F10 Launch Studio 3 Receives 4 Out Of 5 Mice Review From Macworld

"F10 Launch Studio offers you quick, easy, and intelligent access to all the applications on your Mac, making it possible to launch your favorite apps with no more than a few keystrokes."

By Jeffery Battersby, Macworld.com - September 6, 2010

Application launchers such as LaunchBar are popular Mac utilities—and more than a few have gained Mac Gems status. Chronos’s F10 Launch Studio is another entry in this crowded field—part application launcher, part Dock and Spotlight replacement, part application switcher, and a bit of a consistent enigma. While the program is powerful and easy to use, it also doesn’t offer much that isn’t already available in the Mac OS.

The first time you open F10 Launch Studio, the program installs a new System Preferences pane, then scans your hard drive for all available programs, displaying them in a Launch window. This Launch window is a kind of heads-up display that’s revealed whenever you press a user-configurable keyboard shortcut or move your mouse to one of the program’s “launch spots” (corners of your screen that you specify). When the Launch window opens, you begin typing the name of any application, and F10 Launch Studio will filter the list of applications to display only those that contain the letters you’ve typed. Once you locate the program you want to launch, you can open it with a simple tap of the return key.



F10 Launch Studio offers you quick, easy, and intelligent access to all the applications on your Mac, making it possible to launch your favorite apps with no more than a few keystrokes. However, functionality similar to some of the features F10 Launch Studio offers are already provided by Mac OS X, so you should give those tools a shot before you plunk down the cash for F10 Launch Studio.

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