Mac Launch Application – Quicksilver Review

Posted by Mayank on September 5, 2011 in Apple,Mac

Anyone using a computer spends a lot of time locating documents and applications, and then carrying out appropriate actions on those items. The Finder is a reasonably good tool for most of the files, however, things get complicated when there is an application or document hidden below the layers of the file system.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you can launch any of your application or document from the keyboard ? This is where launch applications come in handy. Launch applications do what the name suggests, they help you launch applications quick and fast, thereby improving your productivity. There are quite a few launch applications available, like Quicksilver, LaunchBar and Butler. While Quicksilver and Butler are free, LaunchBar is a paid app. Butler is like a Swiss knife of utilities – has a lot of things it can do. Quicksilver is my favorite and that is what I’m going to review today.

Quicksilver is a unified, extensible interface for working with applications, contacts, music, and other data.

Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, while keeping your hands on the keyboard. For example, if you want to launch an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application’s name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it.

What sets Quicksilver’s apart is it’s stylish interface, small footprint, and many customization options set it ahead of the pack. Quicksilver is a fantastic addition for anyone looking for alternative ways to launch applications from the Dock or to hunt through the Finder for files. Current version of Quicksilver requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later. Recent updates fixed many crashing and localization issues, and also updated Quicksilver to a faster default compiler.

I like the Launch Utilities the most for the applications, which are hidden, like the Archive Utility app. Try and find Archive Utility in Spotlight – you’ll have no luck. Try and find it in Applications – you won’t have any luck. You’ll have to in fact open it from Terminal. Now if launching an application from Terminal sounds geeky to you – use Quicksilver.

Launch Quicksilver and type a few letters and it will pop up.


Like Launchbar, Quicksilver is adaptive, meaning it learns my preferences the more I use it. So, it starts to show Adobe Reader at the top of the search result if you use it more than other Adobe products, say Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Looks like Quicksilver is always in Beta testing and the current version of the product is 60. However, I’ve found the product to be quite stable and I prefer to use it over Spotlight. Interested in Quicksilver, get it for FREE : Click Here

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