PDA

View Full Version : Will You Use LaunchPad or An Applications Stack?




Corndog5595
Oct 21, 2010, 05:00 PM
Based on what little information we have, would you use LaunchPad over the current Applications stack that a lot of us use? I know most of us use Spotlight (or Quicksilver, etc.) for the majority of our app launching, but what would you prefer to use if you had to? Assuming LaunchPad doesn't show Aliases, Java (.jar) files, and a few other things that a stack would show.

I would use LaunchPad. How about you?



angelwatt
Oct 21, 2010, 05:04 PM
I'll continue to use Spotlight. It's faster than using a mouse for any of the other options.

celticpride678
Oct 21, 2010, 05:07 PM
Personally, I use Spotlight and probably still will. However, I would use Launchpad over an Applications Stack.

jbg232
Oct 21, 2010, 07:15 PM
I have a folder application stack full of all my application aliases that I'll continue to use as there are no nested folders in the current launchpad system of navigation as far as I can tell (it's kind of like the original stacks where you couldn't navigate to a folder inside a folder). Although launchpad looks nice, the lack of nested folder access is a dealbreaker for me.

hachre
Oct 21, 2010, 07:19 PM
I use Spotlight for everything that isn't in my Dock. And my Dock isn't that big.

But this is really an improvement for less proficient in computing than me. It is a nice thing from iOS to port over in my opinion.

grapes911
Oct 21, 2010, 07:21 PM
I use a mix of QuickSilver and Spotlight. I see no reason to change.

goobot
Oct 21, 2010, 07:42 PM
eh. i use stack sometimes. tho i also use my dock and spotlight too. i guess which ever best suits me at the time.

GreatDanton
Oct 21, 2010, 07:53 PM
Like many above, I use spotlight.

LauchPad seems great though, At the end of the day its just like using an application stack, set to grid .... and then the additional ability to organise them as you wish.

For example I have more than 10 different video converters on my mac, on the odd occasion when I don't know which one I want. I would use LauchPad to view all my converters in my 'video converters' category. It's just another option to accommodate a given scenario, can't be a bad thing rite?

someone28624
Oct 22, 2010, 12:11 AM
I'll obviously have to see the final product before I decide, but I see myself sticking with my apps stack. I have already organized it into folders and it works well. I have my everyday apps on my dock. I have a "recently used" apps stack that works well if I'm using an app frequently for a project. I use Spotlight only if I can't find something, usually, but it works well, so I really have no reason for not using it more often. I don't see how Launchpad adds anything to OS X, but as long as it doesn't get in my way if I don't want to use it, I don't care if it's there.

Weepul
Oct 22, 2010, 12:46 AM
It does look like an enhanced stack. It has enough feature overlap with a grid stack and with the Applications folder itself that I don't really find it to be a very big deal. It might as well have itself been a new stack mode or an update of the grid mode.

Anyone remember the Launcher? Remember At Ease? Yeah, those were about the coolest things when I was a kid (well, the Launcher, anyway - At Ease was very quickly discarded as not useful enough). :eek:

Maybe such a thing has its place in a system for everyone. Then again, Apple has made its comeback following a philosophy favoring relative elegance through reduction, as opposed to offering broad spanning options for different peoples' preferences through inclusion. Putting this in as a fourth or fifth interface by which to launch programs seems atypical.

I prefer using the keyboard, but oddly dislike Spotlight, so I use a combination of the Dock (when I'm mousing) and ⌘-Tab to Finder > ⌘⇧A > type the first few letters of the app I want > ⌘⌥↓, all in less time that it would take to click on an icon in the Dock and then find and click an icon in a grid.

I'd like to close with this:
Applications. A home for your apps.

The Applications folder gives you instant access to your apps Finder style. Just double-click the Applications icon in your Macintosh HD, or press ⌘⇧A. A new window will appear exactly where you left it, containing all the apps on your Mac. It takes just a scroll to view all your apps, and you can arrange apps any way you like by dragging an app icon to a new location or by grouping apps in folders. Installed a new app? Your new app automatically appears in the Applications folder, ready to blast off.

petvas
Oct 22, 2010, 01:17 AM
I will continue using the Dock and spotlight. I will use the Launchpad to organize the apps though.

motulist
Oct 22, 2010, 01:22 AM
the current Applications stack that most, if not all of us use.

Dude, just because that's what you and your friends use does NOT mean it is what the vast majority of people use. In fact, I don't know a single person who uses the application stack. Don't go extrapolating from your own very limited experience and apply that to the entire population. I'm sure that many people do use the the application stack, but don't go assuming and speaking for what the majority of people do.

QuarterSwede
Oct 22, 2010, 01:25 AM
I will continue using the Dock and spotlight. I will use the Launchpad to organize the apps though.
Same here.

Corndog5595
Oct 22, 2010, 01:39 PM
Dude, just because that's what you and your friends use does NOT mean it is what the vast majority of people use. In fact, I don't know a single person who uses the application stack. Don't go extrapolating from your own very limited experience and apply that to the entire population. I'm sure that many people do use the the application stack, but don't go assuming and speaking for what the majority of people do.

Most people have it there. They may not use it all the time, but I doubt everybody that doesn't use it all the time actually removed the stack from your Dock. I also use Spotlight 9/10 times, even if the app is in the Dock. I guess you just wasn't clear.

Branskins
Oct 22, 2010, 10:17 PM
Does the LaunchPad look kind of goofy to anyone else? It doesn't seem to have that OS X magic... I don't know, I'm on the fence about it. I'll stick with Spotlight for now...

coops
Oct 22, 2010, 10:52 PM
I'll carry on with Dragthing....

VPrime
Oct 23, 2010, 12:19 AM
I will use the terminal:p
I'm such a rebel.

votshtoy
Oct 24, 2010, 06:53 AM
On iOS the tendency for users is to download lots of apps, and it's all because of the App Store. I reckon with the Mac App Store, the number of apps installed on the average Mac could explode far beyond what the Dock or even a Stack-as-launcher could reasonably handle. At a certain point, even Spotlight might get too difficult as you try to recall WTH you've been downloading the past couple of months.

I think this kind of situation is what Apple is planning/hoping for when they include LaunchPad. It's pointless now, but if there comes a day we've all got 500+ installed apps, it just might end up being essential.

rdowns
Oct 24, 2010, 07:17 AM
I use a mix of QuickSilver and Spotlight. I see no reason to change.


Spotlight here and I see no reason to change either.

As for changing your avatar, I see no reason why you should have. Bring back the classic one!

Blue Velvet
Oct 24, 2010, 07:21 AM
Bring back the classic one!

Seconded. New Coke failed. Less is more. Heed the demi call.

maflynn
Oct 24, 2010, 08:24 AM
I'll continue to use the application folder and dock to start my apps. The launchpad does nothing for me

AppleCode
Oct 24, 2010, 08:31 AM
The dock and stacks , but i guess we"ll see :S

mrsir2009
Oct 26, 2010, 01:05 PM
I'll probably have one homescreen (that'll be all I need) with all the apps I use everyday - Such as the iWork apps, Blender, Firefox and some documents too...