Reenable creator codes to magically reopen files using the applications that created them. Now with the flexibilty to use them only the file types of your choice.
Simply double-clicking a file can execute any custom shell commands. Harnessing the infinite power of the terminal has never been easier.
Magic Launch is a preference pane that lets you customize the experience of opening files on your Mac. Open your files using the original application that created them or create custom rules to decide which application should open a file.
The best way to find out if Magic Launch suits your needs is to download the latest version and try the demonstration mode. Also, make sure you read the following to learn about all the amazing features.
Magically reenable creator codes, now limited to the file types of your choice. Some applications attach creator codes to files so that when you reopen the files they launch the original application. Apple took that magic away in Snow Leopard. For some files this can be an improvement, but for others opening them can become an exercise in frustration. If that is your case then Magic Launch can relieve you.
Creator codes are nice, but there are plenty of better ways to decide which application should open a file. Craft your own custom rules: the rules you add refine further the choice of the application to launch by inspecting various characteristics of the file to open. Each rule defines the criteria that determines if the file should open in a particular application.
With rules you can magically open your HTML files in a text editor when they are in your project folder, while the same files elsewhere will launch your web browser. Make your .m files open in either Matlab or Xcode depending on the actual content of the file. Or change the destiny of files with a predetermined name so they go to a different application.
With Magic Launch, double-clicking a file can execute a command in a terminal window, or faceless with no terminal window. This is quite useful if you want to open some files in a command line editor or an X11 application.
You can combine shell commands with rules to perform special actions when opening files when they are in a particular folder or have a particular attribute such as a color label.
Magic Launch installs its own agent application on the system which redirects launch events to the right application. When you use the Magic Launch preference panel to activate creator codes, or rules, for a given file type the agent is set as the default application in the system. The tiny agent application doesn't run until you open a file and it quits immediately afterwards, so it never consumes memory nor the CPU while doing nothing.
Magic Launch installs the agent application in each user account. This way it can be updated when the settings change, which is necessary to preserve the icons. Otherwise files handled by the agent would get a generic document icon.