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Video Walkthrough: Getting Serious With Quick Search Box


I was playing around with Google Quick Search Box (s goog) recently and was really surprised by all the functionality it provides. Once I got it fully set up with plugins and services, I realized it can give me just about everything I used to rely on Quicksilver for.

Quicksilver has really become the default interface for my Mac, so I’ve been wary about losing options by switching to something more stable and future proofed, but after seeing what QSB has to offer, I’m sold.


While QSB seems to be focused on searching for things locally and online, its plugin options give it the opportunity to extend its reach far beyond searching. Already there are plugins available for running Shell and AppleScripts, browsing your Delicious bookmarks, and accessing services, with lots more on the way.

Demo Time

I thought it might be fun to show you some of these features in action so I threw together a quick little screencast.

While I’d like to see some better integration of custom services (I can’t seem to get my homemade services to show up as action items within QSB — perhaps I’m just doing it wrong), I remain really optimistic about where this is all going. With the future development of Quicksilver up in the air, and with a ton of functionality already available with QSB, I think now is the time to make the switch.

If you have your own favorite plugin or service or additional tips for getting serious with QSB, please share them in the comments.

13 Responses to “Video Walkthrough: Getting Serious With Quick Search Box”

  1. What version of QSB is this? I’m running the latest build on Snow Leopard and I don’t see application menus at all. Recent Document and drag and drop isn’t working either. Overall though, it’s quick and I think it’s pretty much the future “Quicksilver” as more features come online.

  2. QSB has promise. A few caveats for me:
    -File manipulation is still iffy. I want to be freely move and copy items/folders from/to various folders. I can do that easily in Quicksilver and Launchbar. I’ve not had much luck with this in QSB.
    -Open WITH (though there may be able to do this with services – I haven’t found a way yet).
    -GoogleCal/GCal-QuickAdd integration. This one astounds me that a Google Product doesn’t support another, despite having ties into GoogleDocs and GMail.

  3. spiderand

    @mech yes most of these features are present in QSB. there is no ‘comma trick’ yet so not as nice as using them in QS but getting there.

    @bryan @str1f3 you can pull those image but replacing them is nice too, I’ve used alcor’s Quicksilver inspired QSB logo on mine:

    The good thing is QSB is under heavy development with a dedicated team but there is some progress with Quicksilver recently with a lot of outdated plugins being re-written in applescript as QS services.

  4. any Abracadabra-like features yet? I use this quite a lot for iCal, quit-app, relaunch app, hide-app, iTunes control, volume control, fast-logout, launching network applications, etc.

    If it has this, I’ll consider switching soon.

    Thanks for the review. Keep updating this because it’s hard to find good tutorials for QSB at this point.

  5. Bryan Schuetz

    @str1f3 if you really don’t like the Google logo you can always go into the apps resources and just pull the logo graphic out (right click on the app and select “show package contents” then from within the resources folder pull out the WhiteGoogleLarge.pdf file). Here’s a shot of the box minus the logo: | Yes you can quick look files with it.

    @ed I’ve not seen a way to display text snippets for items found in the search.

  6. Ed Imbier

    Slick presentation. But using QSB as a Spotlight search engine, what I don’t see is the very useful feature of Google Desktop which provided a text snippet for each search item found. This is especially important when I have to locate a file in a Google report of dozens of files, such as found when you do a Google web search. Is there a way to do that?

  7. It looks nice but the giantic Google logo is annoying and when I used it a couple of moths ago it seemed really slow compared to Launchbar. One of the features I like the best, though, is the Google Search results w/o having to type “goog”.

    Does this have Quick Look integrated into it?