“Take Control of LaunchBar” teaches you to control your Mac from the keyboard
Why do so many Mac users love LaunchBar, and what can it do for you? If you’ve never used LaunchBar, you likely don’t realize how important a tool it is, and if you’re already a LaunchBar devotee, you’re probably experiencing only a fraction of LaunchBar’s goodness. And now, with the new LaunchBar 6, there are even more features at your fingertips, helping you get around on your Mac faster than ever. The ebook normally costs only $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7 when you buy it from us via the coupon-loaded link below.
Created in collaboration with LaunchBar’s developers, this version of “Take Control of LaunchBar” covers LaunchBar 6, which works in 10.9 Mavericks (and 10.10 Yosemite). But, if you’re still running Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion, you can download the previous version of the book, which covers LaunchBar 5 (click Ebook Extras in the downloaded book).
We’ve been fans of LaunchBar for over a decade, but it wasn’t until we started working with Objective Development that we came to understand the depth of features on offer from LaunchBar’s diminutive “bar” interface. Most LaunchBar users love how LaunchBar streamlines launching and switching between apps: invoke LaunchBar, type a few characters, and your app opens – LaunchBar learns from what you do so you don’t have to memorize convoluted keystrokes.
In fact, lots of people use LaunchBar solely for accessing apps. That’s a shame, because LaunchBar can do so much more. The key is understanding LaunchBar’s six superpowers: abbreviation search, browsing, sub-search, Send To, Instant Send, and Staging. Learn them and you can control nearly any activity on your Mac, all from the keyboard so you don’t have to break your train of thought or move your fingers off the keys.
What can you do with LaunchBar? The sky’s the limit. You can open documents from obscure locations or into non-default apps. Move, copy, tag, untag, or alias files and folders.
Pipe text around rapidly, from a document to a live Web search, from a Web page to the clipboard, from your clipboard history to a document, and more. Put your Mac to sleep, attach files to email messages, send tweets, type emoji, find phone numbers, start Messages conversations, send a selected address to Google Maps, run calculations, invoke Terminal commands, insert text snippets into documents, make reminders, connect with Automator, control iTunes, and far, far more.
Still not convinced? Ask the ordinary citizens portrayed in the comic from our friends Snaggy and Nitrozac at Joy of Tech, who turned LaunchBar into an iconic superhero. (With Kirk as the author instead of Joe Kissell, this comic couldn’t be a “Joe of Tech,” so we’re calling it “Joy of Take.”)
So, whether you’re already a LaunchBar user or you’re tempted by the promise of making your Mac dance, sing, and do backflips, all from the keyboard, check out “Take Control of LaunchBar.”
Thank you for your support of the Take Control series!
cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers
P.S. Don’t miss our other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off:
* Take Control of Automating Your Mac
* Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite
* Take Control of FileVault
* Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac
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