Quicksilver?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by theman5725, Dec 15, 2006.

  1. theman5725 macrumors 6502

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    I've heard a lot of good things about this app. But everytime I download it and install it, I just don't see the point to it at all. Perhaps I'm missing something here? What exactly does it do besides letting you bring up a menu which is basically spotlight?
     
  2. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    It has more functionality than spotlight i.e it can edit files and rename files from the menu.
     
  3. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

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    I always found Spotlight to be cumbersome for launching applications, so I have Quicksilver's preferences set to just catalog apps.
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I really recommend you do a tutorial or two on QS which you can find on the Blacktree home page. The tutorials will open your eyes to the differences between Spotlight and QS and it is much easier to follow than any advice I (or anyone else) can provide here.

    I find QS to be invaluable.
     
  5. hqsbud macrumors member

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    I hear you, but I do use Quicksilver regularly now.

    I had heard it was one of the best things around, so I downloaded it and tried it three times and gave up, not seeing the point. But on the fourth try, I just focused on using it as an application launcher, and I began to miss it on my other computer which didn't have it.

    Application and document launching is the vast majority of my usage of it. It is different from Spotlight in that Spotlight is good at searching inside of files. Quicksilver is much quicker at coming up with files with names similar to what you typed.

    I also use it as a convenient dictionary. Bring it up, type a period, then the word I'm looking for, type tab, type 'dic' for the dictionary, hit return, and up comes the definition. The way I say it, it doesn't sound convenient, but it's very quick and easy.
     

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