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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119 Opinions

I have finally given up quicksilver and bought a license for Launchbar. I got tired of having to force quit quicksilver every single day due to the dreaded 'addresssBook database ... home directory unavailable ' bug. The forums have been down for months so I wonder what the future holds.

Amazing!! I don't know I went with out it. Essential to everyone the work on a mac regularly - it does everything you need it to do. From changing tracks with a press of a key (or two) to open quick (with another press of a key) the random app that you need but doesn't need to be on the dock.

I am crippled on a Mac without Quicksilver. This is an ESSENTIAL interface tool that has increased my productivity significantly!

I have passed over this app in recommendations multiple times not really seeing the value until I wanted a open an application I don't have in my doc with my trackpad. I had to open my apps folder, navigate to another folder, scroll down and double click on this application just to open it

With quicksilver I hit "ctrl+space" type the first three words and hit enter, boom.

A necessity for anyone wanting to take advantage of speed and effiency

Someone once asked me what Quicksilver was. I started by saying, "It's like Spotlight, because it indexes all your applications and files." They responded with, why not just use Spotlight? I had to think for a minute, before I lamely responed, "It's scriptable and you can add often-used apple scripts to the list and it will display album artwork from iTunes, and send a email or IM to a contact or you can..." I had to stop, because it was then that I realized, not everyone wants to take the time to get to know Quicksilver. And that's fine, Spotlight works very well for most people.

But if you want to take command of your computer with a swift and natural keystroke, then take a look at Quicksilver. I still get questions when people hit Apple+Space expecting to open Spotlight (I remapped the keys for it to be Option+Space), but for me, Quicksilver is definitely the way to go.

This is an absolutely ESSENTIAL program. Once you use it, you'll never want to go back to PCs, JUST because they don't have Quicksilver.

There's just no way to convey it's true awesomeness and usefulness. I use it EVERY day, more than ANY other program. It's saved me (guessing here) probably over 100 hours, just because it takes less than a second to launch the app I want.

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gaffer, 8 years ago (score: 1)

WOW.....how did I survive without this?
The more I use it, the better it gets (and I only started yesterday :p)
It seems to remember what I use most too, and supply me with those options first.....brilliant.
Has allowed me to free up vital real estate on both my dock and in the menu bar (I no longer need iClip as this does the same thing). Has also given me the ability to rate my iTunes tracks back....etc etc....bleedin' 'eck, the possibilities are endless :)

OK, I didn't 'know' the version with the old icons, but even so I think the previous menu bar icons did look better.....you can download them here:
http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/OldIcons.zip
and replace into your resources folder.
Having said that, I'm getting so used to it I'm seeing what it's like if it appears to be invisible (no doc icon and no menu bar icon - which you can access via the cog in the shelf anyway)....i Hate clutter and this frees up even more real estate.

......i could go on and on.....

Things like this make me feel smug that I don't use windoze :D

Love it, love it, love it. Makes my life so much easier.

I installed the latest version (ß51) and have to say that for me QS is finally coming of age. I was a long-time Butler user but lately have been exclusively using QS, mainly because I find it is faster on my old 800MHz G4 machine. There are still a few stability quirks but nothing that puts me off anymore. I look forward to this just getting better and better but would also recommend Butler to anyone - it is worth trying them both to see which best suits your needs.

Beta 50 is now out and fixes, among other things, the indispensible del.icio.us plug-in.

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