Is there a way on the mac (os x 10.6) to launch multiple apps in a single command?
I think using Applescript would be the best way. First open up your AppleScript Editor.app then type in the following:
tell application "Mail" to activate tell application "iCal" to activate
Of course that's just a show of concept, customise it as you see fit. Then save it as an application. Now you can either double click it to launch all your applications or use a launcher like Quicksilver or Launchbar.
In terminal you could do:
open -a TextEdit ; open -a Safari
To open both TextEdit and Safari, or same with Applescript:
do shell script "open -a TextEdit" do shell script "open -a Safari"
You can then save the Applescript as an App you can click on.
Or you could use launcher application like Launchpad, Another Launcher or Quicksilver.
I decided to look on how to run multiple applications and I found out that you have to split it – for example
tell application "Calculator" tell application "Calculator" run end tell
wouldn't work, so it took me a little bit but then it hit me so then I did this to make it work:
tell application "Calculator" run end tell tell application "Calculator" run end tell
and it worked.
I'd like a bit of software that allows you to group software and launch them all, like a launchy type thing
Quicksilver is a launchy comparable tool. I think comma separated multiple invocations/commands. (e.g.
A,M,S for Adium, Mail, Safari)
What you're looking for is Multiple Launcher.
Multiple Launcher X is an Mac OS X-native application allowing users to create a stand-alone launcher that can open multiple items, both files and folders. Multiple Launcher X also allow users to create aliases to open documents from customized applications, for example, you can ask Preview to open the Photoshop documents. The editor fully supports drag&drop feature.
Alfred Powerpack users can launch groups of apps with one command.
If you prefer a free version use jon2512chua's answer and create an Applescript.
tell application "Sparrow" to activate tell application "Google Chrome" to activate
Then save it as an application and as run only. Then use Alfred to launch it with one command just like any other application.
Your original question and your comments to answers are not quite the same thing.
You might consider looking at ReLaunch, to launch groups of applications.
Using Alfred, you can launch multiple apps at once.
For example, if you set all your development apps with Spotlight Comments "devapps", you'd then launch Alfred, type "devapps" then use the hotkey for "Action all visible results" (set it in General > Results prefs) and all apps would open at once.
Since 2014 (https://blog.obdev.at/the-sixth-sense/) Launchbar supports quicksilver's comma trick which is here called staging or multiple selection or the sixth sense.
- ⌘+Space to invoke Launchbar
- Press , to add current object to the staging area
- Press , + ↩︎ to open both apps.