What’s New in the Alfred Powerpack?

It’s been over six months since we first took a look at Alfred, a fantastic application launcher for the Mac. Since then, I’ve heard about many of you switching to this system from Quicksilver, Google Quick Search Box, and various other launchers.

I’ve become a devoted fan of Alfred, and it’s probably now one of the most oft-used apps on my Mac. A recent update to the app comes in the form of the Alfred Powerpack, bringing a set of fantastic new features and significantly broadening the scope of what Alfred is capable of. He’s turning into a pretty handy butler!

I’ll be taking a look at some of these new “Powerpack features” after the break.

File System Navigation

Filesystem Navigation

Filesystem Navigation

Taking Alfred to the next level, this feature removes the limitation of acting as a simple “launcher”, and makes Alfred far more useful for actually browsing your Mac’s filesystem. It’s incredibly fast, looks great, offers file previews, and is generally pretty fantastic all-round!

I never really fell in love with Quicksilver, finding that it took a little too much time to become familiar with. A good application shouldn’t have a learning curve, or else it’s audience is limited only to those who have the time to tinker, explore, and generally geek out over how everything works. Alfred is a tool for the rest of us, who simply want to hit a shortcut key and get to work!

Result Actions

Actions

Actions

Once you’ve found that file you were looking for, you can – of course – launch it. But what if you want to do something more? Maybe it needs to be copied, deleted, emailed, moved, or something else altogether? Thankfully, Alfred has added “Result Actions” letting you do just this.

It’s fairly self explanatory, and works just as you would expect. Frill-free, and beautifully designed to appeal to those with something of an interface obsession.

iTunes Integration

iTunes Integration

iTunes Integration

The final new “headline feature” provided through the Powerpack is integration with iTunes. This allows you to ditch another menu bar or desktop app for quickly interacting with iTunes, and adds another string to Alfred’s bow. You can search your library, rate tracks, and quickly see what’s currently playing.

More to Come

The Alfred team have plenty more in the pipeline – address book integration, AppleScript actions, third party app integration, clipboard history, and plenty more!

I’m a fan of the pricing model that Alfred have taken here. £12 isn’t a great deal to ask for these extra features, and you’re guaranteed to reap the benefit of the new additions as and when they become available. Application launchers are undervalued. We’ve all become accustomed to using Quicksilver and similar tools for free, but I would be more than happy to pay for a tool that saves me so much time every day!

Head over to the Alfred Powerpack page for more information, and to get your license code.

What do you think? Is the new Powerpack worth the money, or are you happy with just the basic features?


  • David Ferguson

    Congrats on posting the “new” features that have been listed on the site for a while. This post should have just been a link to their page. You guys must be running out of ideas on things to write on.

    • syphadius

      Why the necessity to berate them on the content of their post? do you go on all the news sites (cnn, times, bbc, etc…) for up to the minute content or even past events? I doubt it, Appstorm is a information hub, yes they can post things that many are aware, but there are also people that aren’t up to speed on every piece of software out there.

      • David Ferguson

        Because I hate posts that are made just for the hell of it, just to have content on the site. Who yanked your chain in the first place? I honestly feel that the quality of the stuff I find on the site is starting to slip and that sucks because I really like the appstorm sites and the majority of the Envato network. If Alfred had never been mentioned here before, then fine, I could see them posting an article on it, but that’s not the case. There’s plenty of other software out there that they could write on. If they want to be an information hub, seems like they should be informing people of some of the other stuff that’s out there instead of the same stuff over and over. I’ve even recommended a few apps for mention on the site before and have never even seen mention of them on here. If they want to be an information hub, tell them to write about more diverse things. Until then, shut your pie hole, I wasn’t talking to you.

      • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

        Hi David. Sorry to hear that you think our content is slipping! We’ve actually brought on quite a few new writers in the past few weeks, and I hope you’ll start to see everything improve even more over the coming months.

    • http://joshnichols.com Josh N.

      “Alfred 0.7.1 Brings iTunes Improvements” -September 23, 2010

      http://blog.alfredapp.com/2010/09/23/alfred-0-7-1-brings-itunes-improvements/

      New features have just been added to the Powerpack plugin today, so yes it has new features. I was waiting on them. This blog alerted me to those features and that’s why I bought the Alfred Powerpack today. Not a wasted post.

      • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

        Thanks Josh. Glad you found it useful – we timed the post to co-incide with these features.

  • Jason

    Google Quick Seach Box is a great FREE alternative.

    • Don

      So is Alfred… these are just the Powerpacks.

  • Pieter V

    I’m a little sad since this was sort of advertised as a very simple quicksilver alternative that is also free and in heavy development. Now they’re trying to get my money for features I already had in quicksilver.

    So I guess I’ll just go back to quicksilver then. The only reason I’m using Alfred already is to get used to it while I waited for the free updates that would make it catch up with quicksilver.

    • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

      It’s a question of whether you think the features, modern design, and developer support are worth the money. I do, and I’d pay for Alfred over the free Quicksilver any day.

  • http://joshnichols.com Josh N.

    I just paid for an upgrade to Launchbar, but the damn thing is so small I can hardly read it. Alfred is large and easy to read. With the power pack, I get most of what I used in Launchbar, so I’m happy to buy it.

    I’m amazed at the attitude towards software pricing. I use this app every single day on all of my computers. It’s worth way more than $19. Developing software is hard work and the folks who make it deserve some compensation.

    You want free? Use Quicksilver. You don’t need to troll blog comments about other, paid apps trying to justify getting something for nothing. You’re just showing everyone that you’re a cheapskate.

  • iCooper

    I was using Alfred for a while but then I tried Berokyo (http:\\www.berokyo.com) and just loved it. I personally prefer having my stuff organized in shelves (or cabinets) :-)

  • http://www.thetechblog.net ross

    Nice! You guys have the best write-ups.

  • http://develemental.com Casen

    Is the powerpack license valid for multiple personal computers? I split my work between an iMac and a MackbookPro, and if I did pay for it, I would like to use it on both computers.

    • http://iaian7.com Iaian7

      According to the purchase page; single licenses are good for up to two computers, or 5 computers if you get the family license.

  • Juz

    Been trying the PowerPack for a few weeks, and are finding some of the post-Quicksilver adjustments a bit tricky to adapt to.

    File navigation requires a key phrase (e.g. show) and then the dirname (at least if you aren’t typing out the file path using /directory nomenclature), to enter navigation mode, but I find my Quicksilver habits are hard to break. QS always typed the object name first, then the action.

    I really wish you could enter the filename, then the “navigate” phrase.

    Also had mixed results with the iTunes miniplayer. Looks great, but for some reason will not play albums in order. if I choose an album, I then have to drill in to see the songs, after which it will play the one selected, but then ends up somewhere completely different for next song. Haven’t seen if Playlists have the same bug.

    So potential is there, but still soem tweaking for me.

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