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Launch an OS X app with a keyboard shortcut

While developing, I have found that I am Command-Tabbing between 9 or so applications. It'd be great to set hotkeys to immediately focus on the most used applications like Chrome or Vim. This would be much faster.

I tried looking at System Preferences, Alfred hotkeys as suggested from here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4788565/keyboard-shortcut-to-focus-on-an-app-in-mac-os.

I would really appreciate any suggestion.

Thank you!

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A great way to learn Cocoa development is to write your own simple Hot Key app: i.imgur.com/DsVV3.png –  Darren Sep 30 '12 at 1:50
Hi Darren, Thanks for the suggestion. I'm interested and have played with Cocoa before. Do you have any tips on how to get started? –  Delos Chang Sep 30 '12 at 20:58

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Since swapping between desktops is so easy in Lion, would you consider setting up a separate desktop for your high-use applications? This could be a functional alternative.

A swipe or two will have you where you need to be.

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