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

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

I consider any computer that doesn't have Quicksilver installed to be broken.

While this app isn't for everyone, it IS for everyone who wants everything their computer can do at their fingertips. It's the power of a comand line interface, with the ease of a beautiful GUI.

Perhaps I haven't given Quicksilver a fair shake, but I forget it's even installed most of the time. I guess I'm happier with Apple's built in UI.

Sorry, but I just don't get this.

Open an app? Put the apps folder in the Dock, hold it to pop it up, open the app you want.

Use an app often? Put it in the Dock.

What am I missing here?

some people are saying QuickSilver is one of the best apps for Mac...
WRONG
it's THE BEST / MOST USEFUL app for Mac

Like most other commenters, I love this application, and it has so completely infiltrated the way I use my Mac, I feel hamstrung when I have to sit at someone else's computer. My favorite plug-ins: the Network Locations Module (change my network settings with a keystroke) and the del.icio.us module (all my del.icio.us links are stored in the catalog and can be launched directly form the keyboard). Definitely read some of the web articles cited here to get an idea of just how much this app can do.

Next to Growl, Quicksilver is the MUST MUST have install on every mac.

I love this app, but for some reason it consitently caused my computer to crash. I had to uninstall it. It pained me.

I love this app. I install this on every Mac I use. I just feels wierd using a computer without it. Prolly my number one app for productivity.

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