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Mala
Sep 7, 2004, 02:00 PM
I've been using a program called LaunchBar, which allows you to launch any program or webpage by clicking cmd-space and the first couple of letters of its name.

I haven't succeeded in getting it to launch *documents*, though. Has anyone used it, and does it do this?

And has anyone used Quicksilver, which apparently does the same? Can you launch documents with that?

Westside guy
Sep 7, 2004, 02:14 PM
I've been using a program called LaunchBar, which allows you to launch any program or webpage by clicking cmd-space and the first couple of letters of its name.

I haven't succeeded in getting it to launch *documents*, though. Has anyone used it, and does it do this?

And has anyone used Quicksilver, which apparently does the same? Can you launch documents with that?

Having used both, I can say neither is perfect - but Quicksilver is faster and works better than Launchbar. It does launch documents... most of the time.

I never succeeded in getting Launchbar to work in this regard. Apps launched, but not docs.

MrSugar
Sep 7, 2004, 02:25 PM
Having used both, I can say neither is perfect - but Quicksilver is faster and works better than Launchbar. It does launch documents... most of the time.

I never succeeded in getting Launchbar to work in this regard. Apps launched, but not docs.

I use quicksilver and am able to launch docs.. as long as you have them added to your "catalog" as quicksilver calls it.

Problem is if you have too many docs in there it takes a lot longer to run when you do a search. Because of this I only use it to launch music / movies / a few pictures.

abhishekit
Sep 7, 2004, 02:52 PM
I too, use quicksilver. It is able to open the docs most of the time. But not always, especially if its deep buried.

Ugimom
Sep 7, 2004, 03:07 PM
I use LaunchBar (couldn't live without it!) and yes, it launches documents. I use it reatedly during the day to quickly access and open individual files in Word, Excel, Filemaker, Quicken, etc.

Doublecheck your configuration (Command Y in LaunchBar) to make sure you have the appropriate folder(s) selected and indexed.

bubbamac
Sep 7, 2004, 09:54 PM
ugimom beat me to it. Launchbar by default has a pretty skimpy set of folders that it scans - poke around in the preferences and make sure it's scanning subfolders within your home folder.

broken_keyboard
Sep 7, 2004, 10:15 PM
I think these progs are great. Quicksilver has completely changed the way I use my Mac. After a few days I had memorized abbreviations for all my common docs and apps and was able to turn Dock hiding on.

I imagine Searchlight in OS 10.4 will bring this joy to many others...

Mala
Sep 8, 2004, 04:00 AM
Finally got LaunchBar to see and launch the documents I wanted.

Why don't software-makers realise that easy, clear instructions on use - not in a manual but in the Help files - are essential to their sales? Erk!