LaunchBar 6 was released today, with a plethora of new features and tweaks, and a stunning new interface. LaunchBar is not only the first third-party app I install on my Macs, but it’s the tool I rely on most to save time and stay productive.
The LaunchBar interface has been prettified; the default bar is now larger and more visible, especially on large displays, and LaunchBar lets you choose from a number of themes to give the bar a fresh look. You can even switch themes using abbreviation search.
While you’ll spot these visual changes instantly, there’s much more under the hood. The index of LaunchBar 6 has been completely overhauled, with indexing rules organized by groups. Indexing occurs automatically, so you no longer have to save changes, and configuration is smoother. LaunchBar 6 adds a number of new indexing rules, including Reminder lists, Emoji, Finder tags, Safari Top Sites, Reading List and iCloud Tabs. You can also access all your iCloud files from the bar.
A great new feature is live web searches. Two of the most common web searches – Google and Wikipedia – are no longer performed through search templates, but use built-in LaunchBar actions. This allows them to provide live search results; search for a term, see hits below the bar, then choose the one you want. You also get live results from LaunchBar’s Calculator, and when creating calendar events and reminders.
And LaunchBar 6 can show you usage statistics. Find out how you use LaunchBar; which of the five superpowers you use most, how much time you’ve saved, and how many times you’ve invoked LaunchBar per day.
There’s plenty more in this new version, and you can find out more on the Objective Development website.
If you’ve already got my Take Control of LaunchBar ebook, you’ll be getting a free update to the book as soon as I can put the finishing touches on it. I’ll post more information soon about when it will be available.