JR Ignacio’s Log

LaunchBar 6

So LaunchBar 6 is now out. The update makes my favorite Mac utility app a whole lot better. Probably the most interesting new feature is script-based actions.

Following are just a few of my favorite new features so far in the few days I’ve been using it:

  • Bigger UI
  • Live Web Searches
  • Live Results for Calculator
  • New Indexing Rules
    • Emojis
    • Transmit Bookmarks
    • iCloud Tabs
  • Usage Statistics
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Notifyr 

Notifyr is an iOS app that sends your iOS notifications to your Mac using Bluetooth LE. After using it for a couple of days, I can safely say that it works quite well. I get all the notifications from my iPhone on the Mac. Another good thing is the notifications get dismissed on the Mac when they’re dismissed from the iPhone so there’s not need for any “Notification Maintenance” on the Mac. I’m still wishing iOS 8 gets a Clear All Notifications button.

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Screens 3 is out 

Screens 3 (iTunes Store link), is out. It’s a brand new app and it’s iOS 7 only. Looks great. It’s a separate purchase so I haven’t gotten down to buying and using it yet. Screens 2 seems to work well for me for the few times I actually need it.

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Reeder 2 for iOS is out 

Reeder 2 (iTunes Store link), my favorite RSS reader is out on iOS. It’s a separate purchase and is now universal. After Google Reader closed down, I haven’t really been using an RSS reader on the iPhone, I’ve been getting most of my news from Twitter and Tumblr. But, if you’re looking for one this is one of the good ones.

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PCalc 3 is out 

The OS won’t come out until the 18th of September but apps built against the iOS 7 SDK have started trickling in the App Store. One of them is PCalc (iTunes Store link). It fits really well on my home screen and really gets me excited to see how my most used apps get updated for iOS 7.

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Reset Home Screen

After spending a week just using an iPhone 4 while in the Philippines as a primary phone with minimal apps installed, I realized it’s time to start removing apps on my primary phone here in Singapore. So I hit the “Reset Home Screen” button to get a fresh start.

Reset Home Screen

For the next few weeks, I’ll try to monitor which apps I “really” regularly use. To do this, I’ll only add an app to my second screen if I start getting annoyed at launching an app via Spotlight or from trying to find it by swiping between home screens. I hope that I won’t need a third screen for my frequently used apps.

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SkyDrive Path Limit

After trying to use SkyDrive as an alternative to Dropbox for some of my Instagram recipes on IFTTT, I discovered that it cannot sync paths with more than 254 characters. From SkyDrive’s FAQ, under The path to a file is too long:

The entire path, including the file name, must contain fewer than 255 characters.

Receiving the error disables file sync and logs you out of SkyDrive. You’ll need to remove or rename the file that generated the error before logging in again.

After looking around why Dropbox doesn’t seem to have the same problem, it appears that this is a limitation of Windows. Dropbox will sync longer paths on a Mac but will not sync the same on a Windows machine.

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