Magic Launch
Magic Launch
1.4.3

4.2

Magic Launch free download for Mac

Magic Launch

1.4.3
20 July 2010

File launching preference pane.

Overview

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 in Magic Launch

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

9 Magic Launch Reviews

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Michel-Fortin
22 January 2010

Most helpful

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.
Like (11)
Version 1.0.1
mklengel
17 August 2015
It doesn’t work anymore with OS 10.10.5. Is there a solution?
Like (1)
Version 1.4.3
5 answer(s)
David1
David1
14 October 2015
Even though this software has not been updated in five years, it still works for me with both Yosemite and El Capitan. So long as it continues to function, I'm on board.

Also note that the developer is now One Periodic. This change came about a couple of years ago.
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Lounge
Lounge
07 December 2015
It stopped working for me too. Months ago I sent a support email to One Periodic asking about Yosemite compatibility, and they have not written back.
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team-noob
team-noob
18 December 2016
I'm running 10.12.2 and it's working fine.

Click the plus button, add extension then select the application you want used as default. Rinse and repeat.
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Lounge
Lounge
15 June 2017
To people who are saying this is working in recent OS versions: Are you actually setting rules ("Use the following rules"), or just the "Default Application"?

The default application setting is working fine, but you can do that in Finder (Get Info ▸ Open with ▸ Change all) — no need for a $20 utility. It's the rules functionality that isn't working, and that's what makes Magic Launch necessary.
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
23 August 2018
I'm beta testing Mojave, and it works fine.
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Cerniuk (Hates Captcha)
18 November 2012
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.
Like (2)
Version 1.4.3
Hermie
04 July 2011
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.
Like (5)
Version 1.4.2
Funjoy
23 February 2011
Handy and useful app to open links in one's choice of browser. Solid and stable and works transparently.
Like (5)
Version 1.4.2
Designer
22 December 2010
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!
Like (5)
Version 1.4.2
F451
07 August 2010
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.
Like (4)
Version 1.4
Djemp
30 July 2010
Really handy application, a bit expensive, but does what it claims very well.
Like (3)
Version 1.4
Michel-Fortin
22 January 2010
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.
Like (11)
Version 1.0.1
3 answer(s)
Fishscale
Fishscale
23 March 2010
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.
Like (4)
Version 1.2
Robotank
Robotank
12 July 2010
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.
Like (3)
Version 1.4
Px9-855
Px9-855
01 October 2010
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.
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Version 1.4
Easer
22 January 2010
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
$19.95

4.2

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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