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Intermediate Quicksilver tutorial

Dan Dickinson: The Primary Vivid Weblog: Quicksilver: From A Better OS X To Even More

Dan Dickinson wrote the tutorial that inspired me to first try Quicksilver, lo, those eleven epochal months ago (via Todd). It’s now my favorite app on the Mac, partly because of (or in spite of) the fact that it continues to yield the 10,000 secret functions hiding in its many alcoves.

Dan’s new tutorial is an equally swell intermediate lesson that walks you through some of the sexier features in a clear, unintimidating manner.

Here’s an answer to one that’s been confusing me a bit for a while now:

Step #8 - Shift Can Be Better Than Tab

There’s a very small preference stashed away in the Advanced pane, entitled “Capitalized keys modify action in command window”. This lets you effectively type into both halves of the QS window at the same time. I find it much easier to type as one long string than breaking everything up with tabs - “safariKILL” is easier than “safari (tab) kill”. Given how most people are pretty adept at hitting the shift key while they type, this may be faster for you. Give it a try.

Nice work, Dan.

Not sure I’ve ever asked here, so spill: What’s your favorite novel use for Quicksilver? What place has it found in your workflow?

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I'm a big fan of...

I'm a big fan of the Terminal module. I use it in conjunction with Terminal like this:

In Terminal, open "Connect to Server..." and give it the details of the server you want to set up. Also configure the window layout and appearance to be exactly the way you want it - generally unique to that server. Then save it.

Enable the Terminal Module, rescan catalog in Quicksilver, and you're done. Instantly open a terminal window to a server just the way you want it, all by typing the first few characters in QS.

Very very handy, I use this all the time.

[Also: am I the only English-only-type who remaps their QS activation key back to cmd-space because it's easier to hit?]




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