Alfred Gains Global Shortcuts, Is Serious Quicksilver Alternative

Alfred Gains Global Shortcuts, Is Serious Quicksilver Alternative

Mac OS X: App launcher and file utility Alfred updated to include a host of new shortcut and synchronisation features that bring it on par with the not-quite-dead Quicksilver, not to mention blinding speed.

We’ve been diehard fans of Quicksilver forever, but previously mentioned Alfred has picked up quite a following, and we can see why. The free version is a pretty barebones application launcher, but it’s fast. Really fast. Cough up $US20 for the Power Pack and you’ve got some really great advanced features like file system navigation, an iTunes mini player, clipboad manager, address book integration, and as of the latest update, global hotkeys and full synchronisation of all your preferences between Macs. And, the app is in very active development, with even more features planned for the near future, like integration with web services and other popular third-party apps.

All in all, this is a really good app — one that’s finally on the same level as, if not ready to surpass, Quicksilver. If you’re just looking for a simple app launcher, we highly recommend grabbing the free version of Alfred. If you want those advanced features, you have a choice — Alfred only has a few things that Quicksilver doesn’t, but it’s also insanely fast, and is more likely to be heavily developed as time goes on. If that’s worth $US20 to you, then go for it. If not, Quicksilver can still offer most of those advanced features for free, albeit with less polish and a bit less of a promising future.

Alfred is a free download for Mac OS X, with a $US20 “Power Pack” available that adds extra features. Check out the video above to see a demo of the newest features, and hit the link below (or head to its entry in the Mac App Store) to try it out.



  • Hi, I’m Phil @LoveQuicksilver on Twitter.

    Quicksilver development has not slowed to a near halt. A new version came out last month and another will be out shortly. See the commits for the latest activity. Also, take a look at Saying QS is note-quite-dead is a bit of an understatement to say the least. As you say, Quicksilver is ‘on par’ with Alfred, and ‘Alfred only has a few things that Quicksilver doesn’t’. QS will work in Lion, so it’ll be around for a few years yet. It’ll be dead when it’s broken…

      • Thanks for the edit.

        I saw the QS article, thanks – It’s just not mentioned here. I’d be interested to hear about the features Alfred has that QS doesn’t. I don’t own the powerpack, and sometimes QS can do things that aren’t entirely obvious at first!

        Could you pass my comments to Whitson Gordon? We’ve been having a conversation on how to comment on, instead of the relative merits of Alfred and Quicksilver. 😉

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