A welcome addition to 10.9 is the ability to organise Finder folders in tabs – in much the same way as webpages in a browser. In Finder’s preferences, check the box ‘Open folders in new tabs instead of new windows’.
Double-clicking a folder in Finder will open it in the current tab, and ⌘-double-clicking a folder will open it in a new tab.
The similarity to URLs ends when using Quicksilver – folders always open in a new FInder window, whereas URLs usually open in a new tab in the default browser’s frontmost window. Folders’ behaviour is especially annoying if Finder is in fullscreen mode, as new windows appear in a different space to their tabbed counterparts.
Unfortunately, Quicksilver is reliant on Finder’s handling of folders opened with external apps, and that can only be changed by an update to Mavericks.
For now, I’ve created an Quicksilver action that opens a folder or a file’s containing folder in a new Finder tab. It only works on one file or folder at a time. A file will be selected, but the Finder tab won’t scroll to its location. (Hitting enter twice will kludge that up good, though.)
Unzip the script into ~/Library/Application Support/Quicksilver/Actions/ and relaunch Quicksilver. Drag Quicksilver into System Preferences’ Security & Privacy>Privacy>Accessibility pane to allow it to ‘control apps’.
For a long time now, what’s driven me to continue improving and developing Quicksilver has been the amazing community behind the project, and its support.
We have users who voluntarily offer help in our support forum, and people who setup Twitter accounts (yes, @LoveQuicksilver was Phil’s idea, completely off his own bat - no developers involved!).
We also have many many users who generally just plain love Quicksilver, and are always very vocal about it!
So, to celebrate this amazing community, as of today — with the release of Quicksilver v1.1.0 — we will be launching a t-shirt competition. This will be your chance, along with the rest of the community, add you special ‘something’ to the Quicksilver project, and help make it even better!
Once the t-shirt competition is over, the winning t-shirts will be available for purchase, with a small contribution going to the Quicksilver Organisation to contribute to development.
If the t-shirts are a success, we plan to offer more t-shirts and perhaps other items at a later date, so there’s your incentive to get involved - even if you don’t win, you t-shirt may still be sold to the hundreds of thousands of Quicksilver users around the globe!
T-shirts can be anything related to Quicksilver, and the winner will receive one free t-shirt (as well as another prize along with the runner up, see below!)
* within reason. The final decision is at the discretion of the developers, but they are excited by this opportunity and want to help the winners out!
Post your entries over in the Quicksilver forum here. It would help if you post your design previewed on a t-shirt (remember to choose a t-shirt colour!), and you can post as many entries as you like!
Version 1.1 of Quicksilver contains few show-stopping changes, but many smaller fixes which, as a whole, make running Quicksilver significantly smoother and trouble-free. A full breakdown can be viewed here. Now, some key features:Fix searching for items with long names (more than 255 characters)
A great way to use this feature.
⌥← will always show the parent folder for a file, even if the file was reached in some other way (like arrowing into an application)
Despite the busy ‘real world’ lives of the developers, improvements to Quicksilver continue apace. The number of people contributing is growing (more on that at a later date), and that’s only helping to strengthen the Quicksilver community – an important factor in the app’s continuing development. Don’t want or know how to code? Lobby in the comments of articles that neglect Quicksilver in the ‘launcher’ debate. Ask @Guid0man – your voice can make a difference.
This 4-minute video explains how to make an app switcher, get the current document, and search every app’s menu items. Oh, the power.
In the ‘launcher’ world, a frequently asked question is ‘Quicksilver or Spotlight?' Quicksilver's default catalog is fine for basic use, but it's not a Spotlight replacement, and it won't give you instant access to everything. But really, who wants that? Fortunately, customizing Quicksilver’s catalog to include the stuff you need is as easy as ‘A.D.D.’
This 8-minute video tutorial will take you through the basics of customizing the Home folder catalog entry, and why it’s not such a good idea to index everything in it. Also, various objects that can be added to the catalog are shown, along with the best way to add them.
Production notes: Making a video can be a complex process, so I thought I’d a talk a bit about how I made this one.
TextWrangler has Markdown syntax support, so I wrote a script there and synced it to Byword on my iPod Touch, where I could view it during recording. (Unformatted Markdown looks alright in PlainText, though.) I used QuickTime Player to record the screen. Clicking on the disclosure triangle to right of its Screen Recording window shows the microphone and ‘show mouse click’ options. After recording, I used ⌘T to quickly trim the rough edges. Dragging a movie from Quicksilver onto an open movie in QuickTime Player concatenates them. I used Keycastr to display keystrokes. It’s a little eccentric, but it’s free and it works.
Finally, I imported the merged movies into iMovie to add some titles and cut out all my stutters and pauses. I stared blankly at iMovie for about ten minutes before I started to get to grips with how it works. I find it fairly straightforward now. (Not sure why it takes so long to export movies, though.) Top tip: in iMovies prefs, set ‘Import HD video as:’ ‘Full - Original Size’ to avoid a crappy final resolution (and allow for a much faster export time).
Apart from Byword, the whole production used free software.