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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by charlesbronsen, Aug 31, 2009.
Are you just going to use spotlight? I sure do miss QS. Any alternatives?
Quicksilver is running just fine on my machine.
I will continue to use both. Quicksilver runs fine under SL
I'm still using quicksilver, no problems with it, and haven't found anything better yet.
Just be careful when installing plug-ins and know exactly what you've JUST installed in case it seizes up and crashes. I had some problems with crashing, but I just deleted the previously installed plug-in, and it was great. Been running like a dream!
hmmm- must re-install then. Must be all the plug-ins I had.
i am having nothing but problems. the console shows errors as well. i cleared it's cache and re installed.
cannot open preferences (and i bet you can't either) and it takes a while to actually start running.
man i never realized how much i used quicksilver
Err, nice assumption. Preferences opens fine on my system
For me, the only problem with Quicksilver is that when I activate it, it always forces spaces to go to the first space. Annoying!
I was having the same problem when I installed SL.
1) Get an application cleaner/eraser....Appcleaner (free, recommened by MacWorld mag.)
2) Erase existing version of Quicksilver using Appcleaner. This will remove all the junk (behind the scenes files).
I did these steps and Quicksilver runs perfect.
Make sure youre running the newest version of QS. Theres no link from the main page, but development has continued [URL="http://code.google.com/p/blacktree-alchemy/downloads/list]here[/URL].
That's good to know. My version was old. However the newer one still won't launch for me.
I believe most of the time Ive heard of that its been a result of specific incompatible plugins crashing. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/Quicksilver and Trash the PlugIns folder and PlugIns.plist. Then try launching QS. (Note: Obviously if this does work, youll have to reinstall your plugins).
That worked! Thanks so much for that. I had given up and installed Google's Quick Search Box. I Don't think half of those plugins were needed anyways. Thanks for the help.
Glad to help! I actually just ran into the same issue, cuz I thought Id try and make more use of the services by installing the services plugin, but that crashed it right away. By the way, turns out you dont need to delete PlugIns.plist, but I dont think it does any harm if you do. If you know which plugins are problematic, you can delete them individually from the PlugIns folder and keep the rest.
Honestly, I don't like using Spotlight anymore. I keep a structured folder system where I can easily access what I want very quickly. No need for SL in my opinion. QuickSilver is a lot better. More advanced.
Yeah, it's great for launching apps (which is all I use it for), and I need to find more uses for it. Also, I'm really glad and surprised to see it continuing in development. I thought it had become abandonware, but it appears it will survive at least one more OS upgrade!
QS, in my opinion, never really made the leap to Leopard. This makes logical sense given how the developer himself abandoned it's development to go to Google and has openly suggested in interviews that stability is an issue and he is surprised more people simply haven't gone to LaunchBar (as I have) as a result.
I have tried the Google Code versions but they have been the buggiest POS I have installed on my Leopard Macs. They continually crash and/or freeze on plug in install. While I miss the Comma Trick, I am much happier now with LB which is in much more active development and remains current with the OS. More power to those who still believe in and use QS, but I can't recommend it to friends.
i switched to spotlight a few weeks back. Works just as well
I still don't understand the use for quicksilver and when I ask noone can seem to explain it to me. They just say "Its an app launcher!" (But so is double clicking....not sure what I'm missing).
Quicksilver is more than an app launcher. You can launch terminal commands from it, control iTunes, multiple items on a clipboard, mouse gestures, launch multiple apps, bind tasks together, compose/send email, add text to documents w/o opening them, move files, shelf items to use later, add tags to files, etc. All this w/o having to leave the app. It is probably the best Mac app ever made. If you want to know more check here and go to The Apple Blog where they have a ton of stuff on this.
I loved Quicksilver but I'm in the process of moving to Launchbar. Unfortunately it is a dying project and I need things like Quick Look which proves to be very useful.
I think QL is being worked on for the newer versions. ß56a7 already has it, in a way. The icons are now rendered with QL as previews of the document, although you cant open a QL window, play media files, or page through documents. But I wouldnt be surprised at all to see this in the next (or some future) update as an option for spacebar behavior.
I hope you're right. I tried to dump Quicksilver for LaunchBar since SL but I wanted to try out Quicksilver again since I'm so used to it. The app crashed like 20 times on me when I tried to install certain plugins I needed (file tagging module and services module) along with the Quick Look. All of these I need for file management. While I love Quicksilver and it was my favorite app, I going to stay with LaunchBar for now.
I truly do hope the community works on this. It would be a shame that the greatest Mac app of all time would just die out from lack of support.