Alfred v2.5.1: 1Password 5 Support and Yosemite Tweaks

Following Apple’s release of OS X Yosemite to the public on 16th October, Alfred v2.5.1 is now available with a few Yosemite-friendly improvements.

Primarily, this release adds support for 1Password 5. If you’ve upgraded to Yosemite and use Alfred’s 1Password Bookmarks integration, you’ll need to update to Alfred v2.5.1 to be able to access your 1Click bookmarks. You can go to Alfred’s “Update” tab or download the update manually from alfredapp.com.

We’ve also improved the workflows search to make it easier to see your workflow categories and settings. Click on the cog to set up your categories, or find out more in this tutorial on organising your workflows.

Finally, this release also adds more underpinnings for the upcoming Alfred Remote app for iOS. If you missed it, we shared the first sneak preview of Alfred Remote yesterday.

As ever, you can keep up with Alfred’s development by taking a look at the change log.

Alfred v2.5 Released: Fully Yosemite-ready, secure searches and more

With every release, our focus is to make your everyday Alfred experience as enjoyable as possible. Alfred v2.5 contains both visible improvements and subtle tweaks; You’ll find the highlights in the notes below, with more details in the change log. Ready? You can now grab the Alfred v2.5 update either through in-app update or from our website right away.

Alfred is now fully Yosemite-ready

Over the past few months, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the OS X 10.10 previews. Since the new Yosemite themes we’ve added in v2.4, we’ve been putting Alfred through his paces to ensure that he runs smoothly on Yosemite. As such, you can feel confident you’ll be able to use Alfred right away when upgrading to Yosemite once Apple officially releases it.

Web searches (and more) are now https

If you take a look at Alfred’s web searches, you’ll notice that many of them are now accompanied by a green padlock. These web searches are now available as https by default, providing you with more secure searches. default searches httpsWe’ve also switched our auto-updates to be checked and downloaded over https through our CacheFly CDN (content delivery network).

Additionally, it’s now much easier to add your own custom web searches, as Alfred will handle encoding special URL characters when necessary.

Workflow improvements

Workflows are at the heart of Alfred, so we are continuously refining this extensive, highly-customisable feature. You’ll find a whole heap of improvements in the change log. A few of the highlights are:

  • Performance enhancements: Numerous improvements, including change workflow input filter behaviour to prevent unnecessary script execution
  • Improve workflow behaviour when running your workflows directly (e.g. from a hotkey)
  • Title (for keyword input) and Placeholder Title (for script / file filter inputs) are now required workflow input fields to prevent confusion from blank results
  • New icons for iTunes commands
  • Updated workflow resource icons and examples to 256px for future-proofing (e.g. Alfred Remote)

You’ll find many more improvements and bug fixes in the change log. We’re already planning further improvements you’ll love, so keep an eye on our Twitter updates for lots of good stuff and sneak previews of Alfred Remote soon!

Alfred v2.4 Released: New Yosemite themes and fonts, improved fuzzy search and more

Alfred v2.4 officially brings in OS X Yosemite compatibility and theming improvements, as well as some general improvements and bug fixes.

While Alfred has been working fine on Yosemite since the first OS X 10.10 beta, this latest release adds improvements and fixes the minor quirks some users have experienced in Yosemite.

Theming Improvements

We’ve made loads of theming improvements and have added two gorgeous Yosemite-style themes to the default selection of themes, with a light and a dark version using Helvetica Neue Light for a swish fresh look.

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If you’re a Powerpack user, you can customise the themes to get a slick semi-transparent background by turning down the opacity of the background and setting the new window blur option to medium in the Appearance Options.

Amongst the many other theming improvements, you can also now change when to show the result subtext, allowing you better control over how minimalist your theme is; Show the result subtext for the selected row or only for alternative actions.

Fuzzy Matching for File System Navigation

This new option makes browsing the file system even easier by introducing fuzzy matching; While browsing your file system navigation results, “CS” will bring up ColorSnapper or “GC” for Google Chrome. This setting is on by default and matches file results more loosely for a more natural search.

If you preferred the old bash/shell style navigation, you can turn off fuzzy matching in Alfred’s Features > File Search > Navigation preferences.

Improvements to Workflows

Amongst the many workflow improvements, you’ll find some useful new alfred_ environment variables when running scripts, which provide commonly required Alfred information. We’ve included more details on these variables in this support Knowledge Base.

We’ve also added support for proxies (http_proxy and https_proxy) and the proxy exception list. You can enable proxy support in Alfred’s Advanced preferences.

Many more improvements and bug fixes

Have a look at the change log for the full list of improvements and fixes. And don’t forget to update to v2.4 in-app through the Update tab or download it from our website.

Alfred v2.4: Yosemite fixes and many improvements

Following the release of OS X Yosemite Preview 4 as a public beta, we’re bringing forward the first Alfred v2.4 release. This build has better support for saving Alfred’s preferences, which were affected by a few changes introduced in Preview 4, as well as a whole host of amazing new improvements including two brand new Yosemite themes.

If you’re using Yosemite Preview 4, we would love for you to help us test this build. Keep in mind that this is a development build and is essentially untested, but we’ve been using it over the past few weeks and it’s perfectly stable.

You can update to the latest pre-release in-app or download the beta Alfred v2.4 build 277 directly to take advantage of these improvements. Once the build has been thoroughly tested, we’ll put it out to general release.

You can now update to the latest release in app or download Alfred directly from alfredapp.com to take advantage of these improvements.

You can see what’s new in Alfred v2.4 so far in the change log.

Alfred v2.3 Released: Context-sensitive hotkeys, external triggers and more

Hot on the heels of the last release, Alfred v2.3 is now available in in-app update or from our website. It contains an abundance of new Powerpack features focused on workflows, including some very handy improvements for those of you who love hotkeys.

Context-sensitive hotkeys

While many of us can’t live without Alfred’s hotkeys for workflows, these can occasionally clash with hotkeys in other applications. From v2.3, you can now set hotkeys to be active or inactive while particular applications are in focus, to create app-specific hotkeys or disable certain hotkeys while in Photoshop.

With this new feature, you can shake the feeling of running out of hotkeys for good. To set it up, add a hotkey object to your workflow as usual and set your hotkey. Search for the relevant applications in Alfred and drag them from Alfred’s results directly into the “Related Apps” tab. Choose whether you want the hotkey to be active when these apps are or aren’t in focus, and you’re done.

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External triggers

You can now use AppleScript from an external source to tell Alfred what to do using the new External Trigger objects.

The possibilities are endless; iCal can execute a script at a particular time or your external app can use this trigger to tell Alfred to display text using the Large Type or Notifications.

Open a set file with a specific app

A simple but very handy addition to the “Open File” workflow object is the ability to select a static file and an application to open it with.

For example, this can be set to open an audio file in a non-default music player or to launch regularly-used reference files in a specific application.

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Workflow defaults for creators

With such a wealth of workflows being created, developers can now set their own defaults so that their name, URL, readme and other important information is included every time they create a new workflow!

These are only a few highlights from the many new features, improvements and bug fixes we included in v2.3. Have a look at the change log for the full list.

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 :)