If you know how to use it the right way, Spotlight can be a really useful tool for locating and opening files on your Mac. But Blacktree’s Quicksilver (Free) is like Spotlight on steroids—it enables you to control your Mac using simple keystrokes. The launcher utility has been around for about a decade now, but it just got a big update—it’s finally reached version 1.0, coming out of beta.
The app pops up with a key combination, ready for you to type away. Want to open an app? Just start typing the name, or any part of it. Move a file without touching your mouse or trackpad? Type away. Perform a specific OS command or run an AppleScript with a single function key? Done. This newest version brings support for new features, such as the ability to assign synonyms to files and apps, add files to Quicksilver’s catalog, and more.