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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

LaunchBar 4

It seems as though a new major release of LaunchBar has come to do battle with Quicksilver. As a former member of the Cult of LaunchBar, I'm tempted to give it a shot. But boy, once you go Quicksilver, it's hard to go back.

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  • FWIW, I've been using LB4 since the early betas and have been very happy with it. At a minimum it's worth checking out the new-feature list. They've done a great job extending the functionality while keeping the feel consistent. Some of my favorite new bits are smart groups (e.g. search among applications only, wherever they may be); web search templates (I use these constantly); and "Open With..."

    By pbx, at 5:20 AM  

  • I got hooked on LB and bought it immediately but once I tried QS I never went back. I looked at LB4 and it doesn't seem worth upgrading, since I already have more functionality in QS for free. I also prefer QuickSilver's look with the Flashlight UI.

    QuickSilver has some great plugins. Using the iTunes plugin, I was able to eliminate SizzlingKeys4iTunes by assigning triggers to pause/play/next/previous actions.

    By Mike, at 7:32 AM  

  • I'm definitely interested in hearing details on the "more functionality" part. Two featuress I know of that QS has that LB lacks are a clipboard stack and macro-type keyboard shortcuts. My guess is that the LB designers feel like those things are outside of their core mission. I can live with that. I do wish they'd consider a plugin architecture, though. Clearly there's a lot of energy to be harnessed for that sort of thing.

    Anyway, what else is in QS but not in LB that's everyday useful?

    By pbx, at 9:25 AM  

  • I have been using LB for awhile and find it acceptable. I have tried Quicksilver twice and both times ended up with serious problems having to revert to my backup to get my machine up and running. It would be difficult to try it again until it is a completed and supported i.e. paid for application. That said it does have a better "feel" than QSVR. and as mentioned the plug-ins are a feature that more programs should use.

    By Anonymous, at 1:15 PM  

  • I also use QuickSilver's calculator feature, which lets you enter a formula and get the result immediately. It's a lot easier than opening the calculator or running bc in the terminal. The calculator uses bc itself.

    Another thing I like about QS is there's no icon to clutter my dock - you can tell it not to display a dock or menu icon, so it stays out of the way when it's not being used.

    By Mike, at 9:09 PM  

  • No more goodies from the QS evangelists? How about this: what's the easiest way to create the equivalent of a LB "search template"?

    By pbx, at 8:36 AM  

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