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Disable LaunchBar in some apps

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:55 pm
by tomson
Is it possible to disable Launchbar in some apps? It's great in the Finder but when you're editing in Photoshop or similar apps and using Cmd+Space to move around it keeps popping up.

Obviously one approach would be to use a different key combination but it would also be interesting to change the behaviour for selected apps.

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:30 pm
by norbert
For a hotkey to be useful, it must be stateless. It must work reliably under all circumstances. It would be counterproductive if it only works sometimes, but sometimes not.

But there's a simple workaround: As discussed in the LaunchBar Help, chapter "Keyboard Shortcuts", if you press Space-Command instead of Command-Space in Photoshop (press the space bar before the Command key) you get the Zoom-Tool instead of invoking the Command-Space shortcut.

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:23 pm
by CallMeDave
norbert wrote:For a hotkey to be useful, it must be stateless. It must work reliably under all circumstances. It would be counterproductive if it only works sometimes, but sometimes not.


Rubbish. A utility "must" not be anything other then appropriate for the task for which it is being used. If the "stateless" hot key choice for LaunchBar gets in the way of the user's interaction with his/her Macintosh, then LaunchBar becomes counterproductive.

But there's a simple workaround: As discussed in the LaunchBar Help, chapter "Keyboard Shortcuts", if you press Space-Command instead of Command-Space in Photoshop (press the space bar before the Command key) you get the Zoom-Tool instead of invoking the Command-Space shortcut.


While the Objective Development engineers know more about OS X then most anyone on the planet, the above statement makes clear that they know little about working in Adobe applications.

For example, inDesign users are very often dealing with a text insertion character located within a text box. Pressing the space bar results in typing space characters at that point. Therefore, any good inDesign user has trained him/herself to always press Command+Space, in that order, for the zoom tool, and Command+Space-Command for the hand tool. It becomes ingrained, because doing it any other way runs the risk of creating typographical errors where none were before.

Using LaunchBar with inDesign (or Illustrator or Photoshop when using text in those programs) is impossible; there is no workaround.

I would rather have LaunchBar disable its hotkeys when I'm in applications for which those hot keys are a detriment to my work, then to have to manually quit LaunchBar for those times when the design choices of its programmers prevent me from working efficiently.

I hope you'll consider listening to your users on this,


Dave

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 11:14 pm
by ludwigschubert
Oookay, alright.
Have you considered changing the Hotkey for LaunchBar? You can find the option under Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts. The next version will allow even more customizable shortcuts.

I can only speak for me, but I've been using LaunchBar together with InDesign with no problems whatsoever. It's not "impossible" unless you're very, very used to zooming the way you are and for some reason unable to change the Hotkey,

I hope you will find a solution that works for you,
Ludwig

PS: the apple HIG clearly state that command+spacebar is reserved by the system, so Adobe is at least as much to blame as Objective Development.