View the full version of this video NOW by starting your 14 day free trial today... Click Here!

SCOM0328 Alfred - Part 2 - PowerPack

6th January 2012

Become a ScreenCastsONLINE Member

There are two ways to get regular ScreenCastsOnline tutorials - a subscription to the ScreenCastsOnline Monthly iPad Magazine or as a ScreenCastsOnline Premium Member. Select the option that suits you best!

Find Out More

-
Become a Premium Member
A new Mac & iOS video tutorial every week, full access to the archive of over 400+ Mac & iOS tutorials, plus a free subscription to the ScreenCastsOnline Monthly iPad magazine.
  • Alfred - Part 2 - PowerPack
  • Transcription
  • Chapters
  • Comments (14)
  • Related

Alfred - Part 2 - PowerPack Description

As promised, it's time to check out some of the more advanced features of Alfred, the superb application launcher and productivity enhance from Running with Crayons. I took a look at the basic operations of the free version of Alfred in previous show (SCO0325).

In this week's show, I take a look at some of the more advanced features enabled by the installation of the optional PowerPack module. I was impressed with the free version of Alfred, but as a staunch LaunchBar user, I missed some of the more advanced features.

However, once you purchase and install the optional Alfred PowerPack, many advanced features are enabled and accessible to you. This week's tutorial takes you through most of the advanced features that take Alfred to the next level, and turn it from being merely useful to indispensable!

The full show covers:

  • Installing the PowerPack
  • New PowerPack Features
  • Fallback Searches
  • URLs & History
  • Email and Address Book
  • iTunes Support
  • Clipboard History
  • File Navigation
  • Terminal
  • Alfred Extensions
  • Search Filter
  • File or Group
  • Shell Script, AppleScript & Workflow
  • Global Hotkeys

Please note that this show has not been sponsored or endorsed by Running with Crayons and is a completely independent production.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Alfred - Part 2 - PowerPack Transcription

Transcription in preparation

Alfred - Part 2 - PowerPack Chapters

(Chapters are restricted to ScreenCastsOnline Members only)
ChapterDuration
Start[43s]
Installing the PowerPack[3m 38s]
New PowerPack Features[2m 14s]
Fallback Searches[1m 16s]
URLs & History[2m 23s]
Email and Address Book[4m 18s]
iTunes Support[4m 36s]
Clipboard History[4m 53s]
File Navigation[3m 38s]
Terminal[27s]
Alfred Extensions[34s]
Search Filter[2m 15s]
File or Group[1m 44s]
Shell Script, AppleScript & Workflow[3m 23s]
Global Hotkeys[5m 33s]
Wrap Up[51s]

Comments

(14 comments posted on Alfred - Part 2 - PowerPack)
  • Adrin Furlan
    Version 2 of Alfred.app is out. I'd love to watch an SCO tutorial of it before comitting my money to it though... Cheers, Don.
  • reply
    Don McAllister
    Hi Adrian, As you might imagine, I'm all over Alfred 2 ;-)
  • Bill Kirkpatrick
    I really appreciated learning more about this app, which I've had my eye on for a while. I'm sticking with Quicksilver for now, especially since QS is back in active development, but I might return to Alfred down the road and see how it's evolving.
  • Anthony Georgilas
    Hi, there! Thanks for the excellent tutorials. One question: Is it possible to use the "timer script" you reviewed in your LaunchBar tutorial with Alfred? I really love it! Thanks, Anthony
  • Chris Brown
    Rogerio, what happens now when you press CMD+Space? You might also find direct help directly on the Alfred site (see http://support.alfredapp.com/kb:cmd-space ) or by contacting them via Twitter if the help article doesn't get you where you need to go.
  • Chris Brown
    Frank, as promised, I asked Andrew about the "last typed letter to launch an app" feature (I gave him S-A-F and even just S for Safari as an example), and this was his response: "While I can see that this is an interesting idea, I can't see me bringing this to Alfred because it doesn't really fit with how he functions. An alternative would be to set hotkeys for your fave apps, e.g. cmd+shift+s to launch (or hide) safari is even quicker than showing then holding S. ... Cheers, Andrew" He has a point, and I think I'm content with that given the rather small number of apps that I use that one-letter-hold feature for anyway.
  • Rogerio Dienes
    Right after watching the show, I installed Alfred Power Pack on all my computers! Loving it. One bug though: Despite doing the same procedures (disabling cmd+space from spotlight) one of my computers does not allow me to configure Alfred as a cmd+space shortcut. What might be causing it? Thanks in advance...
  • Chris Brown
    Alfred is starting to grow on me too. It's certainly a lot easier to convince others to try out because of its visual appeal and its free price tag. (I have the power pack because I need some of those features.) I do find that I like the ClipMenu app better than either the Alfred or Launchbar apps' capabilities. Although Launchbar's "append selection to last clipboard entry" is something I wish other such utilities had too. While I've bought and used Launchbar for the last year, I find that probably 95% of the time I'm really just using it as an application launcher. Like Frank I do use the "hold the letter to launch the selected app" feature ALL the time. I'm gonna drop a note to Andrew to see what he thinks of the idea.
  • Frank Petrie
    Been following Don since the dawn of time. I started with LaunchBar and was quite happy. But even though Alfred doesn't have one of my fav features of LB (holding the last typed letter to launch an app), I find it to be faster (my imagination?) and to have a much nicer UI, creating for a more enjoyable experience.
  • Don McAllister
    How do you think it compares to Launchbar?
  • reply
    Rogerio Dienes
    I personally found it much better than launch bar. Switch for me was a bliss... BTW, I also killed spark (a tiny app launcher) Only drawback is that it does not invoke finder windows as spark used to do when using the shortcut to invoke finder... loving it so far...
  • reply
    Don McAllister
    It's great
  • reply
    Edward Anton
    Well I've finally been won over to Alfred from Launchbar. I've enjoyed the functionality of LB, but its UI leaves me cold. Also, due to the UI of LB, I feel less capable to explore the app. Alfred's UI has actually provided inspiration to play around and find more uses for the app (interestingly, those uses are most likely all available in LB but I would never have stumbled upon them there).
  • reply
    Steve Wehba
    Actually, I've had a bit of a problem using Alfred compared to Launchbar. I also use Typinator (used to use Text Expander) and Keyboard Maestro, and I've found that when using these other apps with Alfred, typing responsiveness slows way down, especially in Alfred itself. On the advice of the very helpful Alfred developer, I reindex Spotlight, but this didn't help. I converted back to Launchbar, and I have not had this problem. Has anyone else experience any problems with slow typing responsiveness when using Alfred? I really prefer it to Launchbar in terms of user-interface, but the typing speed was just unbearable.
Posting comments is restricted to
ScreenCastsOnline Members only!
Sign Up

Related Tutorials

  • SCOM0467

    WordPress Publishing Platform - Part 1

    WordPress is an extremely powerful web publishing platform. Previously acknowledged as the premier blogging tool, WordPress has been extended and enhanced to allow WordPress to be much more than just a blog.

    In this episode, I take a look at setting up Wordpress on a self hosted website using a low cost Siteground account.

    I also cover some of the basic features of creating and managing blog posts and a brief look at themes to change the overall look of the website.

    In next week's episode I'll cover plugins and some additional advanced features.

    Date: 30th August 2014 Duration: 31:28
  • WordPress Publishing Platform - Part 1 Description

    WordPress is an extremely powerful web publishing platform. Previously acknowledged as the premier blogging tool, WordPress has been extended and enhanced to allow WordPress to be much more than just a blog.

    In this episode, I take a look at setting up Wordpress on a self hosted website using a low cost Siteground account.

    I also cover some of the basic features of creating and managing blog posts and a brief look at themes to change the overall look of the website.

    In next week's episode I'll cover plugins and some additional advanced features.

    The full tutorial covers:

    • WordPress Installation
    • WordPress First Look
    • Creating and Managing Posts
    • Moderating Comments
    • Akismet Plugin
    • Changing Themes
  • SCOM0466

    Scapple, AccessMenuBarApp, VideoGIF

    Three applications in this week's show:

    Scapple - Scapple is a great app from the makers of Scrivener - it's like a mind mapping tool but without the constraints of a fixed or hierarchical structure. Completely free form in its approach, Scapple is ideal for roughing out ideas on a huge canvas.

    AccessMenuBarApp - Is your laptop resolution causing menu bar icons to become hidden? AccessMenuBarApp allows you to show them all with a single keystroke or mouse gesture.

    VideoGIF - Create animated GIFs for support or just for fun. VideoGIF allows you to capture or convert any video clip into an animated GIF and share via social networks, email or via websites. In this segment, I demonstrate using QuickTime X to do a video screencapture, convert to a GIF and incorporate into a Clarify document.

    Date: 23rd August 2014 Duration: 31:28
  • Scapple, AccessMenuBarApp, VideoGIF Description

    Three applications in this week's show:

    Scapple - Scapple is a great app from the makers of Scrivener - it's like a mind mapping tool but without the constraints of a fixed or hierarchical structure. Completely free form in its approach, Scapple is ideal for roughing out ideas on a huge canvas.

    Get a 20% discount off Scapple - Use the coupon code SCREENCASTSSCAP during checkout to get 20% off a regular licence for Scapple through the web-store for either Mac OS X or Windows.

    AccessMenuBarApp - Is your laptop resolution causing menu bar icons to become hidden? AccessMenuBarApp allows you to show them all with a single keystroke or mouse gesture.

    VideoGIF - Create animated GIFs for support or just for fun. VideoGIF allows you to capture or convert any video clip into an animated GIF and share via social networks, email or via websites. In this segment, I demonstrate using QuickTime X to do a video screencapture, convert to a GIF and incorporate into a Clarify document - Mac App Store

    The full tutorial covers:

    • Introduction to Scapple
    • Creating & Linking Notes
    • Formatting
    • Adding Other Files
    • Exporting
    • AccessMenuBarApps
    • VideoGIF
  • SCOM0465

    TotalSpaces2 & Screens

    Two desktop utilities in this week's show:

    TotalSpaces2 - Spaces are a way of organising your desktop and has been in OSX for many years. However, you may have given up on standard Spaces in Mavericks due to it's limitations and inflexibility. TotalSpaces2 could be said to be what Spaces should have been originally. TotalSpaces2 gives you back full control of managing your virtual desktops, with many useful configuration options. TotalSpaces2 finally makes desktop spaces usable!

    Screens - A neat solution to control and access your Mac desktops locally or remotely using both Macs and iOS devices. With a fully featured Mac client, Screens allows you to setup remote access via its elegant UI and includes a number of easily configurable options such as Quick Connect and custom keyboard shortcuts. Install ScreensConnect and use iCloud to sync your settings and also access your Macs remotely via the separately available Screens for iOS application.

    Date: 15th August 2014 Duration: 37:55
  • TotalSpaces2 & Screens Description

    Two desktop utilities in this week's show:

    TotalSpaces2 - Spaces are a way of organising your desktop and has been in OSX for many years. However, you may have given up on standard Spaces in Mavericks due to it's limitations and inflexibility. TotalSpaces2 could be said to be what Spaces should have been originally. TotalSpaces2 gives you back full control of managing your virtual desktops, with many useful configuration options. TotalSpaces2 finally makes desktop spaces usable!

    TotalSpaces2

    Screens - A neat solution to control and access your Mac desktops locally or remotely using both Macs and iOS devices. With a fully featured Mac client, Screens allows you to setup remote access via its elegant UI and includes a number of easily configurable options such as Quick Connect and custom keyboard shortcuts. Install ScreensConnect and use iCloud to sync your settings and also access your Macs remotely via the separately available Screens for iOS application.







    The full tutorial covers:

    • Introduction
    • Virtual Desktops in Mavericks
    • installing Totalspaces
    • Spaces Layout
    • Working in Grid View
    • Customising Desktop Wallpapers
    • Navigating Your Spaces
    • Assigning Applications to Spaces
    • Edovia Screens Installation
    • Screens Library Interface
    • The Screen Sharing Interface
    • Setting Up Remote Access
    • Screens Preference Pane
  • SCOM0464

    Ember & Pixa - Organise Your Images

    Two applications in this week's show - Ember and Pixa

    Ember is a beautiful application for creating and organising an image library. With iCloud (Mac App Store version only) and Dropbox syncing built in, it will sync your image library between other Macs and iOS devices. Full image annotation support as well as a unique subscription module that allows you to subscribe to the images in your favourite RSS services.

    Pixa is another image library manager with a slightly different focus. Auto tagging will sort your images by size and colour. No library sync, but Pixa has Live folders that allow you to catalogue and update folders of images on your Mac direct from Pixa. With support for many third party graphics application file formats and robust, customisable export features, Pixa may just find a place in your graphics toolbox.

    Date: 8th August 2014 Duration: 27:11
  • Ember & Pixa - Organise Your Images Description

    Two applications in this week's show - Ember and Pixa

    Ember is a beautiful application for creating and organising an image library. With iCloud (Mac App Store version only) and Dropbox syncing built in, it will sync your image library between other Macs and iOS devices. Full image annotation support as well as a unique subscription module that allows you to subscribe to the images in your favourite RSS services.





    Pixa is another image library manager with a slightly different focus. Auto tagging will sort your images by size and colour. No library sync, but Pixa has Live folders that allow you to catalogue and update folders of images on your Mac direct from Pixa. With support for many third party graphics application file formats and robust, customisable export features, Pixa may just find a place in your graphics toolbox.




    I also cover Ember for iOS in this week's iOS show - SCOI0175

    The full tutorial covers:

    • Introduction to Ember
    • Ember UI
    • Ember Annotations
    • Ember Safari Extensions
    • Ember Subscriptions
    • Ember Video
    • Pixa
    • Pixa UI
    • Pixa Metadata & Loupe
    • Pixa Quick Export
    • Pixa Live Folders
    • Pixa Extensions
  • SCOM0463

    Launchbar 6 Update

    Launchbar has recently had a major update with the release of Launchbar V6. Primarily known as an "Application Launcher", Launchbar is actually much more complex, and much more capable than that.

    This episode is not a full review of Launchbar 6, but is intended to give a flavour of some of the new features, especially for Alfred users who are intrigued as to how Launchbar now differs from Alfred.

    Date: 1st August 2014 Duration: 30:08
  • Launchbar 6 Update Description

    Launchbar has recently had a major update with the release of Launchbar V6. Primarily known as an "Application Launcher", Launchbar is actually much more complex, and much more capable than that.

    This episode is not a full review of Launchbar 6, but is intended to give a flavour of some of the new features, especially for Alfred users who are intrigued as to how Launchbar now differs from Alfred.

    It's not a blow by blow comparison, or a complete feature review, but should be enough to give you an idea of the core differences and decide if you want to take it out for a spin. Whether you stick with Alfred, or try the newly improved Launchbar, it's your call!

    The full tutorial covers:

    • Introduction
    • LaunchBar Themes
    • Basic LaunchBar Navigation
    • LaunchBar Preferences
    • Info Browsing
    • Send To
    • LaunchBar Index
    • Instant Send
    • Calendar & Reminder Integration
    • Emoji Integration
    • Safari Integration
    • LaunchBar Index Review
  • SCOM0462

    Creating Documentation with Clarify 2

    Clarify 2 is the brand new version of the app designed to make producing screenshot based documentation a breeze.

    With built in screenshot tools and comprehensive annotation tools, making support documentation has never been easier.

    Whether it's to show friends, family or colleagues how to step through simple or complex processes, or even as a reminder to yourself, Clarify 2 takes away the friction of producing outstanding and easy to follow documentation.

    Date: 25th July 2014 Duration: 30:55
  • Creating Documentation with Clarify 2 Description

    Clarify 2 is the brand new version of the app designed to make producing screenshot based documentation a breeze.

    With built in screenshot tools and comprehensive annotation tools, making support documentation has never been easier.

    Whether it's to show friends, family or colleagues how to step through simple or complex processes, or even as a reminder to yourself, Clarify 2 takes away the friction of producing outstanding and easy to follow documentation.

    In this week's show, Allison Sheridan takes you through the latest version of Clarify 2, demonstrating the ease of capturing screenshots, annotating and exporting in various formats.

    The full tutorial covers:

    • Introduction
    • Basic Menus
    • Preferences
    • Taking Screenshots
    • Annotations
    • Timed Screenshot
    • Auto-numbering
    • Export to PDF
    • Advanced Text Formatting
    • Multiple Images Per Step
    • Annotation Presets
    • Exporting Step Images
    • Step Image Inspector
    • Change Canvas Size
    • Online Sharing
  • SCOM0461

    Podio - Building Collaborative Workflows - Part 2

    Following on from last week’s show, if you work with a group of people or need to collaborate on a project or task, Podio is for you!

    Podio is a free web based service that allows you to create Apps and Workflows to monitor and control collaborative working. Don't be put off by the terminology, it's actually more useful and less intimidating than it sounds.

    In this episode, I take a look at adding extra functionality to your Podio apps by adding App Workflows - a really easy way to create re-usable task lists to assign to people with a Podio “job”. I also take a look at accessing the App market to download hundreds of pre-designed Podio Apps for free, to use as is, or to use as the basis for your own Podio apps.

    Finishing off with a look at some of the very smart ways you can get data both into and out of Podio.

    Date: 18th July 2014 Duration: 28:30
  • Podio - Building Collaborative Workflows - Part 2 Description

    Following on from last week’s show, if you work with a group of people or need to collaborate on a project or task, Podio is for you!

    Podio is a free web based service that allows you to create Apps and Workflows to monitor and control collaborative working. Don't be put off by the terminology, it's actually more useful and less intimidating than it sounds.

    In this episode, I take a look at adding extra functionality to your Podio apps by adding App Workflows - a really easy way to create re-usable task lists to assign to people with a Podio “job”. I also take a look at accessing the App market to download hundreds of pre-designed Podio Apps for free, to use as is, or to use as the basis for your own Podio apps.

    Finishing off with a look at some of the very smart ways you can get data both into and out of Podio.

    The full tutorial covers:

    • Recap
    • Setting Up A Task Workflow
    • App Fields
    • Messaging
    • App Market
    • Excel or CSV Export and Import
    • Email to App
    • WebForm
  • Recent Mac Tutorials
  • Recent IOS Tutorials
Share
People you share this link with may not be a ScreenCastsOnline Member and will therefore will not be able to see the same content as you!
ScreenCastsONLINE - Newsletter