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Authored by: masjones on May 04, '05 11:10:16AM

I have not installed Tiger yet, but I use LaunchBar all the time. I've noticed that Command-Space activates Spotlight, this is also the command to activate LB, can that be changed or can the activation command be changed in LaunchBar?

If not, does that make LB completely useless now?

Mj



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Just curious...
Authored by: stcanard on May 04, '05 11:29:32AM

All the spotlight shortcuts can be changed, it's in the preferences panel.



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Just curious...
Authored by: phlops on May 04, '05 11:31:22AM

You can change the hotkeys for both LaunchBar and Spotlight in their respective preference panels.

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Just curious...
Authored by: herbs on May 04, '05 11:33:06AM

Howdy,

You can also change the activation key for LaunchBar. I've had mine set for Ctl-Space for a long time.

Good Luck,
Herb Schulz


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Good Luck,
Herb Schulz



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Just curious...
Authored by: os4 on May 04, '05 11:35:34AM

Both LaunchBar and Spotlight's preferences allow you to change and [dis|en]able their activation hotkeys. I simply disabled Spotlight's hotkeys, because I find LaunchBar better for what I want.



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Just curious...
Authored by: SmartMoose on May 04, '05 11:41:39AM

You can change the keyboard activation in the Spotlight preference (as the prior poster mentioned) or in the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, in the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab. The Spotlight pref pane only allows you to assign activation to F1-F12 and Cmd+Space or Cmd+Opt+Space. In the Keyboard & Mouse pref pane, you can change it to whatever you want. For example, it's been assigned Opt+Cmd+Space for the Spotlight Bar and Ctrl+Opt+Cmd+Space for the Spotlight Window on my Powerbook. LaunchBar gets Cmd+Space.

And yes, LaunchBar works under Tiger, and is still quite useful. Spotlight doesn't seem to learn your keywords, and as a result (on my computer) it always gives some graphic that contains the word "excel" priority over Microsoft Excel. With LaunchBar, I've trained it to launch just using the letter "X". Plus, Spotlight doesn't have in-bar folder navigation, custom queries, and lots of other features that makes LaunchBar so useful to power users. Spotlight is great for it's in-document search capabilities, but for launching apps LaunchBar is much, much better (IMHO).



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LaunchBar will benefit (I hope)!
Authored by: ikky75 on May 05, '05 10:51:24AM

I hope (and even expect) that LaunchBar's developers will be able to take advantage of the new technology provided by SpotLight to make LaunchBar EVEN BETTER.

I still think LaunchBar is superior. While Spotlight is much more thorough (searching contents of files, and many different file types), it takes significantly longer to use, compared to LaunchBar. And the fact that Spotlight doesn't "learn" is a major shortcoming, in my view.

The Tiger review on arstechnica.com ( http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/macosx-10.4.ars/ ) does a great job of explaining the technology behind Spotlight -- and then predicts that LaunchBar will benefit from the new technology.



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Just curious...
Authored by: Thom on May 06, '05 12:15:49PM
Obligatory QuickSilver mention. Get it here.

It's cheaper then LaunchBar (as in, it's free), more extensible, has more interface options, has a LOT of plugins and an ever-growing user base, myself included. Excellent support and bug tracking.

Once I switched (and found the 'mini' interface plug-in), I didn't look back. Except, of course, to look back on occassion and wave to all you guys. "Come on, what are you waiting for!?!?" :)

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Butler kicks Quicksilver and Launchbar ass
Authored by: gabrielradic on May 10, '05 10:02:09AM

Butler kicks Quicksilver, Launchbar an Spotlight ass. Get it here now



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Butler kicks Quicksilver and Launchbar ass
Authored by: hotchili on Aug 29, '05 04:46:49AM

I agree, why use Spotlight when there's Butler??
Glad I found this hint, just what I need to gain some menubar back for my 12" PB.



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