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Quicksilver B30 introduces triggers and content searching

Quicksilver - Beta 30 release

Qstriggers1The B30 version of Quicksilver released tonight finally brings a couple of really exciting features into public beta: triggers and search contents. I encourage you to read the docs and experiment with both features. (As usual, make sure you select “Beta” in your Prefereces’ “Application” tab to access these features)

Triggers allow you to assign a global key to any command-series that Quicksilver can do. So all those things you’ve been doing in the Quicksilver pane? Now you can do them from anywhere—without explicitly invoking the QS panes. I’ll let your mind boggle on that for a moment.

Search contents is a slick kind of “meta-Quicksilver” that lets you localize your search to any collection of items in your catalog (think: find song by titles in iTunes; search just John’s contact info).

Combined, these two features allow you a new level of access, control, and granularity in how Quicksilver fits into your Mac’s workflow.

With features like these, I think it’s clear that Quicksilver is moving well beyond its modest roots as an application launcher. As I said in an email the other day, calling Quicksilver “just an application launcher” is a little like calling the Ten Commandments “two stones some dude found on a hill.”

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