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Butler, Launchbar, Quicksilver
Authored by: William McCallum on Apr 26, '04 08:35:16PM

All of these programs are good at what they try to do, but there are two completely different approaches here: organize or search. The organize approach is to arrange the things you want (files, folders, applications, iTunes controls, bookmarks, emails, etc.) in some hierarchical way and provide efficient access to the hierarchy. Butler does this brilliantly. The search approach relies on powerful search functions to avoid the need to categorize things. Launchbar and Quicksilver do this brilliantly.

Launchbard and Quicksilver don't even try to do all the menu and hotkey stuff that Butler does, so obviously they don't do it as well. Butler does add a limited search functionality, with the command space-bar window, but it is not even close to the other two in speed, depth, and flexibility.

There are small differences in what these programs do for you but the main difference is in how they do it.

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