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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Hi, just to let you guys know; there are alpha releases being built at: http://code.google.com/p/blacktree-alchemy/ -- these are alphas, but to be honest, they work significantly better under Leopard, many many bugs are fixed. a3 needs manual hacking to get working, but it is worth it IMO.

I have found that spotlight in Leopard works just as well for basic application launching

I was having repeated frozen windows, apps not responding. Needed frequent force quits, restarts. After reading alpha & geira's comments here, I realized the glitches could be from Quicksilver. Uninstalled Quicksilver, then did another restart. No more problems.

When uninstalling apps, remember to delete application support files & preference files. It's best to do this manually. Uninstaller apps often leave files behind. Check in Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support; Macintosh HD > Library > Preferences; Macintosh HD > Users > username > Library > Application Support; Macintosh HD > Users > username > Library > Preferences.

I considered Quicksilver indispensable for some time. But, I was surprised to find that once I could launch programs, contacts and do calculations with Spotlight in 10.5, all of the sudden all the other things I used Quicksilver for (and there were quite a few) no longer seemed worth price of 40MB RAM. Add to this occasional stability issues and I am no longer a user.

However, I am very much looking forward to what Nicholas Jitkoff has next.

I used to love Quicksilver, it really presents an innovative way to communicate with my machine. Unfortunately in daily use I found it very unstable (I have to Force Quit it every now and then) and really slow with bigger catalog sizes. Moreover it looks unmaintained, there haven't been a single update since I started to use it more than a year ago. It's great that the project has became open source, I just hope it wasn't too late.

Am I the only one who likes Butler more than Quicksilver?

LaunchBar also allows you to send files in e-mail to people and browse your iTunes library directly.

Pressing Cmd-Space and having Spotlight pop up now feels just wrong. Quicksilver integrates itself into every process of your Mac if you want it to, and it feels like another part of the OS. Couldn't live without it; trust me, I tried.

Wish Arne & Marcus could put up an "I love/hate this" button. Sure, Quicksilver is pretty nifty. It also is the most likely offender whenever my computer starts behaving badly. Today Safari started hanging on what a sample revealed to be an ABAcquireFileLock call. After a while I noticed Mail was hanging as well, with the cryptic message "searching for sender's image" in the activity window.

Looking in the Console I noticed the error "Couldn't reopen AddressBook database. Home directory may not be ready or is missing" was repeated every second. It took some time googling (on Firefox, since Safari wouldn't start) before I found this article naming Quicksilver as the culprit. Killing with extreme prejudice solved the situation. From now on I think I'll stick to Butler which does 99% of the same thing without the hassle.

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