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First Alfred v2 Beta Now Available for Mega Supporters

After many months of hard work, we can finally share the first Alfred v2 beta. As you’ve seen from the recent sneak peeks, there are huge improvements and some great new features, like workflows, that will make Alfred more powerful than ever before.

Rather than waffle on about v2, I’ll re-iterate a few things below then let Mega Supporters download the beta and have a play. :)

This is a beta release: While it has been tested and Andrew & I have been using it as our day-to-day Alfred version, you may still encounter unexpected behaviour or bugs. Some features may also change between now and the final release, so be flexible, especially when it comes to workflows.

To help us keep track of bug reports, please email us or join our forum, rather than tweeting us.

Beta is limited to Mega Supporters: To help us limit the volume of feedback for the beta, only Mega Supporters can take part at this time. If you have a single user license from v1, you can choose to upgrade to Mega Supporter to join the beta. If you prefer to wait until it’s fully tested, hold off until v2 goes to general release to upgrade to a v2 single user license. Questions about licensing? Have a look at the FAQ.

Keep version 1 handy: Some features are not yet complete in this beta; for example, there is no iTunes Mini Player yet. You can keep versions 1 & 2 running concurrently by choosing different hotkeys, and we don’t recommend deleting v1 just yet.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be releasing new builds when they’re ready, will publishing documentation and help pages, and prepare for the general release.

Without further ado, Mega Supporters can download the beta here to get started. Once you’re up and running, come back and we’ll post some workflows you can import today!

Cheers,
Andrew and Vero

Alfred 1.3.1 Released: Notification Centre for Mountain Lion Users

Today, Alfred 1.3.1 has been released. The main new feature of this release is especially for Mountain Lion users; you can now use Notification Centre instead of Growl for extensions and general Alfred notifications.

Another handy improvement for Powerpack users is that when copying/moving files, Alfred will remember the destination folders, making it easier to move files next time!

This release also includes some nice bug fixes and little improvements, which you can find in the Change Log. Note that if you’re already using pre-release build 261, there’s no need to update as this is the same build. Otherwise, check for updates in-app or download version 1.3.1 from our website.

Wishing everyone a great weekend,
Vero

Alfred 1.3 Released: Multi-file Actions, QuickLook, Compact View and more

Today, Alfred 1.3 is available through auto-update [non-Mac App Store] and from our website with lots of lovely additions. We’ve been using these new features ourselves over the past few weeks and already can’t live without them!

Multi-file Buffer

You can now pick multiple files directly from Finder or navigate to them in Alfred and add them to your file buffer. Once you’ve picked all your files, you can perform an action on all of them. With this feature in your hands, Speedy Gonzales will be left in the dust behind you!

QuickLook

You’ve been clamouring for QuickLook integration, and here it is.  Preview your files and documents using OS X’s QuickLook by pressing Shift or ⌘Y. Simple yet so useful!

Compact View

We’ve added a compact view in Alfred’s Appearance preferences, allowing you to make Alfred’s results view smaller. Handy for users of the shiny new Retina Display MacBook Pros.

Show more results

Alfred will now show you all matched results for your Default Results searches; Just keep scrolling down for more results.

1Password improvements

We’ve made the very popular integration with 1Password even better, by making Alfred find and handle your 1Click bookmarks even more intelligently. You can also choose to include your 1Password bookmarks in default results without the “1p” keyword and copy the 1Click URL to clipboard with ⌘C.

And much more…

Once again, the change log for this release is pretty hefty with many more improvements and fixed, so if you’re curious, grab a coffee and read all the details.

Cheers,

Vero

Alfred 1.2 Released: 1Password Integration, Large Type, New Themes, Clipboard Merge and more!

We’ve just released Alfred version 1.2, which brings an absolute boatload of new features and improvements.

It’s now available to download by checking for updates in the app, from our website or from the Mac App Store. Both the free version and the Powerpack have received a lot of love in this release so read on for the full details of this fantastic release.

Fast access to your 1Password 1Click bookmarks

We couldn’t live without 1Password so this new Powerpack integration is a marriage made in heaven!

Enable the 1Password bookmarks import in Alfred’s Features preferences, then let Alfred bring up your list of password bookmarks when you type “1p” followed by your search term. Your default browser is launched, and you are logged straight into your 1Password stored site. It’s completely safe as your browser still requires your 1Password master password if you aren’t already authenticated.

The 1Password team also blogged about 1Click bookmarks in Alfred earlier this week.

Large type with ⌘-L

Whether you plan to use it to view phone numbers on your screen from a distance, share the solution to a maths equation or to tease classmates sitting behind you in class, large type is a useful addition to the Powerpack. Hit Cmd + L to show the typed text as Large Type on your screen.

Two new colour themes

A few weeks ago, we announced that two new themes – Dark & Smooth and Pistachio – will be added to the default themes in Alfred’s core (free) version.

Clipboard Merge

Clipboard Merge allows you to merge a second item with the previously copied clipboard snippet. Once enabled, it’s simple to use: Hold ⌘ and press C twice to merge the selected text with the previous history item. You’ll hear a sound confirming the snippets have become one!

New hotkeys

We’ve added a few new handy hotkeys:

  • New global hotkeys to take action on currently selected text in OS X
  • New global hotkey option to paste the latest Clipboard History item as plain text without having to show Alfred first
  • Global hotkeys can be assigned to Snippets for instant pasting, e.g. your favourite email signature

File search overhaul

This may sound like hocus pocus but I can assure you that you’ll find that the improved file matching algorithm will help you find your files more easily than before.

If you’re curious to see how Andrew has refined file matching, have a look at his Tumblr post outlining what has changed.

A boatload more…

Version 1.2 is a big release in terms of improvements and bug fixes as well, so have a look at the Change Log here for the full list of changes.

Thanks again to everyone who helped us test this release over the past few weeks! :)

Cheers,

Vero

Alfred 1.1 Released: Address Book, Filter Actions & More Improvements

Today, Alfred 1.1 is available on auto-update for non-Mac App Store users with lots of new goodies for you!

This release brings some great feature improvements to Address Book, Hotkeys and Extensions:

  • In the Address Book contact viewer, take action on contacts’ details. For example, dial their number or view their online profiles
  • Select text in any app & open Alfred to take action on it with a hotkey
  • Set default actions on filter extensions, like uploading a file to Flickr automatically
  • Replace existing Powerpack extensions easily when updates are released
  • Many more improvements and tweaks to make your Alfred experience even better.
Find out more about these features below, or have a look at the change log for the full list of features, improvements and bug fixes.

A Bit More About Address Book

The Address Book integration has received a lot of love and improvement in the latest release. With the Contact Viewer enabled (go to Preferences > Features > Address Book) you can now view notes as well as your messaging and social information for each contact right within Alfred. All this information is within easy reach, just a few keyboard clicks away, and not just sitting there idly either because you can take action on what you see.

For example, you can ask Alfred to dial the phone number of your contact using Skype, or to pop up their Flickr profile based on their username. This is highly flexible as you can use a URL scheme or extension to do more with your contact’s information.

Send Selected Text to Alfred

Got some text you want to take action on in Alfred? You can now create your own global hotkeys to send the text to Alfred. The best bit? You can prefix it with a keyword if you want to save yourself some typing. For example, I’ve set a hotkey (Cmd + D) to pop up Alfred with the text I’ve selected and the keyword “define” prefixed.

Get creative and use the keyword for your extensions to launch searches for your favourite sites, developer resources and more!

Set Default Actions for Filter Extensions

If you’re already familiar with the Filter extensions, you’ll know that by setting a filter, you can look for specific file types by using the keyword. And now, you can set a default action for these.

Open the image in Fireworks, upload the video to Vimeo or add the file to your to-do list… It allows you to improve your workflow by using extensions or scripts to set a custom action on the selected files.

And more…

Check out the full change log for all of the new features, improvements and bug fixes.

What about Mac App Store users?

As version 1.1 primarily consists of changes to the Powerpack, and the current Mac App Store version (1.0) is fully stable, this latest release won’t be available in the Mac App Store. You can always download the latest version from our website.

In the next few days, I’ll publish some examples of what you can do with both the Address Book and Filter Action features, including some hand-picked extensions you can download to improve your workflow!

Enjoy the latest features :)

Cheers,
Vero