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Alfred is a keyboard-driven productivity application, helping you launch apps and search your local computer as well as the web with great speed.
* Winner of Macworld's 2012 Editor's Choice Awards
* TUAW's Best Mac Utility of 2011
* Mac AppStorm's Top Mac Apps 2011
* Leo Laporte's MacBreak Weekly Pick of the Week April 2011 & more!
* Application launcher: Launch any application with a quick shortcut. Alfred will learn which apps you use often and prioritise them when you search
* Search your Mac: Quickly find and open files, bookmarks, contacts, music and more. You will never again have to wonder just where you saved that important document.
* Search the web: Search or launch your favourite websites: Maps, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia and many more.
* Calculate and Spell: Just start typing to do a quick calculation or look up spellings, definitions or synonyms and antonyms.
* System Commands: Control your Mac with speed and efficiency. Empty trash, start the Screen Saver, restart, shut down, eject a drive and more.
* Custom Searches: Create your own web searches for frequently used websites and wikis.
Ward off RSI - skip using the mouse with this fast and beautiful app.
What's New in Version 1.2
This is a huge release with 2 new colour themes, Large type support and much more! See alfredapp.com for more details.
* 2 new themes from user theme competition - Dark and Smooth & Pistachio
* Large type support, use ⌘L to show the currently typed text or calculation in large type
* Drag results (files / images etc) out of Alfred into emails, graphics apps, Finder
* New 'Advanced' option for Default Result types, add any file type you like to the default results (still recommend open/find/[spacebar]prefix for file search)
* Overhaul to file searching algorithm allowing, now non-continuous word based matching
* Improvements to the 'in' keyword allowing for disjoint keyword matching
* More exact matching for 'text files' in the default results, no longer matches .ics files
* Improved decimal point configuration in the Calculator, now allowing forced decimal separator output for comma based locales
* Alfred.app no longer shows in results and typing 'alfred' now opens the preferences
* Add Xcode's new Applications location to the default search scope
* More flexibility on the Spell/Define keywords, allow matching on items not in the dictionary
* Less aggressive scientific notation rounding for the calculator for better 0 approximation errors
* More intelligent 'eject' keyword to prevent false errors when a drive is successfully ejected
* Code and performance improvements
* Fixed / improved text and help throughout the preferences
* Make MAS version startup / welcome sheet non resizable and close using Esc key
* Allow ⌘^Q and ⌘^W as hotkeys, previously blocked by over-protective code
* Update the core window renderer to fix a quirk behind the preference cog with transparent themes
* Remove deprecated code and make Alfred more future proofed for OS X
Seriously indispensible productivity tool after short learning curve
You are going to love Alfred. It takes a little time to get used to how to best Alfred things. But once you're in (after 2 days), you'll never want to miss it ever again. Just discard spotlight and manual browser web searches and calculators and …..
However, Alfred 2 is actually better and not available in the Mac AppStore yet. It even has user workflows and user keyboard shortcuts including for iTunes or system calls. Very useful!
Hey, Alfred developers, this app is amazing. Please release Alfred 2 on the App Store.
Hey, Apple folks, this App is amazing, please approve Alfred 2!
Just because it took me a while to find it: Font size is configurable if you push all kinds of option buttons on the appearance theme. Would be useful to allow priority hints on file search. If you have multiple versions of files (e.g. backup copies or older versions or svn branches or ….) then you'd love to say "this folder is more important than that one". Maybe just allow priortiy ordering sources? Alfred will ultimately learn which ones you like though. Just would be easier with direct priorization.
I started using this on my personal MBP, and when I got one at work, I immediately installed it. I use it primarily for launching apps. In fact, I use it so often that I have cleared my dock completely of any icons for launching apps.
It is also awesome as a calculator. It is so much easier to type out math equations than try to point and click them in to an on-screen calculator. Plus the last thing you did sticks around for a while, which is great if you need to flip back and forth between the calculations and something else.
I cannot speak for it in switching apps, as I use a four-finger gesture for that. Nor can I speak about running searches, as I ususally already have Chrome open and ready to searches. But I am sure it accels in those aspects as well.
In summary, download it, set up the keyboard shortcut that makes the most sense for you (option+space for me), and get started. It will change the way you use the Mac.
Milestone app; marks a new chapter in search and command
Having owned a computer since 1984, I have been an enthusiastic adopter of new applications. Many come and go and many seem good at the time, and many do add functionality and help me in various ways. But few stand out as game-changers. Alfred is that. Alfred takes the wonderful spirit of the freeware Quicksilver (a powerful application) and makes it easy for all of us. The incredible speed of the app led me to upgrade it and I could not be happier about money spent. So often I have spent money for shareware and utilities only to feel I was not getting value for money. In this case I could not be more delighted.
Alfred's name and description may seem unimpressive. And that is the genius behind it. Alfred is the imagined "gentleman's gentleman," there to ease the difficulties and drudgeries of life, making everything more efficient. In the case of this app, it puts me on steroids.