Application Wizard 2.0 review

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Application Wizard lets you open, quit, show, and hide single applications or groups of applications.

License: Shareware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 2689K
Developer: MaBaSoft
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Price: $15.00
Updated: 19 Oct 2006
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Application Wizard lets you open, quit, show, and hide single applications or groups of applications.

With Application Wizard you can also force applications to quit and relaunch them, start and stop Classic, relaunch the Finder and the Dock, log out, put your computer to sleep, restart it and shut it down.

Here are some key features of "Application Wizard":
open favorite applications or groups of applications;
open multiple applications at one time;
open recent applications, applications in the Dock and System Preferences panes;
open applications in the Applications folder, Classic Applications folder and Developer Applications folder or in any other frequently used folder;
open applications automatically at startup;
force applications to open in Classic;
quit multiple applications at one time;
quit background-only applications;
force applications to quit or force them to quit and relaunch them;
switch to any open application;
switch to another application while hiding the current application or the other applications;
show and hide single applications or groups of applications.
In addition to that Application Wizard allows you to:
start and stop Classic;
quit, launch and relaunch the Finder;
relaunch the Dock;
log out, put your computer to sleep, restart it and shut it down.

What's New:
Open menu items have now icons. In addition to that, icons can now be associated to groups: Application Wizard comes with a set of seven predefined icons but lets you also assign custom icons to groups.
The Menus pane has been revised. Options have been reorganized in different groups (Appearance, Groups, Advanced), Open menu options have been moved to the Configure Open Menu dialog and the Use smaller font size option has been introduced.
The Configure Open Menu and Configure Special Menu dialogs have been completely revised and now give you full freedom of customization: items can be added, removed and arranged as desired, separators can be added or removed as needed.
Files and folders can now be added to the Special menu so that you can quickly access frequently used items.
On Mac OS X 10.3 or later you can now show file previews in the Special menu. Previews let you:
view a file's kind, size, creation and modification date, image size (pictures and movies) and duration (songs and movies);
preview pictures, movies, PDF and text files (preview sizes can be adjusted as desired by clicking the Configure button in the Configure Special Menu dialog and dragging size sliders in the Previews panel);
preview songs, display album covers and view the embedded metadata (title, artist, album, genre, ... );
easily display the metadata embedded in pictures (general, Exif, GIF, GPS, IPTC, JFIF, PNG, TIFF, DNG and Photoshop properties, Nikon maker notes) and save them as RTF (requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later);
open files with a specific application or quickly open them with one of the running applications;
show files in the Finder, move them to the Trash and copy them to the Desktop.
Ejectable volumes can be now ejected directly from the Special menu by choosing the Eject command or simply holding the Option key and selecting them in the Special menu.
Several changes have been introduced in the Switch menu:
To switch to a different application and hide all the other applications, you must now hold the Shift key while displaying the Switch menu.
When the Choosable group menu items option is checked, choosing a group menu item shows all applications belonging to the group: to hide all the applications in the group, you must now hold the Option key.
When the Choosable group menu items option is checked, you can now show all the applications in a group and hide the other applications by holding the Shift key and choosing the group menu item.
The Show All and Show All & Hide Others commands have been added to group submenus.
When you move or rename folders you added to the Open menu, Application Wizard now automatically updates their paths, so that you don't need to fix them anymore.
A bug (introduced in version 1.6) causing Application Wizard to ignore screen resolution changes has been fixed.
Several other minor improvements have been introduced and some other minor bugs have been fixed.

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