Chuck is the simple, efficient app launcher with class.
Chuck is designed to be quick and simple, and to get out of your way — just type in the first few letters of your applications and you're finished; or, better yet, set up a few aliases so that switching between and launching your favorite apps will become single-character muscle memory you don't know how you lived without. Best of all, it has a low footprint and is instantaneous in all that it does. Plus, who wouldn't want a moustache in their menu bar?
Note: CHUCK IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE MERELY AN APP LAUNCHER. If you are looking for something more full-featured, you may be interested one of the many alternatives such as QuickSilver, LaunchBar or Alfred. Otherwise, this may be just what you're after.
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Ratings and Reviews
Simple and fast
This is really a great launcher. I've used Alfred, Google QSB and Quicksilver, and though they are all great, I tend to only use them for launching applications. This does that one task superbly. If you use the extended functionality of those other great peices of software, keep using them. If you're like me and mainly use them for quickly launching applications or switching windows, Chuck is by far the fastest most reliable one.
The one thing I would like to see is the ability to set the shortcut to a sequence of keys instead of a combination. For instance I've been using Quicksilver for a while and am very used to hitting "CMD + CMD" in quick succession to bring up the search box.
Simple and does what I want
One day I was thinking how annoying it is to click the apps folder and type the letters of an app to find the icon. There should be a hot key for this.
Prayers answered in the form of Chuck. Hit programmable hot key, start typing app name, hit return, app launches.
As far as I can tell, Chuck does nothing else…which is beautiful.
Simple and effective
Sometimes a little too simple. The escape to dismiss has been mentioned several times and there is even a pull request with the necessary changes to implement it on github, but the developer has been slow to implement this. For the time being though, simply pressing the key combination that opened it will dismiss it, and while not a conditioned response like pressing escape to dismiss things, should in fact be faster.
Still, this has already replaced Spotlight for me, like it has for the developer (look at his menu bar… no Spotlight enabled or visible).
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.