Alfred
Alfred 2.2
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Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated
What's New
Version 2.2:

New Features:

  • New debugging options for Workflows. Click the bug icon when editing a workflow. Debug filtering options available such as selecting the unique object you would like to see the debug info for, and error or full log info.
  • New organisation options and filtering for workflows, with categorization. Available in Workflow preferences search drop-down.
  • Copy and Paste workflow objects e.g. from one workflow to another.
  • Added option on workflow list popup menu to duplicate workflows.
  • Default support for Airmail.app added for creating emails with attachments.
  • Option to use metadata for contacts search instead of Address Book API. Gives better word based and diacritic matching.
  • Singapore added to the web locations.
Improvements:
  • Improve Alfred’s knowledge sorting for fixed and unique filter results (e.g. a hotkey attached to file filter, or uniquely selecting the ‘open’ file search).
  • Correctly detect and format addresses in the contact viewer, fixes issue where e.g. US address formatting wasn't correct.
  • Clarify the 1Password advanced prefs for 1Password 3 and 1Password 4 differences.
  • Add some Amazon web localisations for AU, BR, CN, MX, IN instead of falling back to amazon.com.
  • Improved reindexing with option to delete /.Spotlight-V100/ for most thorough metadata reindex.
  • Add back in touching folders to latest time-stamp to enhance subsequent sorting in Alfred (and Spotlight). Preference in Alfred’s Features > File Search > Advanced.
  • Multi-selection now allowed in Workflows for re-categorisation and deletion.
  • Respect alternative metadata names in app cache for better internationalized matching.
  • Request contacts access on starting Alfred rather than first searching for better user experience.
  • List hotkeys in correct order to match Apple’s HCI guidelines (ctrl, alt, shift, cmd).
  • More efficient fixed font loading.
  • Show contact suffix if available, e.g. BSc.
  • Ensure that multi part surnames are found in Alfred e.g. Mc Smith.
  • Nicer icon for the ‘tags’ keyword similar to Finder’s tag icon.
  • Turn off smart quotes and substitutions by default for snippets editor.
  • Better Unicode support for full URLs in the Open URL workflow action.
  • Reset the iTunes XML patch cache when reloading the music library.
  • Fall back to workflow icon if icon is nil in Script Filter (currently shows a folder icon).
  • Improved rendering in workflow editor canvas.
Bug Fixes:
  • Prevent smart quotes in the AppleScript workflow action editor.
  • Fix text in reindex terminal window as dot is no longer shown in Spotlight magnifying glass when reindexing.
  • Remove non working Appsfire web search as it now uses AJAX and Appsfire are shifting business models.
  • Remove irrelevant popup options when there is an invalid workflow.
  • Update Google images / maps URLs to newer format (non subdomain).
  • Remove (+) copy mouse icon when dragging fallback categories in preferences.
  • Remove erroneous ‘Name:’ label from File Action trigger preferences.
  • Improve reliability of multi-file buffer grid preview (actions view) on hovering mouse.
  • Ensure object is correctly re-selected in workflow editor when resizing window, or showing the workflow debugger.
  • Remove ability to use Dropbox’s Apps folder for syncing as this is still causing quirks for a small number of users (only affects new syncs).
  • Remove window flicker when using the "Use Spotlight metadata for searching contacts" and opening contact in Alfred.
  • Fix incorrect tooltips in workflow editor.
  • Code refinement and performance enhancements.

Version 2.2:

New Features:

  • New debugging options for Workflows. Click the bug icon when editing a workflow. Debug filtering options available such as selecting the unique object you would like to see the debug info for, and error or full log info.
  • New organisation options and filtering for workflows, with categorization. Available in Workflow preferences more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later





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Alfred User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Abt reviewed on 25 Mar 2014
The best application I ever used in now over 20 years as a mac power user - and 15 of these years I have had worked as an mac admin, too; now not anymore: 1. Makes different applications superflously (i.e. calculator, spotlight) or reduces the use of other applications (i.e. all kind of searches, Finder, Browser searches, quicklook of files); 2. is absolutely easy to use (one shortcut to have it in front, present itself then as an one window app); 3. perfect partner for powers users who are used to keyboard and shortcuts and want to minimize timewasting mouse/trackpad usage more and more, Alfred helps speeding up; 4. does not use a lot of CPU%; 5. 100% stable (the only app I wasn't able to crash until today); 6. Basic features are free (and these are a lot of my daily used features); 7. with adding on the low cost powerpack it's simply marvellous
[Version 2.2]


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+706
Jazzyguy commented on 18 Mar 2014
Great application!
[Version 2.2]


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+706
Jazzyguy commented on 16 Mar 2014
Some AH doesn't apparently like Alfred so I will put a comment on this that it is a great launcher and i use it daily.
[Version 2.2]


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Phantasm reviewed on 14 Mar 2014
Alfred is the app I didn't know I needed until I used it. When you add in the workflows there is just so much you can do with only a few keystrokes. Definitely a must have app on my Mac.
[Version 2.2]


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+5

Electriclewis reviewed on 14 Mar 2014
Just replacing Spotlight with Alfred is missing the point. It's all about the extra commands and functions you can run from the same place. A good tip is to turn off the global keyboard shortcut for spotlight and set Alfred to use the exact same shortcut - now you can do everything that Spotlight can do as well as run commands, calculations. Finally, the real magic of Alfred is workflows - once you use these you will realise what Alfred is for
[Version 2.2]


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+706

Jazzyguy reviewed on 13 Mar 2014
Alfred is a great launcher. I really like it!
[Version 2.2]


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+201

Zo219 reviewed on 20 Nov 2013
Aha, what you people don't know is that if you configure Spotlight to search only Mail and Messages, you've got a nice little dropdown at the top right corner of your menubar - that one by one, shows the contents of each mail, … and hey, kids, it does a *real* search, on any ol' word … unlike world's crappiest search in Mail.

Just sayin'.
[Version 2.1.1]

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+148
Robby.is.on replied on 13 Mar 2014
Why exactly does that warrant a 1,5-star review for Alfred?
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+62
Molamola replied on 13 Mar 2014
Besides I know what spotlight can do (not everybody but you is stupid) - this is the reason you give Alfred 1 1/2 stars?

I use both Alfred and spotlight and they both have their places where they shine (even if Alfred relies on spotlight data) - not to speak the many things Alfred does what spotlight doesn't.
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+95
Ulyssesric replied on 14 Mar 2014
Oh ? can you tell me how to use Spotlight for spellchecking, calculation, muti-clipboard switching, 1Password matching, and Terminal command running ?
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+3

AI_s reviewed on 18 Nov 2013
A Mac is useless without Alfred, just sayin'
[Version 2.1.1]

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+38
Mugsuk replied on 14 Mar 2014
Quicksilver kicks it butt in terms of power and usability; plus QS offers all this for free. Even with the power-pack Alfred does not match QS functionality.
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+3
AI_s replied on 14 Mar 2014
If you say so : P
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+33

YEEZUS reviewed on 25 Oct 2013
Been using for a while and first app I installed after a clean install of Mavericks. Extremely useful especially with the iTunes control and Clipboard manager. I have my iTunes displayed on a dual monitor/TV and whenever I open Alfred to control iTunes people want to know how I did that.

I recommend searching for some of the custom themes on the Alfred forums. Makes it look even nicer.
[Version 2.1]


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Mac Os X 4ever reviewed on 20 Sep 2013
I found out why it doesn't work at all;
It relies on Spotlight data, so if you have Spotlight shut off, like a lot of people do because when you have several TB of data, it slows your system down to a crawl, then this application won't work.
There are many other launchers and applications, including Apple's own Launchpad, that work just fine and don't rely on Spotlight data.
What's the point? If you're going to rely on spotlight data, then you can click on Spotlight and use that.
You would think manually adding all your paths and telling it exactly where your application folders would work, but it doesn't.
There needs to be an options added in the preferences to NOT use Spotlight data, otherwise, there is no point to this application.
I guess I just have to stick with using Apple's Launchpad.
[Version 2.0.8]

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+24
El-Duderino replied on 22 Sep 2013
Please forgive my erroneous apostrophes in the possessive form of its - tired!

(Comments are unre-editable because why would a MacUpdate commenter want to ever edit a comment? Crazy idea, let's never implement that on our site,
Yours truly,
The MacUpdate Corporation).
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+4

+160
Blloyd replied on 03 Oct 2013
That's ridiculous. Why re-index everything that Spotlight has already indexed?

That you've shut off Spotlight is the problem.

You could use something like LaunchBar that has its own index, but Alfred using the Spotlight index is a GOOD thing; it keeps it lean and mean and fast and there are ALL KINDS OF BENEFITS from it doing that.
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+62
Molamola replied on 04 Oct 2013
Instead of shutting down spotlight simply go to the spotlight preference pane and exclude all directories / drives spotlight should'nt search.
Spotlight is pretty efficient and I doubt the programmers of Alfred could come up with a better indexing mechanism. Also, if Alfred would use a private index, this would use additional disc space - and most users actually do use spotlight. Also, Alfred is so much more than just a launcher - because - it has access to the full spotlight index.
If you don't like this Alfred is the wrong application for you; but to give Alfred 1/2 star because it uses spotlight (and is more than a plain launcher) is the same as if you would give a spreadsheet app 1/2 star for beeing such a poor word processor.
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+43
Psychiatry replied on 04 Oct 2013
One of the things why I can't stand Quicksilver is that it does its own indexing of the files on your hard drive. This means that every hour or more frequently, your Mac suddenly slows down while Quicksilver scans your entire hard drive to update its index.

Relying on Spotlight allows Alfred to avoid slowing down your Mac.
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+72
Wickedsp1d3r replied on 09 Oct 2013
Yeah, this is why I lately prefer QS. I have Spotlight disabled completely. I have no need of it.
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+12
Filp replied on 18 Nov 2013
Nothing against Alfred, which is well-made and does what's promised. But if all you want is an app launcher, why bother with anything more than Namely? One of the first apps I found after switching to Mac six years ago, and I still have that 2007 version, running now on 10.9. It's neat, fast, small, and it does the job.
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+43
Psychiatry replied on 03 Jan 2014
@Filp : I no longer use Alfred. I simply use the Favorites Folder as my app launcher.

The Favorites Folder is in your account's Library folder. All I do is drag it to the right side of the dock and install it there. I then install Aliases of every app - or document - I want to launch. You can even add folders to create subgroups. When you click on the Favorite's Folder, it will pop-up a menu of your app aliases. Select what you want to start then there you go!

This is easy to use and it is built in to Mac OS X.
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+24
Istra had trouble on 27 Aug 2012
since the last update no browser reacts to my custom searches... Is it just me?
[Version 1.3.1]



Phantasm rated on 14 Mar 2014

[Version 2.2]



Léonux rated on 13 Feb 2014

[Version 2.1.1]



Jacklarm rated on 15 Jan 2014

[Version 2.1.1]



+6

H.Ryo rated on 29 Nov 2013

[Version 2.1.1]



LucasR1589 rated on 21 Nov 2013

[Version 2.1.1]



+1

Jef4 rated on 25 Oct 2013

[Version 2.1]



+11

Elmer rated on 16 Oct 2013

[Version 2.0.9]



Jacklarm rated on 25 Sep 2013

[Version 2.0.8]



-1

Rohit Chitkara rated on 20 Sep 2013

[Version 2.0.8]



-1

_alexis rated on 19 Sep 2013

[Version 2.0.8]


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Version Downloads:2,827
Type:Productivity
License:Free
Date:13 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.
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