LaunchBar 5 by Objective Development


LaunchBar 5 by Objective DevelopmentLaunchBar 5 by Objective Development is one of the programs available as part of the MacLegion Spring Bundle.

Overview

LaunchBar is a smart and powerful, keyboard driven productivity utility that lets you access and control every aspect of your digital life. Whatever you want to get done on your Mac – with LaunchBar it’s only a few keystrokes away.

Features

Abbreviation Search
LaunchBar’s powerful, blazing fast adaptive abbreviation search technology allows you to find items just by typing short acronyms of their name.Keyboard Shortcuts
Invoke LaunchBar quickly with a system wide hotkey, or just by tapping a modifier key.

Clipboard History
Preserve the data of your most recent Copy operations, and use the copied objects again later.

ClipMerge
Combine subsequent Copy operations into one single clipboard object just by pressing ⌘C twice.

Web Searches
Searching the web has never been easier. Choose the desired web service, enter your query and get the result instantly shown in your web browser.

Calculator
From simple numeric calculations up to complex scientific expressions – just open LaunchBar, type your calculation and press Return to get the result.

Quick Look
Get a quick preview of your current selection just by tapping the space bar.

Instant Open
Open items even more quickly. Just hold down the last entered abbreviation character and the selected item opens immediately.

Browsing
Navigate folders, contacts, bookmarks, recent items, libraries or any other kind of hierarchy with the arrow keys to reveal related information.File Operations
Manipulate your files efficiently with the keyboard. Move, rename, compress, assign color labels, create folders and much more.

Services
Call up Mac OS X Services by name to quickly manipulate text or file selections.

Address Book
Enjoy the convenient access to your address book data to quickly create new email messages, retrieve phone numbers, postal addresses and other contact details.

Bookmarks
Get instant access to all of your web browser’s bookmarks, bookmark folders and history.

iTunes
Browse your iTunes Library, find your favorite tunes and enjoy your most beloved albums and artists.

iCal
Create events and to-dos in your iCal calendars within seconds.

Instant Send
The most efficient way to send files or text selections to LaunchBar, and then hand them over to applications, folders, email contacts, search templates, services and more.

You can read more about LaunchBar 5 on the Objective Development site. Normally, it retails for $39 for a family licence or $24 single user licence. The promo site says $35 so maybe the price has changed very recently.

HDRtist bonus app in MacLegion Spring Bundle


HDRtist Pro graphics software

If you are thinking of buying the MacLegion Spring Bundle of Mac apps then time is running out if you want to get HDRtist Pro along with the other ten apps. That’s because only the first 9,000 purchasers get the app and already the number of purchasers is up to 2239 (when I just checked).

HDRtist Pro allows you to create HDR or Exposure Enhanced images easily. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Exposure Blending make it possible to create highly detailed and ultra-realistic photographs with your digital camera. HDR works by combining exposure information using complex mathematics, while Exposure Blending works by simply selecting and cutting out the best parts of each photo.

With its complex mathematical algorithms, HDRtist Pro can handle 128-Bit floating-point images (that’s 16,843,009 times more precision than a JPEG photo) to produce images that look hyper-real. HDR images can be something of an acquired taste and are something that is easily overdone. However, when done well, the results can be nothing short of superb.

Below is an example that exemplifies what is possible:

HDR example imageTo read the full feature list of what HDRtist Pro offers check out the Ohanaware site.

Contactizer Pro available as part of MacLegion Promotion


Contactizer Pro

Contactizer Pro from Objective Decision LLC is included in the MacLegion Spring Promotion Bundle. Normally retailing for $119.90, you can get Contactizer Pro along with ten other apps for the bargain price of just $49.99. There are just over 14 days left and already sales have reached 1667. Bearing in mind that only the first 9000 purchasers get HDRtist Pro included in the bundle its probably a good idea not to delay any longer and head over to MacLegion’s site right now.

“Contactizer Pro 3.8 is an amazing all-in-one solution for managing, sharing and organizing your personal and business activities. Following the prodigious success of it first release, Contactizer Pro makes your business management experience more efficient, productive and enjoyable. Contactizer Pro combines a wealth of innovative features with an intuitive interface to create a clean and elegant package specifically built for Mac OS X.”

Objective Decision LLC

Certainly, the quality and value of the apps included in the bundle make it extremely good value for money and its nice to see apps that don’t normally make it into such bundles.