OK, now Quicksilver is back

by Rob McBroom

For the past few months, a lot of people have been talking about the return of Quicksilver. I'm pretty involved in the community, and I have to say that I didn't understand where it was coming from. All the same bugs and work-arounds from the past year and a half were still in effect. But I wasn't about to question the good publicity.

Anyway, as of today, it's true. Quicksilver is back! Details can be found over at LoveQuicksilver, but the most important news isn't going to be on a list of features.

Upgrading. Finally.

A lot of people, including me, have been limping along on version β54, which was the last version from Alcor, the original developer. I'm pretty sure it was released on Mac OS X 10.4. It's old. Today's release is version β59. This is the first version I'll be running since it went open source, and I'm not alone. This, to me, is the true significance of this release.

I no longer feel like I'm hovering on the outside, hoping for things to get fixed. Now, not only are a lot of things fixed, but by using the latest version, I feel more invested. I can report on outstanding issues. I can stop trying to help users figure out which version they want and just recommend the latest without reservation. (I can also modify my preferences again, which is nice.)

Toot! Toot!

Another major feature of this release is that it includes code I wrote. I never thought I'd be saying that. Makes me feel like part of history. This is, after all, the most important application on Mac OS X.

I should also mention that there's a lot of momentum right now. There are a lot of us and we're finding and fixing bugs almost daily. B59 is a big step, but don't expect it to be the only one.

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