Bugs & Fixes: LaunchBar Causes an Unexpected Surprise
Step 1: Take one of the best utilities ever created for the Mac; one that I use every day. Step 2: Enhance its latest version with a promising new feature. What do you get? Not necessarily what you might expect.
You may wind up with seemingly inexplicable symptoms that lead you on a frustrating scavenger hunt until you figure out what happened. At least that's what happened to me.
The utility in question is LaunchBar, an application launcher (plus much more) par excellence. The feature, newly added in LaunchBar 5, is called CipMerge. With ClipMerge, you can combine copy requests into one clipboard object.
The ClipMerge feature works like this: Select to copy some text, using Command-C. Now, before pasting anything, select to copy additional text, this time typing Command-C and C again (while still holding down the Command key). With ClipMerge enabled, both selections are now on the PasteBoard. You can repeat this multiple times to add additional selections. Whenever a ClipMerge copy occurs, LaunchBar provides audio feedback via what it describes as a "stapler sound."
When you next select to Paste, the combined selections appear. This could be helpful in a variety of situations. For example, if you want to copy several quotes from an online article, you could combine the separate quotes and and use just one paste command to transfer them to another document.
In my case, however, three factors converged to cause problems regarding ClipMerge:
After posting a request for feedback on Twitter, my colleague Dan Frakes tweeted back with the suggestion that the symptoms could be due to LaunchBar 5's ClipMerge. Indeed they were.