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launch does everything open (Apple's command-line launching program) does, and:
  • opens URLs, directly or in your preferred helper application
  • lets you specify applications by their four-character creator (e.g. 'ToyS') or Java-style bundle ID (e.g. com.apple.scripteditor), both of which allow you to move or rename an application without changing references to it
  • asks applications to print documents, something the OS X Finder doesn't let you do any more
  • launches applications in the background
  • launches Carbon applications in Classic
  • reports errors intelligibly
  • shows information about any item on

What's New

Version 1.2.2:
  • Use non-deprecated API for marking files as stationery
  • Display type and creator codes containing null bytes
  • Display ProDOS types if encoded as HFS types
  • Display AppleWorks mixed-case filenames by decoding ProDOS auxiliary types if present


OS X 10.8 or later

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Downloads 4,701
Version Downloads 1,046
License Free
Date 16 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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