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Launching Multiple Apps at Once with Bunch

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Most of the time, my automations and workflows take hours of set up and save me approximately 83 milliseconds per run. This is not one of those cases.

In this case, the workflow takes just a few minutes to set up and can save minutes every run. And it’s all thanks to a simple, free utility by Brett Terpstra called Bunch.

At its heart, Bunch is an app launcher and quitter that uses plain text files to tell it what to do. It can do much more, so if you want to be super nerdy, you can get really deep into automating workspaces with Bunch.

Create The Text File

First, open TextEdit, create a new plain text file, and fill it in with your commands. Save the document in ~/Documents/Bunches with .bunch as a file extension and you’re done. I’d recommend placing a title at the top of the file like this:

---
title: Communication
---

If you place a title at the top of the file like shown above, Bunch will use your title in the Bunch Menu Item, which is where you can activate these Bunches.

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Launching/Quitting Apps

This couldn’t be any easier. For each app you want to launch in your Bunch, just add the app name to the file on a new line. And if you want to quit an app when you launch your Bunch, just put an exclamation mark in front of it.

---
title: Communication
---

Tweetbot
Microsoft Teams
Discord
Messages
Slack
MailMate
Mail

!Notion
!Safari
!Brave

Opening Specific Files

What if you want to open up a specific file in a specific app as part of your Bunch? You can do that, too! Just tell Bunch which app to use and which file to open.

---
title: Communication
---

Tweetbot
Microsoft Teams
Discord
Messages
Slack
MailMate
Mail

!Notion
!Safari
!Brave

Numbers
- ~/Documents/client-1-timesheet.numbers
- ~/Documents/master-timesheet.numbers

Special Commands

There are also times when you may want to edit settings on your Mac as part of this workflow. For example, whenever I’m doing setup for recording a podcast, I can automatically turn on Do Not Disturb like this:

---
title: Podcasting
---

(do not disturb on)

!Mail
!Mailmate
!Calendar
!Safari
!Slack

Tweetbot
Messages
Microsoft Teams
Obsidian
Adobe Audition

There’s a lot more Bunch can do, so I’d highly recommend checking out the excellent documentation on the site. Just don’t spend hours on it.


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