Alfred 2 makes its debut today, delivering a whole host of improvements and new features to the best launcher utility available on the Mac. Users can now enjoy an app completely rebuilt from the ground up to introduce things like Workflows, the ability to apply new themes, and improved search.
Alfred 2 finally has high-resolution artwork that looks great on the Retina MacBook Pro (huzzah!), and its user interface can be customized with different themes. You’ll find seven available to you after you’ve installed the app, including light and dark themes, Pistachio, and Notepad.
The big difference with Alfred 2, however, is the new Workflows feature. Available to users who purchase the PowerPack add-on, Workflows allow you to connect keywords, hotkeys, and actions together in a simple visual editor that doesn’t require a single line of code.
Workflows consist of four parts: triggers, inputs, actions, and outputs. The trigger is what gets the ball rolling, like a keyboard shortcut, while inputs are things like keywords that you might want to type in to modify the action — which is the executable item, such as a script. Outputs are pretty self explanatory — this is what you get at the end of it all.
You can download Alfred 2 now using the source link below. If you want to take advantage of Workflows, you’ll need to purchase the PowerPack add-on priced at £15 ($23).