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I am a recent Mac n00b, but after days, hours, and late nights I am reading, trying software and overall gaining knowledge about the world of Mac which I never knew. I myself love a clean desktop, no clutter, everything organized etc., so I read about the "make a favourite apps folder with aliases for your dock" idea with interest. I thought wow, cool, I'm going to do that ... well, as easy as it is, if you add software you have to create an alias, etc. If you are generally lazy, it's not a great solution.

As an alternative, I recently downloaded a freeware application called Himmelbar. Himmelbar sits in your menubar and is very easy to use -- click its icon, and it shows the applications that are currently in your Apps folder, and also updates when new software is installed. It also also shows your Utilities folder, as well as a custom location if you wish. What more can I say? The desktop neat freaks like me need this small free (donations accepted) app. It works on both 10.3 and 10.4.
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Access applications via a menubar addition
Authored by: lukeandrews on Jul 12, '06 07:39:32AM
If the menubar thing works for you, great, but you could also just drag your Applications folder to the dock and it would accomplish the same thing. Control/right-click on it to open in context and see a list of all your apps.

Alternatively, you could use something like Quicksilver or Launchbar which personally I find a lot more efficient than staring at a long list of apps -- just type what you need and go!

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Authored by: ars on Jul 12, '06 09:23:53AM

Putting your application folder in the dock does not work, if you have many applications! In my case I can see only application from A through I. For that reason I have been using Himmelbar for quite some time. I used Butler fist, but it would take longer to load at start-up, so I switched to Himmelbar.



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Authored by: gidds on Jul 12, '06 11:21:32AM
That's what subfolders are for.

Apple's own apps work best directly in /Applications (else they don't always get updated properly), but for everything else, subfolders are a pretty good way to organise things. I have /Applications/Audio, /Applications/Net, /Applications/Visual, /Applications/Games, and several others. Apple have even given you a start with /Applications/Utilities, and (in some cases) folders for developer tools, AppleWorks, iWork.

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Authored by: DocMan on Jul 12, '06 11:26:40AM

Why can't you just scroll down below the letter I?

I have a "Favorites" folder that has aliases to my Applications Folder, Utilities, Folder, and servers that I frequently use. I put this Favorites folder in the dock and I can get to any of it's contents by right clicking on it. The contextual menu scrolls up and down normally.

This is easy stuff. Not worth buying a program when I can do it for free.

Doc



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Authored by: zane on Jul 13, '06 09:46:25PM

Actually, that App mentioned in the hint *is* free.



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Favorites folder in Dock
Authored by: MJCube on Jul 17, '06 08:24:31AM

This is my method too and it has the advantage of showing icons next to the names. I still have my old Favorites folder and within it I keep an Apps sub-folder of about 20 aliases – apps I use every once in a while but less frequently than the ones in my Dock. That Apps sub-folder is in my Dock.

(NB. I originally wrote this comment with commas in 3 places but the preview was truncated anywhere I had a comma!)



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Authored by: Gigacorpse on Jul 12, '06 02:43:42PM

I think Quicksilver and Launchbar are overkill if all you want is an application launcher. I think Namely works well if all you want is application launching.



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Some people must like the Windows Start menu...
Authored by: hamarkus on Jul 12, '06 02:52:46PM
Maybe I am just terrible at memorizing and finding names but one of the things I hate about Windows is the start menu and Himmelbar seems work in a similar way. Staring at a long list of app names and trying to find the one I want seems to me not to be a very intuitive way. And don't get me started about subfolders. Starting an app should be a click or a double-click, not going down several menus and 'losing' the right menu with the mouse half of the time.
I have about twenty apps permanently in the Dock (most of them running all the time) plus about five to ten additional running apps that only remain in the Dock as long as I run them. In addition, I use one DropDrawer in the bottom left corner, which expands on a mouse-over and displays the icons of about 40 further apps. In the bottom right corner I have another drawer with about 80 lesser apps. Running apps are grey-out in the drawers.

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Authored by: yergnov on Jul 12, '06 08:35:09AM
I find TigerLaunch http://ranchero.com/tigerlaunch/ to be a very good and similar application to use. It too finds apps in your Applications folder, Utilities and in other locations that I did not even know I had applications! Plus, it is immediate where having to right click on the dock applications folder takes too long...

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Authored by: mpress25 on Jul 12, '06 08:51:21AM

I'm a big fan of Himmelbar. It takes up very little room, unlike the applications folder in the dock solution, and I never have to switch to the Finder. It's a very simple solution.



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Access applications via a menubar addition
Authored by: chiccorosso on Jul 12, '06 08:58:54AM

I use the applescript menu for that task. just building one or more folder inside the script menu with some aliases inside does the trick.

You can activate it via /Applications/Applescript/Applescript Utility

aliases are stored in ~/Library/Scripts

What's nice about that is that you can create Aliases/Scripts/Applications in Network/Library/Scripts that are made available to everyone in your organization quite easily (we use them for some procedures)

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recent items, anyone?
Authored by: cynikal on Jul 12, '06 09:26:57AM

though i don't know exactly how this app helps or how it looks like, i've always been quite fond of using the recent items under the apple menu.. it's like a menu item, except it's at the left side corner..



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Access applications via a menubar addition
Authored by: julian1008 on Jul 12, '06 01:53:44PM
iClock includes an application menu and it also has a cool feature on Intel Macs. It will show applications that are running in rosetta by indicating that in the menu for each item that is running in the emulator. It can also launch system preferences and menu extras. It also has many options for the application menu and this is on top of the really useful clock, timezones, alarm, stopwatch, and calendar features.

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Authored by: hypert on Jul 13, '06 10:07:51AM

Chalk me up as an XMenu fan. Although, FolderGlance and FinderPop work just as well, esp. if you like to open apps from a contextual menu inside Finder windows. Sometimes, the menu bar is just too far away... :-)



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Access applications via a menubar addition
Authored by: zane on Jul 13, '06 09:52:33PM

As a Mac user since "System" 7 (that basically means "Classic circa early 90's" for the post-OS X Mac guys & girls), I've been using Unsanity's Fruit Menu for years, to give me my customizable Apple Menu back. Amongst other things, I have my Applications folders in there, with unlimited hierarchical menu levels.

Customizing your Apple Menu means not having to add more icons to the menu bar. Works for me.

Fruit Menu is shareware tho, so Himmelbar trumps it in that respect.



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Authored by: zane on Jul 13, '06 11:51:48PM

Just tried out Himmelbar. It's actually pretty good, I think I'll keep it running a while. :D



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