QuickSilver - How do you use it?

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by criana, Aug 15, 2004.

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    criana

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    I just downloaded QuickSilver. It was recommended by several users.

    http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/

    I have no clue how to use this program or how to set it up even. Any users out there, if you can post some screen shots or explain how to use it that would be great!

    TIA!!
    :)
     
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    Wes

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    I use it for everything. To start an IM conversation, to pull up people's info from the address book, to control iTunes (browse songs, play, pause...), launch programs, open saved files, browse/view photos, browse folders, everything. The only thing it doesn't do is let me browse my mailboxes. Once thats in, it will be the most perfect program I have. I think the default way to start Quicksilver is Command+Space
     
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    Wes

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    I used QS a long while back before switching to LaunchBar and now using QS again it seems to have developed a lot. Looks very promising, definitely a keeper!
     
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    criana

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    More questions

    Wes,
    Thanks for the link. I was there earlier, and was trying to understand it. It makes a little more sense now. I've been playing around with it a bit.

    blvdeast,
    How do you get it to open IMs? I also loaded a bunch of plug-ins, and I can't seem to get them to work. Like the Dict one.

    Here's a screen shot of my prefs for the plugins, any ideas, did I load them wrong?
     

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    how do you control itunes using quicksilver?
     
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    howard

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    i'm still learning too...but

    to use the dictionary, press ctrl space or cmnd space whatever brings up qs.. then press "." and type in the word you want to define... then press tab... then press down arrow until you reach where it says "define" ...to set that as the default action rightclick on the little circle to the left of it.

    i'm writing this blind, i hope that was all correct.

    as far as controling itunes, i'm not quite sure, but i found the above info and a lot more on there forums which are handy

    i think in future updates the plugins will include instructions..hopefully
     
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    i have my IM buddies in my address book. So if I want to talk to Susan, and Susan is in my address book, I bring up QS, type Susan and it will first show her address card and buddy icon (scroll to the buddy icon), but i press space and the middle square shows "IM text..." and the last square you type your message. But it have to make sure you select the person's buddy icon, not their address card. It it easier then it sounds.

    For iTunes, type browse, it will come up with Browse artist, albums, generes, and composers. If I want to hear Money from Pink Floyd, I can either press the right arrow on artist, scroll to Pink Floyd, then scroll to Dark Side of The Moon,press the right arrow then scroll to Money and press enter. Or you do the same stuff, but start with Browse Albums. You could type play, pause, next song, previous song to control the song. Just try it, its really easy when you get the hang of it. The best advice is don't be afraid to press the right arrow at everything and seeing what happens. Thats how I learned to browse my pics in iPhoto
     
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    First of all you need to have the itunes module installed, after that you just type in itunes, use right arrow and take it from there! :)
     

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