MacNotables #1218: Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus Looks Toward Mountain Lion

As we move closer to the release of Mountain Lion, Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus provides his thoughts on the known features and changes, and the apparent closing of the gap between the Mac OS and iOS. Name changes, functional changes, what is good and what doesn’t quite work in this scenario are all part of Bob’s analysis. Then, as he always does, Bob shows us a few new products that he has his eye on.

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That would be a nice feature for more advanced users, but I'm still not sure that is supposed to be Launchpad's raison d'ĂȘtre. I think it is supposed to be a place for the new, novice or super-casual user to find their apps. Plenty of other launch utilities and methods for those with more experience or who want more power or flexibility.


I agree that Launchpad in its current realization is poor. But I don't think the problem is really with the concept; it's more a question of poor implementation. I think the simple addition of a contextual menu when you control-click on an item--allowing you to, e.g., remove an item from Launchpad or remove it from Launchpad and add an icon to the Dock--would go a long way to making it acceptable.

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