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Alfred 5.5 Beta: Exciting New Workflow Views & Stunning AI Integrations!

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Some of you may have guessed that there was something big in the works; Today, we can finally share it all with you!

Alfred 5.5 is a huge update, with loads of new ways to present results in Alfred, as well as new workflows that use these new views - including a stunning ChatGPT / DALL-E interactive workflow with Markdown support.

Today, we're starting the 5.5 Beta; It's accessible to all Alfred 5 users via the in-app update; Choose the "pre-release" option in the Update tab if you'd like to join the beta.

Take a look at What's New in Alfred 5.5 here and grab the workflows to try out the new features! You can browse Alfred results like never before with the four new views; Grid, Text, Image and PDF.

We'll post in greater details about each new Workflow View soon. We'd also love to see the workflows you create; Share them on the forum, and ask any questions you might have while you're creating your own workflows.

Upgrade Your Powerpack

If you're not yet an Alfred 5 Powerpack license holder, or would like to upgrade your older license, purchase your Alfred 5 license today.

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Alfred 5.1.3 Released: Ready for macOS Sonoma

On Tuesday, 26th September, Apple will be releasing macOS Sonoma to the general public. Alfred 5 is stable on Sonoma, so feel free to upgrade to it if you're keen to adopt the new OS early.

There is one known issue; A rendering bug present in Sonoma causes Alfred's main results to sometimes appear in the incorrect location. (This bug has been reported to Apple with a reproducible case as Feedback reference FB13188204.)

It doesn't affect the contents of your Alfred results, only their visual placement. The Clipboard & Snippets, File Navigation, and preferences all render as expected.

Workaround for the Sonoma Rendering Bug

First, ensure you're using Alfred 5.1.3, which includes a few mitigations to work around the visual glitch.

You may only rarely see the issue, and it may not bother you, but if you prefer, you can enable a workaround which you'll find in Alfred's General preferences.

Open Alfred's preferences to the General tab to enable "Default Results Fixed Size" in the Sonoma Rendering Bug box in the top right. This will make Alfred's window a fixed height based on the number of results you've selected for Alfred to show, and therefore won't exhibit the bug.

Sonoma Rendering Bug checkbox

This is a temporary measure, which we'll remove as soon as the issue is fixed.

Update to Alfred 5.1.3 today

You can update to Alfred 5.1.3 from Alfred's Update tab, or download it from alfredapp.com.

We recommend using Alfred 5 with macOS Sonoma, so if you have an older Powerpack license, you can upgrade at a discount. Not yet taking advantage of the great Powerpack features Alfred has to offer? You can get a new Single User or Mega Supporter license to get started!

A Workflow in 2 Minutes: Convert .heic images to .jpg in one keystroke

When we say that you can create an Alfred workflow without code in a matter of minutes, we're not kidding!

I created the first version of this workflow in under two minutes to solve a recurring problem by using 3 workflow objects.

The problem: Apple's default format for iPhone photos is .heic. However, this isn't a universal format and many non-Apple devices and websites don't accept that format.

The solution: Rather than manually opening the .heic photo in Preview and exporting it to .jpg, I used the Automation Task Convert Image Format, which can be found in the Image Manipulation group.

Tiny version of the workflow

Two minutes, done!

Giving the Workflow Superpowers

I then let my teammate Vítor loose with the workflow... and, in his own words, he got a little carried away. :D

The workflow is now far more powerful and can be configured with:

  • A keyword
  • Your preferred folder where images are saved
  • The option to trash the original HEIC image after conversion
  • A choice of actions to take after conversion, from 5 possible outcomes including Reveal in Finder, Add to File Buffer, Move to New Location

Convert one file, or multiple files at once. Filter files via Alfred's results with the heicjpg keyword, or use your Universal Actions hotkey. Much more versatile!

Download the HEIC to JPG workflow from the Alfred Gallery.

Full workflow

New to Automation Tasks?

If you haven't experimented with Automation Tasks yet, you'll find them in Alfred's Workflows. Add an Automation Task object to your workflow to get started.

If you see "Tasks Not Installed", you'll first need to install them. We recommend checking the box to "Automatically keep Automation Tasks up to date".

Interacting with Web Browsers via Automation Tasks

Alfred's Automation Tasks have been able to interact with web browsers since their first release. They allow you to effortlessly get a list of open tabs, create new windows, interact with tabs matching a certain pattern, run JavaScript, and more.

Frontmost Browser Automation Tasks

Because different browsers require different commands for certain operations, until now, you needed to specify which browser to run an action on. While that's fine for your own workflows if you only use one browser, it requires extra steps if you wish to support multiple browsers at once.

This is why, in the 2023.3 release of Automation Tasks, we introduced the Frontmost Browser collection. It supports every Task from the other groups and adapts its behaviour to the browser which is the frontmost app.

While the previous tasks maintain their relevance because they can target specific browsers in multiple contexts, often you just want to run something on whatever browser you're working in at the moment. With the new Tasks, that becomes significantly easier.

Note: The web browser has to be the frontmost app. You'll know an app is frontmost if you can see its name in bold in the menubar, to the right of the .

This update also includes support for two new browsers: full support for Orion and initial support for Arc.

A few caveats apply: because Webkit browsers (Safari, Orion) do not have AppleScript hooks to open Private Windows, that functionality is disabled for them. In that same vein, Arc's AppleScript support is limited (e.g. cannot get tabs from a single window) and strays from other Chromium browsers, so current support is restricted to tasks which interact with the frontmost tab. We will continue to adapt the Automation Tasks as browsers evolve their AppleScript functionality.

Error handling has also gotten a lift: every browser Automation Task checks early if it can act on a particular browser and will show an error on the debugger if it cannot, together with an exhaustive list of every browser which supports the action.

Finally, this update brings with it general code improvements and other new tasks, including one to change the URL of the current tab and ways to strip leading and trailing arguments and lines of text.

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