Alfred (software)

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Original author(s)Andrew Pepperrell, Vero Pepperrell [1]
Developer(s)Running with Crayons Ltd
Initial release2010 [1]
Stable release
v4.6 (1266) / 15 October 2021; 7 months ago (2021-10-15)[2]
Operating systemmacOS
TypeApplication launcher (utility software)
LicenseProprietary Edit this at Wikidata

Alfred is an application launcher and productivity application for macOS. Alfred is free, though an optional paid upgrade ('Powerpack') is available.[3]

Using a keyboard shortcut chosen by the user, Alfred provides a quick way to find and launch applications and files on the Mac or to search the web both with predefined keywords for often-used sites such as, IMDb, Wikipedia and many others, with the ability to add users' custom searches for the sites most applicable to them. In its free version it also serves as a calculator, spell-checker and a convenient interface for controlling the Mac with system commands.[4]

Alfred's capabilities can be extended with the Powerpack which provides additional features, including the ability to directly navigate your file system, perform actions on the files and applications you search for, control iTunes,[5] open Address Book entries, save text clips, and more.[6] Alfred also allows you to set global hotkeys,[7] access your URL history[8] and create auto-expanding text snippets.[9]

There are hundreds of user-created extensions.[10] A large repository for user-created workflows and themes created for Alfred 2 and 3 can be found at Packal.

Alfred can be used as an alternative to macOS launchers such as Quicksilver and was created primarily with ease of use in mind.[11] Alfred has garnered praise including 2011 Macworld Editors' Choice Award for the best Mac hardware and software of the year,[12] being named TUAW's Best of 2011 Mac utility app[13] and one of The 10 Best Mac Apps of 2011 by Mashable.[14] It has also been recognised as one of 10 Must-have Apps for Mac Newbies by [15] and a runner-up in MacStories Mac App of 2011 reader's choice.[16]

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  1. ^ a b "Behind the App: The Story of Alfred". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  2. ^ "Alfred Change Log". Running with Crayons. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  3. ^ Johnson, Joshua (November 2, 2011). "Stop the Presses: Sneak Preview of Alfred 1.0". Mac.Appstorm.
  4. ^ Johnson, Joshua (November 2, 2011). "Stop the Presses: Sneak Preview of Alfred 1.0". Mac.Appstorm.
  5. ^ Appleyard, David (September 23, 2010). "What's New in the Alfred Powerpack?". Mac.Appstorm.
  6. ^ Moren, Dan (November 29, 2011). "Alfred launcher app hits version 1.0". Macworld.
  7. ^ Southard, Don (November 29, 2011). "Alfred 1.0 Now Available With Enhanced Global Hotkeys". Macstories.
  8. ^ Caolo, Dave (November 29, 2011). "Alfred 1.0 offers enhanced global hotkeys, URL handling, more". TUAW.
  9. ^ Barnes, Eric L. (2016-05-19). "Alfred 3 with new Snippet Expansion — dotdev". Medium. Retrieved 2016-07-20.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Heath, Alex (December 4, 2011). "5 Awesome Things You Can Do With Alfred On Your Mac". Cult of Mac.
  11. ^ Turnbull, Giles (March 2, 2010). "Interview: Alfred Picks Up Where Quicksilver Left Off". Cult of Mac.
  12. ^ Macworld (December 5, 2011). "The 27th Annual Editors' Choice Awards". Macworld.
  13. ^ Sande, Steven (December 16, 2011). "Alfred: TUAW Best of 2011 winner for Mac utility apps". TUAW.
  14. ^ Warren, Christina (December 12, 2011). "The 10 Best Mac Apps of 2011". Mashable.
  15. ^ Bohon, Cory (December 13, 2011). "10 Must-have Apps for Mac Newbies". Maclife.
  16. ^ Spencer, Graham (December 24, 2011). "MacStories Apps Of 2011: Reader's Choice Winners". Macstories.

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