Alfred 2.7.1 Released: A quick fix and a bonus feature!

We pride ourselves on new releases that are not only feature-filled but also stable and bug-free. In yesterday’s release, a small issue slipped in that affected Python-based workflows specifically. As such, we’re putting out a little update today to ensure that anyone using these workflows can continue to have a pleasant, smooth experience.

This release also gives you a chance to see the new update notifier, which you’ll see as a little tab in the bottom left of Alfred’s box. The feedback we’ve had so far from you is that you’re as happy as we are with this new way of letting you know that there’s a new Alfred update. It’s a much more subtle way to be notified!

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Bonus feature: Search & sort your URL History

Did you know that Alfred can remember the URLs you’ve pasted in, for easy access later? You can enable this feature in Alfred’s preferences under Features > Web Search > URLs / History.

While this feature has existed for a long time, we’ve sneaked in a super useful improvement in this release; You can now search and sort your URL history, making it even easier to locate websites you previously opened via Alfred to make it easier to remove results.

To search, use the search box to filter down your results. To sort, click on the URL or Last Accessed column header to re-organise the results.

Once you’ve found the URL you want, select it and hit backspace to remove a single URL, or press the minus symbol that will appear in the bottom right.

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Alfred 2.7 Released: New Remote features, new update notifier and more

Since Alfred Remote was released in late January, you’ve been creating fantastic Remote pages and workflows. In this new release, we’ve given lots of love to Alfred Remote and workflows, making some great additions to give you even more room to be creative.

We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite new features and improvements in this post, or you can take a look at the change log for the full list of changes in 2.7.

New features for Alfred Remote

You can now easily dispatch key combos from your Remote. For example, create a Remote action for global actions like Hide and Minimise so that you no longer have to remember the hotkeys.

Even better, if you use specialist software with complicated or awkward key combos, you can create a whole page for this app’s hotkeys!

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If you connect your Remote to multiple Macs, we’ve added the ability to selectively hide pages. As a result, pages you’ve created to use on your work Mac can be hidden when you connect your Remote to your home Mac, or vice versa. Just right-click the page and choose “Hide from this Mac”. From this same menu or by right-clicking on an action, you can also reset any item icons and labels you’ve changed back to their defaults.

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In the list of actions available for Remote, we’ve added the OS X Preference panels, so that you can get to any of the preferences you need to access quickly.

Workflow improvements

We’ve made a number of improvements to workflows, making it easier for our wonderful community of workflow creators to bring their ideas to life. Amongst these, we’ve added flexibility to allow workflow “Run Script” actions and outputs to run concurrently or sequentially, improved reliability for keyboard layout changes and added useful defaults for script queries.

A new update notifier

We’ve changed Alfred’s update notifier so that you no longer get a pop-up on your screen – which was sometimes inconvenient if you were in the middle of a presentation or task, and the timing wasn’t right to update.

Now, Alfred will instead show you that an update is available by adding a little tab to the bottom left of your search box. You’ll be able to carry on with your work until you’re ready to update.

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As ever, Alfred remains lightning quick and very lightweight, so once you click the update notification, you’ll be up and running with the latest version in three seconds flat!

Alfred Remote Now Available on the iTunes App Store

 

Today, we’re thrilled to announce Alfred Remote for iOS is now available to buy on the iTunes App Store. We’ve been giving you teasers for a few months, but it’s now well and truly here – and it’s great fun to use!

What is Alfred Remote?

Alfred Remote is our first iOS application and a much-anticipated counterpart to Alfred 2 on Mac.

Remote is your personal command centre for Alfred 2 for Mac. Your iPhone or iPad now becomes a perfect day-long companion to your Mac, providing you with handy icons on iOS to control many Alfred 2 actions on your Mac.

Replace your hard-to-remember hotkeys and keywords, launch apps, files and websites, control your music, keep useful text snippets at hand and boost your productivity by connecting Remote to your favourite Alfred 2 workflows.

How can I use Remote?

Alfred Remote is a counterpart app for Alfred 2 on Mac, allowing you to control your Mac via pages of useful icons on your iOS device. Alfred 2.6 needs to be running on your Mac, and you’ll need to pair your iPhone or iPad as a Remote via Wi-Fi.

Here’s a look at some of the Remote actions you can launch from your iOS device.

Launch Applications, Files and Folders

Create pages filled with apps, files, folders, browser bookmarks or System preferences you need most often and create a handy control centre to keep at your fingertips.

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Use System Commands

Stepped away from your Mac and forgot to lock your screen? No problem, do it from Remote.

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Control iTunes on your Mac

With the Powerpack activated on your Mac, control iTunes. Start a random album to get your day going, and rate those great tracks you’d forgotten about!

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Connect Remote to your workflows

Now this is where things get really fun! Add a “Remote Trigger” to a workflow to allow you to launch it from your Remote. A single tap can launch multiple things; For example the “Morning tasks” action launches all of my essential websites and apps to start the day at once.

Workflow creators can also bundle actions or whole pages of Remote actions with their workflows; We’ll be featuring Remote-friendly workflows in the next few days. [Powerpack feature]

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Create Clipboard Snippets

Many Alfred users agree that their clipboard history and snippets have become an essential part of their Mac usage. To make these clipboard snippets even easier to use, create a page of frequently used snippets so that you can simply tap them to paste them to your frontmost application. [Powerpack feature]

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Tell me more!

Over the next few days, we’ll be featuring brilliant workflows that already take advantage of Remote; They add so much power and flexibility to your Remote, it’s worth featuring them in a separate post or two! (There is a sneak peek of a few icons from Vincent de Saboulin’s Spotify Mini Player in my workflows screenshot above!)

You’ll find more documentation about the Remote actions on the Alfred Support site, and can chat with fellow users on the Alfred forum.

Over the next few days, we’ll also be sharing our ideal Mac setup, including the iPad and iPhone stands we use to prop our devices next to our desk everyday.

Don’t forget to help us get the word out about Alfred Remote; If you’re enjoying using Remote, please leave a positive review in the iTunes App Store. And of course, if you have any issues and can’t resolve them with the Support Site, don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can help you out. :)

Cheers,

Vero & Andrew

 

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.