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 2.6 in Pre-Release

This is a brief post to let you know that Alfred 2.6 is now in pre-release, ahead of this afternoon’s general release of Alfred 2.6 and Alfred Remote for iOS.

You can update to the Alfred 2.6 pre-release to help us test it. If you don’t yet follow pre-releases, you can do so by launching Alfred’s Update preferences, choosing “Pre-releases” from the dropdown menu at the bottom of the preferences.

As Remote is not yet available in the iTunes App Store, the link to the App Store in Alfred’s Remote preferences won’t work yet. However, you’ll be able to start creating pages for your Remote and setting up your workflows to include Remote triggers.

Stay tuned for more updates as soon as Alfred Remote for iOS is available later today :)

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Alfred v2 is here!

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After many months of development and beta testing, Alfred v2 has now officially landed!

You can download Alfred v2 from our website to start using the new v2 features, as well as the many improved ones you’ll recognise and love from v1.

What’s new?

Alfred v2 is re-written from the ground up to be faster, more efficient and easier to use. Overall, less than 15% of Alfred v1’s code was reused, and every feature was carefully improved and given the love it needs.

Workflows

Some of the highlights of v2 include the new Workflows framework, which we sneak peeked for you during the beta and replaces the Extensions from v1. Alfred users have created amazing workflows, some of which you can find on the new Alfred forum.

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To get you started, we’ve included a few examples, which you can find by clicking the + button at the bottom of the Workflows sidebar. You’ll also find a wide range of templates when clicking the same + button, to quick-start your workflow.

You’ll find templates for:

  • Essentials to connect hotkeys and keywords to script and AppleScript actions
  • Show Alfred with pre-filled content
  • Launch files and apps with hotkeys or keywords
  • Web and URL templates to launch your favourite websites
  • System Commands
  • Clipboard templates
  • iTunes Commands

From simply connecting a hotkey to a single file, to creating a complex script workflow with multiple steps and notifications, you’ll be able to bend workflows to your will.

You can even present your results back in Alfred’s search window:

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The possibilities with workflows are nearly endless, and you’ll no doubt have a lot of fun discovering them over the coming weeks :)

Themes

You asked and we delivered. Themes are now more flexible to allow you to make Alfred as big or small as you need. Create a new theme, then choose the fonts, sizes, colours, corner shape and spacing you prefer. Make your theme as beautiful (or as wacky!) as you want.

You can share themes and download others on the Alfred forum.

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Contacts

In Alfred v1, we relied on the OS X metadata to present your Contacts in search results. Occasionally, this meant that contacts would not appear in search results, as the metadata had become corrupted. We now use the Contacts API instead, which is far more reliable and robust.

This is an improvement you won’t notice, as your contacts will just work beautifully well :)

Discovering the new features

There’s much more to Alfred v2 than I can cover in this launch post.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing many tutorials on the new v2 features, which will help you discover what you can do. We’ll also be launching an Extras gallery for our favourite workflows and themes. In the meantime, here’s a v2 primer for users who are upgrading from Alfred v1.

And finally, thank you to the Mega Supporters who took the time to help us test the beta over the past two months; we are so lucky to have such a wonderful community of Alfred supporters!

Cheers and enjoy v2,

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