But I’m not ragging on Google even though some of their products stay in beta mode for years. No, I’m talking about the Mac app that’s officially out of beta after years, and is officially version 1.0.0. That’s reason enough to celebrate this free Mac utility.
The App Launcher Reborn
I don’t really remember when Quicksilver first opened a direct portal to planet earth. I was but a child; maybe in elementary school, or middle school, or perhaps even taking a few college courses.
Quicksilver was often dubbed Slowsilver or Neversilver because every version was a beta with no 1.0 in sight. I remember when development ceased. Or, maybe that was a dream.
Regardless, Quicksilver 1.0.0 lives on the Mac and your personal productivity will increase by leaps and bounds if your personal frustration doesn’t plot a coup and banish the app.
What is Quicksilver? I hesitate to call it a launcher but it does that very well but it also performs other clever tasks.
Quicksilver is a Mac power user’s app because it uses the keyboard to summon and function. Hit the right keystroke combo and Quicksilver springs into action to launch apps, find files, and remember some of what your short term memory has already forgotten.
That looks simple enough, right?
Don’t let the simple pop up fool you. There’s a lot of complexity ready to be unleashed from your fingers.
From Quicksilver’s pop up window you can open apps, files, contacts, play songs, and browse files without your fingers leaving the keyboard (except to move to another key and press).
The real power to Quicksilver lives in a variety of plugins (available from the Quicksilver Plugin Repository).
Most of these plugins have been around for years and provide functionality to manage email, add a clipboard history, capture the Mac’s screen, dig into Contacts, open and use Terminal.app, even dance around FaceTime, 1Password, Safari and Chrome with more functions.
Quicksilver functions best when you use the plugins that fit into your workflow and there are dozens to choose. Remember the year 2013. That was the year that Quicksilver came out of beta to become a full fledged version 1.0.0. app for the Mac. Rejoice!