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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
Best launcher to ever hit OS X
I used Quicksilver for years and loved it. Until it got abandoned and started crashing incessantly. When Google’s Quick Search Box came out (written by the same developer as Quicksilver) I was thrilled and switched immediately. Until it, too, got abandoned and started crashing incessantly. When the community came together to keep QS around as an open-source project, I switched back. And kept using despite the fact that it crashed incessantly because it was at least being maintained and was getting marginally better as time went on.
And then I found Alfred. In 2.5 years of constant use, I can’t remember Alfred EVER crashing on me. It has all of the features that I loved and relied on in both QS and QSB, is much more polished, stable, and, after 2.5 years, development is still going strong. As of this writing, there are 810 ratings total, with 769 of those being 5 stars, and for good reason.
The most telling thing I can really say about Alfred is that, after using the app for 2.5 years, and basically forgetting about it because it’s just always there, always doing its job, I actually WENT OUT OF MY WAY to find it in the App Store and write this review. There are VERY FEW apps that can claim that.
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.
Most important app on my Mac
I had been a casual Mac user until about two years ago. I tried Alfred and then immediately went to 2.0 and the Powerpack. I am pure Mac now after almost 30 years of PC (DOS Basic anyone?) I am not sure how many times a day that I use Alfred, but if you told me more than one hundred, I would not be surprised. For example: I use workflows to take notes and web clip (Evernote), send IM/SMS, check world time zones, stock updates, launch applications, eject drives and the list goes on and on. Programming workflows did not take a huge learning curve, but you can easily download hundreds of others that are available for free. Want to know if a certain movie is on Netflix? I can find out quicker than typing these two sentences. Want to search just your work files in your Dropbox? Two keystrokes. I cannot give Alfred a more ringing endorsement.