Version: 5.4.1 || Release Date: 2013-01-16 || License: Shareware (€24) Developer: Objective Development Software GmbH | App Owner: pygmalion

open apps, files, URLs & more via abbreviation

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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39 Opinions

I use this in preference to Quicksilver as I find it quicker and more discrete

Me too on "Can't live without it." It finds Entourage contacts faster than Entourage. It doesn't just launch stuff; you can move files to folders, drop Finder selection onto apps, run scripts...I have been using it for years and I am still discovering new stuff. Oh, and the search templates for Amazon, VersionTracker, IMDB, etc., are just superb. I hit Ctrl-space, type "Amaz", space, my search terms, return, and I'm on Amazon with search results displayed. Or "vt" for VersionTracker. I'll have to set one up for!

I loved paying for this application. Seriously. I so appreciated it that it gave me great satisfaction to pay the developers. I think I had one update I might have paid for -- I enjoyed that too.

It is rock, rock solid. Seamless. Never bothers me. Always works. Brilliant innovation. Use the most simple modes immediately, scale as needed.

Now if only they'd do an XP version ...

I am also a long-time LaunchBar user and I've tried QuickSilver on and off but still came back to LaunchBar. It just seems faster, more stable and does everything I need. Well there is one thing that I miss about QuickSilver and that's being able to copy passwords directly from the keychain. I wish LaunchBar could do this.

I looked at this and quicksilver. But for what I do - launching applications, all I need is launchbar and it's quicker. Too bad it doesn't have the same following as quicksilver.

I tried Quicksilver on and off. It doesn look better, but LaunchBar just has the better keyboard shortcuts and everything makes more sense.
It's just easier to e.g. look up an item at or in wikipedia via Launchbar than via Quicksilver. File operations, too, are handled better in LaunchBar. This is the one app I cannot live without. If I am stranded on a Mac without LB, I really feel endlessly annoyed having to launch apps via the Finder or the Dock only.

I like it, but it just doesn't offer the features in quicksilver that get me going. It'd be the first thing I'd point my dad or girlfriend to, though :P

I have been using LaunchBar for more than 3 years now and this is one of the best applications I have ever seen. While I agree with jgaynor that to get used to it QuickSilver is a good and free app to get used to the concept, but i have tried out QuickSilver a bunch of times now, but have always gone back to LaunchBar which to me is still faster and snappier than QuickSilver. QuickSilver just has too much clutter in its interface, LaunchBar is very simple and streight forward.

I used to use this religously - and there's no doubt it's a well-designed application. However, I recommend that anyone looking for their first keyboard-based launcher take a look at QuickSilver.

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