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

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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