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Launch items in Stacks via AppleScript and keyboard
Authored by: Helge33 on Oct 15, '09 04:50:50AM

I found it amazing (and amusing) how people make an effort to find yet another launch method and eventually save 1-2 key buttons ;-) Since 10.5 I totally gave up on all these external launchers and utilities. It never takes me more than 3-4 keystrokes to launch an app with *Spotlight* and its faster than anything else. And more important: I dont have to waste time to check for "compatible" tools when I just want to update my OS.



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Launch items in Stacks via AppleScript and keyboard
Authored by: DarthMagnus on Oct 15, '09 08:48:13AM

The problem with Spotlight isn't the number of keystrokes, it's usually the number, and variety, of results. Most of the time, for launching applications or specific tasks, Spotlight just yields too much stuff, and it takes more effort to manually select the specific result that you want. Also, the more you put on the computer, the slower Spotlight gets. The advantage of Butler, Quicksilver, Launchbar, etc. is that you get to select a specific subset of results to view, and you can still take full advantage of Spotlight and all of its results.



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Launch items in Stacks via AppleScript and keyboard
Authored by: Helge33 on Oct 15, '09 09:43:25AM

I would have totally agree to this with Tiger, where I was a big fan of Quicksilver. But as now with 10.5 Spotlight remembers the most selected search results when typing "sa" I immediately get "Safari" as top choice. And in the upper right SL window "Applications" are always shown first.

However scripts like yours can easily be extended to do more complex tasks than app startups. And of course there is no such thing like the "best" approach for all users for working with the OSX GUI ...;-)



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