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Colibri, nice Quicksilver alternative for Windows


Many Mac users already know and love Quicksilver but some, myself included, just recently discovered it.

What is Quicksilver?

The website calls it “a unified, extensible interface for working with applications, contacts, music, and other data.”

Okay, so what is Quicksilver?

Quicksilver is an application launcher that makes finding and launching/opening your applications, email messages, URL’s, etc., about as easy as possible. Just press the hotkey to turn on Quicksilver’s listeners and then just start typing the name of what you’re looking for.

Want to open Firefox? Just type part of the name and matching apps, emails, etc. will start to show-up on screen. Find the one you want and press enter and it will open. I’ve never had to type a full app name–it finds what I’m after nearly instantly and yes, partial names are okay.

Quicksilver purists will say its a lot more than an app launcher. That’s fine, I believe you, but that’s how I’ve used it so far.

Okay, back to Windows.

So if you’re looking for that same sort of thing for Windows there are a few alternatives but the one I’ve been using for a couple days now and plan to keep is called Colibri.

Colbri works pretty much the same as Quicksilver does and its nice and fast. Instead of putting shortcuts on your desktop or into your Quick Launch bar only to still have trouble finding the app you want check out Colibri–its free and you just might like it.


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