The developers at Apple are known for rolling existing 3rd-party software into OS X releases; every major release features some previously niche software solution integrated into the fabric of the OS. This typically spells the end of development for these 3rd party utilities as their developers are forced to work on new projects or pivot the progress of their apps. Bevy, however, is the rare example of a 3rd party developer remaining unfazed by Apple’s releases, going forward with resolve and conviction, improving on an experience in which Apple falls short.
Launchpad has never quite convinced of its utility. The genesis of the feature was contained in its stark similarity to the iOS home screen with its rows of apps and folders, but it remained a fundamentally clunky experience, surpassed by Spotlight, the Dock, and many other application launching utilities. Bevy, on the other hand, offers a creative take on the same idea Launchpad failed to perfect: showing you all your apps in a digestible manner for quick viewing and launching. With its customizable triggers, Bevy can feel like a seamless part of the OS. But its unique way of inviting user engagement makes it something that’s not only useful, but fun to use. The initial presentation of all your apps at once feels overwhelming, but a minute or two with the app breaks down that fear, leaving the user empowered to find, open, organize, and remove apps as they wish. It’s quite the user experience — one that would make Apple jealous.