Quicksilver
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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,
What's New
Version 1.1.3:
  • Fixed a bug that prevents the results list from appearing on a second display
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Quicksilver User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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kingofleon86 reviewed on 23 Mar 2014
The version for snow is awesome
[Version 1.1.3]


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+5

Sleek reviewed on 05 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 1.1.3]


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Penguirl reviewed on 26 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 1.1.2]

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Anotheruser replied on 10 Jan 2014
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.
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wizbang_fl replied on 13 Apr 2014
I went to Alfred for my launcher (free on app store)
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Wickedsp1d3r commented on 09 Oct 2013
I love this app. It would just need a much better calculator implementation.
[Version 1.1.2]


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+5

bobbyloveslions reviewed on 25 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 1.1.0]

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Nontroppo replied on 05 Oct 2013
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!
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Jgj commented on 13 Sep 2013
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...
[Version 1.1.0]

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Jgj replied on 13 Sep 2013
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.
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barzus reviewed on 21 Jun 2013
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.
[Version 1.0.0]

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Bright replied on 08 Sep 2013
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!
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bobbyloveslions replied on 25 Sep 2013
You should try Alfred 2.0. It's free and super stable. Great app.
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Psychosynthesis commented on 22 Apr 2013
I used to love this utility. But having downloaded 1.00 it won't install... admin password and then nothing.
[Version 1.0.0]

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+275
MisterE replied on 14 Sep 2013
you know the install is drag & drop... right?
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+5

+30

Londonskater reviewed on 26 Mar 2013
Well, I'll be damned, Quicksilver at 1.0

A great program, the most indispensible program in years. Thanks for all the hard work.
[Version 1.0.0]


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Mdognrdog commented on 26 Mar 2013
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.
[Version 1.0.0]


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Bright had trouble on 21 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 1.1.0]


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Tachy0n had trouble on 15 Sep 2013
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?
[Version 1.1.0]


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Elegraphy had trouble on 23 Oct 2011
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.
[Version 61]


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Swordfish had trouble on 26 Apr 2011
When I installed B59 I couldn't deselect "Show icon is dock". Using "Reset preferences" in the Preferences > Application panel fixed the problem.
[Version 59]


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Arvidtp had trouble on 20 Mar 2010
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.
[Version 58]

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Arvidtp replied on 20 Mar 2010
aww crap forget it - that was "The Unarchiver" being stupid and un-taring wrong. works now with the OS X archive helper.
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Zwilliams had trouble on 18 Dec 2009
Up until recently I had been a very happy Quicksilver user. But, after updating to this latest version everything is borked. Quicksilver will no longer run for more than two seconds straight without crashing. I've deleted all the associated files and tried reinstalling to no avail. I tried going back to the old ß54 I'm very disappointed, not at the developers but at how this situation is turning out for me. Quicksilver has become an indispensable part of my routine, and this has really slowed me down.

I hope this can be fixed quickly.
[Version 1.0b57]

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Clakes replied on 06 Jan 2010
Indeed. On Snow Leopard, b57 is a true bitch compared to how it runs on Leopard: list window size not remembered through reboots, triggers not working, plug-ins such as the super-handy Calculator hanging the app...

I'm sticking to it anyway, because I'm just so used to the nice bigger previews of the Bezel UI that I get sick each and every time I try to give similar applications a try...
But it's "hurts", really.

I'd shell a reasonable amount of cash out to have Quicksilver, the kind of "application launchers (extensively speaking)", back to its past glory.
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WhitsonGordon had trouble on 17 Dec 2009
For some reason, this build is much slower for me than the last official build (B54). The old build, why it has the obvious issues related to Snow Leopard, is lightning fast, but the new build is slow. There is a very noticeable delay to pop the window up and when I'm typing - I have to type my query and then wait at least a second or two before the text shows up. Any ideas why I'm having this issue? I seem to be the only one; performance was supposed to be improved in this build.
[Version 1.0b57]

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Slob replied on 23 Dec 2009
No, you're not the only one. b57 *is* slower, and quirky, but on 10.5.8 b54 is truly 'quicksilver' again. One more reason for me to hold off from 10.6 for now.
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Sbchavel had trouble on 01 Dec 2009
Double-modifier shortcut to activate interface no longer works. You now must have QS in front for double-modifier to work. Is there something I am missing?
[Version 1.0b57]


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Monoentrenado had trouble on 30 Nov 2009
Well, I just can't live without Quicksilver, but in snowleopard it simply don't start, not in my imac, nor in the macbook pro.
[Version 1.0b57]


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elegraphy had trouble on 02 Feb 2008
I have discover Quicksilver caused the window-only screenshot key combination not functioning. (Hold down Command-Shift-4, click the once, then click the mouse key to take the screenshot.)

When Quicksilver activated, it would let the combination keys selected the whole screen area, instead of the particular selected open window. Disable Quicksilver would correct the problem and let the window-only screenshot functioning again.
[Version 1.0b54]



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VRH rated on 14 Feb 2014

[Version 1.1.3]



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Hendsch rated on 07 Nov 2013

[Version 1.1.3]



JohnV2458 rated on 25 Oct 2013

[Version 1.1.2]



Jacklarm rated on 07 Oct 2013

[Version 1.1.2]



Nitramaz rated on 14 Sep 2013

[Version 1.1.0]



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Baba86 rated on 14 Sep 2013

[Version 1.1.0]



Saltmine rated on 13 Jun 2013

[Version 1.0.0]



Oolong rated on 05 May 2013

[Version 1.0.0]



Daniel Borus rated on 25 Apr 2013

[Version 1.0.0]



LeviElHadad3397 rated on 23 Apr 2013

[Version 1.0.0]


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License:Free
Date:05 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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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.

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.

Versions compatible with older OSes are available at http://qsapp.com/download.php


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