Quicksilver is a launcher utility app for Mac OS X which gives you the ability to perform common, every-day tasks rapidly and without thought. An introduction to Quicksilver's abilities include:

  • Accessing applications, documents, contacts, music and much, much more.
  • Browsing your Mac's filesystem elegantly using keywords and 'fuzzy' matching.
  • Managing content through drag and drop, or grabbing selected content directly.
  • Interacting with installed applications through plugins.

For example, if you want to launch 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. When you don't need Quicksilver, it keeps out of your way, preserving precious screen real estate, and yet you can summon it instantly with a key stroke - just like Mercury the winged messenger. (Ed. Note: Actually, Roman mythological texts are remarkably silent on whether Mercury could be summoned with a key stroke, but it would have been great if he could. Quicksilver will certainly make you feel as if you have god-like powers.)

Quicksilver indexes and parses selected parts of the contents of your hard drive in the Catalog, so that it locates and displays the items matching your search really quickly. If you are a programmer or an ├╝ber-geek, you will be glad to know that you can extend and customise Quicksilver until it does exactly what you want it to. The modular structure also means that the application will never be bloated: You only load the modules that you find useful.

If you hate reading manuals, make sure that you read the Quickstart Guide. That should be sufficient information to get you up and running, and it will also give you pointers to the plethora of other features and customization options that you might be missing.

What's New:

  • The plugin download getting stuck shouldn't happen anymore, but it seems the Eclipse plugin fails to unpack correctly, so you won't be able to download it. The thing is I have been forced to disable the progress bar, because IIRC it was actually causing the problem (yes, there is no supported way of knowing a download progress in Apple's
  • API, go file bug reports guys, this is a shame).
  • Fixed the issue I introduced by not checking for smaller parts of an abbreviation (fx will now correctly match Firefox).
  • This is an universal build, default plugins included.
  • Tried to blindingly fix the Shelf crash bug. If some of you can reproduce it, write me some directions in a ticket. I haven't been able to. I also wondering if it's not wrongly named, IIRC it's more easily caused by copying a big chunk of Photoshop data than by using the Shelf.
  • Trigger scoping.
  • Dockable windows that have a tendency to spring out when applications changes or to get stuck in one space do (or should) not do this anymore.