Will You Use LaunchPad or An Applications Stack?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Corndog5595, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    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?
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    I'll continue to use Spotlight. It's faster than using a mouse for any of the other options.
  3. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Personally, I use Spotlight and probably still will. However, I would use Launchpad over an Applications Stack.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2007
    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.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2007
    Munich, Germany
    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.
  6. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I use a mix of QuickSilver and Spotlight. I see no reason to change.
  7. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    eh. i use stack sometimes. tho i also use my dock and spotlight too. i guess which ever best suits me at the time.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010
    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?
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    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.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2008
    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:
  11. macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I will continue using the Dock and spotlight. I will use the Launchpad to organize the apps though.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2003
    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.
  13. macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Same here.
  14. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    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.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2008
    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...
  16. macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
  17. macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
  18. macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2009
    Bear in mind the App Store

    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.
  19. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    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!
  20. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Seconded. New Coke failed. Less is more. Heed the demi call.
  21. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'll continue to use the application folder and dock to start my apps. The launchpad does nothing for me
  22. macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    The dock and stacks , but i guess we"ll see :S
  23. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    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...

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