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Tab Launcher

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TabLauncher will help you find and launch your favorite programs, web pages, folders, or any type of files in a fast and easy way.
Taking up fewer resources as possible, and allowing you to personalize the appearance in many ways, by changing colors, images, transparency, animations, and many other options to make it blend in with your desktop.

Here are some of the key features:
• Organize icons using tabs.
• Add as many tabs as you like on any edge of any screen.
• Easily adjust the position of the icons, tabs and window with a simple drag.
• Each tab can be personalize by changing the title, font, shadow, shape, color, transparency, icons size and position.
• Tab that automatically displays the currently running applications.
• Tab that shows running application's windows as icons. Option to choose between showing all windows, minimized or off screen.
• Tab that displays the most recently modified files on a specified folder.
• Tab that represents a specified folder. Files added to this tab will be added to the folder and vice versa.
• Customize each icon by changing the image or adding a label.
• Window previews of all running applications. Simply by placing the mouse pointer over the app's icon.

What's New in Version 2.4.2

Bug fixes and improved responsiveness


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Customer Reviews


It seems to crash a large amount while working in the preferences.

My best utility in OS X

For years I've been waiting to see this kind of utility appear for OS X, I've used a similar one (forgot the name, something with Drop…) in OS 9. Also in OS 9 you could slam a folder against the bottom of the screen and you would have a tab sticking up with quick access to that folder. But no dice in OS X until TabLauncher for OS X appeared. I know - and I've tried many - similar utilities to TabLauncher but they almost all without exception accept only aliases of a file or folder which is fine if that's what you're looking for. TabLauncher accepts the original file or folder AND links (aliases) as well, including aliases to applications. I consider this application as my most important and most often used utility, you can virtually throw anything at it (files, folders, images, movies, music) to store either temporary or permanently. You can place the tabs left, right, top or bottom of your screen, adjust the prefs for the tabs color, style, size, etc., including the response time for opening and closing the tabs and keep them visible or automatically hide them. No more searching for applications, files or folders, they are right there in the tabs (invisible) at the edge of your screen, named after your own preferences. I hope the developer never gives up on this utility, because this is a keeper for life. No more need for the Dock - finally! The price is also ridiculously low. So far I haven't seen any crashes with this utility in Mavericks on my 2007 MBPro 17".

Tab Launcher
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  • $3.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2013
  • Version: 2.4.2
  • Size: 4.7 MB
  • Languages: English, Japanese
  • Seller: Mio Hamano

Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

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