has been around a few years, gathered a long list of useful features that go far beyond Finder or Dock, and just might be the last wizard you’ll ever need. What App Wizard does is cobble together a mashup of handy features into a nifty, useful, albeit somewhat geeky utility that is more than the sum of the parts, which is saying something, because there’s a long list of parts.
On the surface you get quick access to apps, documents, folders, and even the Mac’s disk or connected disks. That’s to be expected in a so-called launcher app, and it might be enough for you except the list of capability gets much, much longer.
From within a menu App Wizard opens apps, recent apps, System Preferences, and runs custom AppleScripts (the geeky part). You can quite any app or multiple apps at the same time, and there’s an option to quit the Finder or force quit apps or quit all background processes. See? More geeky.
I’m just getting started. Remember, all these functions are available with a click or two from one app so you won’t have to bounce around between a dozen apps or utilities to get to the same capability.
Switch between Mac apps, bring specific app windows to the front, eject any mounted disk or browse files and folders on any disk. For the seriously geeky Mac user, Application Wizard can assign keyboard shortcuts to handle most requirements.
More experienced Mac users from the past century will remember the old Mac ‘Apple Menu’ where one click allowed you to launch apps, view documents, dig into folders, and a whole bunch more. macOS Sierra still doesn’t have that feature. Application Wizard is somewhat like the Apple Menu feature from yesteryear, but it does so much more.
To use App Wizard is to love it, but using it is the issue. It’s not the Dock, the Desktop, the Finder, or the App Switcher. It’s all those and a few more, so you’ll have to get used to it to get it into your workflow, but it’s worth the effort, but there is an effort. Preferences alone can keep you busy for awhile.
App Wizard may not be the Obi-Wan Kenobi of Mac app launchers. After all, as revered and resourceful as Ben Kenobi was, he’s dead, right? Well, maybe he’s dead but in the future; if so, then App Wizard is likely to work well for you.