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OS X task launcher app Quicksilver finally leaves beta

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After almost a decade, task launcher application Quicksilver is finally shedding beta from its name with the release of a full 1.0.0 version.

Quicksilver is an open-source application that lets you set your own shortcut/hot keys to launch other apps, open windows and delete files — pretty much anything. It has a large plugin library, so you should be able to use it across most popular OS X apps. The purpose of QuickSilver is to speed up your workflow by eliminating navigation done with mouse movement, which can tack on seconds to your overall experience. And while this may not seem like a huge problem, many long-time Mac users consider the app as a staple.

The latest version of Quicksilver supports OS X 10.6 – 10.8 and offers various speed performance boosts. It’s also much easier for third-party developers to create support for plugins, which is probably the most crucial thing to Quicksilver’s usefulness, according o the app’s developers.

“The true power of Quicksilver comes from our plugin developers, so I’ll be happy once we have a strong dev community back on our side creating great plugins,” Quicksilver developer Patrick Robertson said in an interview on the app’s website. “Over the coming months I’m going to be working hard to try and achieve this.”

The free 1.0.0 version of Quicksliver is available for download now on the app’s official website.

 


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