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With Magic Launch users can take true control over which application is launched when double-clicking on a file. You can reinstate creator codes on a per file-type basis, or create personalized rules to select a different application depending on the folder the file is located in, its color label, the name of the file, or its content. It is also possible to run a terminal command instead of an application.

What's New

Version 1.4.3:
  • Changed registration code format and process
  • Various minor fixes

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Cerniuk Member IconReview+184
Cerniuk
+1

My old boss in the Army (a lieutenant colonel) used to say "I'm sorry Bill, you just can't fix 'stupid' but thanks for trying." when we would run into the occasional brick wall.

Moving from the elegant and superior file type and creator of Mac OS 9 to retro style file extensions like DOS under Mac OS X was just plain *stupid* on Apple's part. It brought on problems and user difficulty for no good reason. Somewhere there is a dictionary with a definition of "stupid" and one of them mentions this maneuver.

And Metakine thank you for fixing "stupid". Awesome utility. Maybe a little pricy but nicely done.

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Version 1.4.3
Hermie Member IconReview+44
Hermie
+5

YES! Finally my Nisus.rtf docs when double clicked open in Nisus again and for instance the TextEdit.rtf ones in TextEdit. Same for PDFPenPro & Preview. Creator is back, the way it should be.

Are you listening Apple? Probably not and the dumbing down will continue, why doesn't that surprise me anymore?

Thanks to the developer for this one! The changed Snow Leopard behaviour was driving me nuts. And with a kazillion unmissable Rosetta apps that's where I have been bolted down. Apple calls it progress, you know.

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Version 1.4.2
Funjoy Member IconReview+104
Funjoy
+4

Handy and useful app to open links in one's choice of browser. Solid and stable and works transparently.

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Version 1.4.2
Designer Member IconReview+91
Designer
+4

I use Magic Launch to get around the mind-numbing process of having two or three different versions of Adobe Creative Suite apps installed. Say you need to have both CS3 and CS4 to work with newer and older jobs. Adobe hogs the launch process by always forcing an InDesign, Illustrator (etc.) document to open in the latest version. Even if you try to choose CS3 as the default app, the OS ignores this and still opens your document with CS4.

Magic Launch takes control and allows you to set all InDesign documents to always open with CS3. Secondly, I can specify a simple rule to look for either CS3 or CS4 in the file name and the document will always open with the right version of the app.

A brilliant app that deserves recognition and your support and worthy of all these 5 star review. Here's another!

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Version 1.4.2
Djemp Member IconReview+4
Djemp
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Version 1.4
F451 Member IconReview+393
F451
+3

I find this app exceeding helpful. I have used RCDefaultApp for years now and greatly appreciate it, but Magic Launch provides more features than the others in its category. The developer is very considerate and helpful too. No regrets.

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Version 1.4
Djemp Member IconComment+4
Djemp
+2

Really handy application, a bit expensive, but does what it claims very well.

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Version 1.4
Michel Fortin (Developer) Member IconDev+11
Michel Fortin (Developer)
+11

There's certainly an overlap between what the two preference panes do, but RCDefaultApp doesn't restore the creator code behaviour on Snow Leopard, nor does it allows customized launch rules depending on the file name or the file location on the disk for instance.

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Version 1.0.1
Fishscale
+4

As your the dev you can most definitely point out the differences which you just did. A couple things looked interesting like actions based on where a file is located on a HD, but doesn't this app feel more like a "$5" app? I know to me these features are not worth $15, but maybe to you and some others it is a fair price.

IMO you would be better off selling this app for what it's worth, IMO that is $5. I really believe that you should re-think the pricing of the app, especially in this economy. Anyhow nice app, look forward to it being cheaper one day. Take care.

Robotank
+3

I haven't tried this app, but I just wanted to suggest a similar app since you're looking for something for a lower price. Launch Codes costs $5 and allows you to open files by creator code. As far as I know Launch Codes isn't as versatile or feature-rich as Magic Launch, but it may suffice it you're looking for basic creator code functionality for less money. I've been using it for several months with no issues.

Px9-855
+2

At $15 I'll have to think about it. Had it been $10 (or $5) I wouldn't. That's all I would like to add.

Easer Member IconComment+400
Easer
+3

This is free and has always worked fine:

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14618/rcdefaultapp

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Version 1.0.1
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Lifeonmars2004
Version 1.4.3
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Roes
Version 1.4.3
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Physhbourne
Version 1.4.3
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Nuno J Dias
Version 1.4.3
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Andrea Giuliani
Version 1.4.3
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Fariborz
Version 1.4.3
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Pshots
Version 1.4.3
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Flyingrat
Version 1.4.3
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Downloads 6,404
Version Downloads 3,440
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 20 Jul 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.95
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