I’ve been using Apple’s OS X Lion since its release a few weeks ago. It’s a solid platform and keeps getting better. I, like most people, think it’ll be a couple more years and iOS and OS X will just be one big super iOS. Some say it’ll be several years, but I think it’ll be sooner. I think once they reach “OS 11” instead of 10, that’s when we’ll see it.
Regardless, LaunchPad was something they touted in the keynotes and in their advertising about Lion and is something most people quickly dismissed and removed from their Dock immediately.
Since it was important enough for Apple to mention it in more than a press release, I figure they have big plans for this.
On my MacBook Air it’s easy to invoke LaunchPad by pinching with your whole hand. However, when you do, you get all your Apps in the LaunchPad list and it’s so cumbersom to organize I gave up on it. However, I ran across this post that details how to empty everything out of LaunchPad. I’m looking at you, Adobe.
Then, to add things to LaunchPad you just drag app icons on to the LaunchPad icon in your dock. On my Air, it was so quick to invoke I found myself not needing the dock, which I’ve hated for a long time. To finally rid myself of the Dock lest running apps, trash and downloads feels great.
But I’ve got an iMac, too. Invoking LaunchPad there was tougher with a Magic Mouse, so I actually spent $70 on a Magic Trackpad and I love it. I love using it with the gestures in Lion and suddenly, that trackpad makes sense for a desktop. Now, my Dock is filled with only running apps, I can hide it like I always have and make good use of a technology I’m sure Apple will be pushing in the future.
Know, too, that I don’t use launchers. I don’t like QuickSilver or Alfred or any of them and I’ve tried them all. When I want an obscure app to launch quickly, I just hit CMD+Space and use Spotlight. It’s just as fast and built-in.