Monday, 08 December 2014 23:20

Review - Ring Menu for Mac

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Ring Menu for Mac is an impressive and efficient app launcher / dock replacement, allowing you to switch apps almost by thought.

As the name suggests, Ring Menu adds a circular menu allowing you to quickly launch apps and open files and folders. With either a trackpad gesture or keyboard combination you can call up Ring Menu around your cursor’s current position.

The gesture or keyboard combination can be adjusted to suit, from the options menu. Another useful option allows you to choose whether you need to click on icons to launch the app or open the document, or whether you simply need to highlight the icon. Using the latter option you can effortlessly zip between apps on your Mac with the slightest of gestures and movements.

Ring Menu is available on the MacOS App Store for $4.99 and works fine across the OS X range, whether MacBook or iMac or Mac Mini or Mac Pro. The only requirements are OS X 10.9 or later and a 64-bit processor.

By default, Ring Menu will show common apps and currently running apps. You can change the apps shown by removing existing ones from the menu and adding new ones by dragging and dropping them onto the menu.

You can organise your menu items into collections and configure the colour scheme. It also works just as seamlessly within full-screen apps.

Note that Mac Store applications run in a controlled sandbox on your Mac, which restricts some functionality such as being able to close (not just launch) an app. To solve this you can also download and install a free companion toolkit from the developer’s website.

Ring Menu is a simple yet elegant app launcher, especially for power users who routinely switch between a specific set of apps. Ring Menu allows you to keep your focus on productivity, moving from app to app almost at the speed of thought.

 

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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