The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Sunday, April 1, 2007

QuickSilver combined with Dock Dodger!

QuickSilver is one of the best application launcher available for Mac. What is even better is it's free. With QuickSilver, you can launch any application in a few simple keystrokes. There are also many extensions for iTunes, Mail and many other built-in Mac applications. One thing that it's really efficient at is to start a playlist from iTunes. The traditional way is to click iTunes in the Dock, wait until it launches, and finally double-click the playlist. With QuickSilver, you just hit the hot key (I chose the standard one Ctrl-Spacebar), enter the first few letters of the playlist name and hit Enter. It seems as long in the description but it's really much quicker. The results are also displayed much quicker than Spotlight. One of the only things I totally hated about QuickSilver is to have this extra software constantly running in the Dock and in the "Command-Tab" dialog. Dock Dodger is the solution to that! I activated "Launch on start up" in QuickSilver preferences and I used Dock Dodger to get rid of the Dock and the "Command-Tab" icon. The app runs in the background, but you really can't see it. It's now nearly part of the OS!


Blogger KareemH said...

Dock dodger really isn't necessary.

You can, within quicksilver's application preference panel select to hide the app from the dock and/or menubar =)

April 1, 2007 at 2:20 AM  
Blogger liagiba said...

I love all the neat key combos that Mac has, but I find that I forget there somewhere that I can find where these are listed, so I can go back and look at them or maybe even print them. I always seem to forget how to print screen or invert the screen. It would just be neat to have these at hand.

April 1, 2007 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger Alexander said...

I could never get the hang of Qs. Its a good idea but I find Overflow much easier. Maybe its because I'm a PC switcher (Got my first Mac last year). I love all the cool, sexy Mac iCandy but I'm not used to it yet. I've been accused of using the dock like the task bar. I love them and will never switch back but it takes some getting used to.

Unlike the person above me (Liagiba), I remember keyboard short cuts and heres how to find them: System Preferences>Keyboard and Mouse>Keyboard Shortcuts.

I might try it again but last time I ended up with Kernal Panics and had to reinstall OS X.

April 1, 2007 at 3:41 AM  
Blogger Yost said...

I didn't really get rid of my dock, since I do like the eye candy and still use it for a few things. What I did was just have it hide below my screen unless I mouse over it, which is easily changed in System Preferences -> Dock.

I've never really experienced a problem with quicksilver, it's my favorite app for the Mac just because it removes so many time-wasting mouse clicks. If there are any linux fanboys out there, an equivalent (although not as advanced as Quicksilver) is called Katapult (designed for KDE, but it can also run in Gnome).

April 1, 2007 at 2:48 PM  
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