Launchbar saves your fingers from the walking
Quick Mac Tip, 16 January 2011
I hate having to click around to open files, folders and software. With Launchbar I type a couple of letters and the thing I need just opens right up. Using someone else’s Mac always makes me realise just how incredibly convenient that is.
Launchbar finds and opens files
Launchbar (€24, approx US$30) saves me from having to know where I’ve filed things, and from rummaging around in endless folders to open applications, files and folders.
LaunchBar is a smart and powerful, keyboard driven productivity utility that lets you access and control every aspect of your digital life. Whatever you want to get done on your Mac — with LaunchBar it’s only a few keystrokes away.
Get instant access to applications, documents, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, media libraries, search engines and so much more — just by typing short abbreviations.
It’s a file manager, a web and desktop search tool, an app launcher, a clipboard manager, a jukebox, a calculator, an information browser, … or quite simply a tremendous time saver!
My filing system’s reasonably good, but it’s painful to dig around to open files. With Launchbar a couple of keystrokes that I decide open whatever I need.
You have to train it. The first time you try to open something Launchbar may select the wrong item. But as you persist it soon learns what you want.
I’ve set the trigger keys to
Command (⌘) Space.
Then if I type
add Launchbar offers to open the Address Book. Or I can press a couple more keys to look inside the Address Book, without opening it, and find the phone number I want.
Read more at: Launchbar.
Or I might type
baloo to open a file named
ap to choose between
Audio Hijack Pro and
AppleScript Editor, each of which I use frequently.
Because it learns, you need to invest a little time in Launchbar, but it repays the investment handsomely.
Launchbar handles multiple copy and paste
A bonus feature of Launchbar is that it offers multiple copy and paste: it remembers the last 40 items (or fewer — you choose) items you’ve cut or copied.
A quick keystroke calls up the clipboard history, then use the arrow keys and
Return or just double click an item to use it again.
There are probably plenty of features Apple should incorporate into the Operating System, but multiple clipboards must be the most puzzling omission ever.