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Authored by: stevec on Nov 17, '06 07:59:59AM

From a long time ago I was a big fan of the old Now Utilities and the closest I have come to a replacement is the pretty good AliasMenu ( But I only use this on my main Mac with a nice wide screen as it tends to eat up menu bar real estate.

I have tried the keyboard launchers and find my preference leans to menus rather than keyboard for launching. And on my iBook and other low use Macs I just make a folder in ~/Documents called "Apps" give it a custom icon and drag it to the dock. I place simple aliases in the menu and that works remarkably well. Either a click and hold for 2 seconds or a right/ctrl click for instant access works great. That method also seems to impact the system less by not running a lot of background stuff required for the alternative menu systems or keyboard launchers

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