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Just wait a minute. If Quicksilver was one of the must-have free Mac apps then why this giveaway? If you’re a die-hard QS fan, then I have 2 very good reasons for you.

One; Quicksilver is no longer is active development. In other words, it’s an abandoned project with no support. Two; LaunchBar is an actively progressing platform and is welcoming QS switchers with open arms. Those two reasons good enough for ya?

So that’s why we’ve got 10 LaunchBar licenses worth $330 to giveaway to 10 fortunate productivists. Will you be one of them?


If I were to list down the complete list of things that LaunchBar is capable of, this article would turn into a novel. The truth is, I haven’t even explored every inch of the application. And like all productivity apps, there is a learning curve. The good news is, using LaunchBar comes quite naturally.

But first, a short introduction (for those who aren’t familiar) about what LaunchBar is. From its name, you would probably have guessed that it’s a launcher of some sort. However, it may surprise you to know that it is actually way more than just that. It’s a productivity tool that will help you in so many ways you wouldn’t have thought possible. Let’s take a quick look.

Invoke LaunchBar by pressing a defined hotkey and you’ll get an unobtrusive bar at the top of your screen that’s ready for a command. What command? Well, just about anything works. It’s pretty smart in the sense that it learns your habits. Type “saf” and Safari returns as the first result. So, that’s the application launcher aspect of LaunchBar. What about other things?

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LaunchBar can also be used to open a URL in the default browser, even if the browser isn’t already running.

It can help you invoke a “Compose new message” window without having to click on Mail; all from the keyboard.

Heck, if you want, you can even write up the entire email in LaunchBar.

What I really like about LaunchBar is the fact that it can retrieve data from within applications without launching them. This save a lot of time. For example, if I needed some contact information of a friend of mine; I’d invoke Launchbar using the hotkey and start typing the person’s name.

LaunchBar finds it and boom, instant results.

But let’s say I forgot his or her name — I’d type “AB” to summon Address Book and browse my contacts right from LaunchBar.

If you’re just starting out, it’s a good idea to check out everything LaunchBar is capable of by going to its Index where you can view the possible actions and services.

A few more examples of useful LaunchBar features is automatically creating archives of files and folders.

And one that I regularly use — automatically resizing images by preset percentages.

Like I said, it isn’t easy listing every possible feature LaunchBar has to offer. The trial version of LaunchBar is unrestricted for 30 days. Download it and try it free for a month.

Are you a believer now?

How do I win a copy?

All you need to do is;

Join our Facebook page by clicking on the Become a fan button below.

If you can’t see the fanbox above, click on this link.

To seal the deal, click on the Facebook Share button below the article to spread the news to your friends. Then in comments section of this article, post a link to your Facebook profile (be sure to enter your real email address so that we can contact you if you win!). Existing fans only need to share the article and post a link to their Facebook profile in the comments section below.

This giveaway ends tomorrow, just before the next one starts. Between now and then, you can share this post or comment as many times as you want! The more you interact, the higher your chances of winning.

Let the giveaway begin! Have fun!


MakeUseOf would like to thank Norbert and Objective Development for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. Theresa Provencio
    March 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    makeuseof.com is going to make alot of people very happy with this ap.

  2. Theresa Provencio
    March 11, 2010 at 1:51 am

    makeuseof.com is going to make alot of people very happy with this ap.

  3. Nekonata Persono
    March 10, 2010 at 12:32 am
  4. Claudiu
    March 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Hi!

    Did you remove my comment and the entry to this giveaway? Please tell me why?

  5. Glenn Laursen
    March 9, 2010 at 9:01 am

    http://www.facebook.com/glenn.laursen

    Thank you MUO!!! #6 FTW

  6. Chips
    March 9, 2010 at 8:29 am

    LaunchBar is a good tool for especially for keyboard focused users. They have good help data on their site, too.

  7. Andrew Woodbury
    March 9, 2010 at 8:23 am
  8. Andrew Woodbury
    March 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm
  9. Reuben Urias
    March 9, 2010 at 7:10 am

    still got some time for this one as well, right??

  10. Vic Lindsay
    March 9, 2010 at 6:59 am
  11. Vic Lindsay
    March 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm
  12. Geoff Heys
    March 9, 2010 at 5:44 am
  13. Guest
    March 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm
  14. Sunrise
    March 9, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Looking forward to it. mac user group sent me a link to your site. cooool...

  15. Andreas Lehmann
    March 9, 2010 at 4:08 am
  16. Hufi
    March 9, 2010 at 3:09 am
  17. Andreas Lehmann
    March 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/profil...

    Cooool program!

  18. Hufi
    March 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm
  19. Eduardo Rosillo
    March 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm
  20. Rode Carsten
    March 8, 2010 at 11:42 pm
  21. stone
    March 9, 2010 at 9:36 am
  22. Nari
    March 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Love your site!
    Thanks so much for all your great tips/giveaways (who's next? me, me!)
    http://www.facebook.com/nari1

  23. JFresh
    March 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm
  24. josh
    March 9, 2010 at 8:47 am
  25. Eduardo Rosillo
    March 9, 2010 at 8:43 am
  26. Rode Carsten
    March 9, 2010 at 8:42 am
  27. Nari
    March 9, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Love your site!
    Thanks so much for all your great tips/giveaways (who's next? me, me!)
    http://www.facebook.com/nari1

  28. JFresh
    March 9, 2010 at 8:22 am
  29. Joel Shaver
    March 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I will miss Quicksilver when it's gone...

    http://www.facebook.com/joel.a.shaver

  30. Shelley Shaver
    March 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm
  31. Joel Shaver
    March 9, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I will miss Quicksilver when it's gone...

    http://www.facebook.com/joel.a...

  32. randall
    March 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm
  33. Jeff
    March 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm
  34. Daze
    March 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/happy.daze

    Note to MUO: my included email *is* a valid one.

  35. randall
    March 9, 2010 at 5:31 am
  36. patrice
    March 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm
  37. Aaron Spiegel
    March 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm
  38. Taryn Ng
    March 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm
  39. Jeff
    March 9, 2010 at 5:03 am
  40. Daze
    March 9, 2010 at 4:53 am

    http://www.facebook.com/happy....

    Note to MUO: my included email *is* a valid one.

  41. Ethan
    March 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm
  42. patrice
    March 9, 2010 at 4:28 am
  43. Nelson
    March 9, 2010 at 4:24 am
  44. Aaron Spiegel
    March 9, 2010 at 4:20 am
  45. Allison
    March 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I could really use this app. It sounds like something I could and would take complete advantage of! Thanks MUO for this awesome opportunity. You're the greatest!!!

  46. Ethan
    March 9, 2010 at 3:49 am
  47. Mosi Dane'el
    March 9, 2010 at 3:48 am
  48. Kelly Guimont
    March 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm
  49. Robert
    March 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm
  50. Trevor Polston
    March 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm
  51. Madhura
    March 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm
  52. Marius Kintel
    March 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm
  53. Kelly Guimont
    March 9, 2010 at 1:23 am
  54. kelly
    March 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm
  55. Kaal Dewar
    March 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm
  56. Brandon Rubenstein
    March 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm
  57. Robert
    March 9, 2010 at 12:55 am
  58. Vivian
    March 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm
  59. armando mendonca
    March 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm
  60. FiZ
    March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm
  61. Devin
    March 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm
  62. Madhura
    March 9, 2010 at 12:39 am
  63. Marius Kintel
    March 9, 2010 at 12:35 am
  64. Jackson Chung
    March 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm
  65. kelly
    March 9, 2010 at 12:15 am
  66. Claudiu
    March 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm
  67. Kaal Dewar
    March 9, 2010 at 12:04 am
  68. Brandon Rubenstein
    March 9, 2010 at 12:04 am
  69. Jay
    March 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm
  70. Nuno Cardoso
    March 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Would love to start learning with this kind of apps!

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1105147580

  71. Vi3tI3abe
    March 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm
  72. armando mendonca
    March 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm
  73. FiZ
    March 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm
  74. Devin
    March 8, 2010 at 11:45 pm
  75. raptrex
    March 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm
  76. ænon1mus
    March 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm
  77. Cristina
    March 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm
  78. Evan Fenner
    March 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm
  79. Claudiu
    March 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Shared @ http://www.facebook.com/claudi...

    Thanks

  80. Nuno Cardoso
    March 8, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Would love to start learning with this kind of apps!

    http://www.facebook.com/profil...

  81. Janet Laird
    March 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm
  82. Michael Ramm
    March 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm
  83. raptrex
    March 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm
  84. Mark Thalman
    March 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm
  85. Jana
    March 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm
  86. Weston M Gallagher
    March 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm
  87. Cristina
    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm
  88. Keith
    March 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm
  89. Sam Lam
    March 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm
  90. Chris Cheng
    March 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm
  91. Njordy
    March 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm
  92. Reuben Urias
    March 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

    day 6 & day 7!! Can I do back to back??

  93. Bob James
    March 8, 2010 at 11:49 am
  94. Reuben Urias
    March 8, 2010 at 11:48 am
  95. aval
    March 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm
  96. ænon1mus
    March 8, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Why not? There's no limit! The giveaway winners are chosen at random so you can win over and over again if you're lucky.

  97. Michael Ramm
    March 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm
  98. Scott Dzialo
    March 8, 2010 at 11:35 am
  99. Mark Thalman
    March 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm
  100. JIN Yi
    March 8, 2010 at 11:32 am
  101. Jana
    March 8, 2010 at 9:29 pm
  102. Anone Saetaeo
    March 8, 2010 at 11:28 am
  103. iSnake
    March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am
  104. Weston M Gallagher
    March 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm
  105. Sean Woods
    March 8, 2010 at 11:13 am
  106. Uriah Anderson
    March 8, 2010 at 11:13 am
  107. Keith
    March 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm
  108. Njordy
    March 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm
  109. Tripp
    March 8, 2010 at 11:00 am
  110. omer
    March 8, 2010 at 11:00 am
  111. Holly Miller
    March 8, 2010 at 10:58 am
  112. Bruno Casarini
    March 8, 2010 at 10:58 am
  113. kw
    March 8, 2010 at 10:53 am
  114. telonaes
    March 8, 2010 at 10:50 am
  115. velomac
    March 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

    It's been a few years since I used LB. Let's see how it's improved…

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000412520740

  116. Reuben Urias
    March 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm
  117. Ken Barton
    March 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

    http://www.facebook.com/shinobi.ken

    Oh! Pick me! Pick me!

  118. Keenan
    March 8, 2010 at 10:39 am
  119. Scott Dzialo
    March 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm
  120. JIN Yi
    March 8, 2010 at 8:32 pm
  121. Anone Saetaeo
    March 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm
  122. Adrian
    March 8, 2010 at 10:27 am
  123. Glenn Laursen
    March 8, 2010 at 10:23 am
  124. iSnake
    March 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm
  125. daw
    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 am
  126. Drew
    March 8, 2010 at 10:14 am
  127. Emily Stemmerich
    March 8, 2010 at 10:14 am
  128. Fletcher Christian
    March 8, 2010 at 10:13 am
  129. Uriah Anderson
    March 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm
  130. Jose L. Navarro
    March 8, 2010 at 10:06 am
  131. Tripp
    March 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm
  132. omer
    March 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm
  133. Holly Miller
    March 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm
  134. Bruno Casarini
    March 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm
  135. kw
    March 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm
  136. telonaes
    March 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm
  137. Ken Barton
    March 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/shinob...

    Oh! Pick me! Pick me!

  138. Adrian
    March 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm
  139. mata
    March 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm
  140. Drew
    March 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=l...

    #6 here we go.

  141. Emily Stemmerich
    March 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm
  142. Jose L. Navarro
    March 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm

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