LaunchBar for Mac

LaunchBar for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.8
out of 303 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.3
  • Total Downloads:
    11,941
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 17, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $35.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    9.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Platform:
    Mac

Editors' Review

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LaunchBar for Mac enables you to initiate file or Web searches, or many other processes with just a few keystrokes.

Pros

Myriad possibilities: With LaunchBar, you can do everything from opening apps to browsing online and more.

Lots of Help: You will receive an initial tutorial and additional Help resources, so that you get the most out of the robust app.

Cons

Learning curve: There is a pretty steep learning curve for this app if you really want to get the most out of it. The Help resources are useful, but it will take time to learn how to best use the full functionality of this program.

Bottom Line

LaunchBar can really revolutionize the way you use your computer. Once you get the hang of all available features, you'll really appreciate all this program can do.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of LaunchBar for Mac 6.1.3.

 
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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 6.3

Improved Tags support

  • Sending one or more files to the Add/Remove/Replace Tags actions presents a list of all available tags (as it did before), but you can now select multiple tags from that list.
  • Items can now be sent to multiple tags to add, remove or replace all existing tags in one go.
  • When multiple tags are selected in LaunchBar, pressing Return now presents a list of items that have all these tags set. To search for these multi-tagged items in Finder instead, you can press Command-Return.
  • The tags of an item, that are shown during Info Browsing (by pressing Option-Right) can now be removed conveniently just by pressing Command-Delete. This also works for multiple tags.
  • Fixed some tag indexing issues: Items with multiple tags or with legacy color labels were not properly indexed under some circumstances.

Multiple Selection Dragging

Well, we announced this feature already in our 6.2 release notes. But due to an embarrassing mistake in our build process, the feature was not enabled in the released version. But now it finally works and you can drag multiple items from LaunchBar to other applications!

Other Improvements

  • Added "Detect Search Templates" bookmarks indexing option. This restores the previous behavior of the bookmarks indexer to automatically detect search templates (URLs containing an asterisk) in your web browser's bookmarks. If you rather want these URLs to be indexed as regular bookmarks, you can turn off this option.
  • Added "Instant Calculate" option to Calculator preferences. When you Instant-Send an arithmetic expression to LaunchBar, it automatically calculates and shows the result. When you send a plain number, it's automatically opened in LaunchBar's calculator. With this new option you can turn off this behavior, if you prefer to just send the text without any calculator magic.
  • The dict.cc action now performs its queries via https.
  • Fixed: The "Move to Trash" action didn't work for multiple items in conjunction with Path Finder.
  • Improved display of action result items.
General
Publisher Objective Development
Publisher web site http://www.obdev.at/
Release Date April 17, 2015
Date Added April 17, 2015
Version 6.3
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.8MB
File Name LaunchBar-6.3.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,941
Downloads Last Week 2
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $35

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