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I recently stumbled upon a very nice minimalist launcher app for OS X. It seems to be from the OPENSTEP days and has now made its way to Apple's latest consumer OS. It's set up so that you just hit command-space and then start typing in the name of what you want to launch, then press retrun when it's selecting what you want. Very fast, very minimal. It's called LaunchBar and can be found at:
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LaunchBar: A Lifesaver
Authored by: Doffie on Jun 05, '01 06:34:02PM

I'm a recovering QuicKeys junkie, and my recovery isn't going all that well. LaunchBar is quite a wonderful substitute, as it allows me to call up apps, files, folders, and even URLs without removing my fingers from the keyboard. And I like how it "learns" my shortcuts, and that it is quite unobtrusive.

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Love this app!
Authored by: cichlisuite on Mar 04, '02 04:12:06PM

Not only can you launch apps from LaunchBar, it let's you launch URLs, email addresses and even traverse your entire file system! I don't even need to use the dock anymore to switch among apps or use Finder windows to get to files! I paid for it within 20 minutes of installing it.

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incredibly impressive.
Authored by: theRegent on Jun 15, '02 09:25:22PM

LaunchBar really is fairly astonishing. One feature I've recently discovered is the ability to connect it to a contact list (various options exist) so that you can use abbreviations to initiate an email message to someone from any application... whether or not your email software is running.

There does seem to be a catch, though: RAM. LaunchBar is currently eating 75-110Mb of RAM fairly consistently. I've turned off a couple of it's features, as the manual recommends, to reduce memory load / improve performance. Didn't really help.

Any recommendations?

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More Ram
Authored by: acalvet on Dec 31, '02 10:10:56AM

I finally got a certainty in my life: you won't enjoy the beauty of Mac OS X without a ton of Ram. Luckily this is a good moment to buy Ram at low price. With 1,5GB on my G4, now I'm a happy man.

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Launchar IS my OS
Authored by: dennisbest on Jun 16, '02 12:36:48AM

This app is simply amazing.

Once you use it for a while, you won't be able to live without it. (I find myself hitting COMMAND-SPACE to navigate and launch things when I use other peoples machines only to discover I have to do it "the hard way".... )

Hint: Follow the enclosed instructions to hide the Dock Icon. You also don't necessarily need the menu bar icon.

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LaunchBar is a masterpiece
Authored by: acalvet on Dec 31, '02 10:04:45AM

Amazing! It seems to read your mindů I'll never use a Mac without it!

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