LaunchBar for Mac

LaunchBar for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4
  • Total Downloads:
    11,257
  • Date Added:
    November 08, 2012
  • File Size:
    10.07MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    20
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7

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 5.4
  • Added "Send via AirDrop" action - quickly send files via AirDrop using Instant Send.
  • Added "Display in Notification Center" AppleScript action - use LaunchBar to post Notification Center alerts from your custom scripts!
  • Notification Center alerts for calendar entries created via LaunchBar.
  • Extended set of default actions for opening phone numbers: "Display in Large Type", "Call via Dialetic", "Call via FaceTime", "Call via Skype", "Send iMessage" as well as custom scripts.
  • Improved support for MacBook Pro with Retina display.
  • Improved DocSet indexing to work with the latest ADC documentation.
  • Added "Search Evernote Notes" functionality: Select the Evernote application and press space to enter your search term.
  • Added "Evernote - Copy Link of Selected Note" action.
  • Added "Copy Sender of Selected Mail Message" action.
  • Added "Open Safari Top Sites" action.
  • Added DuckDuckGo search template to factory configuration.
  • Added modulo function to calculator. Example: mod(91 | 6)
  • Added support for browsing of SparkleShare repositories.
  • The Actions indexing rule has an new option to index scripts in ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts.
  • The "Paste and remove from history" action now considers the "As Plain Text" option.
  • Clipboard History: Improved dealing with large copy operations.
  • Clipboard History: Added SecurityAgent and 1Password to default ignore list.
  • Improved 1Password keychain detection.
  • Improved application indexing. LaunchServices and Spotlight options can now be turned on/off separately.
  • Fixed: Opening a contact in Contacts.app (Address Book.app) with ?? didn't work.
  • Fixed: "Send to" (by pressing Tab) didn't work with Tower repository items.
  • Fixed: Crashes related to Google Chrome Bookmark indexing.
  • Fixed: Shift-click to extend text selection immediately followed by Command-C triggers ClipMerge
  • Fixed: Terminal window opened in background.
General
Publisher Objective Development
Publisher web site http://www.obdev.at/
Release Date November 08, 2012
Date Added November 08, 2012
Version 5.4
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.07MB
File Name LaunchBar-6.1.3.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,257
Downloads Last Week 20
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $35

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