Launcher speeds up the way you work on your Mac!
*** Application Launcher ***
There are several ways to launch applications.
You can simply start typing the application name in the search string and you’ll immediately get the list of apps displayed in alphabetical order.
You can use abbreviations, for example, “qtp” for QuickTime Player, “ab” for the Address Book, “rml” for Remind Me Later.
Finally you can manually assign a handy command to specific app to launch it.
*** File Browser with QuickLook option ***
The built-in File Browser provides a fast and easy way to navigate through your folders and files.
Start query with / or ~ to browse your Mac, and pick files/folders to open, preview in QuickLook, and reveal in Finder.
*** Web Searches ***
Simply send queries to search engines right from the Launcher. All you need is to choose your favourite among the dozens of search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, eBay, Youtube, and Wikipedia and assign them to short or even one-letter commands, for example, "g" - for Google, "e" - for eBay, "w" - for Wikipedia.
The next time you need information enter the command and the search query with a space and Launcher will open your default browser with search results. For example, “e apples” will lead you to an eBay page with the results for “apples”.
*** Commands ***
Launcher will help you to simplify most common everyday actions like Mute, Play/Pause, Restart, Shutdown and others.
*** Dictionary ***
Launcher can be used as a superfast dictionary.
Look up word definitions, choose most suitable meanings and copy them for further use right from the app.
*** Fast Access to Files, Folders & URLs ***
Launcher is a flexible replacement for aliases. You can open certain files and folders with simple commands or abbreviations.
URLs can be opened the same way to make your favorite websites easier to reach.
*** Scripts ***
You can execute shell commands without the Terminal.app.
Just assign a shell command, for example, “/usr/bin/say $” to a word of command like “say”. After that Launcher will pronounce anything you enter in query after alias “say”.
*** Advanced Calculator ***
Launcher contains a built-in multi-precision calculator that allows you to perform simple and complex calculations.
Enter any expression, e.g., “1/4+1/2”, or “pi”, or “sqr4761” to see the result and copy it for further use in other documents and calculations.
*** Actions for search results ***
After the search is completed, Launcher will offer you some actions to perform:
- Reveal in Finder;
- Copy Path.
- Startup issues fix
- Calculator fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Used to be great.
I used to love Launcher. For some reason in the latest version, the autostart on login doesn’t work. I have it checked, and no matter what, it doesn’t. I set the OS to boot it on launch, which worked, but then it also popped up a notification “Would you like to turn on autostart on login?” (or whatever the message is). Yes. Yes I would like to turn that on. But no, it won’t work.
It's good, but with a fatal flaw (should be easy to correct, but no updates in a LONG time)
Very useful app, but... it has an option to load at system startup which it NEVER does. You check the option, and next time you start your Mac, it does NOT start, and the option is unchecked. I did this countless times... it fails every time.
So when I would really need a shortcut, I find that it doesn't work because Launcher is not running... so I have to start Launcher first, then close the shortcuts window (which comes up with NO REASON every time I start the app) and this altogether takes more work and time than if I just did it without Launcher. This alone makes it not really useful.
Loved it, until the most recent update
I use this app every day and all the time. However, with the most recent update, they removed the option to add system commands like: sleep, restart, shutdown etc. Without those, I find that Launcher is not better than the in-built Spotlight and I would just use that instead.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.