March 12, 2012
QuickSilver is to an application launcher, as a Leatherman is to a butter knife. In fact, if it were simply an application launcher, I would have no use for it. In addition to launching applications, I use QS to resize images, add events to my calendar, control iTunes, etc. It is a central component of my todo list. Still not impressed? Then consider that I do it all without leaving the application I'm working in. For example, between typing this sentence and the last, I thought of something I needed to add to my todo list. Rather than switch applications or even open a file--I simply pressed <cmd>+<space>, typed my task, and pressed <enter>. QuickSilver popped open a floating window, and gave me a place to type my todo item. When I pressed enter, it added the item to my todo list and then disappeared, leaving me right where I left off. If you are setting up my todo list, you will want to install QuickSilver.
The screen shot above shows QuickSilver in action. After taking the screen shot, I resized it, changed the format, renamed it and moved it to my website—all with QuickSilver—in less time than it would take me to open a graphics editor, and all without leaving my text editor. It's rare when I'm able to focus on one task at a time, and QuickSilver allows me to take care of those interruptions quickly, and with minimal hassel. Sorry Windows users, but this is another OS X only app, and I don't think there is anything like QuickSilver for Windows.
The program languished for a couple of years when the original developer lost interest, but it has been picked up by an open source team and is again being actively developed. There is a huge repository of plugins that one can use to customize and add functionality. To read more, and download the app and plugins, head over to QSapp.com.