The Quicksilver Blog reports that after almost 10 years of testing, Quicksilver has laid the beta tag to rest, signifying a maturity of Quicksilver and a sign of what’s to come.
Quicksilver is a launcher utility app for Mac OS X that gives you the ability to perform common, every-day tasks rapidly and without thought.
Quicksilver’s abilities include:
• Accessing applications, documents, contacts, music and much, much more.
• Browsing your Mac’s filesystem elegantly using keywords and ‘fuzzy’ matching.
• Managing content through drag and drop, or grabbing selected content directly.
• Interacting with installed applications through plugins.
Quicksilver gives you quick access to all your important things. With only a few keystrokes, you can get to your applications, files, contacts, bookmarks, music, etc. Dont get distracted though; although Quicksilver finds and launches things quickly and extremely well, it’s more about doing, not finding.
Saying that Quicksilver is an application launcher is like saying a car is a drinks holder. You can do almost anything with Quicksilver. Quicksilver’s art is in learning what you like doing, and turning your chores into two-second thoughts. By knowing your habits, Quicksilver blurs the line between thinking about something and simply getting it done.
Type It Like You Think It:
• Using OS X’s Spotlight or a similar app to find the contact ‘John Smith’ requires you to search for say john. What if you want to just type js? Quicksilver lets you abbreviate using letters from anywhere in the name, and that means anywhere. Use ps to find Photoshop or tun to find iTunes.
• Use abbreviations that make sense to you.
Do It Like You Think It
• Quicksilver lets you do things how you think of them, adapting to however you think.
• You can Google search for ‘some text’, or find ‘some text’ with Google search.
• You can select a contact and e-mail them a file, or you can select a file and e-mail it to a contact.
Stay Where You Are:
• With Quicksilver, you never need to stop what youre doing to complete simple tasks. Move the file you just downloaded to your Documents folder without leaving your browser. Add something to your To Do List as soon as you think of it. Quicksilver allows you to process your thoughts instantly, and lets you get right back to what you want to be doing.
OS X Spotlight is about finding things. Quicksilver is about finding things (faster) then doing something with what youve found. Spotlight can show your dads entry in the Address Book. Quicksilver can show your dads work phone number, call it or send your dad a file. Spotlight forces you to think as you search. Quicksilver allows you to just start typing to get what you want.
New in Quicksilver 1.0:
• Preliminary support for retina displays
• Many internal images have been upscaled
• Icons and images are no longer downscaled in the interface
• Add files and folders to the catalog using the Add To Catalog action
• A core feature of QS is direct access to only the things you care about. Now its easier then ever to add your latest fancy to the top-level catalog.
• Visit the new entry’s catalog info panel to include its contents
• Assign an alternate name to something by creating a synonym
• Abbreviations are limited to letters contained within the target objects name. Synonyms make it possible to use any name you like! Die-hard Address Book devotees rejoice.
• Fixed the Add Trigger action, and the trigger type can be specified in the third pane
• Get a new trigger straight into preferences. Make a command, press and search for Add Trigger.
• Assign the same trigger to different actions in different applications
• Add apps in the Scope field of the triggers information panels to use the same shortcut multiple times.
AppleScript Action Enhancements:
• Custom actions now have the ability to handle files in both the first and third panes. Also, the type of objects that the action will appear for, and will subsequently display in pane 3 can be specified making it a lot easier to mimic plugin functionality without lower-level coding skills.
• Store Email Addresses On The Shelf For Easy Access
• Recent Commands and the Last Command proxy are working
One excellent use for the Last Command proxy is doing repetitive tasks within an app that are normally done from the menubar. Assign Last Command>Run to a trigger. Use the User Interface plugin to press a menu item. The Last Command is now that menu item. Your shortcut will work for as long as you can resist using QS for something else. But even then, you can just in Recent Commands (Catalog) to perform the task again.
• Over 40 different bugs and stability improvements in this release, more than in any other release.
Complete Quicksilver 1.0 Changelog:
Note that this will be the last release to support Mac OS X 10.6 and 32-bit mode.
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