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Lacona

Fast, simple, powerful keyboard-driven commands for Mac

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Brandon Horst@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
Lacona is available now and improving quickly. Check it out!
Denis Dybsky@denis_dybsky · Marketing Director at Teslasuit
@brandonhorst it will be always for free or you plan to introduce some premium features? btw - Lacona is more powerful than Alfred. cool product!
Brandon Horst@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@denis_dybsky I plan to introduce paid features soon, within the next few weeks. Though a version will always be available for free.
Denis Dybsky@denis_dybsky · Marketing Director at Teslasuit
@brandonhorst cool! thanks for info!
Daniel Wroclawski@danwroc · Staff Writer, Reviewed.com
@brandonhorst congrats on the launch! and the PH recognition!
Calum Webb@calum_webb
@brandonhorst Any plans for PC :)?
Brandon Horst@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@calum_webb Yes, but one step at a time. The hard parts are all written in JavaScript, so it's built to be ported. After full Mac release I'll start thinking about it.
Calum Webb@calum_webb
@brandonhorst Fantastic! Look forward to it :)
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Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Spotlight in OS X should be doing this. Love how it supports complex queries like this:
Kitze@thekitze · kitze.io
@rrhoover You're aware "My last instagram photo" is just a subject, not the actual photo right?
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@thekitze good catch. I actually missed that but technically this functionality could be supported. Lots of opportunities to integrate with 3rd party API's to do things like: "Order me an Uber at Home" "Deliver Philz Silken Splendor on Postmates to my Office" "Send my girlfriend flowers on BloomThat in the next few hours"
Kitze@thekitze · kitze.io
@rrhoover Yeah but until Google Now or Siri does that, don't expect that this app will do it. (I think that the new Google Assistant will be able to do complex queries, but I'm not sure how complex).
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@thekitze @rrhoover You're right - Instagram functionality isn't implemented yet - but it will be soon.
Kitze@thekitze · kitze.io
@brandonhorst @rrhoover Cool, I wish you all the best. Can you tell me in which technology is the app built in? Are you maybe using Electron + React?
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@thekitze @rrhoover Info here: https://docs.lacona.io/docs/appe... React in WebViews for the interfaces, Elliptical parser running in JavaScriptCore, and a bunch of Cocoa glue code to tie it together and to the OS. Not using Electron.
Tom Masiero@blendahtom · GM of LaunchBit
@rrhoover This should be a workflow in Alfred!
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@blendahtom @rrhoover That is very difficult for technical reasons. Though the language parser is OSS and someone can definitely give it a try! http://elliptical.laconalabs.com/
Graham Gnall@ggnall · Product Manager - Bluecore
@rrhoover @thekitze if only there was ANOTHER way to order an uber.
Davidi°@davidiumbra · Designer/3D Artist
@brandonhorst Just found this on lifehacker - Lacona Is a Launcher for OS X That Uses Natural Language Input - Lifehacker https://apple.news/AgzSe_X-MNLWi...
@rrhoover @thekitze that would be second-order awesome
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
Lacona is available now and improving quickly. Check it out!
Denis Dybsky@denis_dybsky · Marketing Director at Teslasuit
@brandonhorst it will be always for free or you plan to introduce some premium features? btw - Lacona is more powerful than Alfred. cool product!
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@denis_dybsky I plan to introduce paid features soon, within the next few weeks. Though a version will always be available for free.
Denis Dybsky@denis_dybsky · Marketing Director at Teslasuit
@brandonhorst cool! thanks for info!
Daniel Wroclawski@danwroc · Staff Writer, Reviewed.com
@brandonhorst congrats on the launch! and the PH recognition!
Calum Webb@calum_webb
@brandonhorst Any plans for PC :)?
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@calum_webb Yes, but one step at a time. The hard parts are all written in JavaScript, so it's built to be ported. After full Mac release I'll start thinking about it.
Calum Webb@calum_webb
@brandonhorst Fantastic! Look forward to it :)
PJ Palomaki@pjburnhill · Cinematographer | Video Producer
Looks great, I wonder how it would run paired with dictation.. Is this something that could be built into Lacona, automatically turn dictation on when it's called? Or should I look into AppleScript / Automator solution.. ?
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@pjburnhill I would love to see something like that, but I would want to make sure it's done right before it's baked in - and with the Siri API rumored for announcement next week, I'd want to see what's up with that. Right now it would be really easy to make an Applescript shortcut which basically presses ALT+Space and then enables dictation (though activating Lacona via Applescript will be available with the next version).
Jordan Van Hemert@jordanvh · Partner @ Pepperstorm Apps
@pjburnhill I was thinking the exact same thing. Since it uses natural language it would work really well paired with dictation. Would you mind letting me know if there is a AppleScript / Automator Solution available if you find one please? Thanks!
Joseph Humfrey@joethephish · Co-founder, inkle
Looks like a good competitor for both Alfred and Fantastical that could do a lot more besides!
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@joethephish Thank you!
Terrible name choice for Portuguese and Spanish speakers
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@iotncl Could you explain why? I admit that I didn't do my homework here, but Google Translate isn't helping me out.
@brandonhorst "la cona" means "the c*nt" in Portuguese and in Spanish la coña means "taking th p**s" Look it up in an online dictionary, Google translate can't handle things like these
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@iotncl Ooh... that's pretty bad actually. I'm terribly sorry to the Portuguese speakers! Hopefully folks will be able to look past it - I'll make sure that the L is always capitalized in marketing materials.
Gonçalo Morais@gnclmorais · Front-end developer
@brandonhorst @iotncl I have to be honest, the name cracked me up because it’s just terrible. 😂 I know, my humour is childish.
Rodrigo de Almeida@rodrigodda · CEO @ FishTank
@brandonhorst @iotncl Actually, we (Portuguese speakers) don't have articles starting with "l", as "la", "lo", etc... So, as a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker, I don't think Lacona is a bad name at all! (Also, "cona" isn't a word or slang in pt-BR).
Jose Marcelino@jmarcelino · Metavurt
@rodrigodda @brandonhorst @iotncl Portuguese may not have articles "La" but everyone, at least in Portugal will understand it as meaning "a".. makes it even more amusing actually and like Gonçalo the name cracked me up. But it's OK just tell your Portuguese wife/female friend to try using Lacona and you'll be fine.
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@jmarcelino @rodrigodda @iotncl Ok, good to know. I'm ok with "funny if you think about it for pt-PT speakers", as long as it's not "crazy offensive". Thanks, folks.
Ernest Oppetit@ernopp · PM @ Improbable
@brandonhorst @jmarcelino @rodrigodda @iotncl if it makes you feel any better the name of the company I work for means Ass-Dick in French. Breaks the ice every meeting with a french client :)
Diogo Azevedo Freitas@diogo_azevedo_freitas
@brandonhorst I'm brazilian and over here (Brazilian Portuguese) the word "cona" is meaningless.
Simon Bromberg@shimmb · iOS Engineer @LifeBEAM, sbromberg.com
@brandonhorst @iotncl What's the actual significance of the name?
Brandon Horst
Maker
@brandonhorst · Founder, Lacona Labs
@shimmb @iotncl From the English word laconic, meaning "expressing much in few words."