What is Constellation mode?

by Giles Turnbull

Most serious Mac users these days have heard of Quicksilver, the launcher/file manager/all-purpose-do-everything app that attracts almost cult-like devotion from some users.

But not all Quicksilver users will have heard of Constellation mode; certainly most non-Quicksilver users are likely to be unfamiliar with it.

While Quicksilver as a whole is about using the keyboard as your primary interface with the computer, its Constellation mode brings back a degree of mouse-oriented control. So in one fell swoop it almost turns the whole idea of Quicksilver on its head, but it also opens up Quicksilver to a wider audience. Some folks genuinely prefer to click with a mouse than have to remember key combinations, and in Constellation mode, Quicksilver may appeal to them much more than it used to.


thomas Barta
2006-06-05 09:20:03
Borrowed from the game Neverwinter Nights, but cool-ish nonetheless.
2006-06-05 10:32:13
"certainly most non-Quicksilver users are likely to be unfamiliar with [Constellation mode]."

Actually, this sort of interface is nothing new. The usual term is "pie menu," and it's most often found in mouse-based computer games.


2006-06-05 10:39:15
For Firefox users, the RadialContext extension provides a context-sensitive pie menu that I found easier to use than mouse gestures:
2006-06-07 02:47:14
it would be cool to integrate it with the powermate
2006-06-08 04:13:56
The pie menu is back. I tried a Firefox extension that looked good in theory but didn't work in practice. Can't remember the name but I know it wasn't RadialContext.

Recently I've tried Logitech's NuLooq Tooldial, which lets you have different pie menus for as many different apps as you like! It seems pretty cool the way it integrates with the Adobe CS2 apps.

2006-10-03 16:39:26
Great site. Thank you.
2007-02-08 09:42:28
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2007-02-08 09:42:51
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