Quicksilver is back - ß59 released

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  1. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    So yeah, it's been a long time coming, but there's finally an update for Quicksilver!

    You can download it from

    http://qsapp.com/ (a brand new website for Quicksilver)
    or read about the changes in the Changelog

    A group of developers have been working hard over the past few months to resurrect Quicksilver and bring it back to what it once was.

    The new version contains lots of fixes, as well as new features such as a 'latest download' proxy object, a new menu bar icon and new localisations.

    Enjoy! :)
     
  2. komseban macrumors member

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    I remember trying quicksilver once. It was too difficult for me. :C
    I use Alfred now. Would the transition from Alfred to Quicksilver be a significant one? I mean, I recall them functioning about the same way.
     
  3. pjrobertson thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The transition may be a bit tough to begin with, since Quicksilver has a steep learning curve. It still way, way more powerful than Alfred though. Hands down.

    Highlights of Quicksilver:
    Triggers
    Proxy Objects
    Plugins (lots and lots of plugins, for many applications)
    Actions - not just open and close
    Comma trick (do 'something' to multiple items at once)
    3 Panes (Objects, Action, Argument)
     
  4. emiljan macrumors 6502

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    b59? does this mean its a beta release? Or is this stable to use?
     
  5. fehhkk macrumors 6502a

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    Prior version is b58, and was around for a while. It's one of those "must have" apps for OS X.
     
  6. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    oh awesome! I've been using alfred in the meantime (quicksilver just became too unstable) but I may have to switch back, i've been missing the object, action, argument functionality.
     
  7. reubs macrumors 68000

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    I've been using Alfred and actually bought the Power Pack from them even after being a fan of QS for a while. That said, I only ever used QS as a launcher and iTunes controller. Alfred, though, is so intuitive that I've been able to use it much more effectively than I could ever use QS.
     
  8. goobot macrumors 603

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    lol, how old is this and is still considered to be a beta?
     
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    I love this thing, so glad to see it's being worked on.
     
  11. JackieTreehorn macrumors 6502

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    Just wondering if you could expand on that a bit :)

    I'm been using Alfred and Launchbar recently and LB far outperforms Alfred for me. And QS was generally on par with LB in my experience.

    Good to see that QS still gets some attention. It was always the first thing I installed after a fresh OSX install :D
     
  12. ATMB macrumors member

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    I'm so, so, so much happy it's being updated after 5 years without any word on an "official" build.

    Also, is someone still using TextMate Ranker? I can't make it work, it seems to empty the catalog if I select it as ranking engine... :(
     
  13. Hastings101 macrumors 68020

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    Quicksilver just seems kind of useless to me. I'm glad other people can put it to good use though.
     
  14. M. Johansson macrumors newbie

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    Alfred

    Oh, Alfred all the way. I just like the feel of it much better than Launchbar. And it's WAY more elegant than QS.
     
  15. coder12 macrumors 6502a

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    Ehh.. well considering how I can launch iTunes by [ctrl + space "it" {enter}] in only .5 seconds, with 100% accuracy, and never needing to move my mouse (which would take closer to 5-10 seconds to move my mouse to the dock, find iTunes, and select it), it's definitely not useless, but it's definitely not for everyone ;)


    I switched to Alfred after becoming tired of QS' bugs. If Blacktree releases some more incremental updates I'll probably switch back... I love the minimalist appearance of QS, but love the way Alfred's CMD+1 selection process works.
     
  16. reubs macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I know it seems like it shouldn't make sense, but I feel like I'm able to do things with Alfred much more easily than I could ever do with QS.

    I know that QS and LB are much more powerful applications, but I didn't have the patience to ride that learning curve. Since Alfred is a simpler app, it's been easier for me to learn all the things that it can do, and I'm sure it'll just get better since it's still early in development.
     
  17. pendolino macrumors member

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    my experience with QS so far is that its pretty much irreplaceable until someone comes up with a better, more versatile trigger and plugin system.

    the mainstream contenders such as Launchbar and Alfred seem to be designed more for beginners or those that can't be bothered to master the software they are using on a regular basis.

    i guess its the difference between those people that read the instruction manual and those that don't.

    i use Quicksilver for so many things it would take ages to list them.
     
  18. enklined macrumors 6502

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    I use to use QS, then switched to Alfred like so many before me because of bugginess.

    Now, my question (since I'm the type not to read the manual), is...can you give me examples of what else I may be able to do with QS other than simply launch a program? All I've ever used QS/Alfred for is program launching, but would like to know what else it's capable of (with examples...).

    Thanks!
     
  19. jp102235 macrumors regular

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    Can't you do that with spotlight? or am I missing something?
     
  20. Hastings101 macrumors 68020

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    That's exactly what I was about to reply lol
     
  21. addicted44 macrumors 6502a

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    Spotlight isn't as fast. Its not until you actually use QS/LB/Alfred do you realize how fast App launching can actually be.
     
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    I must be missing something. I have tried Alfred, and preferred its graphics, but what I like most about QS is that I can mistype anything and it learns my choices, so that typing "s" now means Safari and "sys" means System Preferences. Sure, Alfred is snappy, but it's just a launcher, it seems, and in a way that seems even weaker than Spotlight.
     
  23. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020

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    the "in" prefix in Alfred does a spotlight-style search, scanning the contents of files.
     
  24. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    I'm glad quicksilver updated. It's what I use since Alfred sucks basically.
     
  25. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    Launch Bar for me. Tried QuickSilver but found it very confusing. Alfred is great looking but nowhere near as powerful as LB.
     

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