I sort of realized that. However if i type the first couple of letters of the application i want to launch it becomes like buying a lotto ticket. Then i still have to scroll down ( mind you the listing is somewhat shorter ) to the app> select that app> assign some logical lettering to it : for example for Logic Pro i have assigned LP.
My point is what a waste of my time to accommodate a search engine that has been designed to do what ever it feels like doing with all the stuff i have in working hard drive.
Why can't i type in for example logic and have the search engine do the rest for me. Why you ask, Well, because when i type in logic the first item for example was loop-o-matic and the next item was generate logs and then other listing no where close to Logic Pro . I still had to scroll down the list to find logic pro
Now, i admit once you find the app you want and assign some letters then launch bar will launch the app. Therefor it is me that is doing all the work not the search engine.
It seems that the search engine needs to be refined to suit the needs of the user.. Or on the other hand perhaps the user should be allowed to select for example a wild card search engine or a strictly alphabetical search engine.
And then more often then not, i simply open the application, documents, utilities etc folder, find the app or what ever and place the item in the "dock".