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Quicksilver and iTunes

I just discovered a cool feature in Quicksilver on the Mac. It has iTunes integration.

In Quicksilver’s preferences, click on the iTunes pane. Make sure you’ve selected ‘Show Artwork’, ‘Monitor Recent Tracks’ and ‘Display Track Notifications’. Now, whenever the song changes you’ll get a popup showing you the name of the new song and the album artwork associated with it. Very cool.

Also, in Quicksilver’s Triggers pane, you can set up some keyboard shortcuts to control iTunes. I’ve got mine set up to map Command-Option-Space to pause/play, Command-Option-Right Arrow to ‘Play Next Track’, Command-Option-Left Arrow to ‘Play Previous Track’, and Command-Option-Up Arrow to display the current track. I also mapped Command-Option-Plus to increase the current song’s rating, and Command-Option-Minus to decrease the current song’s rating.

Little things like this make a huge difference to the usability of your computer. No more fumbling for the iTunes window when you want to pause the music or skip to the next song. I really, really wish I had something similar in Windows at work!

3 comments April 4th, 2006

How Software Should Be

This is how software development should be:

Fog Creek Software announced that the beta version of CityDesk 2.0 will be released next week. It will be an open beta, meaning anyone who wants to can join. When the final version of CityDesk 2.0 is released, it will be a free upgrade for registered CityDesk 1.0 users!

Ed Hamrick is constantly working on his excellent VueScan software for driving film scanners. I purchased the Pro version, which gives me 12 months of free updates. I thought that would be maybe 2 or 3 minor revisions over the next year, but it turns out he releases 2 or 3 new revisions each week! Every time he fixes a few bugs or improves support for scanners, he releases a patch.

May 1st, 2003

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