App launch­ing made easy

Ac­cess re­minders, man­age files and more with LaunchBar 6

Mac Format - - IMPROVE | MAC APPS -

At MacFor­mat, we’ve long been fans of ca­pa­ble launch­ers, such as LaunchBar, that pro­vide plenty of scope for con­trol­ling your Mac.

With OS X Yosemite, it was in­ter­est­ing to see Ap­ple seem­ingly take no­tice of such soft­ware in Spot­light’s re­design: the in­ter­face moved to the cen­tre of the screen, in­stead of be­ing an­chored to the menu bar; and rather than only search­ing lo­cal con­tent, Spot­light

You can browse fold­ers or files by kind; add cal­en­dar events and pe­ruse re­minders

can now find con­tent on­line too. How­ever, LaunchBar re­tains its lead over Spot­light in many ways: you can browse fold­ers or files by kind; you can add cal­en­dar events and pe­ruse re­minders; and it’s far bet­ter for on­line search. We ex­plore th­ese things in the walk­through, but there's more to dis­cover in this fea­ture-rich app.

Note that the first time it’s run, LaunchBar will ask for per­mis­sion to ac­cess things like your cal­en­dar data, and ask you to de­fine a short­cut. We rec­om­mend ≈ + [Space], so ç + [Space] can still be used for Spot­light. When you sub­se­quently use the short­cut, LaunchBar will ap­pear.

LaunchBar is free for 30 days; after that, it’s €24. Or, you can con­tinue for free, but you’ll have to take a break! Craig Gran­nell

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