Alfred 0.9.9 Brings Extensions & New Free Theme!

Have you dreamed of extending the scope of what our handy little Alfred can do for you?

The just-released Alfred 0.9.9 allows you to access even more of your Mac’s capabilities in an easy-to-use environment with the new Extensions tab. Haven’t got it yet? Check for updates in Alfred’s preferences to get this latest version.

Powerpack users now have the option to:

  • create their own Command Line Scripts (with Growl output)
  • launch AppleScripts (with parameters) with a keyword
  • run Automator workflows
  • build advanced Search Filters
  • create keywords for files and file groups

Extensions can be easily installed just by double-clicking on the exported file or dragging them to the Extensions home below. Have a look at the new Extensions page and the first examples by some of our users.

Alfred ExtensionsIn addition, Alfred 0.9.9 brings many more improvements:

  • NEW FREE THEME: Lion-based theme available both to free and Powerpack users
  • Improvements on many Lion quirks
  • Growl Support for output from extensions and more
  • Global Hotkey usage added to statistics graph
  • Address Book Contact’s Notes now visible in Contact Card viewer
  • Improved Knowledge Sorting to better account for extensions [and web searches]
  • Added ‘Get Info’ action for files
  • Make emailing attachments work with Sparrow Lite.app
  • Improved accuracy for spell and define keywords
  • Ability to use Open Meta tags when creating search filters & extensions
For a full list of improvements and bug fixes, have a look at the Alfred Changelog. And don’t forget that the next release will be 1.0… so grab your Powerpack now to take advantage of the pre-1.0 price!

Alfred 0.9 brings Global Hotkeys, Terminal commands and Sync

Alfred’s version 0.9 has been released now so to get it straightaway, go into Updates in the Alfred Preferences and click “Check now”. This is one of the most significant releases, bringing you many new features and improvements and really expanding the scope of what’s possible to do with Alfred. Have a look!

New: Global Hotkeys

Quick and easy access is at the core of Alfred’s philosophy which is why we’re very happy to have added Global Hotkeys. This Powerpack feature allows you to create custom global shortcuts for your most used applications, files and scripts. Once you set the hotkey, you’ll have single-hotkey access and a good feeling about all the time you get to save.

New: Custom Terminal Commands

For the advanced Mac users among you, Alfred’s Powerpack now also brings much improved Terminal/Shell integration and the ability to create custom commands that work right inside Alfred. You can easily run your scripts with keywords and arguments, either via opening up a Terminal/iTerm window or even silently behind the scenes. Here’s an example of a script allowing integration with the popular task manager Things on Andrew’s tumblr.

With this feature you’ll also be able to add custom shell actions to the Actions panel inside Alfred, extending the scope of how you can work with your files and apps.

Google Shorten URL command

New: Preference Syncing

Are you using multiple Macs and want to keep Alfred synchronised across your machines? With the Powerpack, syncing your most important preferences and thus keeping your snippets, scripts, custom searches and themes synchronised and ready to be used whichever Mac you’re using is easy and quick.

We recommend using Dropbox, but any cloud-synching service with a locally synced folder can be used.

New: Hide/Quit/Force Quit

With these new System commands, you can now easily hide, quit or force quit applications currently running on your Mac.

New: iTunes DJ

Experience the full power of iTunes DJ and play or add to your playlists, making you the life of the party. It’s a great way to pre-select songs to be played and allows you to compile your own ‘music queue’. Don’t forget to turn this Powerpack feature on in Alfred’s preferences.

And so much more…

The 0.9 release brings over 80 improvements, new additions, bug fixes and a complete overhaul of how Preferences are presented.

Amongst other things, you’ll now be able to drag files right from Alfred onto other applications, add icons to your custom searches, customise some of the keyboard functionality in File Navigation and Result Actions or have a peak at how much of your Alfred usage is spent using the iTunes Mini Player or the Clipboard Viewer.

Here’s a video walkthrough of the new 0.9 features:

Alfred 0.9 Walkthrough from Alfred App on Vimeo.

The full (and it’s certainly long) list of what’s new is in our changelog so go have a look.

Tempted by all the new Powerpack features? The list of advanced features available to you grows with every release so why not grab your Powerpack now? :)

Release 0.8.2 brings Address Book, Theme Sharing and more

Yesterday, we released Alfred version 0.8.2, which contains more features, improvements and bug fixes than any previous release. We’ve worked hard to add polish and refinement to the features you already use and love, as well as bring on a few great new features.

New: Address Book integration

This is quickly becoming one of my favourite features! Search and access your Address Book contacts within Alfred, copy their contact details or launch an email addressed to them. Without launching Address Book, access all your local contacts by simply typing their name in Alfred. (You’ll need to enable this Powerpack feature in preferences first.)


New: Colour theme import and export

Since 0.8.1, Powerpack users can create their own colour themes for Alfred. We’ve now added import and export to allow you to share your beautiful themes with friends. Themes can be shared as theme files or as alfredapp:// URLs, so it couldn’t be any easier to spread the word.

Alfred fan Olivier Guerriat created a site where you can submit your own custom themes and custom searches, so pop by Alfredtips.com and share your best Alfred themes.

Most of the themes above were created by Yaro Manzarek and can be found on Deviant Art.

New: “In” keyword to search inside files

By now, you’ll be an expert at using “find” and “open” to locate files on your Mac, right? The “in” keyword allows you to search inside the files on your Mac.

New: Share custom searches

Share your best custom searches by clicking on the Clipboard icon in your custom search editing box. Click on a URL beginning with alfredapp:// to import new custom searches to your own Alfred, including the search URL, title and keyword.

Visit Olivier’s Alfredtips.com to see other users’ great ideas for custom searches and contribute your own!

Over 70 changes for 0.8.2

We’ve added a scrollbar for the find/open/in views where you can see up to 40 results, the option for the iTunes mini player to only play longer albums when playing randomly, an option to make the ’email’ keyword launch Gmail with an email for that contacs, as well as loads of new web locales. As this release contains tons of improvements, have a look at the change log for the full list.

Tempted by the Powerpack features? The range of advanced features for Powerpack users is growing with every release, so why not grab your Powerpack and support the Alfred development? :)

Cheers,
Vero

Release 0.8.1 comes early

We are releasing version 0.8.1 earlier than expected today. As many of you know, the Mac App Store went live at the end of last week and the Alfred core (0.8) was a very popular download. However, we were approached by Apple this evening, who asked us to re-submit a new build as the current one was in breach of their terms and conditions.

As a result, we are releasing 0.8.1, both in the App Store and out of it, earlier than originally anticipated. While the new features and fixes have been thoroughly tested by our pre-release users, there is a small number of Powerpack users who may be affected by a migration issue where their preferences disappear. Fear not, they’re still accessible, safely backed up, and you can find more details here.

Naturally, 0.8.1 doesn’t have all of the features originally intended for this release so you can look forward to 0.8.2, which will include import/export of colour themes and more.

We want to end this hurried post by thanking all of our Twitter users who, over the past few hours, have helped us test the latest release. We couldn’t do it without you guys!

Alfred 0.8 – Snippets, Recent Docs and More!

This week, we can’t help but feel festive and cheerful. We’ve been working on bringing you the best treats in our Alfred Xmas Calendar and recently received a treat ourselves when Alfred was featured as one of The Best Mac Software of 2010.

Adding to this, the 0.8 release has been a very strong one; There have been very few reported bugs and feedback from the pre-release users has been fantastic. So we hope you enjoy this pre-Christmas update!

New: Clipboard Snippets

Save your most-used clips as permanent Snippets, and access these through assignable keywords or through the main Clipboard History window. You’ll need to enable this Powerpack feature under the Clipboard preferences.

New: ‘Eject’ command

Under System Commands you can now enable Alfred to ‘eject’ any mounted drive on your Mac. This is disabled by default so don’t forget to go and check the box!

New: Recent documents

You can now show recent documents for your applications. Simply press the right arrow on an app within Alfred and then select the first action “Recent Documents”.

New: Customise fallback searches

You can now customise which web searches Alfred offers when he can’t find a suitable local result. Go to Preferences > Features >Fallback Searches. We’ve added a shortcut to help you work out why Alfred may not be finding a result you were expecting, and both of these features can be hidden by going to the Preferences if you prefer the minimal look.

New: Usage graph

Ever wanted to see just how much you use Alfred? For the stats geeks, we’ve added in a usage tab and a quick way to share your Alfred statistics with all your friends.

For a complete list of what’s new in 0.8, have a look at our updated changelog.

With so many features, don’t forget to check out all that the the Alfred Powerpack can do. And remember that it’s not too late to look at the Christmas Calendar tips and tricks to become an Alfred power user!

Alfred 0.8 and beyond!

As 0.8 draws closer to being ready (1st dev release likely within the next week), I thought I would go over some of the motivations behind this release and give a bit of a sneak peek at some features between now and 1.0.

The focus of the 0.8 Release

Initially, 0.8 was supposed to primarily be just a “quality” release, improving usability of all the current features and trying to remove as many outstanding bugs as possible. Any long term user of Alfred will know that this is not how I like to work ;) so naturally, I have added a number of new features too.

Almost 100 improvements and minor bug fixes including:

  • Overhaul of the knowledge / result sorting making the results much more predictable
  • The fuzzy matching option for Applications now works as expected
  • Instant pasting from the Clipboard History (using low level system events); also change hotkeys to return for paste and cmd+c to copy item back to Clipboard
  • Define keyword now shows a preview of the word definition in Alfred itself
  • Better URL detection when typing just a URL directly into Alfred (e.g. alfredapp.com)
  • Added a number of new locales and better keyboard / language support
  • A detailed performance and memory analysis, Alfred is even faster and lower memory!

… and many many more things!

The following NEW features have been added:

  • Persistent Clipboard Snippets with assignable keyword
  • Ability to select the fallback web searches (e.g. use Bing instead of Google)
  • Usage graph for the stats nerds (ahem… me)
  • Eject command to eject any mounted drive (USB, DVD, dmg, etc)

…and maybe some more stuff if I finish it this weekend ;)

And then what?

The list of things I want to add before we hit the big 1.0 milestone is way too large to post in here. I need to reassure you that I am fully aware of feature bloat and am absolutely committed to only adding features when they will not introduce bloat or complexity of any kind to Alfred :)

With that in mind, here are just a few of the major Powerpack features which will be part of Alfred between now and 1.x:

  • Significantly improved bookmark support (both browser and online)
  • Full Address Book and iCal integration
  • Plugin architecture allowing for users to introduce their own results into Alfred
  • Integration with a few of our (and your) favourite 3rd party applications
  • Improved hotkey support, i.e. assigning a hotkey to Applications
  • Shell integration (run shell commands from inside Alfred)
  • Improvements to the file system navigation and actions

It’s just a (beta) label

One final note: Alfred has been labelled as a beta for probably too long. The reason I have kept the label is because I am still actively developing it and like people to know that it is not finished yet. It has become apparent over the last few months that some people may perceive beta products differently to this, so from the next release we will be dropping the beta label.

All this means is that Alfred is now (and has been for quite a while) high enough quality to be considered a released product.

Before people ask, we will keep the ‘early-bird’ price of £12 for the Powerpack for a little longer while we are adding more features, but buy now to avoid disappointment! :)

Cheers,
Andrew (@preppeller)

Alfred 0.7.2 Brings Clipboard History

The new release brings a brand new feature – Clipboard History – as well as several marked improvements to features that have already been aiding your productivity. Alfred 0.7.2 will make you faster than ever, helping you reclaim all those lost minutes that you spent trying to re-discover information you had saved to your clipboard just minutes ago. Not anymore!

New: Clipboard History

  • Text-based storage of items copied to the clipboard
  • Hotkey access and quickly searchable history
  • Paste selected history item directly into current app from Alfred
  • Persistent (including reboot) for a user-defined amount of time (24h/1w/1m)
  • Easy-to-clear history which ignores user-defined apps (e.g. 1Password & Keychain)

Learn more about using Clipboard History with the Powerpack.

Improved: File System Navigation

New functionality includes:

  • show last browsed path in File System Navigation
  • show Result Actions panel for selected item in Finder
  • the behaviour of Tab has been changed to auto-complete
  • the Result Actions hotkey is now the right arrow, ctrl or fn (not Tab)
  • new actions, including Open folder in Terminal.app, Show package contents for applications, Copy path to clipboard

Improved: iTunes Mini Player

  • ability to ‘Play all songs by Artist’
  • Improved ‘random’ algorithm for random albums
  • Overhaul database structure to improve efficiency and performnce
  • Show Alfred core if using hotkey from iTunes mini player instead of hiding Alfred
  • Toggle to turn off Alfred using its own Playlist when selecting songs

For a complete list of what’s new in 0.7.2, have a look at our updated changelog.

With so many features, don’t forget to check out all that the the Alfred Powerpack can do.