LaunchBar and Quicksilver

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Mala, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    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?
  2. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy part of the Pacific NW
    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.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2003
    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.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    I too, use quicksilver. It is able to open the docs most of the time. But not always, especially if its deep buried.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2003
    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.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2003
    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.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Secret Moon base
    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...
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    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!

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