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Granted this isn’t fresh out of the oven. It’s already been heavily Dugg eons ago, in web years, so I suppose this makes me terribly lame. No one’s ever mistaken me for a timely hipster but if Quicksilver is your North Star then changing its UI […]

Cubed UIGranted this isn’t fresh out of the oven. It’s already been heavily Dugg eons ago, in web years, so I suppose this makes me terribly lame. No one’s ever mistaken me for a timely hipster but if Quicksilver is your North Star then changing its UI into a Cube might be worth ten minutes of procrastinating bliss.

The Cube is nice and customizable as you’d expect. It’ll also rotate much like the desktop does when you switch users. If you get real close to the screen, go ahead, stick your nose right on it, and make it flip real fast you might get light headed but other than that its novelty wears of pretty quickly. At the very least it gives you another Interface option to choose from and options are a very good thing. As for me, I’ll stick with the Bezel UI. Its polished simplicity appeals to my need for calm but, in the end, it all comes down to a matter of personal preference.

Bevel Interface

If you’re feeling robust and dizzy after getting jiggy with the Cube you could check out the Constellation UI for a real mind trip. It’s more of a mouse based jaunt around Quicksilver. My brain’s a fragile little thing and needs to be handled with care so I didn’t jump in the deep end but it wasn’t much of a hassle to get the Constellation working. Not quite as clear cut as the Cube but you won’t be sweating and kicking the cat at the end either. You can read more about firing up the Constellation at #FFOOAA or ride this link to a Quicksilver forum disscusion on the matter. It sure is perty though.

Constellation UI

  1. I never understood the cube interface. Sure, it looks cool, but it’s more helpful to see all the panes at once and have no delay in switching between them (bezel). Call me a speed daemon…

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  2. I started using the cube transition for Quicksilver last week and have to agree with Dan. It almost detracts from the speediness of Quicksilver when users are forced to watch the cube rotate in order to jump to the action pane. I can understand the popularity though.. a little eye candy goes a long way.

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  3. Flashlight all the way for me.

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  4. It is nice eye candy but I’m all about the Bezel. And you two are right, it’s kinda of pain waiting for it to rotate. Not like I’ll do much other than blink or burb during the time it takes but I enjoy having the whole operation spread out in front of me. It’s nice to have another choice though.

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  5. Thanks Jeffrey. I didn’t even know Flashlight existed but I installed it and I’ll give it a shot for awhile. First impression is good. Minimal footprint, like spotlight but not. For whatever reason hitting “C” brings up iCal and not Camino but could be something that’ll work itself out. My personal favorite approach to tech related bugs. Anyway, appreciate the mention.

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  6. It’s nice to look at but I’ll take the simplicity over the eye candy, in my case, that means Launchbar or standard bezel quicksilver theme.

    Useful to show off the mac to friends and such :)

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  7. Amos,
    Tried the Cube Interface, even modded it with the instructions from Hawk Wings found here http://www.hawkwings.net/2006/07/21/quicksilver-settings-to-pimp-your-cube
    The icons on each side were still too small for me. I’ll stick with the bezel. I do use Costellation for iTunes though.

    Also, what is that program on the right of your bezel screenshot (Simple?)? I dig the icon…
    Thanks.

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  8. greg- yeah, I wasn’t to keen on the tiny icons either. Bezel seems to be the preferred UI here.

    Bad news is the icon on the far right of the Bezel is not an program. It’s a folder, though I think someone should make an application named “simple,” maybe it exists. The good news is you can download the icon set for free if you want. There’s 32 little felt critters and signs . Proabably could snag it from a bunch of places but try this apple website link.

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  9. Amos, nice quicky on some of Quicksilver’s ‘identities’.
    I love QS because it’s a great productivity tool, that also looks sick. And bonus – you can choose what ‘sick’ means to you, so crazy eye candy cube, or minimalist flashlight interface or anything in between should satisfy. I continue to love this app more every day!

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