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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Anyone know what happened to blacktree.com? Reinstalled Quicksilver but have no plugins and no updates. Seems the server has been down for the past few days.

This is what spotlight should have been!! The best demonstration of the power of OSX!!!

Note: when installing it says that the beta will stop working after 6 months. I haven't had the time to search to know what it will become then, does anyone know?

B52 is a dev release. You can enable prerelease candidates in the version checking in the app if you turn on advanced features, and you can also download the latest dev release with http://www.getqs.com/dev. That said, it is a dev release, so download at your own risk.

Here's a link for ß52: http://blacktree.meadgroup.com/quicksilver/application/QS.3808.dmg

Couldn't imagine my Mac without it. Awesome.

I'm far from a hardcore QS user but for launching apps and opening files/folders it's fantastico.

Can't remember the last time I touched my dock! (that's not a typo ;) )

WINDOWS USERS - For those like me who have to use Windows at work I found Colibri is a nice little app.

Looks as if there is a new dev version out, β52, the auto-update fails to load the correct version though, but hopefully soon we'll get the new build (which I think fixes some of the more serious crashers; see the forum for more).

Quicksilver is incredibly powerful. It's become such a unconscious part of my computer use that I find myself hitting Option + Space (QS keys) even when I'm on a PC.

@tafkas . Didn't you say the exact same thing in the TextMate comments?
See: http://osx.iusethis.com/app/textmate

I still haven't learned to use this creatively. On one of my user profiles it silent-quits pretty regularly, so there must be a conflict with the graphics apps I run there.

But, when I'm in the Windows world, I sure miss QS.

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