Ever since I used Lion for the first time, Launchpad felt like shit work.
It doesn’t sort automatically, organizing apps takes ages, unnecessary apps show up by default (
Uninstaller.app, anyone?), sometimes apps are deleted and new apps “install” themselves on a page where others disappeared from(which essentially means it takes more time finding an app), etc.
I could go on to moan about Launchpad, but what it boils down to: there’s something on my Mac that is harder and more inefficient to use than it benefits. So I disabled it.
If you want to do the same thing. Go to System Preferences → Trackpad and disable the check mark right next to Launchpad.
Then open a new Finder window, go to Applications and drag the folder to the right side of the Dock. Right click and choose Display as → Folder.
Just as it used to be prior to OS X Lion.
Frankly not as convenient, and fast, as pinching with 5 fingers, but it does the job much better than Launchpad.1
Let’s just hope this thing either improves dramatically, or dies a sudden Sherlock death.
I’m pretty sure you can set up a gesture/script-thingy that opens the Applications stack with BetterTouchTool though.
UPDATE: I found an AppleScript that does just that, but BetterTouchTool is still a horrible tool.
UPDATE2: Here’s a Keyboard Maestro macro for it.. Note that you might want to add a delay in your AppleScript. This was causing a problem on my machine. ↩