I Love Quicksilver and Keychains

Why would I need this?

Get usernames and passwords from your keychain on the fly. Copy them to the clipboard, paste them into the current application, display them on your screen, or save them in a file. Quicksilver handles all of this quickly and easily.

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17. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s process manipulations

Why would I need this?

Playing with processes and applications as processes is more geekery than I need (and more than I’m familiar with). What I need most is to force quit non-responsive applications quickly (because I’m always forgetting that keyboard shortcut).

But for those of you who regularly use it, Quicksilver‘s Process Manipulations Plugin allows you to also:

  • Launch a copy of an application. (Be careful with this, as OS X likes for only one copy of an application to be running.)
  • Launch an application with root permissions. (Be careful with this, for obvious reasons.)
  • Sample a process for 5 seconds and return results.
  • List the open files of an application/process.
  • Get Process Identifier (PID).
  • Pause (SIGSTOP) or resume (SIGCONT) an application.
  • Send a signal to a process.
  • Raise, lower, minimize, maximize, get or set a process’ priority.

I’ll only be going into detail on a few of these actions. If you’re interested in learning more about the other actions, please read the Process Manipulation Plugin documentation. (In Quicksilver, go to Preferences > Plugins, select the plugin and click the bottom-right button with the question mark on it.)

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16. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s make alias and make hard link

Why would I need this?

Because it’s easier and faster to navigate your folder hierarchy via Quicksilver than via Finder, especially when the source file and the target folder are both nested a few folder levels deep.

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15. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s quick file path retrieval

Why would I need this?

How many times do you need a file path? Formatted a specific way? POSIX for Terminal, Mac for AppleScript, and URLs for the internet.

Enter Quicksilver‘s realm, where one application gets you your file path in whatever format you like. (It’s nirvana.)

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14. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s easy eject feature

Why would I need this?

Eject a disk, quickly, without using Finder.

You need more?

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13. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s Paste as Plain Text

Why would I need this?

You’re copying that really cool snippet from a website, but you just need the text, not need the fancy rainbow script font.

You want to grab that quote from that document, but you need it to match the font of the document you’re pasting it into.

You’re copying snippets from multiple sources, each formatted differently, into one document for later use.

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12. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s way with text files

Why would I need this?

You work with text files often, and would love a way to easily add, change, or delete text within those files on the fly, without opening them.

And yes, Quicksilver does that!

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11. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s Set Desktop Picture action

Why would I need this?

You find a great image and you want to set it as your desktop picture quickly and easily, without going into System Preferences.

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10. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s easy contacts access

Why would I need this?

Access your contacts’ names, email address, phone numbers and addresses on the fly.

‘Nuf said?

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09. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s Event Triggers

Why would I need this?

There are a lot and varied uses for event triggers. You may want a notification in case your computer switches to battery power or UPS power. Or to automatically back up when a certain disk is mounted.

Maybe you want to automatically open iTunes (or Swinsian, a nice alternative) when headphones are connected. Or to reduce the volume when switching to internal speakers. Or to change settings if internet becomes avaialble, or unavailable.

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08. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s Image Manipulations

Why would I need this?

You know how it is. You join some website and they can only use avatar images of a certain format, of a certain size, and of a certain dimension (width & height). Or you’re trying to upload an image to a website, only to find out you need to convert that tiff to a png. Or whatever. And you don’t know Photoshop. Or any of those other graphic applications you downloaded, which claim to be so much easier to use than Photoshop.

Gee… I wonder what application could help with this…

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07. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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