Quicksilver for Mac is the very first thing I install on a new Mac or after a clean install. Period.
It’s fucking fabulous and I can’t believe it’s free. But it is and you can get it too for you Mac.
First off the app Quicksilver is more an extension of your powerful Mac’s features than an app as such. Quicksilver saves your time and getting a tennis elbow from extended use of your mouse or Trackpad on the Mac.
What Quicksilver does â€“ and does really, really well and fast â€“ is open your apps and almost anything on your Mac. I have it setup to kick in when I hit [CMD]+[.] (thats it!) I hit the [CMD] key to the right of the Spacebar with my index finger followed immediately with my middle finger (don’t even go there!) hitting the [.] PERIOD key. Then you just have to hit one other alpha key and [ENTER] â€“ and behold the magic.
And as you get to use Quicksilver more and more Quicksilver will learn your preferences for easy access to every single one of your apps installedÂ Â on your Mac as well as Preferences and so much more.
On my MacBook Pro Retina running Yosemite 10.10.5 Quicksilver loads fast after booting and I am just three keystrokes away from being productive on the Mac:
[CMD]+[.]+[S]+[ENTER] opens Safari
[CMD]+[.]+[A]+[ENTER] opensÂ Applications folder but [CMD]+[.]+[AM]+[ENTER] opensÂ AirMail 2
[CMD]+[.]+[P]+[ENTER] opensÂ Preferences but [CMD]+[.]+[PA]+[ENTER]Â opensÂ Pages (you get the idea).
And so on and so on. Quicksilver picks ups your personal flavor as use it, and even when it is not up to perfection in your personal choices you can simply force the damn thing into submission: I had [CMD]+[.]+[L]+[ENTER] opening Logic Pro X but it wanted Quicksilver to open Logoist 2 when hitting [CMD]+[.]+[L]+[ENTER], so I went ahead repeatedly hitting [CMD]+[.]+[L]+[ENTER]Â andÂ repeatedly picking Logist 2 from the dropdown menu (see images below). After doing this perhaps five or six times Quicksilver complied.
When I first made the big jump from M$ to Mac in May, 2007, I stocked up on loads of glossy magazines like MacWorld, MacFormat and MacUser and kept reading positive things about Quicksilver (which was also a big thing for Mac users eight years) but I didn’t get it back then.
Then when I read about it about Quicksilver very positively a few years into my Mac career I gave it a second go and this time doing it properly and researching a bit about Quicksilver’s usefulness and some trial and error effort on my part. And since then I have been very satisfied with Quicksilver â€“ and I am certain you will be too.
(Some Mac users use the onboard Spotlight [CMD]+[Spacebar]+SA for Safari and so forth while others utilize Albert, I stick with Quicksilver which I rate at five out of five stars).
Quicksilver is a fast and free Mac OS X productivity application that gives you the power to control your Mac quickly and elegantly. Quicksilver learns your habits, making your everyday chores simple and efficient.