Quicksilver

Version: ß68 (3926) || Release Date: 2012-05-08 || License: Other Open Source Developer: Blacktree | App Owner: alcor

Application launcher and much more.

Quicksilver is a unified, extensible interface for working with applications, contacts, music, and other data.
Anyone using a computer (and the Macintosh is no exception) spends a lot of time locating files and applications, and then carrying out actions on those items. The Finder is a reasonably good tool for getting a visual overview of the contents of your disk, but it isn't ideal for quickly locating and manipulating files, especially if you have a deep and complicated folder structure, or if you prefer keyboard navigation to using the mouse.

Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, while keeping your hands on the keyboard. For example, if you want to launch an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application's name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it. When you don't need Quicksilver, it keeps out of your way, preserving precious screen real estate, and yet you can summon it instantly with a key stroke - just like Mercury the winged messenger. Actually, Roman mythological texts are remarkably silent on whether Mercury could be summoned with a key stroke, but it would have been great if he could. Quicksilver will certainly make you feel as if you have god-like powers.

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120 Opinions

One of the best utilities ever.

This app is AMAZING, once you get used to it, you'll wonder how you ever did with out it, and you will miss it on all your non Macs.

this is the first app you should install after the system

It's the app that never stops suprising me, with hidden treasures of ingenuity. And hell, even if you don't use the advanced features, it's a super neat launcher :)

At first, was reluctant to use this because I had bought Butler, but it kicks every inch out of Butler, Launchbar, iTerm and Spotlight combined! Great app that really helps productivity and launching, while retaining ease of use. Worth the buzz!

Now whenever i get on someone else's mac, i get frustrated that they don't have quicksilver installed.

I wish Apple would license it from them and pre-install it in 10.5
....if anything, they'd just steal the idea though. :P

QUICKSILVER is the-ish!

I finally figured out what it's all about, and it's pretty cool. Quite a handy app.

I look at a lot of software, and this was the first one in a long time to really get me excited again. The speed is incredible. It's more than a launcher- It lets you tell the computer what you want to do but in fewer steps.
The one drawback is setting up the indexing. That needs a little simplification. And the original "giant icon" interface is much better looking than the new one.

The Cube interface is awesome

Everyone cites QS as a launcher, but there's a lot more to it than that. It pays to do some reading up about the possibilities, you will be rewarded for the effort. I know I've only clocked about 15% of what it can do, and I'm still out to sea on a mac without it.

An example is the calculator- pop the interface up, then hit . (full stop). Type an equation into the text box that appears, hit enter, get the result. Never reach for a calculator app again (example assumes that 'calculate' is the default action for text- if not, it can be set up easily)

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