One of the Most Used Apps on My System
I treasure this app. It's so simple, but provides incredibly useful functionality—so much so, that it has earned a rare place among a very small group (4) of apps that I load at login. (Moom, is another app which I find indespensible, fwiw.)It probably makes sense to compare Overflow to Launchpad since they're both "launchers"—although it's worth noting that Overflow pre-dated Launchpad, and has always been superior, in my view. Araelium Group's QuickPick might make for a more congruent or pertinent comparison, since it bears a much closer resemblance to Overflow—in both form and function—than Launchpad. Having said that, I abandoned QuickPick a long time ago in favor of Overflow—and I haven't looked back since. I suppose that speaks for itself. As for Launchpad—where do I start? I think it's ill-conceived, poorly executed, unrefined, buggy, amateurish and just about totally worthless. My harsh perspective can be explained as the product of three things: 1. having used both QuickPick and Overflow prior to its release, Launchpad added no new functionality to my life; 2. I have a 3-display setup (a 30" ACD and two 23" ACDs)—and yet Launchpad allows me to see a paltry 40 items at a time (and only on my main display). It makes my Mac Pro suddenly look like "My First Computer"—as if the giant icons are purposely spaced out so I can mash them with my clumsy little hands! 3. Launchpad feels like it was developed over a weekend and hasn't crossed anyone's mind since. You can't customize it easily, you can't remove things without deleting them (or using a hack), you can't add files or folders to it, etc. etc.And that, finally, leads me to Overflow—which provides a pretty-nice array of options for customizing the look, layout and functionality of your items—including the color, size and position of the background window, the size of the items/icons it contains, the horizontal and vertical spacing between items, the size and visibility of text labels (i.e., the names of each item) and more. In addition to applications, it works just as well for quick access to documents, files, folders, scripts—anything you want. Overflow also allows items to be added to more than one place, so you never have to choose whether something belongs more with one group or with another. You can simply add it to both places.Using Overflow, I can see 375 items per category (25 across x 15 down on my 30"). That's almost TEN times more than one screen in Launchpad! Most of the time, whatever I need can be found on that one category since I can fit so many on one screen. Nonetheless, I do find it useful to keep some other categories for stuff I access occasionally. I have one which contains everything from the "Core Services" folder. I rarely use those apps, but it's nice to have access to them in two steps (Cmd+ESC launches Overflow for me, and Cmd+2 flips to the 2nd category) instead of having to locate the folder and dig for what I want.I have ONE major wish / gripe / request—The ability to select more than one item at at time when in edit mode. Arranging and repositioning is easy enough, but if you decide that you'd like to shift a group of items down a row or two—perhaps because you added rows or columns to the layout—you have to do it: 1—by-1—by-1—by-1—by-1—by-1—by-1… which gets rather tedious when you're trying to keep a couple hundred items organized to your liking. I did communicate this to the dev (many months ago), but no luck thus far.Nonetheless—I highly recommend Overflow, and have my fingers crossed that the dev(s) do more with it, because it's awesome, but still has lots of room for growth.
Great app! Though I have just one request...
I love being able to visually organize all my apps. This is better for me than typing my app names with spotlight, or Quicksilver. When I'm in right brain mode, I can't always remember names like "photoshop" I know that's weird, but it's true. This app solves that. The only problem is, that sometimes in right brain mode, I forget my hot key for Overflow too. If you could set the menu icon to work as a toggle, ala twitter/sparrow... I'd be in great shape.
Elegant solution to dock clutter
Looks great and edits easily, my dock is usable again.
Wow a very excellent app. It really docks you up.....
My Most Used App
It really does extend your dock to have everything organized in categories, and you can rename your categories by double clicking on them. It’s also easy to move them in the order you want. Now I have a manageable dock without sacrificing my selections; well worth the money!