App Pier is a keyboard-centric application launcher and switcher with strong Touch Bar support
With App Pier, you can:
* launch any app or switch between your favorite and running apps instantly.
* save screen space by hiding the MacOS dock.
* develop muscle memory in keyboard when using with Touch Bar as you can pin your favorite apps in App Pier.
* hide/unhide window, hide windows of other apps, or show all windows
* concentrate on your app by hiding all other apps' windows.
* open your favorite folders
* See and open running apps together with your pinned apps.
* Search and launch any application from Application Folder
* Open your favorite folders
* Focus Mode: One app at a time. All other apps' windows are hidden.
* Reach it anytime even another app is in fullscreen mode
* Reach your running and pinned apps from any display in a multi-display setup.
* Keyboard shortcut for rapid launch
* Select an app by simply start typing its name.
* Running apps are denoted with a dash in menu bar window and a brighter button on Touch Bar.
* Available in both normal and dark mode.
Note: You need a Macbook Pro with Touch Bar to view Touch Bar items.
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Ratings and Reviews
Every Touch Bar-enabled Mac should have this!!
Not including a way to launch apps directly from the Macbook Pro’s Touch bar was very shortsighted on Apple’s part, and might be one reason for all the criticism. Enter App Pier. A fast, easy way to launch your favorite apps in only a second or two. Way faster than the Dock, Launchpad, or Spotlight! I use it constantly and I miss having it whenever I plug in an external keyboard and use my laptop as a desktop computer. It takes a while to set up, as you manually have to open each app and then add it to App Pier’s list. But once you’re done, it’s incredible. However, the default keyboard combination to launch App Pier is ridiculous. I set mine to Command + Comma, two buttons that are right next to each other. Easy as pie.
One bug is that any time you open an app, all the other apps you have on your desktop disappear. They’re still running, you just have to click on their icon in the Dock to get them to appear again. I run almost everything in fullscreen mode, though, so it’s normally not a problem for me. Depends on your workflow. I recommend using as many apps as possible in fullscreen and swiping between them with your trackpad. Otherwise, it’s an awesome app and every Macbook Pro (2016 or later) user should get this app!
Developer Response ,
Thank you for using App Pier and for your nice review.
Regarding disappearing windows, maybe Focus Mode in settings is enabled. If you uncheck it, it will behave as you expect. If it is still a problem, please let me know about the details via firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to fix it. About inconvenient shortcut, I agree with you. With all different keyboard layouts, it was difficult to find a good one. Nice to hear that you change it to your taste. App Pier is keyboard-friendly too. If you start typing the name of the app, it will automatically select the app, even after the first letter most of the time. Pressing return then, will switch to it. You can have detailed info in support page. Finally, I am going to work on faster initialization of App Pier List. Thanks again for your feedback and review.
I thought that it would always show the icons in the touch bar. that is not the case. it only shows the icons when you hit Cmd + alt + tab, or open the app itself. I get that the developer may not be able to always show it, because of the apple nazis, but still. It makes the app worthless. It is easier to just go to the app itself. It is also not an app launcher. It can only switch between apps.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your feedback.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to always show the icons in the touch bar at the moment due to limitations in operating system. Touch Bar only shows items that belong to currently focused app. On the other hand, you can customize keyboard shortcut to your taste so that it brings App Pier app icons to Touch Bar rapidly with keyboard shortcut.
Regarding app launcher, with recent versions, you can search and launch any apps from your Applications folder in addition to your favorite and running apps. Moreover, with v1.4, you can open your selected favorite folders from App Pier.
I hope, it becomes a useful app for you, too. Please feel free to contact via email@example.com for your questions and visit support page of App Pier.
Solid on My Machine
Works well and is apparently by a relative newbie developer: kudos. Sure wish I could find advertised “dark mode” though.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for buying App Pier and for your review. Regarding dark mode, it is automatically activated when you enable dark mode in operating system from System Preferences -> General ->Use dark menu bar and Dock.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.