I was a huge Quicksilver fan until I switched to Alfred. When QS went 1.0 I gave it another shot, but I still preferred Alfred. Alfred 2 got even better with the introduction of workflows. Workflow requires the Powerpack, and it’s definitely worth it.
I’ve been using Alfred 2 for a few months now, and these are the workflows I depend on:
- prepend to memo. I keep a memo.txt file on Dropbox, I use Drafts in iOS to prepend to it, I wanted to do the same with Alfred so I hacked up this workflow. Edit the script inside the workflow to change the destination. (now it prepends to ~/Dropbox/Notes/memo.txt)
- quick focus on contact in Messages. It quickly focuses on a contact in Messages, very useful if you have a ton of open conversations.
- dial with iphone. If you have Prowl on your iPhone, this workflow sends a phone number to your phone so you can dial it quickly with a single tap. You can also integrate it with the Alfred built-in contacts browser.
- Recent Documents
- Do Things. Quickly add tasks to Things.
- Pocket. I switched to Pocket as my *-it-later service a while back, this workflow adds stuff to Pocket quickly.
- Spotify Mini Player
- Uni-Call. Quickly make all different kinds of phone and FaceTime calls. Very customizable so you can disable all the services you don’t use.
- NLP currency converter
- my shortcuts. Hotkeys to launch Finder, Safari, “lr” keyword to launch Lightroom. Modify to suit your own needs.
- Alphred. Post to ADN from Alfred.
- Tweetbot Workflow
- VPN toggle
- screen sharing. If you have multiple Macs at home, this is super useful for connecting to them quickly.
- Top Processes
- Network Info
- Gist. I wrote this to create Gist quickly without using the browser. You have to install gist and login first:
brew install gist && gist --login
If you know what any of these things are, you will love these workflows:
You can find more at alfredworkflow.com and Alfred forum, and it’s very easy to make your own.
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