Release 0.6 Beta Now Available

Last night, we released the 0.6 beta which you can now download from the homepage.

A lot of work has gone into 0.6, from adding new features to optimising what’s already there for speed and efficiency. In summary, here are some of the key changes:

  • Custom searches: Add your own sites to search with Alfred
  • Optional fuzzy matching on Applications (eg. “thl” would find The Hit List)
  • Rewritten word matching and relevancy parsing for efficiency, notably reducing CPU usage
  • Improved default search scopes
  • Assign ctrl, alt, cmd + enter to action search results
  • New web searches & locales added
  • Hotkey improvements including double-tapping Cmd

As usual, the full list of changes is available on the change log.

We’ve come a long way, baby

Over Twitter, here on the blog and in person, we often get asked “When will Alfred do X? When will this feature be added?” We love hearing your suggestions – along with our development roadmap, they help us shape the future of Alfred and work out which features you really want. It isn’t always easy prioritising features, but we hope you’re liking the direction the app is taking to date.

For a bit of perspective on how much has changed since the first release – a mere two months ago – here is a screenshot of the preferences when Alfred first came out on 28th February 2010.

In Alfred 0.4 beta, there were only 3 preferences: Setting your hotkey, choosing from a limited number of locales and a colour theme. We find it hard to believe how much the app has changed and the community grown in little more than 8 weeks!

As we continue to develop Alfred, one of the biggest challenges will be to balance new features requests with the simplicity that makes Alfred unique.

PPC version

We have released an unsupported PowerPC version of Alfred. For PPC users who choose to download it, we recommend turning off the update checker (under General > Updates), as this tracks the Intel version of the app.

We cannot guarantee the stability of this version but first reports point to it being fully functional so, if you’re a PPC user, welcome to Alfred!

11 thoughts on “Release 0.6 Beta Now Available

  1. OMG, is it really only 2 months? Seems like very long time ago when I saw “screenshoted” Preferences window for 1st time and was sold for Alfred for it’s simplicity…

  2. Brilliant work, just brilliant. I had high hopes for Google Quick Search, but speed and stability wasn’t there. But Alfred is just what i was looking for, each release has just gotten better. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you for this brilliant piece of software.

  3. Thanks for the good work guys, I am really loving the effort you put into making Alfred a suitable replacement for quicksilver. While I am not to the point where I can truly say I’ve officially switched from QS to Alfred, I feel that every release gets me closer and closer to that day :). One of the features that keeps me from completely switching is the ability in QS to execute a shell command and see the output right in QS! I am desperately hoping to see the same in Alfred ;)

  4. 1: First launcherbar/searchbar that i find better then spotlight (clean and faster with some more features)

    2: didn’t find a feedback page/formular/forum so i try it here:
    i have some shellscripts that uses parameters, i’d like to use the scripts with alfred. I did not find the roadmap, so i couldn’t check if this is already planned.
    The advantage of this is, that alfred stay’s clean (it can start scripts with parameters, like a web search) but get’s the flexibility of scripts.

  5. Excellent work, guys! I was envying my friend’s workflow on his Mac at SXSW and it reminded how good a great launcher could be (in his case, a self-skinned QS). Ever since, I’ve been trying to like QuickSilver again, but it’s often too slow or just impatient with my errant keystrokes.

    I installed Alfred 0.6b earlier this week and I’m in love! This app is just what I need. I’m mainly use it for app launching/switching so I can’t say I appreciate all the new features you are working on but I’m very, very happy that app launching is fast, accurate, and reliable (eg, not buggy). Hopefully it stays that way as you grow the product.

    The main interface is just beautiful. I love the large correctable search field and the hot keys for picking a match. Cheers to you all on a great new product!

  6. Love the app. Would love to see Path Finder support—some apps pick up Path Finder when the Finder is closed, some just ignore it and sit there.


  7. Very nice! I’m impressed.

    My feature request: I wish I could change the size of the fonts/interface. It’s a tad large for my taste. Also, while I hate to admit that I’m so shallow, I’m a sucker for QuickSilver’s ability to be skinned too.

  8. @Alex: Could this be what you’re looking for?

    Try the following two keywords:
    “Define” to find the definition of a word and “Spell” to confirm the spelling of a word using the Dictionary.

    @Skylar, @verboze & @LX: Thanks for the kind feedback and glad to hear you’re enjoying the app!

  9. Fantastic utility… elegant, simple, and seemingly unobtrusive. The only interface suggestion I have is to let Alfred work in any existing frontmost Finder window. Keeping the number of open windows to a minimum is a plus for a lot of us.

    Thanks again, John

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