Alfred v2.2 Released: Workflow Organisation and Debugging

Today’s Alfred v2.2 release contains some major improvements to workflows, which will be very enjoyable for both developers and workflow users.

We’ve added new organisation, filtering and copying options for workflows, so that your growing collection is easier to sort through.  A key feature for workflow developers is also the new debugging options to help them create the best workflows possible.

Of course, the list doesn’t end there; v2.2 includes loads of significant improvements to many other areas of Alfred. Fancy reading all of the improvements? The change log contains a detailed list, but we’ve included a few highlights for you below.

Workflow Debugging

The debugging tool is a new addition to help developers create and improve the awe-inspiring collection of workflows they’ve made available to fellow Alfred users.

To access debugging, click the bug icon when editing a workflow; Logs will appear as the workflow is used and information can be filtered to show either all information or only the errors and warnings.

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Categorising and Copying Workflows

As we each start collecting an impressive number of workflows, it becomes increasingly useful to categorise them. In this release, you can use the few default categories or create your own, then classify your workflows into “work”, “productivity”, “music”, etc categories and filter down by category. Click on the triangle in the search field of the Workflows search to get started.

We’ve also made it easier to copy and paste workflow objects from one workflow to another with Cmd + C to copy and Cmd + V to paste. You can also duplicate a whole workflow, if you want to re-use a workflow as a basis to create a new one!

You can update to v2.2 by going to the “Update” tab in Alfred’s Preferences or by downloading Alfred from our website. Have a look at the change log for the full list of improvements and fixes in this release.

Alfred V2.1 Released: Mavericks Has Landed

Over the past few weeks, we released Alfred v2.1 and 2.1.1 to make the most of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. We’ve ensured Alfred is fully compatible with the new OS and added a few great features uniquely for Mavericks users.

Search Tags In Mavericks

10.9 makes it easy to tag files with keywords when saving them. You can then search these in Alfred using the keyword “tags”.

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Use Apple Maps

You’ll be familiar with Alfred’s “maps” keyword, which launches Google Maps with your search term. Now, you can also launch the Apple Maps application with the same keyword.

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Of course, if you’re not keen on Apple Maps or want to hide Google Maps, you can disable their keywords in the preferences under Features > Web Search.

Show Alfred On Active Screen

Mavericks brought in improved support for users who like to use multiple screens, and we decided Alfred should play along. As such, users on 10.9 can choose to show Alfred on the screen with the current active application window, as well as the existing settings of the default screen or the screen where your mouse is.

You can change this setting in Alfred’s preferences under Appearance > Options.

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Show Workflow Image In Notification Centre

For our community of workflow creators, we’ve added the ability to show a workflow’s icon as an image in Notification Centre.

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Taking Advantage Of The New Features

If you’re looking through your Alfred preferences and can’t see some of these features, remember that they are only available to users on 10.9. You’ll also need a Powerpack license to take advantage of Powerpack-specific features.

As you most likely already know, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is a free upgrade for most Mac users so once you’ve upgraded, you’ll be able to take advantage of these features too :)

Alfred V2.0.8 Released: 1Password 4 Beta Compatibility

Today, we released Alfred v2.0.8 in anticipation of Agilebits’ 1Password 4 release. Those using the beta version of 1Password 4 will be able to use Alfred’s 1Password 1Click Bookmarks integration right away. Non-beta users will need to exercise patience just a little longer until version 4 is officially released :)

To take advantage of this feature, you’ll need to enable integration in 1Password 4′s preferences as shown in the screenshot below.

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This integration only shows your 1Click bookmarks, as it did in version 3. Your data remains completely safe and protected by 1Password’s usual great security features, so activating this feature won’t put your data at risk.

Alfred v2.0.7 Released: Polishing v2 & Looking Forward to 2.1

Alfred v2.0.7 is available today. Added to the 5 releases we have done over the past 4 months, 2.0.7 beautifully rounds the initial v2 release, with heaps of improvements, bug fixes, new features and tweaks to make Alfred work more smoothly than ever.

Some improvements of note since v2 include Contacts; You can now search for a contact by phonetic field, and show job title and prefix (Mrs, Dr, Lord…) in the contact viewer. AppleScript plugin support has been added to the Email / Email To action, allowing 3rd parties to add support for further mail clients outside of Alfred’s default support.

The appearance options have also had some fun additions, such as showing Alfred or the Large Type text on the screen where the mouse pointer is currently showing. This is ideal when used in combination with a projector or second screen.

In file search, we’ve improved file matching for full file names and split name combos (e.g. open bananas jpg), also taking into account the alternative metadata names, making searching even more efficient.

Finally, our much-loved workflows have been tweaked to include migrating hotkeys and keywords when an updated workflow is imported, ensuring your custom keywords and hotkeys are saved. The workflow editor has also been improved to be a smoother experience.

This is just a small handful of the improvements Alfred has seen since the initial v2 launch, take a look at the changelog to see the full list.

What’s Next

Not only do these improvements add polish and refinement to the initial v2 release, they also pave the way for 2.1. This major release will bring some exciting new features, most notably to workflows, workflow updating, and the workflow editor, which all of our version 2 Powerpack users can look forward to in the not-too-distant future. Be sure to keep an eye on the blog and Twitter for sneak peeks of these upcoming features.

If you haven’t done so yet, you can upgrade to v2 here or buy the Powerpack here.

Alfred V2.0.4 Released: Tweaks & Performance Improvements

Since Alfred v2 was released, you’ve been putting every feature to the test and creating amazing workflows. It’s been an absolute pleasure to see the many ways workflows have helped make your everyday tasks easier, quicker and more fun!

​Version 2.0.4 brings many improvements to Alfred 2′s new features, with even better performance and robustness. This release also sets the foundation for the exciting plans we have for v2.1. :)

  • ​Add in <arg></arg> as an optional replacement to <item arg=””> which allows for newlines in the argument and other various xml advantages
  • Respect prefix text when using a hotkey passed through to a workflow
  • Add in soft failing for incompatible workflows (for future proofing workflows)
  • New option to exclude podcasts in Alfred’s mini player, only include podcasts which are available and can play
  • Change http links to https links for buy.alfredapp.com throughout Alfred’s preferences
  • Check for write permissions on Alfred 2.app when updating to avoid quiet fail situations
  • Perform URL validation in the custom web search configuration and Open URL workflow object configuration (also validates local URL schemes)
  • Make Alfred use file type icons instead of file icons on external volumes for increased performance
  • Make Alfred more robust when it comes to dodgy and invalid missing fields in OS X metadata results
  • Robustness in file navigation view to prevent crash when using two “Browse in Alfred” actions simultaneously in a workflow
  • Move filecache into Databases sub folder with other Alfred database files for tidiness
  • Refine the photoshop -> ps fuzzy modifiers to not affect other apps
  • Respect the “show in default results” tickbox for the iTunes play/pause keywords
  • Make the fallback sheet table fields non-editable text as this doesn’t actually do anything
  • Remove unnecessary logging in file search to make things more efficient
  • Find Spotlight Comments in the copy to / move to action folder destination search
  • Escape \ and $ for “Open Terminal Here” action
  • Separate preferences script editor Menlo font loading into fixed with font loader
  • Default to system font if specified font isn’t found to make Alfred more resilient to missing fonts
  • When pasting from Alfred’s clipboard history viewer, retain the original source app information (icon)
  • Better update logic when switching between pre-releases and general releases in the update prefs
  • Fix buffer icon upside down issue in certain situations due to icon caching
  • Fix minor memory leak in workflows using metadata querier

You can update to v2.0.4 in Alfred’s preferences, or if you’re still on Alfred v1, you can download v2 from our website.

Alfred v2.0.1: Importing Settings from Alfred v1

Update: V2.0.1 is now available from the website or as in-app upgrade, and includes migration tools to import almost all of your v1 settings! Upgrade, then go to the General tab, where you’ll see an “Import Settings” button. Click this button and choose which settings you’d like to import. You can safely import your v1 custom searches and snippets without overwriting any you may have created in v2 to date. This release also fixes a few bugs and makes a few improvements.

The feedback from Alfred v2 has been overwhelmingly positive over the past 36 hours and we are so thrilled to see how much you’re enjoying using the new features!

However, some users are keen to import some of their v1 settings (beyond the custom searches and snippets we provided an import workflow for in an earlier blog post). As such, we’re currently working on 2.0.1, which should be released later today.

As v2′s architecture has been rewritten from the ground up to introduce the significantly more flexible Workflows, this upgrader tool will not import your extensions. These require some human intelligence to be turned into the most useful workflows possible. Having said that, many of your favourite extensions have already been converted and improved into Workflows on Alfred’s Forum.

For that reason, if you’ve just purchased Alfred 2 and want to import your v1 settings, enjoy a lazy Saturday morning playing with Alfred’s workflows and come back this afternoon to grab the 2.0.1 update. We’ll update this blog post as soon as we’ve tested and released 2.0.1. :)

Cheers,

Vero