I’ve had my share of Wizards from the Windows world, and too many years of evil wizard apps without good magic leaves me cold whenever I hear the word wizard.
Just the name Application Wizard turned me off initially so I kept moving the app down my potential review list. Putting my bias aside, I put Application Wizard to the test. My conclusion? This is a good app that just needs another name. AppWizard, anyone?
Any good Mac application launcher needs certain basics. It needs to be simple to use, devoid of useless features, and be ready to open apps, files, folders, even scan the hierarchy of files on a Mac volume– all with a click.
AppWizard (I’ve taken the liberty to offer a more attractive name) does just that and a laundry list of useful functionality not found in most Mac app launchers.
Here’s what I like about this handy app.
- Opens apps, files, folders, mounted volumes, and Preference Panes
- Quits multiple apps at the same time
- Switches between applications
- Mount and Eject disks connected to your Mac
- Browse volumes and folders
- Open recently accessed files, folders, and servers
- Preview images, movies, music, and files
- View metadata file information
- Keyboard shortcuts to do the heavy lifting
There’s actually much more going on with AppWizard besides that list. The AppWizard menu shows up right at the tip of your Mac’s screen pointer so you can navigate at will.
Preferences are a bit complicated with six settings, including Groups, Applications, Menus, Keyboard Shortcuts and more.
That means you’re in control of which keyboard shortcuts do what, app groups, and more. Try using this handy app and file launching wizard for a day, and you’ll see some useful functions that we all wish Apple would drop into Mac OS X.
On the downside, some Mac apps don’t play nice-nice with Application Wizard, and the similarities to FinderPop are notable (except the price).