romeodawg wrote:Can anyone tell me the advantages that Launchbar has over Quicksilver? Or are they as similar as they look?
Achiever wrote:What I do prefer QS over LB for, is the moving or copying of a file from one location on my Macs to another. It is an easier process this way than on LB (in fairness, I simply cannot figure out how to even do it on LB, and I am not sure it can do it).
George the Flea wrote:Speed, stability, lack of a steep learning curve, and overall quality of product are the reasons I switched from Quicksilver to LaunchBar. Your personal mileage may vary.Achiever wrote:What I do prefer QS over LB for, is the moving or copying of a file from one location on my Macs to another. It is an easier process this way than on LB (in fairness, I simply cannot figure out how to even do it on LB, and I am not sure it can do it).
Select a file (or multiple files/folders) in the Finder. Hold down your LaunchBar shortcut to activate Instant Send and get the files into LaunchBar. Assuming that the destination you want is in LaunchBar's index, start typing an abbreviation to search for it. Once you've got it, hit enter to move or copy the files there.
So say I've got a movie file called "moviefile.mov" on my desktop. I highlight it, hold down control-space (my LaunchBar shortcut), then type "MOVIE". LaunchBar reads "moviefile.mov -> Drag to Movies"; I hit enter and LaunchBar gives me several options with associated numbers (1: move; 2: copy; 3: make alias; etc.).
Note that you only have to have the root level folder in your index, too. Once I've got the Movies folder targeted, I can use the arrow keys to navigate into it within LaunchBar.
FredSmith wrote:The difference is that QS can do it without having to go to the Finder, and that really is a big difference. You have to play around with Quicksilver's comma function to see why this is requested by lots of people here.
Dennis wrote:FredSmith wrote:The difference is that QS can do it without having to go to the Finder, and that really is a big difference. You have to play around with Quicksilver's comma function to see why this is requested by lots of people here.
Yeah, Quicksilver's comma trick for selecting multiple items is neat. But other than that, you don't need to go to the Finder in LaunchBar either.
Just select whatever item you want in LaunchBar, hit tab, select you destination, and hit Return. And you can hold down Finder-style modifier keys to move/copy/alias the item as well: Command-Return to move, Option-Return to Copy, and Command-Option-Return to alias.
For individual items (w/o comma trick) or all items in a container (selected with Command-A in LaunchBar), I actually think LaunchBar is better than Quicksilver for moving files. At least it requires fewer steps and is, consequently, quicker than Quicksilver.
FredSmith wrote:That isn't really a replacement for the comma trick. If I want to select multiple files in LB, then I have to keep switching between the Finder and Launchbar. In QS, I can copy multiple files without leaving Quicksilver. You really need to try it fora few days; the difference is like night and day.
What I do prefer QS over LB for, is the moving or copying of a file from one location on my Macs to another.
norbert wrote:You can for example start with a file selected in a Finder window, add some other files from another window, add further files from LaunchBar, and finally paste them all at once to the desired destination folder.
Dennis wrote:@ FredSmith: So do you think LaunchBar's ClipMerge trick is an adequate replacement for Quicksilver's comma trick?
FredSmith wrote:The comma trick is simpler to use (especially since there is a visual clue to tell you that you have files waiting to be copied), as it doesn't require you to remember key patterns, or accessing a separate buffer to make sure that what you're copying is actually what you want to copy.
FredSmith wrote:Remembering to hit Command-C for the first item, then Command-C, Command-C for all subsequent items - took me a while to figure that one out, but it was mentioned in the dialog box for the settings.
FredSmith wrote:The downside for me was that because LB doesn't have the notion of an operation context, the context has to be stored in the user's head! Didn't strike me as particularly Mac-like
FredSmith wrote:It is too cumbersome, requiring me to think too much, rather than just getting on and doing it.
FredSmith wrote:I hit the Command-C in the wrong place, and the files that I wanted to copy, were appended to the end of a URL I'd copied about an hour before - ouch! Did take me a while and a few repeat steps to work out what I'd done.
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