What this country needs is not another politician, not a good 5-cent cigar, not a chicken in every pot, but a free computer butler. A butler that launches apps, searches, holds bookmarks, plays music, and does it for free. Well, almost free.
The Mac Butler Named Alfred
There is no shortage of Mac utility apps that claim to do this or that, save time, save money, save keystrokes.
That’s what Alfred does. It’s a free Mac app that starts life as a launcher.
Hit the right keys, Alfred pops up with a list of your apps, use the shortcut keys to launch.
Alfred remembers which apps you use the most and prioritizes them when you search. If you can type, you can use Alfred.
It looks something like this. Type a-d-o-b-e to bring up all the Adobe apps on your Mac, select and it launches.
Easy enough, right?
Alfred laso searches the web using sites you prefer; from Google to Wikipedia to Amazon and others.
The key to using Alfred is the keyboard. Alfred not only launches apps, searches the web, but lets you do pretty much everything without using the mouse.
No mouse use means faster everything by keeping your hands busy on the keyboard. Control iTunes– search, browse, play music without clicking over to iTunes.
Searches can be customized. Open files, email files, copy, move, etc. All from the keyboard.
Nice, huh? Alfred is free. But not all of Alfred’s functionality is free. The Alfred Power Pack gives you, well, all the extra powerful things that Alfred does and much more.
Alfred gets great ratings from the Mac App Store but the real value comes in functionality from the Power Pack (less than $20).