How To Hide App Icons From OS X Launchpad With A Script

The Launchpad in OS X is great not just for launching apps, but also for keeping them organized. The folders you create in Launchpad aren't real folders created in the Application folder, and that allows you to keep apps you frequently use grouped differently from the list of installed apps. The only problem with app icons in Launchpad is that you can only move them to a folder, and not hide them completely. This is pretty much like sweeping dirt under the rug; the app icons are still there, though hidden in a folder and just out of sight. The good thing is that you can remove app icons from Launchpad with a simple little script, and not worry about the app being deleted from your system. Read More

ClawMenu Is A Combined Mac Finder & Launchpad Alternative

Developers and designers often create variations of how or what the next version of iOS could/should look like, but you don’t see as many conceptualizations and renderings for OS X. ClawMenu is a Mac app that dares to re-imagine how Finder and Launchpad could work together, providing you with a single place to browse files in Finder and launch apps. It’s worth $7.99 in the Mac App Store and has a demo version that you can use for seven days, no strings attached. It allows you to add folder locations, preview and open files, launch apps, and add folder shortcuts. The app can be brought to front by moving your mouse cursor to a screen edge of your choice. Read More

Taskboard Adds An iOS-Like App Switcher Tray To Mac OS X

Launchpad in OS X is what Springboard is to iOS with one small difference; it does not let you quit apps.You can launch apps and organize them in folders, but to exit them, you need to use their Dock or Menu Bar icons. If you think Springboard has a better, more convenient way of quitting apps, TaskBoard is a free Mac App that does it for you. It adds a replica of the Springboard app switcher bar in iOS to your OS X desktop, to easily switch between apps and quit them. Your desktop slides up to reveal the app switcher, and the Dock disappears to accommodate it. You can click and hold an icon to put it in wiggling mode similar to iOS, where the quit badges appear. TaskBoard can be triggered by moving your mouse to the bottom of your screen, or by using a customizable keyboard shortcut. Read More

Conductor Server: Control Your Mac From An iPhone/iPad [Paid]

A while back, we covered a Mac App, Mobile Mouse Server, which was a feature rich app that allowed you to use your iPhone as a mouse/trackpad replacement with your Mac. The Mac app was free while its iOS client cost $1.99, but the features are definitely worth it. Conductor Server is yet another Mac app that does the same, and likewise the Mac app is free while the iOS client is worth $1.99. Compares to Mobile Mouse Server, this app knocks it out of the park. The app has dedicated media controls, but additionally lets you switch between open windows of any app. You can preview thumbnails of the open windows and bring them to front on your Mac by simply selecting them on your iOS device. The app allows you to add a large variety of gestures and swipes. Read More

XLaunchpad: Mac-Like LaunchPad For Apps & Folders [Windows]

The really great thing about loyalty to any platform is that no matter what happens, you will always love what you’re working on. The really annoying thing about platform loyalty, however, is that you will always love what you’re working with, even if it isn’t worth the love. If you’re a loyal Windows PC user, it isn’t likely that you’ll ever admit that a Mac might have one or two things that you would kill to have on your system. Whether you stick to Windows for the price, the flexibility, the free applications or just because it is more awesome than a Mac, you may still have heard of Launchpad, a Mac feature that makes it easy to launch apps installed on your system. XLaunchpad is a Windows application that adds this feature to your PC. Read More

WinLaunch Brings Mac OS X Lion Launchpad To Windows 7

Finding applications and system utilities from Mac OS X default Application folder (which is accessed from system Dock) can become quite wearisome, especially when you’ve installed applications in great number. For this reason, Mac OS X Lion brought a complementary utility for Application folder, namely Launchpad, which lets users quickly find, organize and launch installed applications. Although Windows 7 Taskbar, aka superbar, makes it easy to keep frequently used applications at fingertips, you may need a Mac OS X Launchpad alternative to conveniently organize your ever-growing app list. Today, we stumbled across WinLaunch, which clones Mac OS X 10.7 Launchpad, allowing you to quickly manage your installed applications as well as launch most frequently used applications with a click. Read More

Hide Launchpad App Pages & Refresh App List With Launchpad-control

We covered Launchpad-control since it helps displaying only important applications in Mac OS X 10.7 Launchpad. The Launchpad sorts installed applications in alphabetical order, making it easier for users to find applications from stack, and supports mouse-gesture feature to let users quickly navigate through application pages. If you’ve installed a great deal of applications, it would definitely become tiring to manually hide each application using the launchpad-control. Launchpad-control latest version 1.3 has been written to address this annoying problem. This update brings an option to hide applications by pages. You can uncheck the page you want to hide, and it will immediately conceal it with all underlying applications in Launchpad. Another noteworthy aspect is that it can do full reset of Launchpad by creating a fresh application listing database file. Read More

Hide Launchpad Applications With Launchpad-control [Mac]

Supporting multi-touch gestures and full-screen mode, Lauchpad is a great little feature of Mac OS X Lion which lets you access installed application from a distraction free environment and also allows you to group similar applications into folders. Launchpad contains all those applications which are present in Mac Applications folder accessible from system dock. Since there is no native option available in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) that can tweak with Launchpad application listings, you may need a tool, like, Launchpad- control to place those applications in Launchpad which you use most frequently. It provides nothing but a list of all installed applications to hide those items which you don’t want to show in Launchpad. Read More