HippoLaunch
HippoLaunch
0.5.3

0.5

HippoLaunch free download for Mac

HippoLaunch0.5.3

21 June 2011

Application launcher.

Overview

HippoLaunch is an Application Launcher. A Fast One. That's Free.

We all know that the MacOSX Lion release will give us a great looking iOS style Application Launcher, but I want something quicker to use, besides HL will work on the Intel Macʼs as well as the older Non Intel models.

For me quicker means using the keyboard which is why I have tried every ʻcommand lineʼ launcher for the Mac before giving up and writing my own.

So, what was wrong with the others ? Well, not a lot really although they did tend to be a Swiss Army Knife when all I wanted was a screwdriver, they were also not as fast as I would like. Oh, and they didnʼt track application usage.

Basically I want to hit my chosen key combination, the default is Cmd & Enter, instantly start typing ʻsafʼ, press Enter and have Safari load. If their is more than one match for example Safari and Safecracker then I want to see them both, select using the cursor keys and press Enter to launch.

As quick as that. Simple, Easy and Fast.

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2 Reviews of HippoLaunch

0.5
Jools912
21 June 2011
Version: 0.5.3

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Absolutely awful. Looks like it was designed by a Windows programmer with no Mac design, UI, usability skills whatsoever. Apart from the completely non-Mac standard UI and the picture of a hippo (WTF?) this does nothing that Spotlight (already built-in to Mac OS X) doesn't do infinitely better. It doesn't even do a live search as you type to find applications. Why use a floppy disk icon for saving preferences? When did Macs last have a floppy disk? The Preferences menu in the app is grayed out, so you have to click a non-standard Blue "i" icon, which brings up a window labelled "About". In the "Statistics" tab there are 3 icons, two of which are identical with no clue as to what they do. In fact the 2 identical icons appear to do nothing! For some unknown reason this "About" window is slightly transparent, and when you close it, does a 3D flip before just vanishing. Why? Pointless, poorly implemented animation, for a completely pointless app. If this is the sort of rubbish Windows programmers are bringing to the Mac, please stay on Windows...
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0.5
Jools912
21 June 2011
Version: 0.5.3
Absolutely awful. Looks like it was designed by a Windows programmer with no Mac design, UI, usability skills whatsoever. Apart from the completely non-Mac standard UI and the picture of a hippo (WTF?) this does nothing that Spotlight (already built-in to Mac OS X) doesn't do infinitely better. It doesn't even do a live search as you type to find applications. Why use a floppy disk icon for saving preferences? When did Macs last have a floppy disk? The Preferences menu in the app is grayed out, so you have to click a non-standard Blue "i" icon, which brings up a window labelled "About". In the "Statistics" tab there are 3 icons, two of which are identical with no clue as to what they do. In fact the 2 identical icons appear to do nothing! For some unknown reason this "About" window is slightly transparent, and when you close it, does a 3D flip before just vanishing. Why? Pointless, poorly implemented animation, for a completely pointless app. If this is the sort of rubbish Windows programmers are bringing to the Mac, please stay on Windows...
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Steve-Cholerton
21 June 2011
Version: 0.5.3
If you find any bugs or have any suggestions for improvements, let me know. If you like it then please rate it. Cheers steve@artenscience.com - Developer.
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