Wikipedia Search now shows more detailed suggestions while typing the search term.
Fixes a bug that caused certain applications not to appear in the index.
Improves left/right navigation during auto-activation (for example, while browsing running applications with Command-Space,Space).
Oct 2, 2014
LaunchBar 6.1.2 (6108)
Improvements & Bug Fixes
List navigation with vi/Emacs shortcuts (Control-N, Control-P, Control-I, Control-J, Control-K) now also works during text input.
To prevent conflicts with Emacs shortcuts, the “vi” arrow keys (Control-H/J/K/L) can now be turned off completely in LaunchBar Preferences > Shortcuts.
Fixed: Browsing with Control-L didn’t work.
Info Browsing by pressing and holding the right arrow key is now turned off by default. It can be turned on via LaunchBar Preferences > Shortcuts > Instant Info Browsing.
Improved application indexing to better exclude certain irrelevant apps inside the Xcode.app file package.
Improved Calculator history browsing (select LaunchBar’s Calculator, then press right arrow). Opening a history item with ↩ opens the result in Calculator (same as before). But opening the item with Space now opens the expression instead.
LaunchBar no longer appears on screen when it’s opened automatically at login.
Fixed an issue causing LaunchBar to appear when unlocking the screen after wake from sleep.
Fixed indexing of previous email recipients.
Fixed: ⌘W for closing the LaunchBar window didn’t work during text input.
Actions implemented as workflows can now return files.
Action result items now open their URL or path if no action was set.
An action’s result items can now optionally specify a “label” and/or a “badge” which will be displayed at the right side of the result list.
Quick Look can now be triggered with ⌘Y during text input. Useful for previewing the results of some custom actions.
The new “alwaysShowsSubtitle” attribute can be used to enforce the display of subtitles, even if the “Show all subtitles” option is turned off in LaunchBar Preferences > Appearance.
Sept 22, 2014
LaunchBar 6.1.1 (6106)
Info Browsing can now be triggered by pressing and holding the right arrow key. This allows triggering Info Browsing without an additional modifier key.
New Yosemite Dark theme.
Improve Yosemite theme.
Additional OS X Yosemite related UI improvements.
New “Call with iPhone” action for OS X Yosemite (requires an iPhone running iOS 8).
LaunchBar now properly supports pasting into TextExpander fill-in windows.
Improved actions for ejecting volumes:
New “Eject” action to eject volumes via Send To
Improved “Eject All Ejectable Volumes” action
Both actions are browsable, allowing to choose the volume(s) to be ejected.
Improved opening of multiple disk images.
Improved Info Browsing of file paths.
The Calculator history is now also accessible by browsing the Calculator action.
Improved date parsing for entering Calendar and Reminder events.
Improved “Move to Trash” behavior (including new confirmation alerts when attempting to trash many items or items from different folders).
Improved display of Tower repositories.
Improved display of Cyberduck bookmark files (and removed support for Cyberduck versions prior 3.8).
Fixed: Unreliable Instant Open behavior on OS X Yosemite.
Fixed: Usage counters were not properly incremented for Tower repositories and Development Resources.
Improved handling of executable path in LaunchBar.execute()
August 26, 2014
LaunchBar 6.1 (6103)
Staging Area for creating multiple selections (see below for details).
Changed keyboard shortcuts for Info Browsing from ⇧→ to ⌥→ and “Show Siblings” from ⇧← to ⌥←. These changes became necessary to allow a more consistent set of shortcut used for staging.
Added support for Tower 2 repository bookmark indexing and browsing.
Improved “Compress (ZIP Archive)” action to support multiple selections.
Improved “Move to Trash” action with undo support.
Improved “Sort Lines” actions to preserve the string’s trailing newline.
Improved calculator to properly handle large numbers up to 1,189731495e+4932.
Improved "New Folder" action to suggest a different folder name if an "untitled folder" already exists.
Improved Info Browsing to show download date if available.
Improved “Duplicate” action (⇧⌘D) to also trigger “Rename” so you can immediately apply a reasonable name to the duplicate.
Improved accessibility support.
Concept of multiple selections in LaunchBar. To learn more about this new feature, read our blog post.
Shortcuts to create multiple selections:
⇧↑ or ⇧↓ stages/unstages a range of items.
⌘↑ or ⌘↓ toggles staging of the selected item.
Comma stages the selected item.
⌘-Click toggles staging of the clicked item.
⇧-Click stages/unstages a range of items.
⌘-A stages all items in current list.
⌫ unstages the selected item.
Escape or ⇧⌫ clears the entire staging area.
Acting on multiple selections
Open multiple items with ↩ (apps, files & folders, contacts & email addresses, bookmarks, emoji, snippets, songs, albums, …).
Press ⇥ to invoke Send To:
Open files with a particular application
Send files to a contact as email attachments
Move or copy files to a folder
Compress (ZIP Archive)
Use actions on multiple selections, for instance:
Move to Trash (⌘⌫)
Get Info (⌘I)
Show in Finder (⌘↩)
Inspecting and reviewing staged items
⇧→ shows all currently staged items.
⌫ unstages the selected item and removes it from the list.
While the list is displayed, the items can be rearranged with ⌥↑ or ⌥↓. Useful if the order is relevant (contacts, songs, attachments, …).
Fetching staged items
⇧← turns all selected items into a single “multiple selection” item (rarely necessary, though).
Necessary when opening multiple files from different folders (this is a safety measure, to prevent accidental opening of such a scattered selection).
Calendars & Reminders
Calendar input is now more flexible and accepts description, location and date/time in arbitrary order (only the location must always be after the description):
<description> @ <date/time>
<date/time> @ <description>
<description> @ <location> @ <date/time>
<description> @ <date/time> @ <location>
<date/time> @ <description> @ <location>
Date & Time can now also be specified relative to “now”, for example: “Call Susan @ 20min” to create a reminder that’s due in 20 minutes.
Birthday browsing: Showing contacts born on the same day or in the same year.
Contact labels are permanently visible while browsing.
Dedicated icons for social media profiles.
URL-Scheme support for LaunchBar Actions. Actions can now optionally define a script that is called when a URL like x-launchbar:action/com.example.action is opened anywhere in OS X. See the Script Types for more details.
Added support for LaunchBar Actions implemented as Automator Workflows.
Added “Play Sound Effect” Automator action and AppleScript command.
When an action returns a single item, Instant Send is turned on by default.
Added an option that indicates when a script is run for the purpose of generating live feedback (LB_OPTION_LIVE_FEEDBACK).
Fixed: LaunchBar Actions implemented in AppleScript caused launch of applications during indexing. Also, these actions now must specifically declare in their Info.plist the fact that they accept or require arguments (previously, implementing the appropriate handler in the script was sufficient).
Fixed: Action result items that only have a path or URL set didn’t appear in LaunchBar.
Fixed: If LBResultType was set to path and that path contained the tilde character (˜), it was not expanded for the resulting items.
Improved plain text file content search (⌘F) to show live results.
Added shortcut (⇧⌘→) to sort folder contents by Date Added.
Added bookmarks indexing option allowing to index bookmarks from Safari’s Favorites Bar only.
Extended Clipboard History capacity (up to 100 items or for a certain amount of days).
Rearranged “New Indexing Rule” menu to reflect the structure of the sidebar
Improved Theme switching: Default width will be applied only if different from the currently active theme.
Added missing localizations.
“Run Terminal Command” action only opens a second Terminal window if necessary.
Fixed issue causing last calculator result variable "a" to be not updated.
Fixed issue causing Append Text not to work via Send To (when sending text to a file).
Fixed issue causing welcome window not to appear in front.
Fixed issue causing iOS Simulator not to appear in LaunchBar’s index.
Various other bug fixes and stability improvements.
June 11, 2014
LaunchBar 6 (6011)
Brand-new User Interface with Themes
Larger default interface
Several built-in alternative themes
Theme switching via abbreviation search
Plenty of new, beautifully designed icons
New app icon
Improved Configuration Interface
Streamlined configuration UI
Rules in the sidebar are now organized in groups.
Configuration changes are now saved automatically.
Index updates now happen fully automatically. The Schedule pane for configuring index updates is therefore no longer necessary.
Deleting/adding rules is now the recommended way to select the desired set of features. Disabling of indexing rules is still possible, but only via contextual menu (no more checkboxes).
Additional Indexing Rules
Safari iCloud Tabs
Safari Top Sites
Safari Reading List
Additional Built-in Actions
Add/Remove/Replace Finder Tag
Remove All Finder Tags
Clear Text Input History
Current Safari Page
Open AirDrop Window
Send via AirDrop
Send LaunchBar Feedback
Powerful custom, script-based actions
Custom actions can return arbitrary result items or suggestions that are displayed immediately, while entering text.
Embedded resources like icons, helper scrpts, audio files, binaries, …
Optional execution in background.
Simple double click installation of third-party actions.
Optionally only allow execution of actions that have a valid code signature.
Text Input Live Results
Calendar & Reminder input live feedback.
Calculator live results and history of previous calculations.
“Open Location” provides suggestions while entering URLs.
Live Web Searches
Support for custom live web searches via LaunchBar Actions.
Press Shift-Right Arrow to access information about a selected item like:
Image Properties (dimensions, color profile, …)
Modification Date, Creation Date
Disk Capacity & Usage
Plain text file contents
XML/plist file contents
An application’s user defaults
and more, …
Info Browsing can also be triggered with ⌃⌥⌘-Right Arrow
For many items it can also be triggered just by pressing Right Arrow.
Accessible via ⌥⌘U shortcut or action menu.
Fully automatic index updates.
Improved Send To target item suggestions (e.g. File Operations, Tag Actions, …)
Improved presentation of contact cards, including contact images.
Support for FaceTime Audio as caller script.
Support for AirMail as default email client.
Sending text to an item accepting text input (e.g. search actions) and pressing the space key opens text input to allow editing the search term.
Improved Recent Documents browsing. Now includes all documents that can be opened with the selected application, sorted by access date. This allows you to access recently used documents even for apps that do not support the standard Cocoa API (like Adobe applications).
Subtitle display is now turned off by default. Subtitles can be shown temporarily by holding down the ⌃⌥⌘ modifier keys.
Back-tab (⇧⇥) during Send To now selects the previous item in the list (⇥ selects the next one).
LaunchBar 6 requires OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Removed and Replaced Features
The index window’s Schedule pane has been removed because it’s no longer needed. All index updates are now performed automatically.
Removed .clip.rtf / .clip.txt support. The same functionality can be accomplished with the Snippets indexing rule.
Replaced color label actions with corresponding actions for Finder tags.
Removed support for legacy contacts applications (Entourage, Eudora, …)
Removed support for legacy web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Camino, Shiira)
Removed search templates that were replaced by live search actions.