When it comes to app and file launchers for the Mac, let’s give credit where credit is due. First up, Apple. The Dock, decried often by experienced users, is easily understood by the great unwashed masses of new Mac users.
Second up, the Finder. Yes, it’s a launch and navigation tool, but familiar even to Windows PC users who switch to the Mac by the millions each year. Thirdly, the third party launcher app market is alive and well with many options to handle the simple task of launching apps on a Mac.
Finally, there’s Ring Menu. Thanks to the holiday season, I’m in the mood of giving credit where credit is due, and Ring Menu should win an award for the most unusual Mac app launcher of the year. This year. Last year. Almost any year I can think of.
Take the Mac’s Dock, which is rectangular but very long, then roll it up into a circle and plunk it down on the center of the screen. That’s Ring Menu.
Now that’s thinking different.
Ring Menu may be unique from a visual perspective, but it’s quite handy as a launcher. A keyboard shortcut brings it to the front of the screen. Add apps, files, and folders using drag and drop.
Customize Ring Menu’s background, change the keyboard shortcut, adjust the zoom, and set it to display running apps– all from the Ring Menu Settings panel, which also gives you options to adjust the color and size.
Ring Menu looks different but works much like the Dock. Drag and drop to add an app icon, file, or folder (you can even group files), and click to launch. Admittedly, it’s odd looking, but it works well.