Launch apps via your keyboard
OptOpt aims to replace the OS X app switcher by adding the ability to launch or switch programs using keyboard shortcuts. It’s a worthy idea, but let down by poor execution.
OptOpt is fiddly to set up – you have to manually enable it in Accessibility preferences, and then you must set up custom keyboard shortcuts for your favourite apps using its menu bar icon. This is critical as it allows you to launch apps that aren’t running (and therefore on display in the OptOpt app switcher), but you do have to remember your custom key configurations. Matters are further complicated when you consider that apps are only available to configure when they’ve run alongside OptOpt, so it can recognise them.
Once you get past all these hurdles, press å twice to reveal OptOpt, then your shortcut to access an app. It works, but the effort involved makes OptOpt impossible to recommend in its current state. Nick Peers
This keyboarddriven app switcher is a nice idea, but its flaws outweigh its marginal benefits.