Alfred Update Brings New Themes, New Features & A Stack Of Improvements

If you're yet to meet my good friend Alfred, now's the perfect time.
If you're yet to meet my good friend Alfred, now's the perfect time.

Alfred, an incredible productivity tool for Mac OS X that was voted the best Mac application of 2011 by Cult of Mac readers, has just received a “huge” update that introduces two new color themes and large type support, plus a whole host of improvements.

Alfred version 1.2 is available to download from the Mac App Store now. In addition to “Dark” and “Smooth & Pistachio” themes, the update brings large type support; the ability to drag Alfred search results — such as files and images — into other applications; and a new advanced option that allows you to add any file type to the default search results.

Furthermore, the update brings a huge list of improvements, including:

* Overhaul to file searching algorithm allowing, now non-continuous word based matching
* Improvements to the ‘in’ keyword allowing for disjoint keyword matching
* More exact matching for ‘text files’ in the default results, no longer matches .ics files
* Improved decimal point configuration in the Calculator, now allowing forced decimal separator output for comma based locales
* Alfred.app no longer shows in results and typing ‘alfred’ now opens the preferences
* Add Xcode’s new Applications location to the default search scope
* More flexibility on the Spell/Define keywords, allow matching on items not in the dictionary
* Less aggressive scientific notation rounding for the calculator for better 0 approximation errors
* More intelligent ‘eject’ keyword to prevent false errors when a drive is successfully ejected
* Code and performance improvements
* Fixed / improved text and help throughout the preferences
* Make MAS version startup / welcome sheet non resizable and close using Esc key
* Allow ⌘^Q and ⌘^W as hotkeys, previously blocked by over-protective code
* Update the core window renderer to fix a quirk behind the preference cog with transparent themes
* Remove deprecated code and make Alfred more future proofed for OS X

If you haven’t already installed Alfred on your Mac, then you should. It’s completely free so there’s no reason not to give this awesome tool a try.