Alfred 0.8 – Snippets, Recent Docs and More!

This week, we can’t help but feel festive and cheerful. We’ve been working on bringing you the best treats in our Alfred Xmas Calendar and recently received a treat ourselves when Alfred was featured as one of The Best Mac Software of 2010.

Adding to this, the 0.8 release has been a very strong one; There have been very few reported bugs and feedback from the pre-release users has been fantastic. So we hope you enjoy this pre-Christmas update!

New: Clipboard Snippets

Save your most-used clips as permanent Snippets, and access these through assignable keywords or through the main Clipboard History window. You’ll need to enable this Powerpack feature under the Clipboard preferences.

New: ‘Eject’ command

Under System Commands you can now enable Alfred to ‘eject’ any mounted drive on your Mac. This is disabled by default so don’t forget to go and check the box!

New: Recent documents

You can now show recent documents for your applications. Simply press the right arrow on an app within Alfred and then select the first action “Recent Documents”.

New: Customise fallback searches

You can now customise which web searches Alfred offers when he can’t find a suitable local result. Go to Preferences > Features >Fallback Searches. We’ve added a shortcut to help you work out why Alfred may not be finding a result you were expecting, and both of these features can be hidden by going to the Preferences if you prefer the minimal look.

New: Usage graph

Ever wanted to see just how much you use Alfred? For the stats geeks, we’ve added in a usage tab and a quick way to share your Alfred statistics with all your friends.

For a complete list of what’s new in 0.8, have a look at our updated changelog.

With so many features, don’t forget to check out all that the the Alfred Powerpack can do. And remember that it’s not too late to look at the Christmas Calendar tips and tricks to become an Alfred power user!

Show Your Colours with Alfred Wallpapers

The time has come. You’ve tweeted your love many times, you’ve told just about everyone you know, and now you can finally put the words into a visual image and let people know. You’re a proud Alfred user. To celebrate, show your colours with some luscious purple and teal Alfred backgrounds, available for Mac, iPad as well as iPhone backgrounds.

Remember to check out our Christmas Calendar, filled with tips, tricks and surprises!

Xmas Calendar: Discover a New Tip or Treat Every Day

Red Christmas bow

We can’t believe today is December 1st already – There are only a few weeks left until Christmas! And to make the run-up to the holidays a bit sweeter, we have prepared a special Alfred Christmas Calendar.

Every day, we’ll present a useful hint on using Alfred, a productivity tip from our years of reading GTD books while procrastinating experience or simply a fun video that made our day. This is your chance to discover some of the features you may have missed so far.

There will be treats as well so stick around, explore today’s treats or follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss any surprises. Go on, have a look already!

Alfred Now Integrates with Postbox + Giveaway

PostboxWith 0.7.2, we’ve extended Alfred‘s functionality to integration with a few 3rd party applications, and we’re working on bringing you many more soon.

Alfred now integrates with Postbox making emailing easier and faster than ever before.

To celebrate, we’ve arranged for a lovely treat for our users and are giving away 5 Postbox licenses!

Want to get your hands on one? Here’s how:

  1. Follow @postbox on Twitter and RT the following:
    Postbox now works w Alfred! To celebrate, we’re giving away 5 @Postbox licenses. Follow @postbox and RT http://bit.ly/getpbox

    If you are logged into the twitter website: Click to tweet

  2. Leave a comment on this blog including your twitter username to enter the random draw. Feel free to make your comment stand out with lovely messages about Alfred or Postbox!

You only have a few days to enter this fabulous draw so don’t delay! We will announce the 5 winners on the 6th November 2010.

Find out more about Alfred and the Powerpack.

Alfred 0.7.2 Brings Clipboard History

The new release brings a brand new feature – Clipboard History – as well as several marked improvements to features that have already been aiding your productivity. Alfred 0.7.2 will make you faster than ever, helping you reclaim all those lost minutes that you spent trying to re-discover information you had saved to your clipboard just minutes ago. Not anymore!

New: Clipboard History

  • Text-based storage of items copied to the clipboard
  • Hotkey access and quickly searchable history
  • Paste selected history item directly into current app from Alfred
  • Persistent (including reboot) for a user-defined amount of time (24h/1w/1m)
  • Easy-to-clear history which ignores user-defined apps (e.g. 1Password & Keychain)

Learn more about using Clipboard History with the Powerpack.

Improved: File System Navigation

New functionality includes:

  • show last browsed path in File System Navigation
  • show Result Actions panel for selected item in Finder
  • the behaviour of Tab has been changed to auto-complete
  • the Result Actions hotkey is now the right arrow, ctrl or fn (not Tab)
  • new actions, including Open folder in Terminal.app, Show package contents for applications, Copy path to clipboard

Improved: iTunes Mini Player

  • ability to ‘Play all songs by Artist’
  • Improved ‘random’ algorithm for random albums
  • Overhaul database structure to improve efficiency and performnce
  • Show Alfred core if using hotkey from iTunes mini player instead of hiding Alfred
  • Toggle to turn off Alfred using its own Playlist when selecting songs

For a complete list of what’s new in 0.7.2, have a look at our updated changelog.

With so many features, don’t forget to check out all that the the Alfred Powerpack can do.