Month: November 2009

LaunchBar 5 Review

With LaunchBar 5, you can avoid using a mouse in 95% of the cases and speed up your daily routine by a an order of magnitude. LaunchBar is one of the most respected, longest-in-service application launchers for Mac OS X. Version 5 has Snow Leopard compatibility, a clipboard history and ClipMerge, Quick Look support, and much more.In essence, LaunchBar 5 still is a common application launcher. You tap command-spacebar (or another key conbination) and a couple of characters and you’ll get a list of possible files that you can open. It’s pretty much the same as when you call up Spotlight and tap your way through to find what you want to launch or open. The big difference is that LaunchBar 5 is much more responsive than Spotlight—by more than a small margin—and that it intelligently learns from your key combinations to offer you choices based on your input. Spotlight doesn’t do that—you’ll always have to remember the first few characters of a file’s name at least to get instant result. If you don’t like …

EyeTV DTT Deluxe Micro-Stick: how much smaller can it get?

When Elgato releases a new EyeTV DTT stick or a satellite receiver device, I'm always paying attention. The quality of build has never let me down, and that was no different this time around. The only thing you can ask yourself is how much smaller Elgato can keep making these things before they become too small to handle.The previous EyeTV DTT Deluxe Micro-Stick was about two-and-a-half times the size of the new one, which means the new one is barely bigger than the plastic grip you’ll find on the average USB connector. The biggest difference is the EyeTV DTT Deluxe is in gorgeous looking matte rubberised plastic—the same as the new Turbo H.264 stick—has a solid feel and comes with a tiny but powerful telescopic aerial. The box also has all the usual Elgato stuff such as a license for the excellent EyeTV, a remote control with batteries included, a larger antenna which I don’t find better than the more stunning telescopic antenna. I tried the new EyeTV DTT Deluxe and was expecting less than …

Foxtrot Professional Search review

CTM Development may be best known for their Powermail application, but the search technology used in Powermail drives their stand-alone search product Foxtrot Search. This desktop and local network search application is available in a personal and professional edition. I tested the professional edition.Foxtrot Professional Search enables you to create multiple indexes—e.g. one per volume—and search through local and networked volumes. With a multi-user license, you can also share your local indexes over a local network. Finally, the application allows you to search web pages for terms and sentences in its own, built-in web browser. Before you can use Foxtrot Professional Search, the application must be given the opportunity to at least create one index. On my system with 250 GB worth of files, this took about a quarter of an hour to complete, which is pretty fast. After that, the application is ready to search for content and metadata. The difference between Foxtrot Professional Search and Spotlight is that the former allows you to create more granular search commands, including boolean search terms, complex …