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Mar 25, 2013, 05:27 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/03/quicksilver.jpgAfter more than 10 years in beta, the open source launch utility Quicksilver has finally reached version 1.0 (http://blog.qsapp.com/post/46268365849/quicksilver-comes-of-age).

The utility is a Spotlight-on-steroids type utility, that allows power users to open and manipulate files quickly from the keyboard.
After almost 10 years of testing, Quicksilver lays the beta tag to rest. (If the lack of an eszett brings a tear to your eye, you can always reminisce by hitting ?S on your keyboard). What does this release mean? It 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.

For more info on this historic release day, you can read an interview with the lead developers (http://blog.qsapp.com/post/46268470658/quicksilver-an-interview-with-the-developers) where they discuss their thoughts on Quicksilver, but now it's time to dive right in and see what Quicksilver's getting on its release birthday.Quicksilver is a free download (http://qsapp.com/download.php), but the developers welcome donations (http://qsapp.com/donate.php) from users who find it useful.

Article Link: 'Quicksilver' Launch Utility Comes Out of Beta 10 Years Later (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/25/quicksilver-launch-utility-comes-out-of-beta-10-years-later/)



Michaelgtrusa
Mar 25, 2013, 05:28 PM
A ten year beta!...but free.

Goftrey
Mar 25, 2013, 05:29 PM
...Still better than Launchpad.

quaternio
Mar 25, 2013, 05:31 PM
Always my first download on a new Mac.

bobringer
Mar 25, 2013, 05:33 PM
And the folks at Alfred were scared...

Said nobody... ever.

Drinahn
Mar 25, 2013, 05:37 PM
Wow! Quicksilver exists!? It's like it's 2005 all over again!

Feed Me
Mar 25, 2013, 05:39 PM
I actually forgot this program existed, I'm going to download it and then watch cartoons from my childhood to get the full nostalgia kick.

50548
Mar 25, 2013, 05:40 PM
I also thought it was buried with 10.2 or so...welcome back! :D

kirky29
Mar 25, 2013, 05:47 PM
Since using Alfred, I've never even given Quicksilver a second thought!

Brian Y
Mar 25, 2013, 05:51 PM
Alfred all the way for me.

allbrokeup
Mar 25, 2013, 05:51 PM
I have been a long time user of Quicksilver. Since I bought my first iMac running 10.4.4 in 2005. I'm a little bit sad at seeing something I've used for so long come out of Beta.

They're right actually. The lack of an esszet will be a big change. And I think I might even rename the app to have it for nostalgic reasons when I download the new version today on my MacBook.

It still never fails to baffle me why Apple never thought of this for Mac OS X itself. It would've been a KILLER feature to advertise.

jshbckr
Mar 25, 2013, 06:00 PM
Aaaaaaand everyone is using Alfred now.

Baklava
Mar 25, 2013, 06:01 PM
About time !!!

CTYankee
Mar 25, 2013, 06:02 PM
Another Alfred user who is more than happy. Just the other day someone used my computer and said, "what is this utility"? He had used QS and in a few users wanted to switch to Alfred.

macaddict06
Mar 25, 2013, 06:04 PM
The utility is a Spotlight-on-steroids type utility

Isn't the idea behind Quicksilver what Spotlight was based on? So, really, "Spotlight is a Quicksilver on Valium" moniker may be more fitting.

huythanhv2
Mar 25, 2013, 06:05 PM
Althought QuickSilver is the first, maybe it's a bit late now.

Alfred user.

slu
Mar 25, 2013, 06:06 PM
I tried quicksilver several years back, but couldn't get much value out of it. I even watched a long YouTube video demo given by the guy that developed it (back then).

But either way, good for them for coming out of beta.

designgeek
Mar 25, 2013, 06:07 PM
I pretty much can't use my computers without Quick Silver. On the rare occasions it would crash many many builds ago it was like I suddenly didn't have thumbs or something, like the OS was completely opaque and I couldn't accomplish anything. I'm glad to see it keep going, long live open source!

LoveQuicksilver
Mar 25, 2013, 06:19 PM
Isn't the idea behind Quicksilver what Spotlight was based on? So, really, "Spotlight is a Quicksilver on Valium" moniker may be more fitting.


Quicksilver is not Spotlight (although it can mimic some of its functionality).

It's more like a replacement Finder and OS X rolled into one. Browse folders, move multiple files, use iTunes, do image processing, run scripts, append text to documents, search contacts and email them, get passwords, find the latest download, search websites, use Services, save snippets (including text, images and file locations) to a shelf, take screenshots, do a whole lot more, and… launch apps.

OS X lets you do all this. The point is, Quicksilver does it for you.

(And its fuzzy matching algorithm beats Spotlight hands down.)

@LoveQuicksilver

pianophile
Mar 25, 2013, 06:22 PM
LaunchBar rules.

PBF
Mar 25, 2013, 07:06 PM
Been using Alfred for almost 8 years now.

mainstreetmark
Mar 25, 2013, 07:14 PM
Been using Alfred for almost 8 years now.

A full five years before alfredapp.com was registered?

TuffLuffJimmy
Mar 25, 2013, 08:16 PM
That's great! I didn't actually know it was still in development...

Quicksilver was an amazing app and its structure was pretty interesting. Basically Quicksilver was a syntax and plugins, files, text, etc were the nouns and verbs. It was basically an OS replacement.
These days Alfred and really taken over the market, but the uses and philosophy behind the app are a little different. From the get-go Alfred was just a launcher and basically useless when Quicksilver was a launcher and so much more.

szw-mapple fan
Mar 25, 2013, 08:46 PM
A ten year beta!...but free.

LOL


That's all I can say:D

lseven
Mar 25, 2013, 09:21 PM
It still never fails to baffle me why Apple never thought of this for Mac OS X itself. It would've been a KILLER feature to advertise.

I think it would be a horrible feature to advertise. Not advertising all these super geeky features is why Apple has beaten Microsoft in UX design.

blndcat
Mar 25, 2013, 10:30 PM
I'm an Alfred user now but used to install QS as one of the first apps when setting up a new Mac.

Unless my memory is faulty, I remember a period when the developer of QS stated in response to bug/quirk reports that no further development would take place on QS and to try out one of the alternatives. I think I went with Google's one and later on Alfred.

Does anyone else remember this?

LoveQuicksilver
Mar 26, 2013, 12:46 AM
I'm an Alfred user now but used to install QS as one of the first apps when setting up a new Mac.

Unless my memory is faulty, I remember a period when the developer of QS stated in response to bug/quirk reports that no further development would take place on QS and to try out one of the alternatives. I think I went with Google's one and later on Alfred.

Does anyone else remember this?

He did:
http://lifehacker.com/330548/quicksilvers-creator-on-the-future-of-qs?tag=softwareexclusivelifehackerinterview

But he recently said:
“I’m amazed at what the Quicksilver team has accomplished since they took over the project a few years ago. They’ve created something truly worthy of a 1.0, taking Quicksilver from a flight of fancy to a fast, reliable productivity app. It has been a pleasure to use thanks to their frequent updates, countless refinements, and tireless effort.”

It's part of this interview:
http://blog.qsapp.com/post/46268470658/quicksilver-an-interview-with-the-developers

RadioGnome
Mar 26, 2013, 03:04 AM
Reminds me that it is not a standard part of OS-X. It is on all the macs I use though....

vigorblade
Mar 26, 2013, 03:05 AM
Since using Alfred, I've never even given Quicksilver a second thought!

I have been and still using Quicksilver, but I don't know why I did not know about Alfred, such a good app. Thanks to you and bobringer who mentioned it, I have downloaded it and plan to give it a lot of use.

tatonka
Mar 26, 2013, 04:07 AM
Quicksilver used to be one of the first programs to install on a new system .. but I moved on to Alfred now .. which works very well for me, so no intention to go back.

tawfekshalaby
Mar 26, 2013, 05:32 AM
Wow! Quicksilver exists!? It's like it's 2005 all over again!

numbersyx
Mar 26, 2013, 05:32 AM
Like many on here, I started with QS, moved onto LaunchBar and am now with Alfred. Can't see what motivated this emergence from beta. Quicksilver has a cool animation thing when switching apps but was well left behind when LaunchBar began to make progress. Still see Apple looking at some form of QS and Alfred built in to OS X.

NHProductions
Mar 26, 2013, 05:38 AM
I'm a Spotlight user, I've never seen the use in installing an application to do what Spotlight already does. If anyone could educate me on this, I've been googling on this matter for about about 2 weeks since I "discovered" Alfred but never seen why I should download it or Quicksilver.

I've heard a lot about Quicksilver and Alfred though, guess Alfred is getting some competition!

Weaselboy
Mar 26, 2013, 06:37 AM
I'm a Spotlight user, I've never seen the use in installing an application to do what Spotlight already does. If anyone could educate me on this, I've been googling on this matter for about about 2 weeks since I "discovered" Alfred but never seen why I should download it or Quicksilver.

I've heard a lot about Quicksilver and Alfred though, guess Alfred is getting some competition!

If all you are looking for is something to launch apps and search for files, your intuition here is correct... you don't need any of these launcher apps like Alfred.

The big plus for me with these apps is the ability to add functionality through the use of addons. With Quicksilver it was plugins, and now Alfred calls them "Workflows". Just about anything you can think of that you might regularly do on your computer can be attached to a KB shortcut and automated.

For example, every damn time Skitch or Pixelmator come out with an update in the App Store the "Open with..." dialogue on my Mac ends up with duplicate entries for those apps. The fix is to run a long Terminal command that rebuilds OS X launch services. I have that Terminal command linked to an Alfred Workflow now so all I do is bring up Alfred and start typing r e b and hit enter. Done. The command runs and restarts the Finder and the problem is fixed.

http://imgur.com/K52E0ZD.png

I just uploaded this screen shot using another workflow that uploads a screen shot from my desktop to an image host and puts the link in clipboard to paste in here. I typed u p and hit enter.

http://imgur.com/rEQLGo0.png

You can also setup custom web searches. For example I have a custom Google search that only searches MacRumours forums. So I type m r space and type the search term, then enter.

Here (http://www.alfredworkflow.com) is a nice list of workflows an Alfred user has put together.

I am not affiliated with the Alfred folks, I just really like the app. :)

devilbond
Mar 26, 2013, 07:21 AM
Been using Alfred for almost 8 years now.

Whoah.. I had no idea it was even that old! Cheeky butler.

Ddyracer
Mar 26, 2013, 08:12 AM
Here (http://www.alfredworkflow.com) is a nice list of workflows an Alfred user has put together.


You forgot the Alfred "Share Your Workflows" (http://www.alfredforum.com/forum/3-share-your-workflows/) Forum.

rhett7660
Mar 26, 2013, 09:51 AM
If all you are looking for is something to launch apps and search for files, your intuition here is correct... you don't need any of these launcher apps like Alfred.

The big plus for me with these apps is the ability to add functionality through the use of addons. With Quicksilver it was plugins, and now Alfred calls them "Workflows". Just about anything you can think of that you might regularly do on your computer can be attached to a KB shortcut and automated.

For example, every damn time Skitch or Pixelmator come out with an update in the App Store the "Open with..." dialogue on my Mac ends up with duplicate entries for those apps. The fix is to run a long Terminal command that rebuilds OS X launch services. I have that Terminal command linked to an Alfred Workflow now so all I do is bring up Alfred and start typing r e b and hit enter. Done. The command runs and restarts the Finder and the problem is fixed.

http://imgur.com/K52E0ZD.png

I just uploaded this screen shot using another workflow that uploads a screen shot from my desktop to an image host and puts the link in clipboard to paste in here. I typed u p and hit enter.

http://imgur.com/rEQLGo0.png

You can also setup custom web searches. For example I have a custom Google search that only searches MacRumours forums. So I type m r space and type the search term, then enter.

Here (http://www.alfredworkflow.com) is a nice list of workflows an Alfred user has put together.

I am not affiliated with the Alfred folks, I just really like the app. :)

Ok this is some seriously cool stuff. Just went to the site after reading this and I am now downloading it! Long time quicksilver user, but after reading these going to give Alfred a try!

antonis
Mar 26, 2013, 09:56 AM
Since I'm very hesitate to 3rd party OS plugins, I'm using spotlight from day #1. Never looked back.

Diego7
Mar 26, 2013, 11:35 AM
The big plus for me with these apps is the ability to add functionality through the use of addons. With Quicksilver it was plugins, and now Alfred calls them "Workflows". Just about anything you can think of that you might regularly do on your computer can be attached to a KB shortcut and automated.


Can Alfred be used to add Microsoft's hotkeys (i.e., choosing menu commands by using the "Alt" key) which are available in Office for Windows, but not in Office for Mac? Or maybe there's an easier way?

I hate that hotkeys aren't available in Office for Mac. It takes too damn long to use a mouse to drill down into layers of submenus.

Weaselboy
Mar 26, 2013, 11:50 AM
Can Alfred be used to add Microsoft's hotkeys (i.e., choosing menu commands by using the "Alt" key) which are available in Office for Windows, but not in Office for Mac? Or maybe there's an easier way?

I hate that hotkeys aren't available in Office for Mac. It takes too damn long to use a mouse to drill down into layers of submenus.

Alfred should be able to use Applescript in a Workflow to do that. Then bind the Workflow to a KB combo (hotkeys) in Alfred.

The trick would be making the Applescript. It looks like Office for Mac supports Applescript, and you can use Applescript to simulate keystrokes/menu picks. For example, the Applescript below will run the Reset Safari command from the Safari menu.

Just bring up the Applescript editor to test/tweak your Applescript, then when you have it doing what you want, copy your Applescript into a Alfred Workflow and assign a KB shortcut.

Just follow this same convention from my example to drill down to the Office app menu command you want. If you can click down to it, you can Applescript it.

I don't have Office, or I would try and piece it together for you.

tell application "System Events"
tell application process "Safari"
click menu item "Reset Safari…" of menu "Safari" of menu bar 1
try
click button "Reset" of window 1
end try
end tell
end tell

Diego7
Mar 26, 2013, 11:56 AM
Weaselboy, thank you!

cyprian.pl
Mar 26, 2013, 12:28 PM
Why this is the first time I hear about Alfred?

Macrolido
Mar 26, 2013, 04:30 PM
I remember this app on my iBook G3 running 10.4.11.

garylapointe
Mar 26, 2013, 05:11 PM
Unless my memory is faulty, I remember a period when the developer of QS stated in response to bug/quirk reports that no further development would take place on QS and to try out one of the alternatives. ...

Does anyone else remember this?

I thought it was off for a while too. And then I thought it there was a compatibility issue with one of the major OS upgrades. Or maybe the reverse order.

The info I'm recalling I think was from a few MacBreak episodes a few years back (many years?). I think they even had the developer on one of those episodes. It was a product they were raving about so I'm thinking there was something incompatible or discontinued at the time or I would have gone and downloaded it...

Gary

rhett7660
Mar 26, 2013, 06:18 PM
Well I can say this, I freaking like Alfred a lot, have been messing around with all day long and yup, I think it is going to be replacing Quicksilver for the time being.

mrxak
Mar 26, 2013, 06:53 PM
I can understand some people liking a different app better, but I don't really understand all the snippy little comments from some of those people.

tkermit
Mar 27, 2013, 03:35 AM
This is so awesome! Once again, it's back to Quicksilver for me – works beautifully. So glad this application is having a renaissance. :)

blndcat
Mar 27, 2013, 08:24 PM
He did:
http://lifehacker.com/330548/quicksilvers-creator-on-the-future-of-qs?tag=softwareexclusivelifehackerinterview

But he recently said:


It's part of this interview:
http://blog.qsapp.com/post/46268470658/quicksilver-an-interview-with-the-developers

Thanks, that explains it then. Pity the author of the article didn't mention this rather important bit of the story. The title of the article also doesn't help either in this regard.

tkermit
Mar 29, 2013, 10:31 PM
Can Alfred be used to add Microsoft's hotkeys (i.e., choosing menu commands by using the "Alt" key) which are available in Office for Windows, but not in Office for Mac? Or maybe there's an easier way?

I hate that hotkeys aren't available in Office for Mac. It takes too damn long to use a mouse to drill down into layers of submenus.

In Quicksilver you could simply install the User Interface Plugin and use it to select any command from the menu bar of any running app, plus optionally define a keyboard trigger for it. Keep in mind though, that OS X already allows you to define application shortcuts for arbitrary menu items out-of-the-box (System Preferences→Keyboard→Keyboard Shortcuts→Application Shortcuts). There's also a search box in the Help menu (http://lifehacker.com/5592856/use-os-xs-application-help-menu-as-a-keyboard+friendly-action-launcher) that allows you to quickly gain access to any item from the menu bar (⌘? is the shortcut, which you may have to enable first).

EDIT:

By the way, for assigning shortcuts to your own applescripts without having to use Alfred or Quicksilver, you can create a Service in Automator which allows you to take advantage of the "Run AppleScript" action. Go into the Keyboard preference pane to assign a shortcut to the service you've created.

JackieTreehorn
Mar 30, 2013, 07:38 AM
Here's to hoping that they still have the 'Cube' plugin!

terriyaki
Mar 31, 2013, 03:24 PM
I've still been a Quicksilver user all this time. It's such a powerful program.

Can you launch multiple websites or apps at the same time with Alfred and/or Launchbar? Cause last time I checked you couldn't, but with QuickSilver you can.

Weaselboy
Mar 31, 2013, 03:26 PM
I've still been a Quicksilver user all this time. It's such a powerful program.

Can you launch multiple websites or apps at the same time with Alfred and/or Launchbar? Cause last time I checked you couldn't, but with QuickSilver you can.

Alfred can do this. I have a workflow setup to launch a set of apps.

Badagri
Mar 31, 2013, 05:47 PM
Here's to hoping that they still have the 'Cube' plugin!

That was awesome, and the pie chart circular one.

http://smokingapples.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/quicksilver-cube.jpg
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tuaw.com/media/2006/07/qsconstellationmenu.jpg

Vairamuthu
Apr 3, 2013, 02:40 AM
I installed Quicksilver on ML and doesn't find the app in application folder.

I tried installing again and still nothing.

Is Quicksilver version 1 compatible with ML?