Mac: Alfred, our favourite desktop search program and one of our favourite application launchers, just updated to version 2, almost completely rewritten from the ground up for speed and a few new features.
Apart from speed boosts and improvements to contacts searching and themes, the biggest change in Alfred 2 is a feature called Workflows, which lets you perform a number of actions at once using custom scripts. For example, you can:
- Upload an image to Flickr by typing
flickrand the image in question, after which it will notify you of when the upload starts and finishes
movieand search a movie name to load that movie’s trailer, IMDB page and Rotten Tomatoes page
- Perform different types of Google searches
- Pretty much anything you can imagine
Alfred 2 comes with a few workflows, but you can also create your own with its templates. Check out Alfred’s original blog post on Workflows for more info, as well as its guide to version 2 for some links on where you can find more. And, of course, hit the link below to download it and try it out for yourself.
Alfred v2 (free)