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Alfred for Mac

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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.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Improved version seems much more stable"

    September 26, 2013  |   By hfdratch

    Version: Alfred 2.0.8.212

    Pros

    a bit slow to appear; then seems to be learning my desires

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    I've been going back & forth between QuickSilver & Alfred. QS returned to some problems; Alfred improved. It lives now in my dock.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works just as advertised"

    May 29, 2013  |   By william.doty

    Version: Alfred 2.0.3

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    None that I have found

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick and responsive with a low learning curve"

    December 17, 2012  |   By william.doty

    Version: Alfred 1.3.2

    Pros

    Does what it says it will do, launches quickly, gives results just as quickly. An excellent untility.

    Cons

    None discovered so far.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems better than 1.3.1 which replaced Quicksilver"

    December 16, 2012  |   By hfdratch

    Version: Alfred 1.3.2

    Pros

    Seems more stable so far.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    Works as well or better than the previous version. Is more stable than Quicksilver.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent and easy to use"

    August 6, 2012  |   By jac10--2008

    Version: Alfred 1.3

    Pros

    Simple to use, many features especially like the link with 1Password.

    Cons

    Not aware of any yet.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "The point?"

    May 22, 2011  |   By photojon

    Version: Alfred 0.9

    Pros

    Works as described.

    Cons

    Doesn't do anything that a user can't already do without it.

    Summary

    Ho hum.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent application widget for the Mac User."

    February 16, 2011  |   By PowerBizUser

    Version: Alfred 0.8.1

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Would like to have more tailorable capabilities but this is a great start from the dev team. My understanding is more is coming.

    Summary

    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.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quicksilver Competitor"

    July 3, 2010  |   By Aetnaria

    Version: Alfred 0.6.4 beta

    Summary

    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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