LaunchBar for Mac

LaunchBar for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.8
out of 303 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.1.3
  • Total Downloads:
    11,272
  • Date Added:
    October 16, 2014
  • File Size:
    10.07MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    27
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac/OS X 10.9

Editors' Review

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LaunchBar is a popular and long-lived productivity-enhancing app that can literally change the way you use your Mac--and that change can come gradually, as you learn the app's many tricks and secrets, bit by bit. At its most basic, LaunchBar is a completely keyboard-based way to find and open anything on your Mac with a few quick keystrokes. But its functionality goes far beyond that, letting you use keystrokes to manipulate files, send e-mails, search Web sites, and control apps like iTunes.

LaunchBar has an almost invisible interface, and you invoke it with--of course--a keystroke, which by default is Command-Space, the same one shared by Spotlight. You can almost think of LaunchBar as the ultra-pro version of Spotlight, and like Spotlight it pulls up suggestions as you type in characters (Mail for m, for example) and you open a specified app or file by pressing return. For the most part, the similarities end there: you can type in a few letters of a contact and that will pull up their address book entry, or with a quick couple of arrow keys, you can open a new e-mail to them or start an IM conversation. You can quickly search Wikipedia, Google, IMDB, or Merriam-Webster (or pretty much any site you want, using customizable search templates) before even opening your browser, and access a huge list of built-in actions that can let you do everything from restarting your Mac to pausing iTunes to making a TinyURL with just a couple keystrokes. LaunchBar even serves as an ever-present scientific calculator (just start typing numbers), a clipboard history (giving you access to up to the last 40 items with a couple taps), and a plain-text event and to-do creator for iCal. Best of all, LaunchBar learns from your behavior and helps you get to your most-used apps and actions more quickly.

LaunchBar's biggest drawback is probably the sheer breadth of its features, and you can still find surprises after using the app for years. That said, LaunchBar can have a huge impact on your work flow even if you're using just a fraction of its capabilities--and the app's excellent documentation can let you drill down as far you want. Some apps offer similar features (including a few free ones), but none come close to delivering LaunchBar's stability and adaptability. LaunchBar may not be cheap, but in terms of productivity, it can offer a huge return on investment. It's the kind of app that you wonder how you ever lived without.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 5 stars

    "LaunchBar is the best!"

    July 17, 2011   |   By showle

    Version: LaunchBar 5.1.3

    Pros

    Easy to use and most convenient.

    Cons

    None come yo mind

    Summary

    Most useful app.

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  • 4 stars

    "A must have product"

    July 10, 2011   |   By berglouiTecra

    Version: LaunchBar 5.1.2

    Pros

    When I work on my PC I miss this application. Being able to launch an application rapidly is a big time saver. I do not use all the features, just the launching of applications.

    Cons

    Nothing negative

    Summary

    Buy it

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  • 5 stars

    "Works Great"

    April 26, 2011   |   By rjmah144

    Version: LaunchBar 5.0.4

    Pros

    After you understand that it wants to understand you, its on!

    Cons

    Not with this app

    Summary

    It is great. Spend time with it in your 30 day trial. It can seem complicated at first but it is the smoothest "do anything you want with a few key stokes" app ever. I love being able to move files around in the back with just a few strokes (no more dragging).

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Product"

    April 17, 2011   |   By milano6256

    Version: LaunchBar 5.0.4

    Pros

    Works as advertised

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    Great Product

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  • 5 stars

    "Unparalleled"

    February 17, 2011   |   By gdfrost

    Version: LaunchBar 5.0.4

    Pros

    More useful than any other.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Summary

    An indispensable application for fast navigation through the hierarchies of drives, files, folders.

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  • 5 stars

    "Must have"

    December 01, 2009   |   By Pacoloco

    Version: LaunchBar 5.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Hate being on a computer without it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Superb product."

    November 15, 2009   |   By igamogam

    Version: LaunchBar 5.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    When I use other Macs I am lost without this software.

    LaunchBar can do what other launchers do but the other stuff is just amazing. I haven't used spotlight directly in nearly two years (which is a blessing) and the ability to jump between locations, folders, programs and projects easily without having to think cannot be replicated easily using another launcher as far as I know.

    Superb!

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  • 5 stars

    "Easy to use; gets you to an app or doc very quickly."

    September 15, 2009   |   By highbob7

    Version: LaunchBar 5.0rc4

    Pros

    So easy to use; it's intuitive.

    Cons

    Difficult to configure sometimes for those apps or docs that the program does not automatically jump to with its own very base AI.

    Summary

    Great addition to the finder. Gets you to the program or document that you want very quickly. If you're a touch typist, or if you prefer to use your keyboard to get where you're going, Launchbar is a must-have app.

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  • 5 stars

    "The MUST have util!"

    July 07, 2009   |   By vanrey

    Version: LaunchBar 5.0rc3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The most useful utility I know!

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  • 5 stars

    "Essential piece of software"

    December 31, 2008   |   By SJJ

    Version: LaunchBar 5.0 beta 3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Not sure where the previous reviewer is coming from but in my experience, with well over 100,000 documents on my drive, Spotlight is virtually useless. Being able to locate key folders and documents almost instantly, without having to scroll through endless lists is just "expected behaviour" from this fantastic application. Now, with all the other add-ons - access to the Services menu in particular - makes this the very first application I install during a clean system install.

    Wouldn't run a Mac without it.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 6.1.3
    • Wikipedia Search now shows more detailed suggestions while typing the search term.
    • Fixes a bug that caused certain applications not to appear in the index.
    • Improves left/right navigation during auto-activation (for example, while browsing running applications with Command-Space,Space).
    General
    Publisher Objective Development
    Publisher web site http://www.obdev.at/
    Release Date October 16, 2014
    Date Added October 16, 2014
    Version 6.1.3
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Launchers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Macintosh
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 10.07MB
    File Name LaunchBar-6.1.3.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 11,272
    Downloads Last Week 27
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $35

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