LaunchBar
LaunchBar 5.6.2
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LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name.

You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices,
What's New
Version 5.6.2:
  • New "Open on same display as frontmost window" preference on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Improved handling of clipboard history ignore list.
  • Improved handling of privacy settings in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Fixed an issue causing 1Password content not to appear in clipboard history.
  • Fixed an issue which caused LaunchBar to switch back to main screen in multi-display environments.
Version 5.6.2:
  • New "Open on same display as frontmost window" preference on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Improved handling of clipboard history ignore list.
  • Improved handling of privacy settings in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Fixed an issue causing 1Password content not to appear in clipboard history.
  • Fixed an issue which caused LaunchBar to switch back to more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



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LaunchBar User Discussion (Write a Review)
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+727
Jazzyguy commented on 23 Feb 2014
This App gets Better and Better.
[Version 5.6.2]


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Ecdltf reviewed on 24 Jan 2014
Some years ago I toyed around with a trial version of LaunchBar but somehow I didn’t get the hang of it. I ditched it in favor of the new and “nicer” Alfred.

Thanks to the recent MacHeist Bundle now I’ve met LaunchBar again, and this time I really took the time needed to read the documentation and to familiarize myself with the concept of the app and most of its features. After a couple of days Alfred had to cede its place to LB.

Yes, you have to familiarize with LB because features are so numerous and not everything is actually obvious. But it really pays out. This app is so incredibly well thought in almost any aspect of its features, it’s amazing.

Just some examples of nice little details that you wouldn’t expect: paste from clipboard history with auto-delete (last in, first out), clipboard merging, instant-send to terminal as argument(!), quick folder browsing with or w/o showing invisible items, quick content browsing of plist (xml) files, on-the-fly content search in text/html files, simlink creation with absolute or relative path(!), etc.

In addition to spotlight it uses its own index which works quite well. Also the auto-learning abbreviations are really, really good.

And the most congenial thing of all: It understands vim movement keys for navigation :-)

It’s that kind of details that makes the difference.
[Version 5.6.2]


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Negritude commented on 10 Jan 2014
Currently less than $20 via the MacHeist nanoBundle 4 (expires January 13th):

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[Version 5.6.2]


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+39

Fightingcat reviewed on 21 Dec 2013
One of the "must have" tools under Mac OS X.
Not sure since when I'm using this app exactly but it's over 3 years and I don't want to miss it anymore.

A great tiny and intuitive quick launcher with a great support. The price of 35 Dollars sound a bit high, but this developer is one of them who will not release every one or two years a big update for money. But thats not mean that they will not release updates.

So give it a try if you want to save time to search for all your apps to start them or doing some steps much quicker than now ;-)
[Version 5.6.2]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 20 Dec 2013
I don't have any problems with LaunchBar at all on Mavericks .It is stable and always available. It is an indispensable tool.I took the new version with Sparkle (the update in the menubar)
[Version 5.6.2]


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Wanderer reviewed on 24 Nov 2013
This version stops working about 5 minutes after a restart. The shortcut (double-control in my case) won't open the search window although manually opening the application (using spotlight) works but that defeats the purpose.

Running Mavericks on a Mac Mini.
[Version 5.6.1]

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Wanderer replied on 20 Dec 2013
Still having this issue with 5.6.2.
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hced reviewed on 20 Nov 2013
One of all time finest Mac apps out there.
[Version 5.6.1]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 24 Oct 2013
I can't do without this valuable tool. It works for me in Mavericks.
[Version 5.6.1]


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+176
Stormchild commented on 23 Oct 2013
Despite the claim of Mavericks compatibility, LaunchBar 5.6 still has a couple of issues with the new OS. Specifically, when "Displays have separate Spaces" is enabled (which it is by default)…

- When a full screen app is active, opening something with LaunchBar causes the display with the full screen app to switch to another space, for no apparent reason (even when launching an app that exists only on the other display). This really wrecks the workflow of having full screen apps exist in their own independent space.

- LaunchBar always appears on the "main" display, even when both displays have a menubar and the other display has the active menubar. It should follow the active menubar. Even summoning the Dock to the other display has no effect on LaunchBar. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a menubar on both monitors if LaunchBar remains stuck to a specific screen.

Looks like not much testing was done on multiple monitor setups. Not exactly dealbreakers, but both of these issues have spoiled the multiple monitor support in Mavericks, which was the #1 reason I upgraded. For now I've had to revert to the old behavior where the spaces for each monitor are tied together, which is a bit of a bummer.
[Version 5.6]

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+160
Blloyd replied on 23 Oct 2013
Look like 5.6.1 (released this morning) already addresses these issues. That's pretty quick turnaround!
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Stormchild replied on 23 Oct 2013
Indeed! These guys are amazing. I don't have a second display to test with at the moment, but hopefully everything is sorted out now.
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Mrtomato replied on 25 Oct 2013
The first issue you have is a Mavericks bug. I don't use Launchbar so I can't speak to the other problems.
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Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein reviewed on 07 Oct 2013
If you're having problems with LaunchBar and Mavericks, open the preferences to LaunchBar and allow pre-release/beta versions. As of this date, the betas support Mavericks.
[Version 5.5.2]


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+104
Jo* had trouble on 11 Apr 2013
I would love to love this app as it's such a versatile tool.

However on my Pre-Unibody MBP with 10.6.8 Launchbar periodically spikes up on CPU-Usage to a point where the CPU-Temp reaches alarming values of up to 100°C and the fans kick in at full throttle.

This occurs every 10 minutes or so and lasts for a few minutes. I can tell LB is the culprit by checking Activity Monitor. Needless to say that I quit LB after a while. With every update I had hopes that this behaviour might stop but it hasn't.

Has anyone else seen this behaviour with LB?
[Version 5.4.3]


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Hmac had trouble on 20 Apr 2010
I have LittleSnitch & LOVE it -- would never want to live w/o it, however Launchbar is not so great for me so far: hogging WAY too much CPU (often above 65%), stalls & appears as 'not responding' in activity monitor, subsequently requires force quit, and generally slows everything way down -- when it's going other processes also frequently seem to zoom way up in CPU usage & stall since I've installed it (systemUIserver,windowserver,safari especially).

I'm not sure if it's because i'm also giving googledesktop search/service a trial run which is also currently indexing everything (multiple drives are attached by firewire 400 at times) or if it's just cuz LaunchBar is high cpu usage on ppc g5 running 10.4.11 or the combination of what I have on my system is just not compatible (for instance I'm turning to these spotlight alternatives b/c spotlight just completely stopped working for no reason that I can determin.

Plus, the console is FULL of these MDs related errors:
# Can't checkin with server named com.apple.metadata.mdserver, error 0x10000004"
# SystemUIServer[208] /SourceCache/Matador/Matador-121.36/SearchItem/Models/_MDQueryAdaptor.m -[_MDQueryAdaptor _createMDQuery] Can't execute query 'kMDItemContentTypeTree == com.apple.application && _kMDItemIgnore != *
# diskarbitrationd[45]: mds [185]:14907 not responding

any feedback or tips greatly appreciated b/c I cannot figure out what's happened (I have archived reinstalled system twice & spotlight always breaks)--thanks for taking the time to read and help if you can!
[Version 5.0.2]


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gcoghill had trouble on 17 Dec 2008
This thing just crashes on launch for me after I try to click anything in the auto-opened prefs to fix the Spotlight/Launchbar keyboard shortcut conflict.
[Version 5.0b2]


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jojoman had trouble on 05 Dec 2005
Is there a way to search using asia language characters? Such as Traditional/Simplified Chinese.

When I switch to using Chinese input, launchbar doesn't seem to respond with any keystroke.

Only English is working on mine.
[Version 4.1b2]

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arglborps replied on 23 Feb 2006
Seem to work with Japanese, though... strange

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Sampler rated on 10 Mar 2014

[Version 5.6.2]



Lorina rated on 08 Mar 2014

[Version 5.6.2]



plac9 rated on 23 Feb 2014

[Version 5.6.2]



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StuartT3313 rated on 10 Jan 2014

[Version 5.6.2]



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Rasputinsrevengereloadet rated on 07 Jan 2014

[Version 5.6.2]



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Djemp rated on 05 Jan 2014

[Version 5.6.2]



Roberman rated on 05 Nov 2013

[Version 5.6.1]



+160

Blloyd rated on 23 Oct 2013

[Version 5.6.1]



+26

AlexisDhooge rated on 21 Oct 2013

[Version 5.6]



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PRjohnson rated on 19 Jul 2013

[Version 5.5.2]


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Version Downloads:5,824
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Demo
Date:20 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $35.00
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LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name.

You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately.

Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web--LaunchBar will be your essential servant.


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