LaunchBar is Indispensable Software
You won’t find this on the App Store
- You will not find LaunchBar on the AppStore. I hope that new Mac users understand that is a problem with Apple’s rules, rather than the software. In my experience, nothing on the App Store (e.g. Alfred) comes close.
- You can download a free 30-day trial. The price is € 24.00, which is about £20.
What It Says 'On The Tin'
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.
Abbreviation Search LaunchBar’s powerful, blazing fast adaptive abbreviation search technology allows you to find items just by typing short acronyms of their name.
This can be a little annoying, if your desired option is buried low down on the list, but there is a ‘cheat’: Press ⌘ ⌥ A to quickly assign your chosen shortcut:
Instant Open Open items even more quickly. Just hold down the last entered abbreviation character and the selected item opens immediately
★ This is the killer feature of LaunchBar. I am able to invoke the desired application in a fraction of a second.
Keyboard Shortcuts Invoke LaunchBar quickly with a system wide hotkey, or just by tapping a modifier key.
I have set mine to ⌘ spacebar (and I have changed the Spotlight shortcult to ⌥ spacebar)
Clipboard History Preserve the data of your most recent Copy operations, and use the copied objects again later.
I use this all-the-time. I press ⌘ spacebar to invoke LaunchBar, then ‘CH’ to see a list of my clipboard history.
ClipMerge Combine subsequent Copy operations into one single clipboard object just by pressing ⌘C twice.
I personally dislike this feature as, too often, I accidentally merge two items together. I have disabled ClipMerge on my computer
Web Searches Searching the web has never been easier. Choose the desired web service, enter your query and get the result instantly shown in your web browser.
Calculator From simple numeric calculations up to complex scientific expressions - just open LaunchBar, type your calculation and press Return to get the result.
This is extremely handy. One problem I had with it, though, was that typing ‘1pass’ (for 1Password) invoked the calculator. A workaround is to type ‘pass’ instead (i.e. drop the ‘1’ at the start)
Quick Look Get a quick preview of your current selection just by tapping the space bar.
Browsing Navigate folders, contacts, bookmarks, recent items, libraries or any other kind of hierarchy with the arrow keys to reveal related information.
File Operations Manipulate your files efficiently with the keyboard. Move, rename, compress, assign color labels, create folders and much more.
Services Call up Mac OS X Services by name to quickly manipulate text or file selections.
Address Book Enjoy the convenient access to your address book data to quickly create new email messages, retrieve phone numbers, postal addresses and other contact details.
This is super-useful. It’s so much smarter than just using Spotlight (built into Mac OS X)
Bookmarks Get instant access to all of your web browser’s bookmarks, bookmark folders and history.
Personally, I found this the least useful feature; I have so many bookmarks, I find that it just clutters up the prediction results.
iTunes Browse your iTunes Library, find your favorite tunes and enjoy your most beloved albums and artists.
iCal Create events and to-dos in your iCal calendars within seconds.
Whilst I know this feature exists, I don’t ever use it. Of course, I use BusyCal and my undrestanding is that it shared the calendar database with iCal, so it should be fully compatible.
Instant Send The most efficient way to send files or text selections to LaunchBar, and then hand them over to applications, folders, email contacts, search templates, services and more.
This is an advanced feature. I must admit, I find it a little hard to get my head around, but even so,
- If you can touch-type accurately, LaunchBar is a godsend
- There is a learning curve, for some of the more complex features, BUT it’s totally worth investing a little bit of time to get your head around it.
- It will dramatically change the way you use your Mac; so-much-so, that you may feel crippled if you have to use someone else’s Mac, for a bit. That said, it’s still worth it!
LaunchBar Preferences (Version 5.0.2)
MacWorld’s Jason Snell Waxes Lyrical About Launchbar
Was: lightweight, fast Mac desktop client
The Best iPad Inventory App
[Based on Version 2.52, compiled Jan 2013, was using iOS 6 at the time]
Itemizer is a personal database. Organize your stuff!
It's the best way to do inventory. There's a bit of a learning curve, it's worth it.
Itemizer helps you keep track of anything: possessions, product catalogs, collectibles, inventory, etc.
Agree; it's extremely versatile.
"Awesome!!", iTunes USA, Jan 11, 2012
Genuine testemonials : I certainly agree with them. [Note they are from over two years ago...]
"Great app and exceptional customer service", iTunes USA, Oct 22, 2011
Yes, developer is very responsive.
"SUPERB!!!", iTunes UK, September 22, 2011
"Infinitely customizable", iTunes USA, March 26, 2011
"All in all brilliant", iTunes Australia, February 13, 2011
Maintain your records in separate documents, each with an unlimited number of custom categories and fields. Create documents with predefined templates (e.g., books).
Yup, so versatile
Transfer documents to another device over wi-fi.
Never tried it, and don't care tbh
Dropbox support: access PDFs, CSV files, and images. Backup & restore your entire Itemizer database.
When I sold my iPad 2 to get my iPad Mini, I did a full backup [of the entire ipad] to iCloud. When I set up my new iPad Mini, everything was magically ported over. Pretty sweet to have the option to backup to DropBox too.
Attach photos, PDFs, videos, descriptions, serial numbers, dates, and replacement values. Add custom text, date, currency, url, email, list-style, rating, contact, and location fields.
Create date alarms to inform you when dates have passed.
I guess this could be useful
Generate detailed and summary PDF reports of your data, and view, save, print, and email them.
The PDF output is EXCELLENT
Perfect for insurance tracking.
In the event of a disaster, it can literally save the day in the guaranteed fight with your insurance company that will follow regarding property losses. This is one of the MOST useful apps and is eminently customisable.
Import and export your information in CSV format.
(Obviously... You use the camera to take photos of the items)
Sort on any field. Itemizer allows you to group and sort items based on any field attached to your items. Want to see what items are stored in your garage? Easy, sort by location.
Yes, it's briliant
NEVER TRIED SO CAN'T VOUCH FOR:
Barcode scanning support for books and your personal items with their own scannable codes.
NOTE: barcode scanning does not support internet product lookup (other than books).
Search and filter based upon arbitrary text. Itemizer finds all items containing matching text across item names, descriptions, and virtually all other text fields including custom fields.
Password-protect your data.
(Never had a need to use this. Not sure how useful or necessary this is; once someone has your device they can probably get at the data if they're determined enough)
Create custom filters to find items that match criteria you define.
Google Book Search support: search for book details via Title and ISBN.
(Never tried this. Cool that it exists but I can't personally vouch for it)
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- Read and edit PDF documents on your iPad
- Store documents in iCloud for sharing between devices
- Add text, images and signatures to PDFs
- Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
- Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
- Import images from iPad Photo Library
- Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects and text for reuse
- Fill out PDF forms
- Add notes, comments, and freehand scribbles
- Draw lines, arrows, rectangles, ellipses and polygons
- Mark up documents with highlighting, underscoring and strikethrough; proofreading symbol collection included
- Copy, combine, rename and delete files
- Thumbnail view sidebar for easy skimming
- Retrieve and save PDFs directly with Dropbox, Evernote and Google Docs; share PDFs with a computer via Wi-Fi; transfer files using iTunes, FTP, WebDAV, and iDisk.
VerdictI was quite disappointed when I first played around with the app.I was quite disappointed when I first played around with the app.Will Harris
When Don McAllister released a video tutorial that brilliantly explains how use the app, the penny dropped. I am blown away with the capabilities of PDFpen for iPad; it is sensational!
I strongly recommend that you invest 30 mins of your time to watch this:
AboutStop emailing yourself notes and URL links! Stop fumbling with that tiny keyboard! Get myPhoneDesktop now and see What You've Been Missing. myPhoneDesktop provides the easiest way to work with iPhone, iPad or iPod directly from your desktop.
Whether you need to make a phone call; send a long SMS; copy large amount of text; open a long and complicated to retype URL; or save an image to your iPhone - myPhoneDesktop streamlines your workflow.Have you ever tried to type a long SMS on your iPhone? How about entering a long URL where even a single mistake would render it unusable? What about typing a half page of notes?Press the ⌘+C+C and in second see your URL opens on your iPhone
The shortest way to complete a task is usually the most comfortable way. See how easy it is to send content to your iPhone: Select a URL you need to open on your iPhone. Press the ⌘+C+C and in second see your URL opens on your iPhone. That’s it! myPhoneDesktop even smart enough to recognize type of copied data and perform appropriate action with it. Try to select a phone number, press ⌘+C+C and now your iPhone dials that number. Isn’t that easy?
myPhoneDesktop highly praised by the Lifehacker, Gizmodo, TUAW, MacStories and many other websites as well as really appreciated by the users. Sounds interesting? Stop fumbling with that little touchscreen. Download myPhoneDesktop now and see what your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad can really do!
Handy global keyboard shortcuts (i.e. ⌘+C+C) and automatic content type recognition
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Universal application works with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
Works over 3G or WiFi (requires creation of a FREE account)
Works with multiple accounts and devices
Call any telephone number from any application or Web browser
Initiate direct Calls and send SMS through Google Voice
Auto-Complete and Quick Dial for Phone Numbers
Open complicated URL with Map’s location or route on your iPhone in seconds
Open URLs in alternative browsers - iCab Mobile, Atomic Web Browser, and Perfect Browser
Import contacts form Apple's Address Book, Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or from CSV files (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, etc)
Simplify sending long SMS to your friend, colleague or a client
Bring your notes or any amount of text with you in seconds
Save Images or Photos to your iPhone from any application or Web browser
Plug-ins for popular desktop applications like LaunchBar, Quicksilver, Apple Address Book and Google Chrome
Integration with popular iPhone apps – Skype, Google Search and Map, Todo (by Appigo), Stanza, Instapaper, GV Connect, GoodReader and WolframAlpha
Bookmarklet to send any content from any Webpage to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
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- This app is fantastic; it works as described and sends data rapidly to my iPhone.
- Due to Apple's limitations, you still need to press send on your iPhone to send a message.
- Wonderful, responsive developer
- Despite it being wonderfully useful, indispensable even, I’d like to see some improvements: ★ A native Mac app, written in Cocoa. I’d like it to be more ‘Mac-like’. ★ A better icon would help sales
- I’d like to stress that I am nitpicking; mPD is an excellent app.
- The bottom line: this is an extremely functional app, but at present, you may have to be a ‘nerd’ to understand how to use it.
Very, very useful.Worth it alone for the SMS ability, but there's a lot more. Love the fact the desktop client covers all platforms - Win, Linux, Mac plus a web client. Add contact syncing (as opposed to export/import) and it'll be 5 star (developer has confirmed that's in the pipeline).
EXCELLENTI previously used SE C905 with 'Fonelink" which I always found reliable. After switching to iPhone 4s I was disappointed that you could not dial or send text to numbers in Addrress Book or in emails etc. After a little research I found myPhoneDesktop and bought the app, after contacting their support for a little advice. This is the first app I have purchased that does not disappoint, it does it all and very smooth. Also support very prompt responses - thank you Highly recommended.
I have to admit, both the Mac app and the iOS are very pretty, and the overall user-experience is satisfying.
• One-off upfront costs: Cost of Mac desktop app (approx £35); Cost of iOS app (approx £7)
• Perpetual recurring cost for syncing - about £1.50 a month or £14 a year.
If you can comfortably afford this, buy it. However, if you're the frugal type, you won't like this. If you have a very low tolerance for frustration you will enjoy this app.
Just get Wunderlist which has both a free Mac desktop client AND a free iOS client.
★ You're paying for pretty - clean interface
★ The keyboard shortcuts on the desktop app work very well (as you'd expect)
★ Sync is always seamless, leading to less frustration and a good overall experience.
★ The ongoing data sync charges may be a bitter pill, for some, to swallow. Just on principle - many people _can_ afford a quid a month. (An analogy: text messaging is affordable, but the cost doesn't seem proportional)
- Program and Window Switcher
- Clipboard Switcher
- Clipboard History Switcher
- Added a macro library entry showing how to store passwords in the Keychain.
- Added Set Variable to Clipboard and Clipboard to Variable pseudo actions.
- Allow negative window indexes in Manipulate Window to count from the back.
- Addde Help -> Open Preferences Folder since Lion hides the Library folder.
- Moved the Keyboard Maestro preference folder to the Application Support folder.
- Ensure the log files are created.
- Added Command-Shift-Tab trigger to default Activate Application Switcher.
- Added display of nested actions for Repeat command in non-Edit mode.
- Changed the origin of Screen tokens to top left like other origins in Keyboard Maestro.
- Ignore bogus windows in Manipulate Window when considering indexes.
- Resolve alias files in Open File or Folder action.
- Just include one Quick Macro macro by default.
- Added documentation links for ICU Date Time format.
- Added token processing for most of the condition fields.
- "Save Clipboard History" appears on in the preferences whether it is on or off.
- Handle the case where the preferences folder is readonly.
- Execute Script, Save to Variable, changes to the variable name were not sticking.
- Fixed Text Factory clipboard filtering.
- Fixed a UI glitch for Variable Condition "Is Empty".
- Fixed Swap Characters library entry.
- Fixed some potential problems with clipboard syncronization (including CPU excess usage)
- Fixed an edge case for multiple overlapping typed string triggers.
- Fixed an issue editing macros containing Open URL or Open File or Folder actions.
- Fixed the weird behaviour with multiple Record Quick Macros and duplicate UIDs.
- Fixed a potential crash displaying titles of clipboards.
- Fixed the Pixel Color test condition testing the pixel at the wrong location.
- Fixed a potential crash in the Pixel Color test condition.
Keyboard Maestro is such an app. It’s several utilities in one: a powerful macro program, a clipboard history manager, a hot key manager, a keyboard switcher, and more. Version 4 is a great update, including a complete overhaul of my very favorite Keyboard Maestro feature, the clipboard history, and an all-new Automator-esque UI for the macro editor. Keyboard Maestro is copiously documented and comes from one of the longest-standing and most-respected indie Mac developers, Peter Lewis’s Stairways Software. I recommend it highly.
- Overview• Very powerful
• Relieves frustration (more than I ever thought possible!)
• It does stuff lightning-fast; rather astonishing.
• The macro editor interface is beautifully done - reminds me of the Automator, which is itself a design marvel; a very elegant interface.
- Random Comments• There is some overlap with TextExpander. I would still get both. (I love TextExpander for the DropBox syncing etc)
• Recommend watching some video tutorials to really see what it can do
- CriticismsIssue?Solution?The Icon is a little ugly. (Purely a cosmetic thing)You can get a replacement from iconoholic.comThe keyboard shortcuts for window switching conflicts with those for Witch (the application made by Many Tricks).It does take a (tiny) bit of effort to makes some changes to ‘fix’ this. .There are one or two interface quirks. (For example: the tick box to activate/deactive macros is a little confusing, at first). It might throw some usersWatch Don McAllister's SCO episode (£). A sample is provided below.
- User QuotesIncredibly versatile yet very easy to use.I could live without KM, I suppose, but it would be a much less friendly and efficient existence. This is one of the two best Mac apps that I have seen. Peter is very responsive, and he has some active MVPs that are just top drawer [ccguy]
I have been using TextExpander for years, really happy it's now on the App Store.
It is most definitely excellent value for money, given how frequently I use it and how much time it saves me. It's incredibly fast and stable in every application, it doesn't slow down the system in any way, as you might expect [if you come from the Windows world]
When you open TextExpander for the first time, I recommend you press the + in the bottom left, and 'Add Predefined Group' [of snippets], and click on 'accented words'. It only takes a few seconds to do! Stuff like this happens automatically:
cliche ---> cliché
naive ---> naïve
Also, I would get the HTML stuff [predifined snippet library, that someone else has kindly put together] . It helps you type out endless tedious code using a few shortcut keystrokes.
It is far more powerful than than you may initally think! I would encourage people search for the ScreenCastsOnline video on TextExpander; it shows everything you can do. I only had to watch it through once, I never referred to any help documents after that; the interface is intuitive. Read More...
A really useful single-purpose app. Spend less time fiddling with reminders. Put this on your Homescreen.
- Far quicker and easier to use than the calendar, for the purposes of setting a reminder
- Rich Options for snoozing and reusing your reminders.
At first, I found Name Mangler annoying, as I didn’t _immediately_ know how to do everything, and there _appeared_ to be extraneous bells and whistles. (My initial thought was ‘WTF are droplets?’) I have become accustomed to using the freeware Renamer4Mac (which is no longer in development) for something like four years. I can be a creature of habit - resistant to change.
- You can perform many tasks using just the keyboard - great for workflow
- Select the files you want to change in the Finder
- Launch the app
- Hit ⌘P to Populate Window with current finder selection
⌘RJust hit this when you're ready to rename
- The most recent update has added a splash screen, which includes a short video tutorial explaining _how_ to do stuff. (I clicked on the link to watch the full HD version).
The interface is clean & intuitive. It can do everything that Renamer4Mac can do, and more.
I’m too impatient/lazy to read through instructions. I would much rather things were explained through the use of video tutorials. I was pleasantly surprised when I launched Name Manger after a recent update. There is a new splash screen with a screencast. I clicked on the link to watch the full HD screencast.
After watching this 15 min video presentation, I understood how to use Droplets.
- Excellent integration with Google Calendar. Syncing is always fast and smooth. The code base seems very stable - I have never seen a hiccup. When I’m away from my home computer, I can make changes to my Google Calendar, via a web browser. When I get back home, everything is on my desktop calendar, exactly where it should be.
- When using iCal, things seem to require more clicks than necessary. In BusyCal, the info panel is what the geeks call “non-modal”. What this means: when you add/edit an event in BusyCal, you don't need to open a separate window/double click on an event, as you do in iCal.
- My understanding is that it uses the same “filing cabinet” as iCal, so if you create something in BusyCal, it will still appear in iCal (and vica versa).
- If you want to, you can sync sub-calendars with your close friends/family. There is a lot of granular control - there are more settings than you can shake a stick at.
- It’s very, very pretty. You have so much flexibility, in terms of colour coding.
- Printing to paper (i.e. dead trees) is not great, but who still does that?
- After sales support is excellent, too.
What It Says ‘On The Tin'
BusyCal is a desktop calendar that allows families and small workgroups to easily and cost-effectively sync calendars with MobileMe, Google, the iPhone, and with other Macs on a local area network. BusyCal is compatible with other applications, devices and services that support CalDAV or Sync Services, including iCal, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, MobileMe Calendar, Google Calendar, Snow Leopard iCal Server, and more. And it's compatible with BusySync, so you can share calendars with both BusyCal and BusySync users on your network.
Sync with Google Calendar — Sync with Google Calendar for online access and wireless syncing with other computers and devices.
★ This is what BusyCal EXCELS at. GCal integration is prefect.
Sync over a LAN via Bonjour — Sync calendars with other BusyCal and BusySync users on your local area network.
Sync over a WAN via TCP/IP — Sync calendars with other BusyCal and BusySync users over the internet.
Sync with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch — Sync calendars with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch via MobileMe, Google, or iTunes.
★ Google calendar is the hub, for me. I use PocketInformant on my iPhone to sync with Google Calendar
Multi-user editing — Multiple users can share and edit calendars with full read-write access. Changes are synced instantly.
Security — Calendars can be password protected as read-write or read-only, and encrypted with SSL.
Recurring ToDos — Create repeating ToDos that display in the calendar view and carry-forward until completed.
I use OmniFocus, so I guess it’s nice that it’s there.
Info Panel — Enter and view event details in a non-modal floating window or an embedded info pane.
iCal is extremely irritating to use. really messed up with iCal in Snow Leopard (10.6), IMHO
List View — Customizable list view lets you filter and sort events by date, event type, calendar, and more.
Graphics — Add graphics to events or days with control over the position, size and opacity.
Rich Text — Stylize the events in your calendar with customizable fonts, sizes, styles and colors.
★ Very useful for dyslexic and ADHD people
Sticky Notes — Add virtual sticky notes to your calendar, and share/sync them with others on your network!
Features that I, personally, do not care for:
Sync with MobileMe — Sync with the new MobileMe Calendar for online access and wireless syncing with other computers and devices.
I do not use MobileMe!
Live Weather — View live weather forecasts, sunrise/sunset times, and moon phases right in your calendar.
This can be a bit irritating, because when you try to add an ‘all-day’ event, it sometimes launches AccuWeather.com. Also, you can just subscribe to a weather feed.
This a much faster way to add photos to a folder; you don’t have to wait for one photo to upload, before you snap the next pic (as you do in the Dropbox iOS app)
- It’s annoying that you can’t delete/remove items from the upload queue
- There is no background uploading!
❝I have used 1password on my other Apple devices and love it. I was disappointed that the iPad version requires use of a different browser than Safari. That should be made clear in the description. While I like the app, I would prefer the behavior of Safari integration as with the Mac version❞
- Kevin Walter, iTunes Review
AgileBits are doing the best they can. Applications are ‘sandboxed’ meaning they CANNOT interact with other applications, like web browsers. This is the ONLY way to do it, given Apple’s limitations.
Someone give this developer an award! He has found the “secret sauce” to make this work effectively. I have used to to remove thousands of duplicate JPEGs, just today. There have been zero false positives. The interface is attractive and it is easy to use.
I asked the developer how it works.
- Singlemizer compares files by content exclusively via computing hash strings. We use SHA-1 as digest algorithm which makes false positives practically impossible. We don't rely on filenames, creating dates and so on because it could lead to catastrophic consequences.
Translation into non-geek speak: it uses magic to find duplicate files. Other software, in comparison, is very primitive. Read More...
Update: I have pretty much stopped using Witch since installing Lion. I prefer using multi finger gestures on the Magic Trackpad
Replacement for the built-in ⌘-Tab app switcher.
The best feature is the most simple one; it shows not just the apps but each app's open windows.
- A very simple method of switching between windows. (Far more efficient that the built-in ⌘-tab)
- Suppose you have ten Word documents open. The best way to navigate through them is to use ⌥-tab
- “If you're coming to the Mac from Windows, you'll find Witch a natural-feeling replacement for Windows' ability to switch directly to windows.” - agree
I have been using the Finder to catalogue stuff I've been researching. My hard drive is a pile of mess; folders within folders, complex hierarchical structures. Where things get lost really, really easily. Ugh.
'Together' is working out so well for me, that I'm lamenting not discovering it sooner. I guess it's partly the developer's fault - the app name is generic, it's not the kind of thing you can Google easily. The functionality of this app is difficult to describe using words - you have to see it in action to fully appreciate its appeal.
I am currently road-testing this, to see how it compares with Circus Ponies' Notebook & Evernote. I have to say 'Together' comes out on top. (Will edit and update this as time goes on).
I do still use Evernote for stuff I might need to access on my iPhone, whilst I'm out & about. I use Together to catalogue things I'm researching in depth, that I don't need to carry with me 24/7. (I have stopped using Circus Ponies Notebook completely)
'Together' is the bees' knees at making web archives. Crucially, it saves the source URL *AND* links. It handles this in a really intelligent way. (I won't go into the details here as it's a bit tedious and nerdy). It also handles tagging in a super-smart, unique way.
If you're working on something like a dissertation, get 'Together', you will absolutely love it.
The app is really good value for money, you will get *a lot* of use out of it.
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