How many ways can you launch an app on your Mac? One way you cannot is the touchscreen. As the Soup Nazi would say, “No touchscreen for you!” Otherwise, Mac users are blessed with many ways to launch apps or switch to apps, starting with what we know and love.
The Mac’s Dock. Point and click. Even the Finder becomes a decent launcher; by sidebar, toolbar, or click through a bunch of folders to get to an app. Plus, there’s plenty of third party app launchers available. There’s the time honored Command+Tab keyboard combo to switch to a different app. Or, you can use SpaceLauncher and do different when you think different.
What you get in SpaceLauncher is a truly Think Different™ moment. Instead of moving your hand from the keyboard to use trackpad or mouse, or instead of using the Command+Tab keys, SpaceLauncher uses the spacebar while pressing a specific key to switch to or even launch a Mac app.
Even better, you control which keyboard shortcuts perform which actions by setting it all up in the Preferences.
Need to launch Safari? Simply press the spacebar and the S key. Notes? Spacebar and the N key. What if you just need to use the spacebar while typing? No problem. SpaceLaunch knows the difference between a space and a launch or app switch.
SpaceLauncher does more than just switch or launch. Use it to launch an application, of course, but it also launches a specific website or use it to run an AppleScript. This cleverly designed utility also simulates a keystroke.
For example, use SpaceLauncher to simulate a function key on the Mac. Or, even multiple keystrokes. SpaceLauncher can open folders, launch utilities or tools, and more. It’s smart enough to be simple, but comes with useful options, including how long to hold down the spacebar to invoke a launch or switch, or even to show the hint window.
One of the functions on a Mac which separates the power user from the rest of us is using the keyboard. Those who keep their hands off the mouse or trackpad usually are more efficient, more accurate, and more productive. But using only the keyboard is an acquired taste which takes some effort and experience.
SpaceLauncher helps. The app’s Questions and Answers section is one of the best ever for such a simple utility. There’s a need for a trial version and you get it, so if you’re interested in improving your Mac life a bit, try using the keyboard more.
SpaceLauncher helps and it’s free.