CNET Editors' review
Alfred for Mac is a tool designed to make it easier to locate files and applications and launch them faster. More than a simple search tool, Alfred for Mac analyzes your usage habits and can help make it easier and faster to access content on your Mac. Alfred for Mac installs quickly and easily.
One of the first things you'll see with Alfred for Mac is the ability to launch any application on your system with a shortcut. As you use your apps, Alfred for Mac watches to see which are the most commonly used and moves them higher up the list of apps (they can be triggered with a Command-number shortcut). Alfred for Mac is also a search tool, allowing you to search through files and their meta date. Search integrates with the Internet, too, if you want to search outside your machine. There are other features, such as the ability to issue system commands to speed up work, as well as a grammar and spelling checker and on-call calculator.
Alfred for Mac is a productivity tool that we found actually made us more productive. Sure, the shortcuts save a few keystrokes and a few seconds, but they all add up. For heavy-duty Mac users, Alfred for Mac will be a useful addition. It's free, so there's no reason not to try it.
Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web. Whether it's maps, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia, you can feed your web addiction quicker than ever.
What's new in this version:
- Add native tag support, with new 'tags' keyword which uses 'AND' logic for multiple keywords
- Improved layout for file search prefs for the new tag option
- Better support for OS X Mavericks multi screen, with new appearance option to "Show Alfred on Active Screen"
- In the Contacts Viewer, show addresses in Apple Maps by default, falling back onto Google Maps if Apple Maps isn't available
- Add Apple Maps into default web searches for us... See all new features
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"Improved version seems much more stable"
Version: Alfred 184.108.40.206
a bit slow to appear; then seems to be learning my desires
The name - "Alfred" the butler. Not James, Bunter; not even Igor but Alfred with a top hat. Oh well, it is a new world. Maybe Hal-only he gets mean. Perhaps they could offer male & female. I'd take an Emma or an Elle.
I've been going back & forth between QuickSilver & Alfred. QS returned to some problems; Alfred improved. It lives now in my dock.
"Works just as advertised"
Version: Alfred 2.0.3
I have tried many different launchers, but this is the best of the lot. I use it so often I tend to forget that it is not part of the OS.
None that I have found
"Quick and responsive with a low learning curve"
Version: Alfred 1.3.2
Does what it says it will do, launches quickly, gives results just as quickly. An excellent untility.
None discovered so far.
"Seems better than 1.3.1 which replaced Quicksilver"
Version: Alfred 1.3.2
Seems more stable so far.
I have yet to find any. It is a little slow to start but my old MacBookPro whispered how I should treat myself to a new iMac.
Works as well or better than the previous version. Is more stable than Quicksilver.
"Excellent and easy to use"
Version: Alfred 1.3
Simple to use, many features especially like the link with 1Password.
Not aware of any yet.
Version: Alfred 0.9
Works as described.
Doesn't do anything that a user can't already do without it.
"Excellent application widget for the Mac User."
Version: Alfred 0.8.1
I find it easier to work using an widget to speed my navigation on the MAC. I like the ease of use and can see using this app more as its capabilites expand.
Would like to have more tailorable capabilities but this is a great start from the dev team. My understanding is more is coming.
I like the direction that Apple is taking with the "Alfred" app, hopefully more development will make it even better as it evolves. Clean download and install. I am a power Mac user and like more widgets that will be available on all platforms.
Version: Alfred 0.6.4 beta
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
For those that prefer a launcher that pops up a window in the middle of your screen - or anywhere really, just not anchored in fine print to the top-right corner like Spotlight is - give Alfred a try.
It isn't a finished product yet, but already has a lot of polish and some nifty features - like customizable web search engine shortcuts - without the extra complexity of, say, Quicksilver. Hasn't crashed on me yet, and is very clean and quick.
If it's missing a feature you want, double-check the preferences and helpsite just to make sure it isn't already there, check their twitter page just in case, and tell them about it.
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