After a decade in beta, Quicksilver 1.0.0 out the door

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Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, 07:56
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10 years is a long time to be in beta.

For those of you who know it and love it, Quicksilver, the epic app-launching tool by Patrick Robertson, hit version 1.0.0 today. The new version, a 6.8 megabyte download, offers the following (extensive) list of fixes and changes:

What’s New:
– Preliminary support for retina displays (#1044, #1378).

– Many internal images have been upscaled.

– Icons and images are no longer downscaled in the interface.

– Assign the same trigger to different actions in different applications (#1201).

– Add files and folders to the catalog using the Add To Catalog action (#1276).

– AppleScript Action enhancements – http://qsapp.com/wiki/AppleScript_Actions (#1023, #1048).

– Assign an alternate name to something by creating a synonym (#1325).

– Plugin documentation is now accessible from the plugin’s preferences (#999, #1364).

– Plugin documentation is accessible directly from the list of plugins via a button in the bottom-right (#1364, #1384).

– Trigger type can be specified in the third pane for the Add Trigger action (#1345).

– Clipboard history will omit “transient” data (#1213).

– New localizations for Korean, Catalan, Chinese (Hant, China) and Spanish (Mexico).

Fixed:
– Names and labels for files should be determined faster and more accurately (#1263, #1288).

– Catalog entry names won’t override file names (#730, #1240).

– Docking window controls behave correctly (#1247).

– Recent Commands and the Last Command proxy are working (#722, #1207).

– Fixed the missing default application for the Open With… action (#1360, #1361).

– The Find With action (for web searches) works with Current Selection (#1311).

– Fixed the Add Trigger action (#515, #1345, #1390).

– Prevent changes to the catalog before it finishes loading (#1216).

– Fixed the “Delay” settings for triggers (#583, #914, #1201).

– Fixed the generic “Computer” icon (#1298).

– Avoid redrawing icons for files unnecessarily (#1297).

– Prevent catalog entries from disappearing in the preferences (#893, #1313).

– Prevent lock ups when scanning the catalog on startup (#1339).

– Correctly switch to text mode in the third pane when spacebar behavior is “Jump to Argument Field” (#1357).

– Text items in the third pane no longer show up as empty with details underneath (#1346).

– The count at the bottom of the results list is updated correctly (#1346).

– Only show folders when saving a command to a file (#1357).

– Change “plug-in” to “plugin” in the Setup Assistant (#1357).

– Only show catalog related actions with a single item selected (#1276).

– Internal improvements to the Assign Abbreviation… action (#1374).

– Set a default string ranker to prevent meaningless notifications (#1380).

– Prevent a crash when changing row height immediately after choosing a new interface (#1383).

– Fixed an exception when right-arrowing into applications with iCloud documents (#1396, #1398).

– Changed the process for displaying the Dock icon (#1152, #1414).

– More reliable file type detection (#1427, #1428, #1430).

– Internal optimizations, stability improvements, and fixes (#1335, #1346, #1385, #1390, #1401, #1371, #1403, #1388, #1410).

Changed:
– Simplify Services and set the “Command Window with Selection” trigger to use ⌘⎋ by default (#409, #1295, #1416, #1418).

– The Current Selection proxy object appears quicker (#1295).

– Better auto-detection of URLs in text entry mode (#1312, #1346, #1376).

– If files are omitted from the catalog, they will still be available when browsing the filesystem (#1195, #1322).

– Handlers preferences are grouped with other preferences for the core application (#1182, #1253).

– Disable settings for predefined catalog entries (#1341).

– Improved localization for Advanced Preferences (#1338).

– Release Notes have some style (#1228).

– Updated localizations.

Development:
– Developers don’t need to understand and track the relationship between name and label (#1263).

– Passing options to string rankers is more efficient (#1212).

– Support bundle version requirements for plug-ins (#1261).

– Allow actions to specify whether they want to see proxy objects, or only the resolved object (#1342, #1343).

– Removed some unused code related to Event Triggers (#1300).

– Better logging of exceptions in Debug mode (#1201, 1357).

Quicksilver is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried version 1.0.0 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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