An ‘app launcher’ with the power of Quicksilver is not possible on iOS. But with Apple’s mobile hardware becoming ever more powerful, and the increasing desire to use tablets in the workplace, perhaps a future iOS with more of the features and accessibility of OS X is not impossible. For now, we can only dream…
Finally the wait is over – Quicksilver is now available on iOS! Frameworks and APIs unveiled in iOS 7 mean that Quicksilver iOS, or ‘QuriOS’, can reach deep into your iPhone’s inner workings and rearrange them at will. Now, as in OS X, iOS 7 is at your fingertips!
QuriOS 1.0 brings all the features you love from Quicksilver to iOS. But there are also some great iOS-only innovations:
You’ll soon come to regard QuriOS as your digital butler, or ‘Alfred’, to your iPhone’s OS, or ‘Bruce Wayne’.
Download QuriOS for your iOS 7 device now!
Track Info displays (aside from the obvious info) the iTunes current track’s name, artist, rating (including ½ star ratings), comments and track equaliser. If set manually, the track’s start and finish times are also displayed.
Displaying track artwork is possible thanks to this code by Nick Fagerlund, which takes a track’s raw image data and converts it into a TIFF file to allow Growl to display it. Customising the script to include any other iTunes information would be fairly straightforward (the code contains some explanation notes).
In Quicksilver: Track Info.scpt ⇥ Run ⌃⏎ Add Trigger… ⇥ HotKey ⏎ – and you’re good to go.
iTunes can be a great database of track and playlist information – but who wants to look at a database when listening to music? Growl is a great way to display iTunes information without dragging you into an app that looks more at home in an office than in a… home. This script gets Growl to display the next 50 or so tracks of the current iTunes playlist.
The script registers the necessary notifications with Growl upon its first run. It’s optimised for Growl’s ‘Smoke’ display and a computer display 900px high – so tweak
_numberOfTracks and (an even number of)
_lengthOfText in the code to optimise it for your display of choice. (The ‘Starwl’ display can fit lots of info on each line.) Tested in Growl 2.1.3. It’s more informative with un-shuffled playlists. Hook it up to a Quicksilver trigger for instant playlist action.