Customizing the QuickSilver Cube Interface

Custom QuickSilver pimpage

Update: 4/14/2007: I’ve recreated the NIB file to use the latest version of the Cube Interface source.

Update: Oops! I wasn’t very specific about that .nib file. I’ve updated the instructions to make it more clear now. As for HEX colors in the Color Picker, try the HexColorPicker. Thanks Frank!

There was a trend awhile back to tout your custom QuickSilver interface. At the time I resisted doing anything hardcore, content to enjoy other people’s works.

Well, without any QuickSilver updates lately, I finally gave in and copied a style I found in the forums created by Axlin by following the instructions provided by Hawk Wings.

To save folks the hassle, I’ll make this really easy for you.

First, make sure you’re running the latest version of QuickSilver (β51). Next, install the Cube interface if you don’t have it already. Third, launch the Cube customization interface.

Ok, once there, make your settings look like this:

Cube Interface Preferences

Now, here’s where it gets a little dicey. You’ll need to first download the replacement QSCubeInterface.nib from my server. Navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/Quicksilver/Plugins in the Finder and make a backup of the existing QSCubeInterface.nib file in that directory. Now, right click on QSCubeInterface.nib and select “Show Package Contents”. Drill into Contents/Resources and unzip the QSCubeInterface.nib.zip file in this directory, overwriting the existing .nib (you should have already made a backup).

Now, quit and restart QuickSilver and you should be good to go. Lemme know if it works for you and if you come up with any other interesting examples of customization, post them to the QuickSilver Flickr group.

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Author: Chris Messina

Product guy, friend to startups, inventor of the hashtag, proponent of bots and conversational apps; Xoogler and X Uber.

12 thoughts on “Customizing the QuickSilver Cube Interface”

  1. Chris, this is going to seem like the dumbest question in the world to you, but how in the hell do I enter custom Hexadecimal color codes into the Color preferences window that pops up? Maybe a brief tutorial, or even better a screencast, would be extremely to me in following this tutorial…..

  2. Another quick question: I went to place your .nib file in “~/Library/Application Support/Quicksilver/Plugins” as directed, but there wasn’t any other .nib files in that directory. I placed the .nib inside the directory, quit and then restarted Quicksilver and it still looks exactly the same as the default. Are you sure that “~/Library/Application Support/Quicksilver/Plugins” is where the .nib file is supposed to go?

  3. Ok, I figured it out. The .nib part I mean. As fas as the colors, I just used the RGB slider and just tried to adjust the slider until I found a color I was comfortable with. Thanks for the .nib file!!!!

  4. Hey Chris, thanks for the very clear write-up! However, I couldn’t find the original QSCubeInterface.nib as described! There is, however a file called Cube Interface.qsplugin – what should I do?

  5. Hey Janice — right-click on QSCubeInterface.nib and pick “Show Package Contents”. In Contents/Resources you should find the file you seek! 😉

  6. how do you get the cube?

    mine doesn’t look like a cube, it looks ugly,
    hooooowwwwwwww whyyyyyy?

    is that an opion (nice gui),
    or might i be using the OLD version

  7. @donderwolkje: did you follow my instructions? Also, do make sure you have both the latest version of QuickSilver as well as the Cube Interface installed (through the Plug Ins menu).

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