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Got another screencast for ya’all this week. I wanted to take a step back from some of the more advanced features and tricks. Today I focus on something that doesn’t require special settings, plugins, or any interaction with the preferences screen whatsoever. Loading items into Quicksilver […]

Got another screencast for ya’all this week. I wanted to take a step back from some of the more advanced features and tricks. Today I focus on something that doesn’t require special settings, plugins, or any interaction with the preferences screen whatsoever.

Quicksilver

Loading items into Quicksilver focus is relatively trivial. Basically, select an item in the finder, invoke Quicksilver, and hit CMD-g to load it into Quicksilver focus. Now you can perform actions with that selected item. I’m gonna take this feature a bit further and show you some things that are so simple that they may not have been obvious before.

Go have yourself a watch and see what you think.
The screencast is 31mb: Quicksilver_insouts.mov

EDIT: OK, here’s the quick and dirty for setting up the CMD-g trigger I mentioned in the screencast:


Basically, create a trigger (I use cmd-esc) that uses the Current Selection Proxy Object. (if you followed the setup video last week, you saw where I enabled the Proxy Objects in the Catalog, under Quicksilver). It doesn’t matter when the 2nd pane is set to in the trigger, because most likely you’ll choose something different when you use it.

You’ll need to make sure that in the Catalogs section of the Quicksilver Preferences, your QuicksilverProxy Objects is checked so that the “Current Selection” item is available:
proxy objects

Then go to the Triggers section and set up the trigger like this:
trigger

  1. [...] Dla tych, którzy nigdy nie mięli do czynienia z programem Quicksilver (jak dla mnie podstawowe narzędzie pracy na Maku), polecam screencast stworzony przez ludzi z The Apple Blog. Instruktarz w języku angielskim. [...]

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  2. I would love to know how to setup the trigger to bring up QS with the selected Finder item in it.

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  3. There you go Josue – look above and I edited the article.

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  4. Nick – Thank you! I didn’t have Proxy Objects enabled in my Catalog.

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  5. Where is your desktop image from?

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  6. Grant (divigation) Friday, January 19, 2007

    Thanks for the screencast, insightful as always. How do you have the grab selection trigger mapped to Cmd-Esc, or I should ask how did you remove the Front Row trigger from Cmd-Esc?

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  7. Ben – Veer.com, free wallpapers, but you’ll have to sign up for a free account I believe.

    Grant – setting up the trigger should be in the post above now.
    To unmap the front row key combo (if you want to use the same cmd-esc that I use) then:
    system preferencesKeyboard & MouseKeyboard Shortcuts TAB
    At the bottom of the list of system wide keyboard short cuts, is the Front Row listing, just uncheck it there.

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  8. Awesome, thanks. I had been admiring it since a few screencasts ago, but I could never remember where I’d seen it.

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  9. Howard Melman Friday, January 19, 2007

    I like quicksilver because I don’t like using the mouse. For your last bit I use the opt-cmd-g trick. Select the demo folder; activate qs; bring up Applications; type opt-cmd-g; the command window changes to demo, move to…, Applications; just hit return. The cool thing is, if instead of a folder (Applications) you bring up an application (e.g, Safari or TextEdit), opt-cmd-g still works but instead of a move, it does an Open With…

    Also your cmd-esc trigger works not just on file selections in the finder (there’s actually a Finder Selection proxy object if you specifically want that regardless of what application is frontmost) but also on text selected in applications. It’s VERY useful.

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  10. Thanks Howard, for giving the expanded explanation. The latter part (about also selecting text items) is something I considered writing but held back on. So thanks for covering it.

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