Check out Alfred Extensions
I bet you’ve seen our Alfred Extensions site by now, with goodies created by Alfred users and helping you stretch Alfred’s capabilities that much further.
We update the site and individual categories regularly with new extensions that come our way. Check out these pages now and you might spot some that you’ve been hoping for:
Assign global hotkeys to your most used folders
Is there one folder that you access over and over again during your day? You know which one I’m talking about: the one with the current project, or the constant reference folder, the one with your secret plans to take over the world.
With the Powerpack you have a very quick way to access it: just assign a global hotkey to the specific folder that will either open it in Alfred’s File System Navigation or call it up in Finder. Done.
Need some inspiration for the best Extensions on our support site? Have a look at this great roundup article by Stef Gonzaga on Mac.Appstorm. Thanks, Stef!
Assign Global Hotkeys to Alfred Extensions
Extensions add the awesome sauce in terms of customisation & advanced features in Alfred and with version 1.0 you now have another way to access them quickly:
assign global hotkeys to your individual extensions (and optionally pass a parameter)
You could then have a quick hotkey which:
- shows you how much battery time you have left (using this extension) so you can save precious real estate in your menu bar
- shows or hides the desktop and all icons on it (for example with this extension)
- toggles wifi on or off (have a look at WifiToggle here)
And so much more! This might be a good time to check out our extensive library of user-created extensions if you’re looking for some inspiration. Then get excited about how productive you’re getting and do a little happy dance. Well, up to you of course :).
Wishing you a productive day,
Tweet with this Alfred extension
We had previously seen a few extensions allowing you to connect Alfred with Twitter and blast it out to the universe but never one as easy to set up and to use as AlfredTweet.
Created by the amazing @jdfwarrior who somehow manages to find the time to supply a long list of useful extensions on his Tumblr, you’d be wise to go and check it out if you’ve got the Powerpack and want to expand Alfred’s capabilities.
Here are the commands and tasks you’ll be able to do:
- tw setup - Initiate setup
- tw pin <pin number> - Save pin number
- tw <tweet> - Send new tweet
- tw tweets - List the last 5 tweets in your home timeline
- tw mentions - List your last 5 mentions
- tw dm <user> <text> - Send a direct message to the specified user
- tw info <user> - Look up user info
- tw follow <user> - Follow specified user
- tw unfollow <user> - Unfollow specified user
- tw block <user> - Block the specified user
- tw unblock <user> - Unblock the specified user
- tw search <term> - Search Twitter for the specified term (results in Growl)
Get AlfredTweet on David’s tumblr.
Tips for running AppleScripts
There are several ways you can run AppleScripts with Alfred:
First situation: Your AppleScripts are saved on your Mac, outside of Alfred
Troubleshooting: ~/Library/Scripts is treated by OS X as a System File area so Alfred/Spotlight don’t find scripts saved here by default.
Solution: If you put your AppleScripts into a new folder ~/Scripts (and symlink them back in the other ones if you need them there too), Alfred will find them.
Alternatively, the Powerpack allows you to create a filter specifically for the ~/Library/Scripts folder and to include system files in the results.
Second situation: You enter your scripts right into Alfred, as AppleScript extensions.
Go into Preferences > Extensions and add a new AppleScript. This option is accessible to Powerpack users.
Using extensions: File Search Filters
What if you have a certain file type that you often search for and don’t want to see any other types of files in your results in that instance? What if you know that this file type is located in a specific folder on your Mac?
With the Search Filter Extension you can easily set up keywords that trigger a special, limited, type of search that will filter out where and for what file types Alfred looks.
One use example to illustrate:
- Do you work with graphics? Set up an extension that will filter out and search only for PNG files located only in your Pictures folder. Then type “png file’s name” and nothing else will clutter up your results :).
Quickly access your Automator workflows with Alfred
I’ve written about some of the other Extensions that are now accessible with the Alfred Powerpack and let you enhance and customise your Alfred experience. Today I want to point your attention towards the ability to now have quick access to your Automator workflows right within Alfred.
For your workflows, you can specify a keyword or save it as an additional action. If you’ve already put in the effort into creating a workflow, make sure it is easily accessible!
To add a new Workflow Extension, simply go into Preferences > Extensions and click “plus” in the bottom right corner.
If you’re an Automator user and have written about some workflows that could be useful for other Alfred users, let me know on Twitter (see sidebar) and I’ll add links to our upcoming Extensions page.
Don’t forget about some of the advanced options
When you’re creating your Extensions, don’t forget to use some of the advanced options available.
- Ticking "background" means the command will run without launching Terminal. By unticking “background”, AppleScript dialogs can be used but this will block Alfred’s execution of the script until the script finishes.
- Ticking "silent" will make your Shell scripts run in the background.
Adding an action? Leave the keyword empty.
Are you creating an Extension that you’re saving as an extra action to the action list?
Don’t forget that in that case you can leave the keyword field empty and your new extension won’t come up in Alfred’s results for similarly titled items.
The one in which you export extensions
With the latest release of Alfred (0.9.9) you can easily create Extensions and make Alfred work even better for you.
Plus if you want to share your best scripts and extensions, just right click (or Ctrl-click) on the name of your extension in the preferences sidebar and select “Export” :)
The one in which you launch file/app groups
With Alfred 0.9.9 released (Check for Updates now) I can start letting you know about the little tips and tricks that have made its way into Alfred this time.
I have written before about how you can launch multiple apps using Spotlight comments and a keyboard command in Alfred.
Alfred 0.9.9, however, brings a much more elegant way of doing this in the form of Extensions. Inside the Extensions tab simply go to "File or Group" and set up a keyword for your group of applications. Voila, and we’re done :).
Tip: This way you can launch even the apps from your Mac App Store (no way to add Spotlight comment to them)
Tip2: If you create a new file group in alfred, you can use alfred to find the files you want to put into the group and drag them from alfred into the group table.