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Launchpad-Control is a small tool which allows you to easily hide/unhide apps (and groups) from Launchpad in OS X 10.7.

A huge disadvantage of Launchpad is that every app located in your /Applications folder is shown. That means that you will see little helper programs like uninstallers or updaters, too. These apps can't be hidden from Launchpad easily because Apple does not provide any preference pane or tool to do so.

That's why I developed Launchpad-Control.

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Version 1.63: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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OS X 10.7 or later

*Previously available here

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Jimw Member IconComment+455
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The developers website has been shut down. I suspect no further development will occur with this app.

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Version 1.63
Jimw Member IconReview+455
Jimw
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Frankly I have looked at a few of these and none of these, other than 'hiding' Apps in the Launchpad seem to be very helpful in organizing it.

What I would like to see is a dialog box with a list of all of installed apps on the left and a list of launchpad pages and folders on the right, with the option of creating a new page or folder underneath, and a sort button. Then all a user would have to do is drag the desired Apps to the desired folders and pages and the ones left on the left hand side would not be visible. Folders could be created on the right with the folder button and renamed in the right hand box. Folders and/or pages could be sorted.

Then such an app would be useful.

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Version 1.63
EndoLab Member IconComment+95
EndoLab
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I've found this: http://launchpadmanager.com/

But the best for me are the terminal tips from Macworld:

http://www.macworld.com/article/164600/2012/01/clean_out_launchpad_completely.html#lsrc.nl_mwhints_h_crawl

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Version 1.60
EndoLab
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Forgot to mention: I typed "get rid of launchpad" in my browser to get it, because what I want is to strip down the whole launchpad.
Then your app is good for those who want to keep some stuff in it. But Lion'll rebuild (slowly right) the database then I just put this in TextExpander, one by one:

sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db "DELETE from apps;
DELETE from groups WHERE title< >'';
DELETE from items WHERE rowid>2;";
killall Dock

and in order to rebuild the db. (just in case) go there and delete:
~/Library/Application Support/Dock/
then
rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db;

Schmelding
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Great tip, Endolab. Instead of using TextExpander (which I love), you can also edit your ~/.bash_profile file thusly:

alias emptyLP="sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db \"DELETE from apps; DELETE from groups WHERE title< >''; DELETE from items WHERE rowid>2;\"; Killall Dock"

This creates an alias called emptyLP that does the same thing. So, then you could just fire-up the Terminal, type emptyLP (cAsE sEnSiTiVe) and hit enter and *bingo bammo* empty LaunchPad!

EndoLab
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@Schmelding:
Thanks you very much for the tips. There is just a error near "WHERE title< >": it must be like this :: WHERE title< >.
I'm looking for an automation process to do it, maybe an apple script or ruby/bin/bash? Everybody?

EndoLab
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@Schmelding: well there are no space between < >

Sig1 Member IconReview+5
Sig1
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Very unstable - loses settings and regenerates double- and triple-length lists of apps which aren't accurate. Minimal control of organizing apps.

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Version 1.3
hubby Member IconReview+4
hubby
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Great idea but it is not at all stable - the settings change almost every time I restart.
And the developer is totally non-responsive.

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Version 1.3
Therevruss Member IconReview+1
Therevruss
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Perhaps this review is a little premature as I've just installed the program, but so far it seems to be working well and I haven't had the issues mentioned in some of the other comments, namely that it doesn't retain the changes after restarting.

When I installed this, I chose the option to "Install for all users". Then, I selected the apps I wanted to show, I clicked "Apply" and then "Refresh" and it made the appropriate changes. I rebooted my computer, launched LaunchPad and initially it showed "Loading Applications" and then it showed it just as I had set it up, i.e. only the apps I had selected in Launchpad Control were in my LaunchPad - just as I wanted it. I will write a follow-up should I notice any glitches but so far, so good.

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Version 1.3
Therevruss
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Yeah - my review was premature. It was working for a day or so but now, the apps are all back to default and this preference pane resets itself every time. Conceptually I'd still give it 5 stars. 1 or maybe 2 stars on implimentation.

Therevruss
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With the recent updates, this has been working flawlessly for me so I'd go back to my 5 star rating. I've restarted multiple times and still my preferences are saved. Highly recommended app!

Leo-Telles Member IconReview+30
Leo-Telles
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People are complaining, but for me worked just fine.

The only thing that you should keep in mind is to use the refresh button all the time.

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Version 1.3
Leo-Telles
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yeah, my review was premature too. It starts really good, than loses all the setting over time.

Iv11 Member IconReview+2
Iv11
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It seems to work at firs, but then you re-start your computer and all your changes are lost. The potential is there, but right now it's a huge waste of time :(

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Version 1.3
Radarnav Member IconReview+3
Radarnav
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Downloaded and installed Launchpad-Control 1.3. When attempting to open the pref pane, I get the following "preferences error":

You can’t open Launchpad-Control preferences because it doesn’t work on an Intel-based Mac.

I've deleted, downloaded and reinstalled several times, each with the same result.

Will gladly try again when the next update is released.

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Version 1.3
Radarnav
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Update 2/19/12: Tried the latest version (v 1.6) and it appears to work as promised. Will update if I find problems.

Craigin Member IconReview+3
Craigin
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As others have pointed out, it doesn't save the changes. After restarting, It also creates duplicate entries in the Dock database for the items that were deselected. This file is located at: ~/Library/Application Support/Dock.

Hope the developers continues working on it.

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Version 1.3
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Version 1.63
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Version 1.63
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Version 1.3
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Version 1.3
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Version 1.3
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Version 1.3
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Downloads 18,209
Version Downloads 4,890
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 24 Jul 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free