Alfred and OS X 10.10 Yosemite

As some of you know, Apple announced its next operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite today.

A few users have voiced concerns that Spotlight in Yosemite looks more like Alfred, and wonder whether this changes anything for Alfred and his future.

What you have to remember is that Spotlight’s primary objective is to search your files and a small handful of pre-determined web sources. Meanwhile, Alfred’s primary objective is to make you more productive on your Mac with exceptional and powerful features like Clipboard History, System commands, iTunes Mini Player, 1Password bookmarks, Terminal integration, fully bespoke and customisable user-created workflows and much, much more. These features allow you to mould Alfred to your unique needs, and this isn’t going to change whether you use the free version of Alfred or the Powerpack.

In fact, we’ve been working on some pretty special and truly amazing new features that you’ll hear about over the next few months. We think these will blow your mind and can’t wait to tell you more.

Cheers,
Andrew & Vero

15 thoughts on “Alfred and OS X 10.10 Yosemite

  1. Indeed — Alfred is definitely more about productivity than search, but the visual similarities are pretty striking. Also, it’s not uncommon for Apple to “learn from” its developer community:

    http://factoryjoe.com/blog/2006/08/08/apples-research-rip-off-department/

    Eager to see what’s next! I do like the idea that Alfred could support “card-style answers”… that could really open up development opportunities:

    http://insideintercom.io/why-cards-are-the-future-of-the-web/

  2. I’d compare this to 1Password and the introduction and iCloud keychain: 1Password has so much more utility, functionality, and polish.

  3. Apple simply improved the foundation upon which Alfred is built. Yes, it may have cannibalized some of the more basic features, but that’s simply how a platform provider continues to chase app developers up the bean pole.

  4. Yay! Looking forward to some Alfred updates. Alfred is easily top 5 must have apps on a Mac.

  5. Alfred has gone so far – it would have been a pity if spotlight would have eaten you up – keep up your good work, folks! I’m looking forward on what’s in your upcoming surprise bag ;)

  6. …and I’d be astonished if I can switch apps as quickly with the new Spotlight as I can now with Alfred. Theoretically *now* I can switch apps using Spotlight, but not really.

    Long live Alfred! :-)

  7. Great. Looking forward to some Alfred update that match the UI as perfect as new OSX UI

  8. Yep – was concerned for about five seconds, then remembered how much more functionality Alfred provides and knew there was nothing to fear. Alfred is the core of interacting with my computer. Thank you, Andrew, Vero and team.

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