In an earlier post, I made brief mention of a tool that I’ve come to depend on now that I’m using a Mac, but I spent no real time describing it, which does not do this extraordinary program justice. The tool of which I speak is Quicksilver, a tool that has brought me closer to my keyboard and virtually eliminated my dependence on a mouse in and of itself.
The program itself is sheer brilliance. It is, to put it simply, the most powerful search tool, application launcher, bookmark manager, addressbook assistant, file transfer application, folder browser, music player and email manager… all hidden behind a single-panel interface into which I type that which I desire. Not only does it find what I’m looking for, but it learns along the way, identifying those things that I request most often and delivering them to me with fewer keystrokes on each subsequent request.
The developers describe it as “An evolving framework for accessing and manipulating many forms of personal data,” and though I think the description is accurate, to someone who’s never experienced Quicksilver it’s probably inadequate.