Launch Multiple Applications at Once with Automator and Quicksilver

I try to avoid having too many things in my Startup Items on my Mac as it tends to bog down the machine. However, there are several apps I use in concert with each other, such as the Adobe Creative Suite. Call me lazy, but I don’t want to click on all three icons in the Dock. I’d rather launch them all at once with a couple of keystrokes with Quicksilver. I figured out how to do this with Automator.

Automator Icon

  1. Launch Automator. The first thing it will do is ask you what direction to go in. We want to use the Custom option. Automator Start Screen

  2. Scroll down until you find “Launch Application.” Or just type “launch” in the search box and you’ll see it immediately. find-launch-app

  3. Select and drag “Launch Application” to the pane on the right to start building your workflow.

  4. The pane on the right displays a popup menu that allows you to choose what application to launch. You may have to choose “Other” at the bottom of the list, and navigate to the application you want. chosen-app

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as needed if you want to include other applications.

  6. Save it as an application in the Applications folder. save-as-app

  7. Invoke Quicksilver and launch your app. That’s it! qs-automator

If you want to go back and change your workflow, you can always open an existing workflow in Automator.