Chronos LC — the folks behind such products as StickyBrain, Personal Organizer, and Group Organizer — have released a new product: F10 Launch Studio, a document and application utility for Mac OS X.
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“We studied the Dock in Mac OS X and the Task Bar in Microsoft Windows and realized that everyone was trying to minimize the size of the controls used to launch applications,” said Jerry Hall, vice president of sales at Chronos. “We thought this was exactly the wrong approach. Rather than force users to squeeze a few applications onto a tiny dock or task bar, we decided to let users to take full advantage of their screen real estate.”
Press the F10 key on the keyboard and F10 Launch Studio’s “Launch Pad” is invoked (hence, the name). The semitransparent Launch Pad instantly appears filling the entire computer screen. The Launch Bar contains large icons representing applications and documents on your Mac. An application can be launched by clicking the appropriate icon. Once it’s launched the Launch Pad vanishes, leaving your desktop unencumbered.
“Since we’re free to use the entire screen, F10 Launch Studio can literally display hundreds of icons at once,” Hall said. “They can be resized from small to jumbo size. Even at the largest size, F10 Launch Studio can simultaneously display more than 40 high-quality Mac OS X program icons.”
The utility also boasts an Auto-Discovery feature that searches your Mac’s hard drive for applications and assigns them to such categories as Productivity, Utilities, Games, and Lifestyle. And F10 Launch Studio constantly monitors activity on a Mac. Run a new application, and it’s automatically added to the software’s database.
F10 Launch Studio costs US$29.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later and 10MB of hard disk space.