LaunchBar for Mac

LaunchBar for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4.3
  • Total Downloads:
    11,770
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 11, 2013
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $35.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    9.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    16
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #5 in Launchers

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 5.4.3
  • Improved detection of Google Chrome and Chromium bookmark files (bookmarks within profiles are now supported).
  • Improved Automatic Software Update.
  • Fixes an issue with iTunes playback. With the "Play from Album" option set, only the album's first track was played.
  • Improved playback of tracks with no album.
  • Fixes an issue with indexing of symlinked Preference Panes.
  • Fixes an issue causing dialogs to appear underneath the search result list.
  • Fixes an issue when sending selected text via Instant Send to Mail.app.
  • Fixes an issue causing LaunchBar not to hide after invoking a service.
  • Several other minor bug fixes and improvements.
General
Publisher Objective Development
Publisher web site http://www.obdev.at/
Release Date April 11, 2013
Date Added April 11, 2013
Version 5.4.3
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.84MB
File Name LaunchBar-6.1.6.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,770
Downloads Last Week 16
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $35

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