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Make your Own Program Launcher
Authored by: notyetold on Nov 17, '06 05:02:10PM

I don't download and install any applications that can be easily created with the tools that Apple provided with OS X. There is a wealth of capabilities included in OS X that go untapped by many. There is no need to depend on other 3rd party applications to perform system maintenance, clean out caches, or even to create your own program launcher.

To create your own program launcher:

Open the Applications/AppleScript folder and launch the AppleScript Utility. Check the box to Show Script Menu in menu bar.

Next, create a folder under /Users/"Your Login"/Library/Scripts (I called it App-Menu).

Open the Applications/AppleScript/Script and create a new script containing the following line:

do shell script ("open -a '/Applications/'")

Save the script to the /Users/"Your Login"/Library/Scripts/App-Menu folder as Chess.

When you click on the Script Menu in the menu bar, you will see the folder you created along with the new script to launch your application listed in it.

Create as many scripts as you like for the various applications on your hard drive (iChat, iCal, iPhoto, AppleWorks, etc) and save them to the new folder you created (/Users/"Your Login"/Library/Scripts/App-Menu).

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Make your Own Program Launcher
Authored by: encro on Nov 17, '06 05:11:51PM

If you are going create a one line script to run an application why not just drag an alias of the application into your scripts menu?

If you never use osascript to run things this seems like poor justification of why you never install 3rd party apps to replace functionality the OS has. It's all to do with choice and user preference. Just because you can use Applescript to launch an app it doesn't mean its the right way (nor the wrong way either).


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Make your Own Program Launcher
Authored by: notyetold on Nov 17, '06 05:28:44PM

I am just stating _my_ preferences and providing an alternative to downloading and installing 3rd party applications to do something that can be done with the tools provided. If you don't like them, don't use them. The choice is yours.

I might have mis-understood your reply, but dragging an application onto the Script Menu in the menu bar does not create a shortcut (or alias) to the application (at least not on my system).

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Make your Own Program Launcher
Authored by: notyetold on Nov 17, '06 05:39:02PM

Re-read previous entry. Dragging an "alias" into the folder will create an entry in the menu, however, the point here being that there is more than one way to do it.

I still stand by my idea of using the system tools provided. Less chance of something breaking or application incompatibilities during upgrades from 10.4.x to 10.5 (yeah, like no one has ever seen that before). No need to pay out money for something or download a 3rd party app to do something that can be accomplished with local tools. Less chance of loading buggy software written by someone else onto my system and messing it up or conflicting with other applications while it is running.

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