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How do you describe Quicksilver?

Acting without doing SOUNDS good, but... (Ask MetaFilter)

I really liked this AskMe question about Quicksilver, since it's one that comes up a lot for folks who don't get as enthused about the app as I (and many of you) do:

Everywhere I go on the internet, Mac users rave about Quicksilver. I've downloaded it a couple times, and I sort of get that it COULD be really useful, but I am not sure how...

So what am I missing with Quicksilver? I see so many other people who get a lot of use out of it, and I am sure I can fit it in somewhere, too, but I just can't seem to figure it out....

Here's a portion of how I responded in comments:

Quicksilver provides access to almost any kind of stuff in your Mac's and your world -- contact information, bookmarks, files, Applications, system settings, and pretty much anything else -- and it lets you leap to any of these things by typing a few letters of the name (NB: Spotlight is more about contents and QS is more about names; they're complementary, not competing). So, that's the neato, Day 0 stuff.

But the big sexy comes with how QS understands the potential verbal relationships between any of those objects, then gives you a single keyboard interface for making amazing things happen...

I'll admit that it always makes me realize what a fanboy I am whenever I try to explain Quicksilver, but, truthfully, it is kind of challenging.

How do you describe Quicksilver to folks who don’t get all the fuss? How do you relate the sexiness?

Walafrid's picture

Quick access to those common sequences

Kind of ironic that something that relies entirely on word input is so difficult to describe in words!

Ahem. Anyway…

I remember installing QS and just not getting it at first. I'd press the key sequence to launch it, and then just think, ‘Well, what now?’. But once I forced myself to use it for all those things I would hunt around in separate applications to do, it was great. To me, QS is an app that puts all (well, most) of your applications' functions in one place, where you can chain them together. A bit like an Automator workflow, but without having to build and run it!

The other great power feature it has is the text input, which you can use to append text to a particular file, or add an appointment to iCal, all without leaving whatever you're doing to do so, without flicking to iCal. It just saves time!

Not definitive, by any means, but hope that helps someone!




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