2011-07-22

Making Launchpad suck less

So, Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" is out, and it's (mostly) awesome. One thing that many people don't like about it is Launchpad, the new iPad-style application launcher; one of the major reasons people don't like Launchpad is that currently, it's impossible to remove things from it that weren't installed via the App Store. (Yes. Really. Not slick.)

This bothered me enough that I decided to do something about it. I've written a quick little script that will, given the name of an application, forcibly remove it from Launchpad's internal database. That script is called LaunchTrimmer and it's available for download now. The source code is also available on GitHub.

After downloading, you should be able to double-click the script in Finder, or you can run it from Terminal directly if you're into that sort of thing. It will prompt you for the name of an application, find your Launchpad database, confirm your selections, and remove all references to that application from that database.

I may actually make a nice friendly GUI application out of this; if Apple doesn't fix up Launchpad very soon, I can imagine quite a few people being interested in doing it themselves!

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