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.
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:
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/23534016 w=500&h=313]
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? :)