- First things first, download and install SIMBL, a very small (but required) application. Installing SIMBL is easy, just run the package and click next a bunch of times. Once it’s installed, download Visor itself.
Open the Visor .zip file and drag the Visor.bundle file to your Mac HD -> Library -> Application Support -> SIMBL -> Plugins folder.
- Now open a Terminal – which can be found in your Applications -> Utilities folder (or launched via Quicksilver or Namely, if you use either of those great programs).
- When the Terminal opens, you should see a Visor icon in your menu bar. Click it and select Visor Preferences….
- From here you’ll want to define your own HotKey (keyboard shortcut) to open Visor. Select the Edit button and then set a HotKey by actually clicking the keys on your keyboard that you want to use to open Visor. I opted for Apple Key + ` but you can use pretty much anything you’d like.
- Close out of the Visor preferences and invoke the HotKey you just set. Visor should now slide a Terminal down from the top of your screen, just like the Quake console.
- Invoke the same HotKey and Visor will slide away, revealing your full desktop again.
One of the fun (admittedly not entirely useful) features of Visor is that you can set it to have a Quartz animation as the background. To do so, go back to the Visor Preferences and place a check in the box labeled Use Quartz Animation: and then click Choose File to navigate to a suitable animation. Hint: most often you can find Quartz animations in your Library -> Screen Savers folder.
- The next time you bring up Visor, it will have the Quartz animation as its background
- If you have any questions or problems by all means please feel free to leave a comment below. Also, if you want to set your Terminal (and Visor) to have a transparent background, the details are outlined here. Cheers!