After a beta period that began in December, productivity and search app Alfred was today updated to version 2.0. Alfred, which is a Mac replacement for Spotlight, is now equipped with a new feature called Workflows.

alfred1Workflows are designed to allow users to automate and execute multi-step tasks with a single keystroke, using a simple visual editor. The app offers support for launching AppleScript actions in addition to opening files, executing system commands, and accessing the iTunes library. Here's a full rundown on available templates:

-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

The new version of the app also includes enhanced customization support via themes and improved contact search capabilities.

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.

Alfred 2.0 is not yet available through the Mac App Store, but Alfred users can get it immediately from the website.

Top Rated Comments

Stella Avatar
112 months ago
I saw a Twitter post from the dev saying it was free is you bought V1 since December 2012.

They sent out new license numbers today for those eligible.
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Weaselboy Avatar
112 months ago
I got this a while back for free during a promotion, have never used it. I've tried, but I might be missing the point (?)

My bad, it is currently free. I could have sworn there was a time when it wasn't. Oh well.

The basic version has always been free, but the Powerpack (http://www.alfredapp.com/powerpack/) is not free.

So is it better than version 1 ? Does it take up less ram?

I have the power pack and I am wondering if I should upgrade.

I don't recall Alfred 1 using a lot or RAM, but here is Alfred 2 on my system.

IMO the new workflows available alone make it worthwhile.

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Jamo12 Avatar
112 months ago
This is news about Mac related stuff??? What is this crap doing on macrumors? It is all about iOS!!!
/sarcasm

Seriously though, very happy for this update
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
James_C Avatar
112 months ago
Excellent App, just downloaded and upgrading the Power pack licence.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CGagnon Avatar
112 months ago
Such a great app! I've been using the PowerPack version for months and it's great. Way better than spotlight.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
domness Avatar
112 months ago
Been enjoying Alfred v2 for a couple of months now. Great load of updates to the app and really loving the workflows.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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