There are only a handful of Mac apps which separate the men from the boys. Photoshop and Final Cut Pro on the high end of professional graphics and video editing tools are good examples that segregate the pro from the average user.
Mac power users tend to gravitate to tools that do more than the average user ever worries about. In that territory are power user apps such as Path Finder (how Mac power users ditch the Finder), and LaunchBar (how power users navigate their Macs). Remember, with great power, comes great responsibility.
Use Power Responsibly
The difference between a Mac power user and an average Mac user can be summed up in a single word. The Keyboard. Mac power users keep their hands and fingers on the keyboard, and mostly disdain using the mouse or trackpad. Why? It’s simple. Using the keyboard performs tasks faster and more efficiently than point and click. LaunchBar brings to the Mac’s keyboard all the functions you need to increase productivity and accuracy. From the keyboard.
To get started using LaunchBar, all you need to do is press the Command-Space Bar and that opens the app on your Mac’s screen. Keep typing. Stuff happens.
What? Keep typing? Yes. That’s the key to success. Type what you want to do, type which apps you want to open, type where you want to navigate to. LaunchBar recognizes what you type, even using arbitrary abbreviations, and displays the choices to match in the pop up window, and each one opens with a click, instantly.
That’s the secret. Keep typing.
LaunchBar can use arbitrary abbreviations which you control, but also begins to understand what you want, which makes it easier and faster to manage Reminders or Events in Calendar, or open Contacts. Your hands never leave the keyboard to reach for trackpad or mouse so you’re more effective, more productive, and over time, more accurate. LaunchBar manages snippets, clipboard history, calculator and nearly anything you use or open or switch to frequently.
All that power comes at a price. First, it’s difficult to ditch the trackpad or mouse in favor of the keyboard. That takes discipline and effort. Second, you’ll need to setup and learn a few frequently used abbreviations, but there’s also Usage Statistics so you can see how well you’re doing in adopting the power user keyboard method.
Fortunately, there’s a 30-day trial period which gives you access to everything in LaunchBar so you can see how well it can improve how you use your Mac. It’s a good thing, too, because moving from the comfort of the trackpad or mouse can be the biggest challenge, and you need to use Launchbar for a week or two to make the keyboard-centric adjustment to become a Mac power user.