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Quicksilver is a light, fast and free Mac application that gives you the power to control your Mac with keystrokes alone.

Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, then act upon these objets as you see fit. All with your fingers on the keyboard. As an example, if you want to find an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application's name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it, or tab and type to find an action such as Quit, Trash, Email To..., Run at Login, Move To..., Get Info, Reveal, the list goes on.

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What's New

Version 1.1.3:
  • Fixed a bug that prevents the results list from appearing on a second display

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Well, I'll be damned, Quicksilver at 1.0

A great program, the most indispensible program in years. Thanks for all the hard work.

5 people found this review helpful
Version 1.0.0
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kingofleon86 Member IconReview+10
kingofleon86
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The version for snow is awesome

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Version 1.1.3
Sleek Member IconReview+35
Sleek
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Quicksilver was once My favorite Application and it did the job but now since I found Alfred few years ago i just use Alfred Application just for about everything including shutdown,Restart, Sleep< Launching Apps, search all.

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Version 1.1.3
Penguirl Member IconReview+1057
Penguirl
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I made a concerted effort to use Quicksilver but it just doesn't work for the way I think, and I don't care to change to suit it. In my mind the shortcut for Address Book would be "ab" but Quicksilver wants "ad" and it took a LOT of repetition to get it to understand my shortcuts and some of them it would not learn no matter how many times I repeated it.

Probably a great app if it works the way you think, but if you're like me you might want to try something else.

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Version 1.1.2
Anotheruser
+1

key command to bring up QS; type "add" (since you know that works); type tab; type "a" (should bring up "Assign Abbreviation"; type tab; type abbreviation you want ("ab"); type return.

wizbang_fl
+0

I went to Alfred for my launcher (free on app store)

Wickedsp1d3r Member IconComment+124
Wickedsp1d3r
+0

I love this app. It would just need a much better calculator implementation.

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Version 1.1.2
bobbyloveslions Member IconReview+11
bobbyloveslions
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I've loved QS forever... But there's no reason this application should take up 200mb-1.8GB of memory. There is an issue.

I hate to say it but QS... I love you but... I'm afraid it's time to break up. We've been together for so long but I just cant do it any more. It's not you. It's me.

And to be honest... I've fell in love with another. Alfred 2.0.

It's free... Has more features and is very stable.

I suggest everyone who's having issues with QS give it a try.

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Version 1.1.0
Nontroppo
+1

I've never seen QS using so much memory, but if you can reproduce this, perhaps you can send the developers that information.

I doubt Alfred has more features than Quicksilver, though workflows in V2+ are starting to get close!

Bright Member IconComment+0
Bright
+0

This app was always the first app that I would install on any new computer that I've ever owned....

Over the past year or so I've notice that my iMac would start acting so slow and unresponsive that I would have to restart it. I never knew what the issue was until finally I notices in my iStat Menu Bar that QS was taking up a ton of memory but as the computer got more and more unresponsive... the QS memory usage would climb. At one point before it became absolutely unresponsive, the memory usage was up to 1.8 GB! It just keeps climbing and climbing right before my eyes.

That issue is on my iMac 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, OS X 10.8.4.

Since then I have a new Retina MBP that I've installed it on... I haven't seen the memory hog issue but the latest version is not stable. It constantly becomes unresponsive and I will have to hunt down the application and double click on it to open it again even though it's already open. That's the only way I can have it respond. I've put the icon in the menu bar and that helps but either way... shouldn't be happening.

I don't know what the dev changed to cause these issue but please revert back. This app used to be the best in the business and I would have gladly paid for it.... if it worked properly.

Hope if is fixed soon.

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Version 1.1.0
Tachy0n Member IconComment+34
Tachy0n
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on my old 10.6.8 mac, it crashes upon launch.

from the log:

Dyld Error Message:
Symbol not found: _OBJC_CLASS_$_NSTableCellView
Referenced from: /Volumes/Quicksilver/Quicksilver.app/Contents/MacOS/../Frameworks/QSCore.framework/Versions/A/QSCore
Expected in: /System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/AppKit
in /Volumes/Quicksilver/Quicksilver.app/Contents/MacOS/../Frameworks/QSCore.framework/Versions/A/QSCore

1.0 worked fine.
I wonder if this means we're moving towards 10.7 Lion minimum?

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Version 1.1.0
Jgj Member IconComment+18
Jgj
+1

Just installed 1.1.0. No brokenness so far, but then again, I only use this as an application launcher.

One really annoying thing that's brand-new to 1.1.0: The font size that gets displayed in the list of possibilities that appears when you start typing... got bigger. Why oh why?

BTW, I'm not seeing any of the memory-hog issues that some other "launching-only" users are seeing. My guess is that those users haven't gone through the preferences and turned off a bunch of stuff. I disabled as many actions and catalog items as I could while still letting it launch apps. If you leave it as it comes from the factory, I think it catalogs nearly your entire file system.

If only Namely.app hadn't been abandoned...

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Version 1.1.0
Jgj
+0

Correction, I see that at least someone tried that. You have to disable more than just plugins. And just because one only *uses* the app-launching capabilities, doesn't mean that's all that's active.

Also, you don't need the part that searches for every app on the system. Turn that off and just use the one that points at /Applications. If there are other places you keep apps, manually point QS there.

barzus Member IconReview+7
barzus
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I used to use this all the time just as a app launcher. But after a recent update it eats up all my memory after a while and I have to kill it. I've seen others complain about this and the developers say it's expected behavior cause it's just caching stuff in memory. I call a big load of BS on that. I have every plugin disabled and only used the app finder. There's no possible reason it should need 500 MB to cache the locations of less than 100 apps.

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Version 1.0.0
Bright
+0

I agree... there is issues with memory usage. My computer was running super slow yesterday and I noticed that QS was pushing over 800MB on memory!! Really?? I only use this a launcher as well. It needs fixed ASAP!

bobbyloveslions
+0

You should try Alfred 2.0. It's free and super stable. Great app.

misterjspencer Member IconComment+83
misterjspencer
+0

I used to love this utility. But having downloaded 1.00 it won't install... admin password and then nothing.

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Version 1.0.0
MisterE
+0

you know the install is drag & drop... right?

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Version 1.1.3
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Version 1.1.3
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Jacklarm
Version 1.1.2
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Version 1.1.0
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Saltmine
Version 1.0.0
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Version 1.0.0
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Daniel Borus
Version 1.0.0
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Version 1.0.0
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Version 1.0.0
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Downloads 749,006
Version Downloads 17,896
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 05 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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