I saw the announcement come through yesterday for the “developer preview” of the new Google Quick Search Box for the Mac. I immediately downloaded it and started working with it, not fully knowing what to expect.
My initial response: wow, this could replace Quicksilver. For being a dev preview it seems quite impressive already. I did hear from a friend that it kept crashing on his computer, but it seems to be working just fine on mine.
A lot of the actions seem very similar to what you get with Quicksilver. At this point you don’t have any triggering or plugin capabilities, but from an application launcher standpoint, it is very nice. And it has the benefit of being a Google tool, where you can enter your Google account information, from multiple Google accounts, and it will index your Gmail, Docs, etc.
Then I saw this post about QSB today from Macworld, and it all made sense as I was reading the comments. Stated in comment number 2, referring to Nicholas Jitkoff, one of the devs working on QSB:
Nicholas is the guy that did Quicksilver, so this is the future if you are a Quicksilver fan.
Yep, I’m on board.