LaunchBar 6 Adds New Look, Lots of New Features

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.