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I’ve had a crazy couple weeks and the time to do screencasts has really not been available to me. I apologize to all 1 of you who may have felt that awful void in your life because of it. But I’m back baby. So today I’m […]

I’ve had a crazy couple weeks and the time to do screencasts has really not been available to me. I apologize to all 1 of you who may have felt that awful void in your life because of it. But I’m back baby.

So today I’m going to show you one of my favorite uses for Quicksilver. Sending emails was once lazy way of writing a letter. Now email is so common, how do we send an email with even less effort? Enter Quicksilver. With the proper know-how, you don’t even need to open a new mail window, or a browser to send someone a note or a file.

Check it out.
Quick Emails with Quicksilver (8 minutes/36mb)

Leave your questions or comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

  1. Hmm, the things you had problems with work for me. Contacts from AB appear in the 3rd pane and Send Directly works. I believe it gets the SMTP configuration from the 1st account configured in Mail.app, make sure that is configured correctly. Do your contacts appear in the first pane? I’m surprised you didn’t demo the Email Item… actions as well. The only issue I’ve heard of for the 3rd pane is that the TextMate Ranker plugin breaks Open With. I have no idae if it’s related but if you use it, it might be worth trying without it.

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  2. Is there any way to have QS create an HTML email as opposed to plain text?

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  3. Hi Nick, why are you whispering on your screencast?? I had to turn de volume sky high to hear somthing.

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  4. Hi again,

    Another great screencast about quicksilver nick, thanks for making it! I’m kinda wondering how you got your bezel interface having a brushed metal look, care to drop me a line how this could be acompilished (already tortured google about it, didn’t spit anything useful out)

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  5. I just tested the TextMate Ranker (with and without) and that is what is breaking the Email To… third pane.

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  6. Hi Nick, thanks for your work. Great done. I’ve a question, how do you get these action icons showed? My compose action is only shown as a wheel, and not the apple mail icon, and so are the other actions…

    thanks for help…

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  7. beginner here…have only used Quicksilver to open apps…but this seems mighty handy.
    I was able to follow along with the settings but I got lost on the text icon and where you actually enter the email info.
    right now I hit option z to get qs to come to the front, then I just type and it brings apps up.
    Thanks and sorry if this is soooo basic.!
    Laura

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  8. Laura:
    You need to enter text mode. To get there, type “.” after invoking QS… that should get you going. I completely understand… I’m also fairly new to QS and now could scarcely get by without it.

    Nick:
    Thank you so much for doing these. Between you and Merlin Mann, I’m really learning my way around QS and am constantly amazed. Thanks for committing so much of your time to putting these together. And, for the record, I don’t think it sounds like you’re whispering.

    - Jesse

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  9. Howard – thanks, at least I know it still works…Looks like Gabe cracked that one. THANKS GABE!

    Mark – I guess in the Mail options where you set a default mail body, you could set some html, but it would be the same in each email…

    June – well, I wasn’t amped up on chocolate chip cookies, rather was just chill when I did this one. Also, used a different headset – that’s probably it. Sorry about that.

    Martin – mostly it’s the blacks/grays I chose for my color scheme. Also selected the glass look. But I’ve also noticed that my screen settings (1024×640) seem to soften the appearance of my screen as well, which may contribute to that brushed metal look too. Maybe I’ll do a screencast on pimping your Quicksilver. :)

    Gabe – thanks again for figuring out the TextMate Ranker thing. Life rocks once again.

    Gulup – um, I don’t know why mine shows as the Apple Mail icon rather than the standard Gear icon. Maybe Howard has the answer?

    Laura – as Jesse mentions, you have to hit the period key (.) to enter text. Type whatever you want, and then tab to the next pane to choose an action (such as Email). Let us know if that works for you.

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