Software hacks/Quicksilver

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The Quicksilver application for the Mac is well-suited for hacking, since it seems to do more things than any one collection of documentation describes. Put your favorite hacks here.


  • If you want to perform a similar action on multiple files (e.g. move, copy, delete, etc), do the following:
    • Find your first file and hit "," (comma). Note how it makes a little icon beneath the main window.
    • Find your second file and hit "," again.
    • Repeat until you have every file you wanted. Now hit "tab" and type "move" or "copy" or whatever...it'll perform the action on every file you selected.

--Akchizar 17:07, 25 Mar 2005 (EST)

  • There's often a directory you'll move files to a lot - perhaps the Applications folder, or your own personal Stuff folder. I've simplified my installation process a lot by using the following method:
    • Go to the catalogue page in the QuickSilver preferences window.
    • Click add file/folder and find the folder you want to add. Add it and hit the "i" button. Make sure "include contents" is set to "none".
    • Next time you install something from a disk image, simply click on the file you need to copy across, hit cmd shift esc, and copy it to the folder you added.

--Akchizar 17:07, 25 Mar 2005 (EST)


An Electronic Tickler File (using Quicksilver and iCal)

Here are two Applescripts that allow you to use Quicksilver and iCal to quickly defer actions and objects (files, folders) to some future date. This basically allows you to use iCal as an electonic "Tickler File." These scripts are set up as Actions in Quicksilver (meaning they will show up in the second box). There are detailed instructions in the comments of each script.

  • defer.scpt (processes text that you type in the QS input box and allows you to quickly set how many weeks you want to defer the action for. Example: "call Bob about fishing, 6" will create an all-day event 6 weeks from today with "call Bob about fishing" as the summary text.)
  • file.scpt defer file.scpt (processes a file. also allows you to set the number of weeks to defer, but not as niftily as in defer.scpt. Like defer.scpt, an all-day event is created however many weeks out you specify; in this case the event has a URL pointing to your selected file, and the summary text of the event is "Review file: whatever file name". Limitations: the event links to the file using a URL, so if the file is moved the link is broken. Unfortunately, I don't think there's any better way to link a file to an event in iCal. The Applescript dialog to set the number of weeks is a bit cheesy.)
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