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Who wants to go to all the trouble of opening a browser window just to search for something? Not me, that’s for sure. Luckily I don’t have to anymore thanks to Google Quick Search Box. The open source app was released today as a developer preview, […]

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Who wants to go to all the trouble of opening a browser window just to search for something? Not me, that’s for sure. Luckily I don’t have to anymore thanks to Google Quick Search Box. The open source app was released today as a developer preview, announced via the official Google Mac Blog. This version of the search box is described as less stable than the Google Mobile App, though it contains clues as to what’s to come from the app in the future.

Among those features not yet active, but to be explored in future iterations are contextual search, actions, and extensibility. In fact, you can see immediately that the search box takes many of its cues from its mobile cousin, and will probably develop along the same lines.

I headed over to the Google Code site for the project and got my hands on the disk image available there so that I could take the search box for a test drive. The app is a light 8.4 MB installed, so my worries that it would be a secret resource hog like Google Desktop seem to be unfounded.

picture-61The UI is attractively Simple and Mac-friendly. By default, the app searches your computer and the web, including folders and your address book. You can choose to include/exclude specific locations from within the app’s preferences. Typing a search term generates live results, and displays the icon for the top hit on the search bar itself. Selecting a “Search Google” option immediately brings opens Google in your default browser, and you can choose to add website suggestions to your search box results, an option which is disabled by default.

You might notice some similarities to the now seemingly dormant Quicksilver. The similarities are no coincidence, however, as Quicksilver’s developer, Nicholas Jitkoff, is one of the core developers of Quick Search Box.

All in all, I’m very impressed with Google Quick Search Box, and can’t wait to see what’s in store in future versions. Might I suggest voice activation, as in the Mobile App?

  1. Oh, no! So Google is going to start advertising on my Quiksilver search results?!? Boo…

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  2. Biggest flaw so far… in QS I could type ps and it would automatically go to anything with a p or an s and I could decide which item I wanted as the default for that. It was a hotkey (or hot keys) and it works well. In GQS it doesn’t get anywhere near that and I can’t figure out how to make it have defaults like I can in QS. I could be missing something but this is a big over sight (either by me or by Google)

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  3. So what’s the trick to installing it? I’m running OS X 10.4.11 and got a message saying that the app won’t work on this version of OS X.

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  4. What are the system requirements?
    Google Quick Search Box requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Sorry, Tiger is unsupported

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  5. [...] “quick search box”, I immediately downloaded it from their Google Code page. Having it compared to Quicksilver, it seemed I had to download it. If Quicksilver is something I use and love, what could Google do [...]

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  6. [...] Calculator. If you like this functionality but are still left wanting, checking out Quicksilver or Google Quick Search Box (the up-and-coming Quicksilver replacement). The former does it all and plenty, plenty more, but is [...]

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  7. [...] really useful software comes in small packages. Just about six months ago, I stumbled upon the developer preview of Google Quick Search Box (QSB) for the Mac, and I’ve been using it ever since. Google [...]

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  8. [...] really useful software comes in small packages. Just about six months ago, I stumbled upon the developer preview of Google Quick Search Box (QSB) for the Mac, and I’ve been using it ever since. Google [...]

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