Namely. Ask for it by name!

Sep 16, 2010

I’m just guessing, but I probably launch 15-20 applications every day. Several years back, I found a great little Mac utility called Namely written by Amar Sagoo. Namely makes it a breeze to quickly launch any application, directly from the keyboard. All you need to do is assign your own keystroke shortcut to bring Namely to the front, then just type a few characters of the application name you want to launch.

You’ll begin to see that Namely is kinda smart. It learns your launch habits, and before you know it, you’ll just be typing one or two characters and hitting Return or Enter to launch anything. You can also set its preferences to avoid displaying any unwanted applications or locations.

If you want to carry things further, it’s simple to launch a set of applications all at once using Namely and AppleScript. For example, you may want to launch InDesign, Photoshop and FontAgent Pro. Simply create a new script in Script Editor as shown below, and be sure to save it as an application. You could name your new application “PIF launch” (Photoshop/InDesign/Fontagent). To launch, type “PIF” into Namely.

tell application "Finder"
	open application file "Adobe Photoshop" of folder "Adobe Photoshop CS5" of folder "Applications" of startup disk
	open application file "Adobe InDesign" of folder "Adobe InDesign CS5" of folder "Applications" of startup disk
	open application file "FontAgent" of folder "FontAgent Pro" of folder "Applications" of startup disk
end tell

Very handy. It all happens very fast, and guess what: it’s free.

Sorry, but it is Mac only. Works great with Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Pillbox Hat Leopard.