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Quicksilver Mac app launcher sees release after 10 years in beta

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After almost ten years in beta, Quicksilver for OS X has hit version 1.0, bringing users a powerful application launcher and task manager that functions with keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures known as "triggers."

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The application, including the latest bug fixes and enhancements, was detailed in a post to Quicksilver's official blog.

Quicksilver's main draw is its ability to locate files and folders with abbreviated search terms, and launch the assets in the appropriate OS X applications. The app has a highly customizable feature set, including trigger actions that dictate how a file is handled or what application is used to open it, abbreviations called synonyms for fast library searching, and plug-ins, which offer compatibility with many OS X programs.

According to the post, additional features are on the way, as the new version 1.0 "means more than just a change in the version numbering system - it signifies a maturity of Quicksilver and a sign of what?s to come."

In an interview with lead developers Patrick Robertson and Rob McBroom, the pair said Quicksilver can be even more powerful with backing from the dev community, which can take advantage of AppleScript extensions to build new plugins.

"Quicksilver 1.0 doesn?t just mean stability, it means the whole package: localisations for all our users; easy to use APIs for plugin and AppleScript extension developers; and a reliable, responsive support system," Robertson said.

Quicksilver version 1.0 supports OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8, and can be downloaded for free from the application's website. Donations are also accepted.
post #2 of 32
Ten. Years.

That is utterly absurd.
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"But but but but but only APPLE has products in beta for more than a year!"

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post #4 of 32
Great App Quicksilver. I've been using it from the start.

Wow has it really been 10 years?
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I loved this app.  It was really useful.  I just wonder how well it will work for me now.  Sad it took them so long to get their at together.

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"But but but but but only APPLE has products in beta for more than a year!"

 

Yeah but.
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post #7 of 32
Umm..yay? I guess?
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I hear version 1.1 will be released later this week to fix bugs...

 

/sarcasm

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post #9 of 32

Beyond Spotlight, AppleScript and some global shortcuts I have created using Spark... I have not really found any use for all these "launchers", no matter if they are Quicksilver, Alfred, Otto, LaunchBar or whatever. And with respect to plugins and app integration: I have not really run into anything where grabbing the mouse or trackpad and making the needed clicks was slower than me remembering some key combinations or keywords/commands (something I, outside of applications I am using since ages, normally fail at).

 

But everybody is working differently I assume.

post #10 of 32

But there's already Alfred which does it all (including a nice hack for text expansion with the latest version) :D

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2.0 is scheduled for 2023.
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They will adopt the broken chrome / firefox version scheme expect version 20.0 at the end of the month.
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10 years in beta! must be a Google application. 

post #14 of 32
Quicksilver is an absolute dream for a certain kind of very particular, pernickety, techie geek, which means that somewhere north of 99.9% of the public will never give a rat's behind about it or find it useful at all. Just sayin.
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When we see a multimillion dollar celebrity ad campaign for Quicksilver your comment will begin to become relevant.

Why does the scent of banning surround you so?
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post #18 of 32

QS such a great app. It takes some time to set up but it simply eliminates some steps that we're used to on a computer. Scale a photo, simple calculations, moving files around, launching apps - all just a couple of keystrokes. That's not saying it's going to get mainstream interest but that's not the measure of how amazing an app is. Spotlight is fine and has gotten better over the years. I even tried Google Quick Search for a while but it's astonishing how slow it is.

 

Anyway, thanks for the news, AI. I've reinstalled it. Just another rabid fan.

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And yet here I am.

I think TS has a better sense of humor than most of the regulars.

Am I a regular? I find you hilarious.

But not in any way that you intend.
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I don't see how anyone that didn't contribute code to this project can complain about the length of the "beta" period. After all, the product is free, unlike most of the alternatives mentioned. Presumably all of the development is being done in someone's spare time. In any case, beta or not, Quicksilver has worked great for several years (after it was more or less abandoned by the original developer), and these developers are to be commended for all of the effort they've put into this product. Note: I have no affiliation with Quicksilver other than being a thankful user.

post #21 of 32
question: I moved from Quicksilver to Alfred - what exactly am I missing by sticking with Alfred?
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I used to LOVE Quicksilver.  It was seriously the application that convinced me to never buy a non-Apple computer ever again.  Unfortunately, I stopped using it a few weeks after installing Snow Leopard.  I thought about using it again but with all of the things Apple has added to OSX, I don't think I really need it.  I'm glad it is still kicking though.

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post #23 of 32
Agree with ken ng. Alfred blows away every app of this genre in existence. Actually, Quicksilver is the least useful of the entire lot.

Oh...and to dreyfus2: if you can install Alfred and not find a use for it, you honestly haven't given it a decent try. I used to think this type of app was a waste of time, but the only time lost is the slightly steep learning curve. I use Alfred probably 30-50 times a day, and I'm only on my computer for a few hours. It's an unbelievable app, and SO MUCH MORE than a simple app launcher. In fact, that's the least of what it does.
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Agree with ken ng. Alfred blows away every app of this genre in existence. Actually, Quicksilver is the least useful of the entire lot.

Oh...and to dreyfus2: if you can install Alfred and not find a use for it, you honestly haven't given it a decent try. I used to think this type of app was a waste of time, but the only time lost is the slightly steep learning curve. I use Alfred probably 30-50 times a day, and I'm only on my computer for a few hours. It's an unbelievable app, and SO MUCH MORE than a simple app launcher. In fact, that's the least of what it does.

I totally agree with you. Alfred has taken over the command+space keystroke. I hardly use spotlight anymore. As you said, it's more than just my app launcher. It's how I find files, how i quickly access specific folders, how i run frequently used shell commands, how I launch my top 5 apps using global shortcut keys and also how I execute apple scripts... and gosh the list is endless. And that's just ver 1.x and I've yet to (going to soon) upgrade to version 2.

post #25 of 32

yes, is it very useful app.

 

p.s. someone say 1.1 version will be released next week,but this isn't right

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post #26 of 32

Didn't even know about Alfred. Giving that a try right now but need to wait for the first index. I already like the CMD key shortcuts and visual prompts in Alfred. The configuration of QS definitely makes it even more obtuse than it needs to be.

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Yeah, but it's open source & free. And while we are at it....... what contribution have you freeloading whiners made to society? Some code to improve it, or maybe A donation to the cause? I doubt it. Cry me a freakin' river. Compared to the guys writing this program, you have the I.Q. of a carrot.
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Yeah, but it's open source & free.

 

So if it was paid you wouldn't have bothered with your irrelevant argument?

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post #29 of 32
This will be a little essay about Quicksilver, Computers history, Life (since I see that many users do not have a clue about Quicksilver, same is with blogers, "tech" writers...)
 
Quicksilver is single best thing EVER on ANY computer platform. It is NOT a Application Launcher it is a true augmented way to interact with computers. It is step beyond PUI (Parc User Interface (= Windows / Mac OS X)).
 
little bit of history: Douglas Engelbart once envision using computers with "mouse" and "five keys keyboard" for ultra fast typing. Engineers at Xerox disregarded "five keys keyboard" and gave us only MOUSE and PAPER.
 
While DOS looks really akward to me*, to type something like "COPY C:/TEXT/MYFILPR.TXT C:/TEXT/NEW/" instead of draging icons..., but using kaybords have it's own benefits!
 
What Quicksilver do for Mac is to enable doing varoius, varoius, varoius, varoius(!) stuff on computer WITH KEYBOARD only (eliminating using mouse where there is no need for it and speeding many tasks up to 10 times)!
 
this is a short, but effective demonstration og Quicksilver:  http://media.theappleblog.com/screencasts/QS-screencast-pics.mov
 
and unfortunatly there is no single tutorial for everything that Quicksilver can do
but best thing is that you can use Quicksilver on very different ways and it will be always much faster than using "traditional" way!
 
 
* (I am long time Atari ST user; and Mac since I use Mac emulator (aka VirtualMachine) back in 1986. on ST :))
Beside, this footnotes are another very primitive way since we STILL do not have REAL electronic paper after almost 40 years of personal computers: what we have is SIMULATION of paper (which Xerox Parc "invented" for us).
 
btw I will try Alfred, I am curious :)
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I used to use QuickSilver a lot, especially to pull up a contact & then display their number in huge text. These days I rarely use it for that because our work place moved to a Cisco phone system with Jabber but I still find it a lot faster for opening Apps or grabbing a file to e-mail. There is one nice use for it, with the right script you can use it to quickly rm a file so you don't have to then go & empty it from Trash. This is done through an Apple Script and though the occasion to use it is rare it is really really nice to have it when I need it.

As for being beta for 10 years, it was an open source hobby project so people knocking on it for that can get off. Google had Gmail in beta for how many years?!
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btw I will try Alfred, I am curious :)

 You should! It's everything QS should have been. Alfred is free on the Mac App Store but the more advanced features are available via the Powerpack (http://www.alfredapp.com/powerpack/)

post #32 of 32

After all these comments about Alfred I had to give it a try... yeah it's neat.

Slicker than Quicksilver, easier to jump into than Quicksilver, more streamlined in general than Quicksilver.

It is however, no Quicksilver.

For the average or slightly more savvy than average user it is clearly a godsend, but it has nowhere near the depth of potential uses that QS does.

This is not to belittle it (Alfred)at all; in fact for what I do lately, it is perfect, but QS's multi-app and deep service functionality make it the real gem for a true power user.

That being said; the fine tuning process is well, not to put to fine a point on it, a pain in the ass. It takes a bit to get all the potential milked out of it, mainly because of the historic lack of concise documentation. 

There is nothing Alfred can do that quicksilver can not, provided you know how to talk with it, but plenty vice versa.

Frankly, either serve as healthy example of why MS can suck it.

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