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Quicksilver
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Quicksilver for Mac

27 June 2020

Application launcher and much more.

What is Quicksilver for Mac

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.

Quicksilver indexes and parses only selected parts of the contents of your hard drive in the Catalog, which means it locates and displays the items matching your search quickly. Quicksilver has a modular structure which means features for interaction with a whole host of of other applications (iTunes, 1Password, Safari, Microsoft Office) can be done after installing the relevant plugin.

What's new in Quicksilver

Version 1.6.1:
New
  • A new preference has been added to Extras that controls the number of items kept in Quicksilver’s history (#2490)
  • Index /System/Applications by default (#2510)
  • Changed
  • Several in-application links have been updated (#2486)
  • Update the internal list of top-level domains (#2493)
Fixed
  • Touch Bar code won’t be called on older versions of macOS (#2460, #2463)
  • Additional tweaks for the default string ranker (#2481)
  • Small fixes to eliminate some warnings (#2477)
  • Updated code for alerts (#2477)
  • Include the license with the code (#2498)
  • Random trigger delays (#2482, #2500)
  • Fix some crashes under Catalina (#2503, #2497)
  • Rescan Recent Applications and Recent Documents when changed (#2451, #2515)
  • Fix a crash when using Large Type (#2511, #2521)
Development
  • Update internal version of Python-Markdown to 2.6.11 (#2480)
  • Change the encoding for Thai localization files (#2487)
  • Add a cachedProxyTarget method to find out what a proxy object last pointed to without resolving it again (#2489)
  • Start the transition to NSRunningApplication (#2500)
  • Cleaned up some clipboard code (#2499)
  • Set the SDK to macOS 10.13 for now. You can copy or symlink it from Xcode 9.
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mugsuk
mugsuk
Jul 5 2021
1.6.1
5.0
Jul 5 2021
5.0
Version: 1.6.1
This was the greatest piece of Mac software I have EVER used (I used it for more than 15yrs); it is still amazingly functional, but the exceedingly slow maintenance of the app and it's plug-ins finally pushed me to Launchbar this year. Even so I fire up the app every few months because I miss it's functionality, but each time I am reminded why I sadly left it; it is now less customisable, and less modern than Launchbar and Alfred (I hate Alfred's UI). If it were updated I would be back in an instant!
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jun 19 2021
1.6.1
1.0
Jun 19 2021
1.0
Version: 1.6.1
I think of this as orphanware. It's dilapidated and unwilling to catch up with the future. Look elsewhere for a replacement. It was nice, sort of, for a while. A great idea. Then it rotted on the vine. Sad.
Djefis
Djefis
Jul 2 2020
1.6.1
4.0
Jul 2 2020
4.0
Version: 1.6.1
The invoice is a little dated ... Otherwise no problem. Uninstalled.
GianMarco.Tavazzani
GianMarco.Tavazzani
Jun 29 2020
1.6.1
5.0
Jun 29 2020
5.0
Version: 1.6.1
There comes out often new system utilities made by developers full of goodwill and visions that I encourage as I can but seem to be a bit lost facing the many traps put with purpose and bugs lazily left in MacOS evolving to downgrade the Macs towards iOs and phone users, as the smart asses of the marketing imposes to satisfy the avid, bulimic hunger of the stakeholders of a company that once upon a time was lead by someone whose aim and priority was to build the best computers of the world. Then there are experienced developers that keep making year after year more perfect their products, not discouraged be having been abandoned by Apple, if not even fought as atheists in Egypt. Quicksilver, Default Folder, Path Finder, Alfred, I would add FinderPop (sadly not more updated by the good Turly but still NECESSARY and still 'almost working') are keeping our MacINTOSHES (!!!) on the original path tracked by Stev, making them, if carefully 'tuned up' still the best and most lovely OS: powerful while friendly. Apple developer should learn by these guys instead to be 'corrupted by avidity'!
mugsuk
mugsuk
Jun 28 2020
1.6.1
5.0
Jun 28 2020
5.0
Version: 1.6.1
so powerful, simple, and FREE
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jun 26 2020
1.6.1
1.0
Jun 26 2020
1.0
Version: 1.6.1
As of v1.6.0, I swear the devs lost interest. It was abysmal. Now, their web page links to the WRONG file for the installer. You end up with a ".qspkg" file, which is NOT the installer. There is something very wrong over there. The CORRECT link to the actual INSTALLER for 1.6.1 is HERE: https://qsapp.com/archives/downloads/Quicksilver%201.6.1.dmg
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jun 21 2018
1.5.8
1.0
Jun 21 2018
1.0
Version: 1.5.8
Version 1.5.9 is out, dated March 12, 2018.

I use Quicksilver all day, every day and am grateful for its existence. However, it has some consistent, long-term problems that the developers willfully ignore. Here are a few:

• The auto update process runs to what appears to be completion, then it FAILs, forcing the user to manually download the latest version, Quit running Quicksilver, then manually install the app and run it.

• If there are plugin updates available, the list window isn't smart enough to allow scrolling within the space provided by your desktop. Instead, it can run off the bottom of the desktop, making it impossible to see all the updates or click the button at the bottom to install them.

• The version Changes web page hasn't been titled. If you want to save it, you have to manually name it from 'Untitled'.

• It often provides geeky, obscure notification messages that are entirely useless. For example, "Unable to locate 1Password logins Please set the 1Password 3rd party integration file'..." means what? Good luck ungeeking the lingo..

I've also found it dangerous to update to the latest version, creating what is for me the unique situation of avoiding updates. When I do update, I save a copy of the currently working version first in order to be able to restore it if the new version of Quicksilver manages to break something, which it notoriously has in the past.

General conclusion: Great software with long term incoherent, geek inflicted quirks. As such, I'd never recommend it to Granny. Therefore, I knock off 2 stars in the score. Ungeeking it would earn it 5 stars.
JLMiladet
JLMiladet
Jan 9 2018
1.5.7
5.0
Jan 9 2018
5.0
Version: 1.5.7
Formidable !
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Mar 26 2017
1.5.2
1.0
Mar 26 2017
1.0
Version: 1.5.2
v1.5.3 is out today
the hooks
the hooks
Jan 30 2017
1.5.2
3.5
Jan 30 2017
3.5
Version: 1.5.2
Good app, free and nice but I don't see any considerable differences from the Spotlight option on a Mac. I suppose, it will be helpful if you have huge amount of apps, folders and files which are not in a good order, then Quicksilver is a great decision.
kscmint
kscmint
Jun 23 2016
1.4.1
4.5
Jun 23 2016
4.5
Version: 1.4.1
This is an app that I must have. It provides much more than what Spotlight has. A bit confusing at first when trying to configure for more advanced operations but excellent nevertheless.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jun 21 2016
1.4.1
1.0
Jun 21 2016
1.0
Version: 1.4.1
The current version is 1.4.2, which is what downloads. As ever, if your installed version of Quicksilver is working, either DON'T update it, or backup the current version first just in case the new version throws bugs at you and you need to revert back again.
mugsuk
mugsuk
May 20 2016
1.3.1
5.0
May 20 2016
5.0
Version: 1.3.1
1.4.1 is available on their website - still the best Mac app ever
fukurokujo
fukurokujo
Nov 9 2015
1.3.1
3.0
Nov 9 2015
3.0
Version: 1.3.1
works but without the main developer who went to google, its development could just as well have ended
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Aug 5 2015
1.3.0
1.0
Aug 5 2015
1.0
Version: 1.3.0
As usual: BEWARE updating Quicksilver. Every single time I've updated Quicksilver on my systems, it has CHOKED. I end up going back to the only version that I've ever found to reliably work for my setup: v1.1.3. Sadly, going back a version in Quicksilver can means your triggers are all screwed up with little "?" marks next to the, meaning you have to literally set them up from scratch all over again. And yes, if you complain to the project team, they'll get all defensive and denial mode on you. So don't bother. Just use the version that works. If you see a newer version, DO NOT UPGRADE until you've tested it out on some other test volume. Don't screw up your working Quicksilver setup for the sake of yet-another buggy update. And no, I won't honor rants in opposition to what I've said above. I've been through this damnable ritual too many times to bother going into flame warz over it. Just be glad if you figured out how to set up Quicksilver and have it working for you. What's wrong with version 1.3.0? It's activity simply drops dead without any notice or warning. Nothing programmed in it works any more. You have to reboot the thing and hope it now works again. Or better yet, go back to the version of Quicksilver that wasn't buggy for you. It's great that its free! But you get what you pay for. Headaches are not worth paying for.
mugsuk
mugsuk
Jul 13 2015
1.2.2
5.0
Jul 13 2015
5.0
Version: 1.2.2
been using this for close to 10yrs - first app I install whenever I update the OS; can do almost anything, and I find myself adding it to different workflows all the time.
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
Jun 26 2015
1.2.2
0.0
Jun 26 2015
0.0
Version: 1.2.2
Hey Patrick, how about adding some screenshots (or video) showing how this sucker actually works? Alfred and LaunchBar have them, but I can't even get a glimpse of Quicksilver's functionality or GUI.
FreeWizard
FreeWizard
Jun 18 2015
1.2.2
5.0
Jun 18 2015
5.0
Version: 1.2.2
Using QS since 10.5, now on 10.10. Great in many ways: first of its kind; super extendable; completely open sourced; maintained by capable developers.
Eveningclouds
Eveningclouds
Mar 20 2015
1.2.2
3.0
Mar 20 2015
3.0
Version: 1.2.2
Running Mavericks. Lots of crashes for me, and takes up quite a bit of RAM acc to Activity Monitor. Works fast enough but I find the interface a bit confusing, and so lean that I have trouble learning what to do. Stability is the biggest issue so far.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Oct 27 2014
1.2.0
5.0
Oct 27 2014
5.0
Version: 1.2.0
Lovely new version, lots of small but helpful improvements (remember the plugins all get updated with new features too which doesn't show in the main QS changelog). Still the most elegant and flexible power launcher for OS X...
Reddog99
Reddog99
Oct 24 2014
1.1.3
0.0
Oct 24 2014
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Trigger quit working for me after the 10.10 upgrade. Re-install didn't help...
kingofleon86
kingofleon86
Mar 23 2014
1.1.3
5.0
Mar 23 2014
5.0
Version: 1.1.3
The version for snow is awesome
Sleek
Sleek
Nov 5 2013
1.1.3
4.0
Nov 5 2013
4.0
Version: 1.1.3
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.
Penguirl
Penguirl
Oct 27 2013
1.1.2
3.0
Oct 27 2013
3.0
Version: 1.1.2
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.
wickedsp1d3r
wickedsp1d3r
Oct 9 2013
1.1.2
0.0
Oct 9 2013
0.0
Version: 1.1.2
I love this app. It would just need a much better calculator implementation.
bobbyloveslions
bobbyloveslions
Sep 26 2013
1.1.0
3.0
Sep 26 2013
3.0
Version: 1.1.0
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.
Bright
Bright
Sep 21 2013
1.1.0
0.0
Sep 21 2013
0.0
Version: 1.1.0
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.
Tachy0n
Tachy0n
Sep 16 2013
1.1.0
0.0
Sep 16 2013
0.0
Version: 1.1.0
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?
Jgj
Jgj
Sep 13 2013
1.1.0
0.0
Sep 13 2013
0.0
Version: 1.1.0
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...
barzus
barzus
Jun 22 2013
1.0.0
0.5
Jun 22 2013
0.5
Version: 1.0.0
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.
misterjspencer
misterjspencer
Apr 22 2013
1.0.0
0.0
Apr 22 2013
0.0
Version: 1.0.0
I used to love this utility. But having downloaded 1.00 it won't install... admin password and then nothing.
Londonskater
Londonskater
Mar 27 2013
1.0.0
5.0
Mar 27 2013
5.0
Version: 1.0.0
Well, I'll be damned, Quicksilver at 1.0 A great program, the most indispensible program in years. Thanks for all the hard work.
Mdognrdog
Mdognrdog
Mar 26 2013
1.0.0
5.0
Mar 26 2013
5.0
Version: 1.0.0
Way back when, Quicksilver was the darling of the Mac cognoscenti. When Alcor went to Google to work on Quick Search Box for Mac, development slowed to a crawl for a while. The team of developers that's been working the project for the last few years has made QS faster, more robust, and fuller-featured. At its core, QS is a way of grabbing at ideas with snippets of words. First, you think of your sentence's subject: the words might be the name of a file, or a bookmarked URL, or an iTunes track, or an entry in Contacts. Then, you search through QS's list of Actions (your verbs) that you can apply to the subject. Some Actions provide you with a third phase, an object (like, what file do you want to attach to an email, maybe). Being able to string together commands with this sort of rudimentary syntax is extraordinarily powerful, and doesn't require that the user memorize a lot of hotkeys. (This is also good because a lot of good hotkeys are already taken.) For this reason, I strongly prefer QS to Launchbar, which also can do a lot of things, but which requires that I, in turn, remember all the keystrokes that I've assigned to those things. If you WANT hotkeys, the sentences you write can be assigned Trigger, and you can treat QS like Launchbar. Also, it is free. There's no reason not to download it, install it, and give it a try. It won't stop working after 30 days; it won't ever nag you to send a donation to anybody. You can just leave all that power sitting around, waiting to be set loose. It's great to finally be using a major release after eight years of using betas.
M85
M85
Mar 26 2013
1.0.0
5.0
Mar 26 2013
5.0
Version: 1.0.0
Went hunting because Spotlight was frequently locking up my computer as it indexed files. I tried removing some folders from Spotlight's indexing sweep, but it was still a problem. Tried a few apps, but Quicksilver's been the best and then some.
clakes
clakes
Mar 26 2013
1.0.0
0.0
Mar 26 2013
0.0
Version: 1.0.0
*jawdrop* woot? Woke up this morning, Quicksilver's got to 1 ?! Seriously? Wow. I'll be frightened as by a black divination for the rest of the day! =D Kidding apart, I'm going to give it a further clean chance in order to celebrate this special day, after I've dropped it for Alfred1 a few months ago... I hope it'll stop hanging as it used to do on my book. *shrugs* Cheers, Blacktree!
Timbuk2
Timbuk2
Mar 26 2013
1.0.0
5.0
Mar 26 2013
5.0
Version: 1.0.0
There's Alfred, there's LaunchBar and then there's Quicksilver. All of them are really good, but I fell in love with Quicksilver the first time I used it and I've remained faithful to it, which I have never had reason to regret. To the developers of it: A big and humble bow to you!! I don't know how you do it, but QS keeps getting better and better. QS is so good I think Apple should ship it with the OS. Blacktree, you truly rock!!!
Julian-Kingman
Julian-Kingman
Jan 24 2013
71
5.0
Jan 24 2013
5.0
Version: 71
Because of this app, I switched from PC to Mac. It has changed the way I use a computer, completely. No longer do I fumble through folders, or even have to remember where a file was. I just type "ctr+space" and type a few letters and WHAMO! there's my file. You can also drag and drop into and out of quicksilver. For instance, I'll bring up quicksilver, type 'pho' and photoshop appears. I drag an image onto it, and the image opens in photoshop! There's no end to what you can do, though, this just scratches the surface.
anonymous-crocodile-5203
anonymous-crocodile-5203
Jan 19 2013
71
5.0
Jan 19 2013
5.0
Version: 71
I tried many different launchers over the years, but I always come back to Quicksilver. It's free and extremely powerful. A big thank you to the new development team!
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Jan 17 2013
71
5.0
Jan 17 2013
5.0
Version: 71
Here is the blog post describing B71 in more detail: http://blog.qsapp.com/post/35966004492/quicksilver-delivers
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jan 17 2013
71
5.0
Jan 17 2013
5.0
Version: 71
This app is a very good launcher but it also does a lot of things with its Plugins which are excellent. I have to give it 5 stars.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Jan 16 2013
71
5.0
Jan 16 2013
5.0
Version: 71
ß71 build 3942 is the final release of ß71 and is now available for general download. A great changelog, lots of improvements, fixes and low-level plumbing work to make future QS versions even better!!! A massive thank you to the volunteer developers who are working incredibly hard on this...
bbw7
bbw7
Jan 2 2013
71
0.0
Jan 2 2013
0.0
Version: 71
The MU download link doesn't work for the Beta 71 version. Looks like Beta 70 is actually the latest version, according to developer's site -- and is available there
Kidsdoc
Kidsdoc
Dec 8 2012
71
0.0
Dec 8 2012
0.0
Version: 71
Seriously, this software has been in beta for years!!! Is there ever going to be an official release? Or is calling it beta software a way for the developer to avoid liability in case something bad happens to your system?
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Dec 7 2012
71
5.0
Dec 7 2012
5.0
Version: 71
Excellent!!!!
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Dec 7 2012
70
5.0
Dec 7 2012
5.0
Version: 70
Current beta is ß71, and the changelog is impressive: http://qsapp.com/changelog.php
Jgj
Jgj
Sep 28 2012
69
0.0
Sep 28 2012
0.0
Version: 69
In fact QS is at beta70 now. However, beta70 introduced the following bug: QS no longer picks up applications that are inside a folder whose name starts with a dot. For example /applications/.outoftheway/foo.app will not be picked up. Beta 69 does not have this problem. There, upon launching the QS input window, typing 'foo' would yield 'foo.app'. Yes, I know this is not "the" place for bug reports. But it is absurd to require a github membership just to report a bug, which is what you find by going to qsapp.com. Therefore I report it here.
Barreltone
Barreltone
Jul 21 2012
69
5.0
Jul 21 2012
5.0
Version: 69
Just love QS. It's a terrific way to work on the Mac.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jul 21 2012
69
5.0
Jul 21 2012
5.0
Version: 69
Very Fine Launcher. Excellent in design and easy house,
Metropical
Metropical
Jul 21 2012
69
5.0
Jul 21 2012
5.0
Version: 69
I'm so glad that development of QS has been picked up again. It is capable of a lot more than I use it for, but I'm happy with the launcher and clipboard aspects of it and it's stability in 10.6. I've introduced many people to QS. The ones that get it, dig it as well. The ones that don't, have a lovely slow & cluttered desktop. The new developers are extremely responsive to problems, even idiot ones. Think they're getting rich or have nothing else to do with their time.?
Philosopherdog
Philosopherdog
Jul 21 2012
69
5.0
Jul 21 2012
5.0
Version: 69
Thanx for bringing this legendary app back to life. QS is better than ever with these brilliant new coders. Luckily for the rest of us it was made open source and there are generous and talented coders willing and able to clean up the mess that this app was left in by its author.
wickedsp1d3r
wickedsp1d3r
Jul 5 2012
68
0.0
Jul 5 2012
0.0
Version: 68
Still some bugs here and there, but nevertheless the best app launcher in my opinion. And thanks to QS, I don't need to turn on Spotlight anymore.
El-Duderino
El-Duderino
May 16 2012
68
0.0
May 16 2012
0.0
Version: 68
OK, so I tried to download yet another version of this thing to see whether the fundamental bug that occurs when you try to add a custom source in the catalog at full folder depth had been fixed. Whether one would neither see the rainbow ball of doom once an attempt at indexing such a remote volume is tried, nor the perennial console error entry of "UKDirectoryEnumerator::nextObjectFullPath - MacOS Error ID = -42" Nope. But at least QS has the spacebar QuickLook implementation now! (Nah, only joking. It doesn't.) Have gripes about Launchbar too (which near everyone seems to love) but at least its indexing system seems to kind of function.
Jgj
Jgj
Apr 26 2012
67
0.0
Apr 26 2012
0.0
Version: 67
I like QS a lot. But Beta67 introduced, inadvertently of course, something terrible. When you hit Cmd-Q to quit, instead of quitting you get a bezel that says "Hold Cmd-Q to quit". But, if you follow the instructions to "Hold" Cmd-Q for just a tiny fraction of a second too long, then you end up quitting your other open apps in sequence until you realize what's going on and lift up your fingers. It is very difficult to time this properly. It's potentially destructive, depending on which other app you accidentally quit. It's also extremely irritating, not only that now I have to concentrate on timing, but that I even have to take any extra step whatsoever after the first Cmd-Q. No, it does not suffice to use the mouse to quit QS. The whole point of QS is not needing the mouse for things. QS crew, I beg of thee to either get rid of this "feature", or provide a preference to disable it, or something to keep the held Cmd-Q from transferring to the next app after QS quits. (I know this is not the bug report forum, but I can't seem to find how to report bugs without signing up for Yet Another Account Somewhere).
Incorvia
Incorvia
Apr 18 2012
67
4.5
Apr 18 2012
4.5
Version: 67
I'm a user who lingered on the fence about buying Alfred's PowerPack or not. I found pro's and con's to each. I felt I liked Quicksilver's three panel approach better than Alfred's actions. I loved Alfred's speed and felt customizing it was a bit easier. But then there was the whole $20 thing for Alfred's PowerPack which I would need. Then version 67 came out and wow, it is so much faster than previous versions of Quicksilver. I didn't realize how important this was to me and I no longer find myself wishing I had Alfred. Quicksilver is an amazing piece of software, these new devs are crushing it (in a good way) with new features and speedy development. I'm giving it a 4.5 stars because I still think there's room for simplifying / improving the menu system but all in all I highly recommend!
Bigboysdad
Bigboysdad
Mar 31 2012
66
3.0
Mar 31 2012
3.0
Version: 66
I've always loved quicksilver but now it insists on notifying you every five minutes in the front most window what its indexing which makes it unusable.
Mdognrdog
Mdognrdog
Mar 25 2012
66
5.0
Mar 25 2012
5.0
Version: 66
I've already reviewed Quicksilver here before, but I'm coming back to it. This latest (b66) adds the ability to pop up a Quick Look window for any file (or URL) you enter. This makes it SO much easier to find things, it's just ridiculous (after all, don't almost all of us have a bunch of files with very similar names, where we'd like to figure out which one's which? Regardless of where they are in our directory structures?) It's simply a bad-ass piece of software. Not perfect, but bad-ass for sure. Oh, and they give it away. So at least TRY Quicksilver for a couple weeks before you BUY a "launcher" program. None of QS's "competitors" offer anything like the power of Quicksilver.
evansthompson
evansthompson
Feb 29 2012
65
3.5
Feb 29 2012
3.5
Version: 65
This used to be the best launcher out there, and I know there are still Quicksilver die hards that are glad it's back under development. I never took advantage of the really advanced features, though. Alfred makes those much more accessible to me.
Hal2007
Hal2007
Feb 17 2012
65
0.0
Feb 17 2012
0.0
Version: 65
Not saying that Quicksilver is bad. But Alfred plus its powerpack blows it out of the water. Seriously. Try it, and you'll see.
Macguruguy
Macguruguy
Feb 11 2012
64
0.5
Feb 11 2012
0.5
Version: 64
Very complex preferences -- not for the average user to mess with. Didn't work after 1 day of use. Hot key would bring up window, but typing did absolutely nothing. Uninstalled after 1 day.
Psychos
Psychos
Feb 3 2012
64
5.0
Feb 3 2012
5.0
Version: 64
Spotlight, I hardly knew ye. Honestly, I'd disable Spotlight indexing entirely, but Mail.app searches depend on it! (I have everything but /Users excluded, actually...) I use the terminal heavily, which probably helps as far as not needing Spotlight; I rarely use the Finder, preferring to use the terminal to move files and such for the most part. Combine that with Quicksilver, and hey, I can do almost everything from the keyboard! Yay! I think my favorite feature (hard to pick, from the thousands...) is the use of triggers to run scripts. I have a few f-key cobos bound to launch various terminals/ssh sessions/etc through the magic of Quicksilver triggers. For the average user, it's still a great launcher at the VERY least, and I'm guessing most users will get more than that out of it. Even on a pretty recent system with an SSD, I find results pop up faster and better with Quicksilver than with Spotlight... No, it doesn't index random documents as well as Spotlight does, but it's not meant to do that. The two co-exist just fine. :) The one negative is that for various features, you do need a good bit of advanced configuration. But, hey, it does a ton of stuff even without any advanced config. I've had several friends who used to be primarily GUI-happy but now use Quicksilver at least to launch stuff...and there are far more advanced features than that available, even to the novice. The iTunes, Address Book, etc, plug-ins are all worthwhile. Oh yeah, and it's free. For one of the very first things I install on any new Mac, I can't complain about that!
Lolita
Lolita
Feb 3 2012
64
0.0
Feb 3 2012
0.0
Version: 64
Download link takes you to a blank page, no matter what browser you use.
schmelding
schmelding
Feb 2 2012
64
5.0
Feb 2 2012
5.0
Version: 64
Quicksilver.app, will you marry me?
Sigs
Sigs
Jan 9 2012
63
5.0
Jan 9 2012
5.0
Version: 63
WOW!! This app is mind-blowing! It doesn’t replace the Finder, Spotlight, Address Book, etc, unlike some say. But it COMPLEMENTS them in a big way. I use Quicksilver in conjunction with dragging files to/from the Finder or other applications. A lot of people seem to be missing the drag/drop functionality in Quicksilver that makes it so handy among a hundred different other features that I discover more and more each day and it’s saving me minutes every day and hairs, too! Using the computer has never been this enjoyable, fast and easy. I’ve been downloading applications from MacUpdate for over 12 years and this is the first time I’ve created an account on her just to rate this app! That’s how good it is. Try it and I guarantee it’ll give you a bowel movement you can feel.
Phubai
Phubai
Dec 13 2011
63
5.0
Dec 13 2011
5.0
Version: 63
I have used this utility for years; even had purchased a copy of Launchbar, a fine application, but always have preferred QS. There's something about it's simplicity and functionality that makes it the choice for me. When I'm on another computer, it's the utility I miss the most, and even run it on this machine, my Lion Server. I highly recommend this to anyone using the Macintosh operating system. It's what I install first!
Kzx72
Kzx72
Dec 12 2011
63
5.0
Dec 12 2011
5.0
Version: 63
Great to see quicksilver finally being updated again. Easily the best launch utility ever and one of my top 5 favorite programs personally, maybe number one. The options for this thing are limitless and I'm always finding new ways to use QS that I didn't even think were possible. Will make a donation as an appreciation for the service.
Texspleen
Texspleen
Dec 6 2011
63
0.0
Dec 6 2011
0.0
Version: 63
QS is the best alternative to Spotlight.
SandraLStokley
SandraLStokley
Nov 25 2011
63
4.0
Nov 25 2011
4.0
Version: 63
I am not a guru but I have no problems whatsoever installing or configuring Quicksilver. I feel it should be incorporated into the Mac OS.
Castle-Rose
Castle-Rose
Nov 23 2011
63
5.0
Nov 23 2011
5.0
Version: 63
This is IMHO the most elegant utility app ever for the Mac. ... and it's free to boot. I'm donating for years of satisfaction I've had with QS. Thanks to the new QS team for taking this over.
pintapass
pintapass
Nov 22 2011
63
4.5
Nov 22 2011
4.5
Version: 63
Very pleased with the new updates. I'm back to using QS after about 3 years of LaunchBar. It's not that I didn't like LB; I just never liked it as much as I like QS.
Stephen-Fry
Stephen-Fry
Nov 10 2011
62
5.0
Nov 10 2011
5.0
Version: 62
Simply put: poweruser heaven ! Thanks for keeping this free.
philostein
philostein
Nov 10 2011
62
0.0
Nov 10 2011
0.0
Version: 62
Heads up - ß62 has been removed due to an auto-update bug. A fix should be out soon. Sorry about that! @LoveQuicksilver
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Oct 31 2011
61
5.0
Oct 31 2011
5.0
Version: 61
Yay, we can finally donate to this utterly excellent project: http://qsapp.com/donate.php For me a massive thanks to keeping QS alive, whatever the future may bring. Even if the current devs stop here, I really appreciate their hardwork to keep such an essential ninja meets swiss-army tool working. The excellent blog and plugin updates are just icing on the cake!!!
Elegraphy
Elegraphy
Oct 23 2011
61
0.0
Oct 23 2011
0.0
Version: 61
I am still using PPC mac with Leopard 10.5.8, and B60 DOES NOT RUN on PPC mac! Someone has to change that info for B60. I believe the last PPC version of Quicksilver is B58.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Oct 23 2011
61
5.0
Oct 23 2011
5.0
Version: 61
ß61 is a fantastic update. The major problems with the plugin database is solved, which means plugins can now be cleanly updated and maintained. And a huge changelog of workflow improvements and fixes, plus some minor Lion fixes (ß60 was working fine for me already) is just rich icing on this mercurial wonder. A big thanks to the devs! See here for the juicy details: http://lovequicksilver.com/post/11814325098/quicksilver-roars http://lovequicksilver.com/post/11814320389/quicksilver-ss61-changes
MisterE
MisterE
Jun 9 2011
60
5.0
Jun 9 2011
5.0
Version: 60
This is like Christmas for my Mac! Thank you so much for the continued work on what is IMHO the most indispensable utility app on my mac. This is one of the most powerful applications for Mac giving you instant access, with just a few keystrokes usually, to almost everything on your Mac. And, that's just the beginning. You have to work with this app for a little while to appreciate how versatile, powerful and elegant it is. It's kind of like an iPhone or iPad in this way, you have to hold it in your hand to realize just how cool it is. I can't even begin to list how much functionality this app adds to my Mac in this little review. Apple should be providing this kind of functionality built-in! I know the learning curve for QS is steep but I promise you it is well worth your time and effort. Very glad to see MU has selected it as a featured application! Please join the lonely IRC chat channel for QS on Freenode, #quicksilver irc://freenode.net/quicksilver
Vinkri
Vinkri
Jun 8 2011
60
4.5
Jun 8 2011
4.5
Version: 60
I'm a keyboard addict and I'm working with many files, many apps (even though they're basic stuff). QuickSilver is THE launcher. I love it. Fast, reliable, clever (finds the most probable file you want and puts it on top of the result list). And free. I simply love it.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Jun 6 2011
60
5.0
Jun 6 2011
5.0
Version: 60
Brilliant summary of the changes in ß60 at lovequicksilver (check the other tutorials there too!): http://lovequicksilver.com/post/6206073866/quicksilver-grows
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Jun 5 2011
60
5.0
Jun 5 2011
5.0
Version: 60
Wow, the ß60 release has a ton of fixes and enhancements. I particularly like the improvements to URL extraction on web pages. Do note though, that to get new plugins you should go to http://qsapp.com/plugins/ -- I think the auto-update of plugins is going to get fixed in the next release hopefully.
Jotheman
Jotheman
May 2 2011
59
5.0
May 2 2011
5.0
Version: 59
A Mac without Quicksilver just feels broken. I've been using Quicksilver for more than three years now. Tried some alternatives when development came to a halt, but luckily there soon were new betas to use. The single most important piece of software on my Mac.
Swordfish
Swordfish
Apr 27 2011
59
5.0
Apr 27 2011
5.0
Version: 59
When I installed B59 I couldn't deselect "Show icon is dock". Using "Reset preferences" in the Preferences > Application panel fixed the problem.
Bmanmac
Bmanmac
Apr 25 2011
59
5.0
Apr 25 2011
5.0
Version: 59
I am so glad to see it in active development again, I have been using it with Snow Leopard and it would randomly stop working, I look forward to great updates on one of the first apps I install on any mac I use!
Bigboysdad
Bigboysdad
Apr 22 2011
59
3.0
Apr 22 2011
3.0
Version: 59
Much as I tried over the last 2 years, I never did find any alternative app that changed, moved, copied, emailed, renamed, uploaded, compressed, revealed contents of and trashed data (and that's just for starters) as easily as Quicksilver. Big round of applause for the current developers keeping this software maintained.
Popguru
Popguru
Apr 17 2011
59
4.5
Apr 17 2011
4.5
Version: 59
It's great to see Quicksilver still being actively developed.
Wlow
Wlow
Apr 17 2011
59
0.5
Apr 17 2011
0.5
Version: 59
Completely worthless. It crashes constantly. No matter what I try, within 5 seconds it crashes. What a waste of time and what a disappointment.
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Apr 17 2011
59
0.0
Apr 17 2011
0.0
Version: 59
Note, B58 worked on 10.5 and was a universal Intel/PPC binary. You can find it here: http://github.com/quicksilver/Quicksilver/downloads
Orytek
Orytek
Apr 17 2011
59
0.0
Apr 17 2011
0.0
Version: 59
More comparable to Launchbar than Alfred but Launchbar is just lightyears ahead of Quicksilver because of it's low cpu usage, stability and of course it never crashes.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Apr 17 2011
59
5.0
Apr 17 2011
5.0
Version: 59
Wow, this is a *great* update. Lots of little bug fixes and a nice speed boost. The new development team is doing a great job, you can follow along on github at https://github.com/quicksilver/Quicksilver The heady mix of proxies, selections, plugins and elegance (noun+verb+action at its purest), and now back to a regular development team means this is by far the power tool for OS X users.
iTruth
iTruth
Apr 16 2011
59
0.0
Apr 16 2011
0.0
Version: 59
Wow I'm impressed. I thought this app was ancient news. I wonder how this compares to Alfred? I've been using Alfred and it's just fantastic but now I might try Quicksilver out of curiosity. In the past I couldn't get Quicksilver to work on Snow Leopard.
Ced
Ced
Apr 16 2011
59
5.0
Apr 16 2011
5.0
Version: 59
Simply perfect !
Mdognrdog
Mdognrdog
Apr 16 2011
59
5.0
Apr 16 2011
5.0
Version: 59
Thank God! b59 has been a long time coming.
mpiekielnik
mpiekielnik
Apr 16 2011
59
0.0
Apr 16 2011
0.0
Version: 59
Isn't Spotlight the same thing? And it is built in, so what's all that fuzz about QS?
niewiesznic-1
niewiesznic-1
Jul 15 2010
58
5.0
Jul 15 2010
5.0
Version: 58
Hello, I really LOVE QS, i think it is the best thing that could happened to Mac OS X. Is this software still development (i mean is it abandoned or not ? ) ? I tried other solutions then QS, but they were paid and they sucked. QuickSilver is the BEST !!!!
Uniquepito
Uniquepito
May 27 2010
58
5.0
May 27 2010
5.0
Version: 58
Perfect app, wich makes my work faster and effective and must be on my Mac. It haven't crashed since I've started using it (somewhen in 2008/2009?) Till now I haven't seen better or equivalent app - to be honest I don't need to seek for other "similar"... ;-)
Mdognrdog
Mdognrdog
Apr 30 2010
58
5.0
Apr 30 2010
5.0
Version: 58
Never had it crash? Really? I LOVE QS and I can't say that. It's worth the issues, but the issues do exist.
03xx
03xx
Apr 18 2010
58
4.0
Apr 18 2010
4.0
Version: 58
Quicksilver is one of those apps where it's become so much a part of my workflow that any Mac I sit at that's not one of mine with QuickSilver installed, I feel like I'm working on a foreign operating system. Over time, I went from using it for a keyboard-based launcher to my keyboard-based everything: calculator, iCal event adder, alarm, iTunes controller, script launcher, and probably a dozen other things I can't remember. I'm knocking off 1 star because it sometimes beachballs on me for a while and I have to wait. I hate to wait, which is why I use QS to begin with. I applaud the developers who keep QS going, but that coveted 5th star will require some more work on stability.
Benesch
Benesch
Mar 22 2010
58
0.0
Mar 22 2010
0.0
Version: 58
First of all, many thanks to the developers who keep this fantastic app alive!!! I use Quicksilver as a launcher with very few plugins (address book and safari modules). B57 is very stable for me, no crashes, only the dropdown hangs once in a while and takes a minute to recover. B58, unfortunately, crashes all the time on my machine (Macbook C2D, 10.6.2), for now I will stick to B57.
krixi-kraxi
krixi-kraxi
Mar 22 2010
58
0.0
Mar 22 2010
0.0
Version: 58
i use this app since.... i don't know, guess ages! ;) fits perfect to My Workflow, launch an application, send a File via mail, do calculation, start browser with a special bookmark - great that all in one application can handle this on one interface - thats all!! without QS i'm lost, a must have on every mac...
Arvidtp
Arvidtp
Mar 21 2010
58
0.0
Mar 21 2010
0.0
Version: 58
hmmm… when I untar version 58 I get an app with the "no" symbol over the icon and a message saying its not supported on this architecture when I try to run it. "This Architecture" is OS X 10.5.8 Intel. I LOVE quicksilver and use it all the time - it has changed the way I use my computer (for the better, no question) but this version just will not work for me.
Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
Mar 20 2010
58
0.0
Mar 20 2010
0.0
Version: 58
Well it stayed up for at least three minutes before it crashed. A new record!
Fishscale
Fishscale
Mar 20 2010
58
0.0
Mar 20 2010
0.0
Version: 58
If you organize the actions to what you need and not everything you won't have any problems with QS. I have tried LaunchBar numerous times but I can not get by the little quarter sized menubar that is the entire application. If you have the patience to learn all the commands then it can be effective but I continually come back to QS. I have not had any problems with it in a long time, and when I did have a problem it would just be a short delay... never actually had the app crash. QS is still alive and as you can see being developed. With thanks to the contributors whom keep this app alive I do not need any other sort of launcher. Many thanks to all of those who contribute, there should be a donation bowl somewhere... maybe at the official repo here: http://github.com/tiennou/blacktree-alchemy/downloads . QS from startup to shutdown, the only app that meets demands and is operating at all times. If you went away from QS, I recommend you revisit the app.
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