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QuickPick removed from Mac App Store for Lion features [U]

updated 01:15 am EDT, Fri April 8, 2011

Strong resemblance to Launchpad a factor, says dev

(Update: misinformation corrected) QuickPick, a Mac application and document launcher that preceded -- but strongly resembles -- the upcoming LaunchPad of OS X 10.7 has had its latest update rejected from the Mac App Store, according to developer Seth Willits. In a terse note on his Twitter account, Willits originally said "QuickPick is being kicked out of the App Store. It doesn't matter that QuickPick existed years before Launchpad. Rejected. Period." He later admitted this didn't appear to be the case.

Later tweets don't offer any clear explanation, as Willits may be getting mixed messages from Apple. The next day, he wrote "Confused. The Apple guy on the phone told me that QuickPick would be removed from sale. It appears that just the update was rejected," later adding that he was "still fighting this."

The app is still available from the Araelium website, but does almost exactly replicate the functionality of Lion's LauchPad. The company positions QuickPick as an efficient replacement for Finder, Spotlight, Stacks, and the Dock. Unlike LaunchPad, however, QuickPick works with Snow Leopard and is priced at $10.

by MacNN Staff





  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Look at the developer blog. The only post about this app is about it being kicked off.

    There is no history about it "existed years earlier."

  1. facebook_Chris

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2011


    Interesting marketing technique...

    Create false publicity to generate sales... It worked, I was able to purchase it tonight.

    I'm not mad, I want to see the App & enjoy it even if it'll be outdated when the new OS comes out soon...


  1. abburks

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Really Should Remove Quickpick From the Mac

    Shame on you macnn! I just checked and Quickpick is still in the Mac App Store. Did you just take Seth Willits' word for it without even verifying? Bad, very bad. Hurts your credibility.

    Seth Willits, you could very well be sued for slander, by Apple. Your app actually came out after the OSX Lion preview.

    I like the app, but if I were Apple, I would ACTUALLY remove it from the Mac App Store after this stunt.

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still on the DK store..

    Maybe they told him they would do so, or??
    Anyway, strange behaviour..

  1. sibeale1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Presto Changeo

    So, does this portend that every time Apple adds a feature to it's OS, all existing apps that offer a similar feature will be rejected "retroactively"?

  1. chabig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Chronos has had a product called F10 Launch Studio since about 2004 (

  1. growlf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a blog post, Not a pulled app, No Story

    It took all of 45 seconds to find this information.

    1. The app was not pulled.
    2. A POINT RELEASE update to the app was not approved.
    3. This "terse" blog post was terse BECAUSE IT WAS A TWEET.
    4. The developer obviously reacted emotionally, misspoke, and knows it. He doesn't understand why the update was rejected. Fair enough.

    All of this is quite easy to glean if you read his twitter feed:

    Oh, one more:

    5. Journalism is dead.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Never mind." - E. Latella

  1. chas_m



    facebook_Chris and abburks

    Later tweets reveal that the developer himself was confused about the matter. He originally said Apple rejected the app, then a day later said no, I think they're just rejecting the update. It sounds like he isn't getting a clear explanation from Apple (wouldn't be the first time).

    He jumped the gun, and by extension MacNN jumped the gun -- but you have jumped to conclusions that aren't warranted.

  1. JoshFofer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Months later, an update

    To all of you who were quick to defend Apple here, who jumped on the developer for misunderstanding, who jumped on MacNN for jumping the gun...

    Well, it's months later now. And QuickPick is nowhere to be found on the Mac App Store. Apple gave no explanation why they wouldn't accept the point-update and the app was finally just pulled put completely, about a week ago:!/sethwillits

    It's much more polished and functional than Launchpad. I'm using QuickPick now, and am happy with it. I've re-assigned all the same keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys and hot corners that Launchpad used to use. It really sucks that Apple has closed this out from the App Store, it is welcome alternative to Launchpad. Fortunately this is Mac OS and we can still download it ourselves... but this sort of behavior doesn't bode well for Apple's gatekeeper position, and what we'll see in the future with iOS.

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