Alfred 3.8 Released: Signed, Sealed and Notarised

This week, we released Alfred 3.8, which includes the new Notarisation security feature for macOS Mojave.

Notarisation was introduced in macOS Mojave as an extension of Gatekeeper. When we submit an Alfred build to Apple's notary service, it automatically scans the app for malicious content, checks for any code-signing issues, then notarises the app so that we can release it to you.

Apple's intention is that, by having more granular control over software distributed outside of the Mac App Store, Mac users can have even more confidence in the apps they use.

In practice, it simply means that Alfred will show you this message when you launch it for the first time.

macOS notice on launch that Alfred is notarised

It's only subtly different from the previous notice, but includes the "Apple checked it for malicious software and none was detected." message, confirming that the app was notarised.

Click "Open", and you'll be back to your superbly productive self with Alfred's help!

Create Auto-Expanding Rich Text Snippets with Workflows

Alfred includes a brilliant range of features, between the free version and the Powerpack. To help you discover (or re-discover) them, we've created this collection of tips and tricks.

Have you ever wanted to create rich text snippets in Alfred?

With a workflow, you can create snippets which includes formatted text and links. (You can do much more with Snippet Triggers, but let's start with something simple!)

Download the example snippet here to follow along this quick and easy tutorial.

The workflow consists of three objects:

Workflow objects for the Rich Text Format example workflow

1. Snippet Trigger object

Choose your keyword and set it in this object, as snippet keywords are stripped when importing a workflow to ensure it doesn't clash with keywords you've already set.

Double-click the object to open it and enter your keyword; Note that it'll then be prefixed by the "Shared Prefix" set below.

Configuring the Snippet Trigger keyword

Take a look at our Tips for Better Snippet Expansion if you need a hand choosing suitable snippet keywords.

2. Run Script object

The next object is a Run Script action. This contains a very simple script which copies the content of the snippet1.rtf file (which is stored in the workflow folder) to the clipboard.

Run Script Configuration

Edit the content of the RTF file by right-clicking the workflow name in the sidebar and choosing "Open in Finder", which opens the workflow folder. Open the RTF file in TextEdit and make the snippet look exactly as you wish. Save your RTF file and you're all set!

Editing the snippet content in TextEdit

3. Dispatch Key Combo

Finally, our third object outputs the copied clipboard content to the frontmost app by performing a Cmd + V paste.

You're all done; In a rich text environment, use your snippet keyword and it'll be replaced by your new rich text snippet!

Want more?

You can then duplicate the workflow as many times as you need to create other rich text snippets, by right-clicking the workflow in the sidebar and choosing "Duplicate".

Being able to harness the power of workflows directly from a text snippet gives you immense flexibility. Let us know on Twitter how you use Snippet Triggers.

Don't forget to take a look at past tips & tricks for more Alfred features you may not have discovered yet!

Search your Browser Bookmarks in Alfred

Alfred includes a brilliant range of features, between the free version and the Powerpack. To help you discover (or re-discover) them, we've created this collection of tips and tricks.

We all squirrel away useful and interesting links in our browser bookmarks, but searching through them can be a hassle. Alfred makes it quick and easy to find just the right one, with Browser Bookmarks integration.

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In the results, you'll see the name of the page, the URL and the browser folder in which the bookmark is saved.

Search your Safari and/or Chrome bookmarks, and tell Alfred whether you prefer to include bookmarks in your default results or via a customisable keyword.

Bookmarks Preferences in Alfred

To take advantage of this feature (and many more!), make sure you're using the latest Alfred 3 update. If you're on an older version, you can download Alfred 3 from alfredapp.com. If you're already using Alfred 3, simply update in-app for the latest.

Using macOS Mojave?

If you're on macOS Mojave, be sure to grant Alfred the necessary permissions for bookmarks to be found. These permissions are no different to previous macOS versions, but Mojave is more granular in requesting access.

Don't forget to take a look at past tips & tricks for more Alfred features you may not have discovered yet!

Enhance Your Vocabulary with Alfred's Dictionary Keywords

Alfred includes a brilliant range of features, between the free version and the Powerpack. To help you discover (or re-discover) them, we've created this collection of tips and tricks.

Did you know that Alfred's Dictionary feature includes two keywords to help you broaden your vocabulary when writing?

Defining a word

First, the "define" keyword will show in-line a brief definition of the word you're searching for. Press the Return key to pop up the Dictionary with a more complete definition if necessary.

If you're looking to expand your lexicon with synonyms, choose the Thesaurus the first time you launch the Dictionary app, and Alfred will ensure it's launched to the same tab next time.

Defining the word

Checking spelling

Secondly, the "spell" keyword helps you check the spelling of a word, showing you the correct spelling in-line. Pressing Return copies the correct spelling to your clipboard.

Spelling the word

Under Features > Dictionary, you can choose to automatically paste the correctly spelled word to the frontmost application to save time.

May your future literary oeuvres be erudite and scholarly! ;)

Don't forget to take a look at past tips & tricks for more Alfred features you may not have discovered yet!

Alfred 3.7.1 Released: Improvements for macOS Mojave

Today, we've released Alfred 3.7.1, which includes improvements for macOS Mojave support.

If you're using macOS Mojave, we recommend updating to this release as soon as possible for the smoothest experience. (It's also worth checking that you're on the latest public Mojave update from Apple!)

You can update to 3.7.1 by clicking on Alfred's bowler hat in the menu bar and choosing "Check for updates..." or by downloading the latest version from our website.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be spending time with family and friends, so we may take a little longer than usual to respond to support queries.

We have some very exciting plans for 2019, so stay tuned. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful end to the year!

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