Wishing You a Wonderful Christmas!

2011 - How was it for you? For us, it was… epic, in the truest sense. It was a long adventure, filled with fantastic twists and turns and a glorious ending.

Not only have we made tons of new friends, learned loads more about business, but we have been awarded incredible recognition; We were graced with a Macworld’s Editor’s Choice Award, as TUAW’s Best Mac Utility of 2011, one of MacLife’s Top 10 Must-Have Apps of 2011, one of Mashable’s 10 Best Mac Apps of 2011 and have been nominated for MacStories and Cult of Mac‘s awards, to be announced soon.

To each and every one of you, thank you for the support you’ve given us. Even if all you’ve done is told one friend about Alfred, you’ve helped one more person become more efficient when using their Mac. Thank you for the supportive tweets, the hilarious cat and cheeseburger pictures you’ve emailed us and the sock-blowingly brilliant extensions you’ve taken the time to create.

We wish you a relaxing, fun-filled Christmas, complete with great friends and great food. It’s a chance to take a break from the everyday, look back onto last year and look forward to the new year ahead.

2011 rocked and we’re coming back for seconds. Roll on 2012!

Cheers,

Andrew & Vero

Giveaway: Five Powerpacks & Alfred Goodies

It’s our final giveaway for this year’s Christmas calendar: Five Powerpacks and ten envelopes of Alfred goodies (stickers and keyboard brushes) will be sent to commenters at random.

We don’t want to cut into your last minute shopping time so we’ve kept it simple once again. As 2011 has been a really amazing year for us, and hopefully for you too, tell us what was the highlight of your year – This can be anything from getting a new job to winning the lottery, or maybe even getting engaged to your loved one! We’ll pick the winners at random and post them before Christmas day!

The few simple rules:

  • The Powerpack can be for you or for a friend (aren’t you a generous one!) and will be a single user license or an upgrade from single to mega supporter (for existing Powerpack owners);
  • If you’re not interested in the stickers and brushes, say so in your comment as it will give those who want goodies mailed to them more chances of winning;
  • We’ll ship the Alfred goodies anywhere the postman goes, so there are no geographical restrictions;
  • We’ll send all the goodies in early January so provide a valid email address here and, if you win, get back to us with your postal address by then.

You have until the end of the day on 22nd December to participate (Giveaway closed! See winners list below) so close your eyes, think of what made 2011 most awesome for you, then post your entry. Feel free to use a glass of rum eggnog as a form of creative inspiration. :)

The winners are:

Powerpacks:

  • Paul
  • Tim D
  • Yohannes Wijaya
  • Juan Carlos Orozco
  • Andrew MB

Alfred goodies:

  • Naoko
  • Kevin W
  • Mike Earley
  • Pavel G
  • Tim Jennings
  • Farthen
  • Jeff J
  • ‘Ley Missailidis
  • Adam B
  • James G

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated!

Giving to Cancer Research

Lavender ribbon - cancer awarenessOver the course of December, we’ve been giving away all sorts of tips and goodies for you to enjoy as part of our Christmas Calendar. Today, we’ve decided to give differently.

The greatest thing we all have to be grateful for is our health, which gives us the freedom to do what we want and live the life we want. We can now live longer and healthier than ever before. However, cancer is a vicious illness which can affect our loved ones much too easily. My cousin suffered from leukaemia in her teens but came out healthy and strong, and MacStories‘ Viticci is fighting his own battle, as he shared recently.

Unfortunately, there is still much we don’t understand about cancer and some, like Steve Jobs, don’t necessarily win their fight.

We will be donating £1000 to Cancer Research UK this Christmas, hoping that together we can make a difference.

Giveaway: Dropbox accounts up for grabs today!

DropboxIn the spirit of Christmas and our Alfred calendar, Dropbox have given us three 10GB lifetime upgrades.

Dropbox is an incredibly useful cloud-based file synching service, which we love and highly recommend for Powerpack users who want to sync their Alfred settings.

To participate, leave a comment below and tell us how you use Dropbox today. Tomorrow, we’ll randomly pick three winners, who will be contacted by email. (Make sure you use a valid email address so that we can get in touch.)

Winners:

Thank you to the 555 commenters (yes, that’s five hundred and fifty five!) who participated in this giveaway. We closed our eyes, took a spin and picked three winners at random. They are:

  • Mark B
  • Brad
  • HankBott
If you’re a winner, you’ll receive your code by email. If you haven’t won, thank you for participating and sharing how you use Dropbox! Don’t forget to keep an eye on the future entries on our Alfred Christmas Calendar.

Dropbox

Delight in Christmas shopping with Alfred

We can’t get away from it any longer – there’s under a month left until Christmas. *gasp* Lights and decorations are going up, and so is our blood pressure, thinking of all the presents that still need to be picked up.

Fear not, Alfred’s here to help. Set up a few custom searches for your favourite shopping sites or just use the handy built-in Amazon web search to find gifts quickly. Let Alfred help you get your shopping done quickly, so that you can start relaxing early with a glass of mulled wine.

Custom searches for shopping

We know you have your favourite stores. So why not set up a few custom searches to get quick search results?

Click on any of the custom searches below to import them to Alfred on your own Mac:

Need to create your own? Here’s how you can create your own custom search for Alfred.

A quick way to search Amazon

Let’s face it – all of these custom searches are superfluous. When inspiration (or panic) hits, odds are you’ll turn to Alfred’s default Amazon web search for a quick purchase. The quickest way to do this is to pop up Alfred and type “amazon black socks”. And that’s dad’s sorted for another year!

Your favourite shopping sites

Please share your favourite shopping sites in the comments of this blog post. Note that we have found the old-school http://tinyurl.com/ a reliable way of shortening custom search links exported from Alfred.

Happy shopping – and don’t forget the wrapping paper!

Cheers,
Andrew and Vero