Feel Festive with the Alfred Xmas Calendar

It's already December! Count down to Christmas with us, as we share tips, tricks and treats every day in the Alfred Christmas Calendar 2016!

Alfred Christmas Calendar 2016

Whether you're looking for a productivity boost in the mad dash to the end of the year, fancy a few new festive Alfred themes, or just want to have a bit of fun counting down the next few weeks, we'll be sharing something new every day until Christmas.

Follow us on Twitter at @alfredapp if you want to be reminded to check the calendar over the next few weeks :)

Learn to Create Workflows with Alfred's Built-In Examples

Did you know that there are dozens of workflow examples and templates built into Alfred to help you get started and learn how to create your own?

You can find these in the Workflows tab in Alfred 3; Click the [+] button in the bottom left to choose from the 13 Getting Started guides, 6 fully-functional example workflows, and 40 templates!

The built-in workflows include simple ones like launching an app and a folder at the same time using a keyword or hotkey, or filtering files to only show you results from specific locations and file types.

Getting Started with Hotkeys in Alfred 3

We've also added more advanced examples, which include helpful notes to help you discover how you can then modify them or create your own from scratch.

Chaining Inputs in Alfred 3

Once you've added an object to your workflow, double-click it to show the configuration panel; Clicking the question mark icon will launch the relevant help page where you'll find further information.

Finding Help in Workflow objects

Go ahead and give these workflows a try! You'll also find numerous tutorials, from beginner to advanced, in the Help section of our website. And once you've started creating your own workflows, you can exchange ideas and get help on the Alfred Forum too.

There's never been a better time to get started improving your own productivity by creating workflows that fit your work habits!

Alfred 3.2 Released: A Whole Heap of Improvements to Workflows, Snippets & 1Password

On Tuesday, we released Alfred 3.2, which contains a huge number of improvements to our favourite features.

As usual, you can grab the latest release in-app or, if you haven't updated to Alfred 3 yet, you can download it from alfredapp.com.

Build Better Workflows Faster

Creating workflows has become even quicker; Drag from a connection point to an empty space, and the object menu will automatically pop up to allow you to add a new object. Try it for yourself to see how efficiently you can build up a new workflow.

Adding new objects

Script filters have also seen significant improvements; Your script output can now tell Alfred to re-run the script after a set period of time. Take a look at the "Advanced Script Filters" workflow in Getting Started to see this in action.

There have been quite a few more enhancements to script filters, which we'll share in more details in upcoming blog posts. Take a look at the Change Log in the meantime.

Hotkeys can now pass the currently focused app through to the workflow as a variable, which means you can use one hotkey to perform many different actions depending on the app context.

The Getting Started "Advanced Hotkeys" built-in workflow shows you how you can use this awesome new feature in your own workflows.

Using advanced hotkeys in Alfred 3

Even Better Snippets

We've added a {cursor} placeholder to the dynamic placeholders you can use in your pasted snippets - including Alfred Remote and "Copy to Clipboard" outputs - so that the cursor automatically moves from the end of the snippet to a pre-defined position.

Apps can use secure input on your Mac to stop other apps from being able to recognise your keystrokes (e.g. in password fields), but this can occasionally remain active when it shouldn't.

To help you identify which app is preventing text expansion, you'll find a warning shown in your Snippets preferences. You can then quit or restart the responsible app if necessary.

Snippet locked secure input in Alfred 3

1Password Teams & Families Now Supported

Great news for 1Password users; As soon as 1Password 6.5 is released, Alfred will show you results from multiple vaults, including your 1Password Teams or Families vaults.

You'll be able to view all item types too; Non-login items, such as Secure Notes, will be opened in 1Password Mini.

And Much More...

Version 3.2 is a significant release with many more new features and improvements than the ones we've highlighted above, so dive into the Change Log if you'd like to see what else is new. :)

The $2000 Question

Alfred users are all over the world; From the US to Australia, from the island of CuraƧao in the Caribbean to Antartica!

It's always interesting for us to see your tweets and posts of where you've seen Alfred lately, whether you spot a conference speaker using it on stage or you let us know that you've done a presentation about productivity to your work team.

This month, we had what might be the most surprising and funny Alfred mention yet! We woke up to loads of you tweeting and emailing us to let us know that Alfred had been featured as a $2000 question on the American show Jeopardy!

We were stunned and amused to see Alfred appear on this quiz show, which is an American institution broadcast since the 1960's, which covers a broad range of topics, testing the knowledge of its contestants!

Of course, we know you guys would've known the answer. :)

Huge thanks to Kyle Swank for the Jeopardy clip.

Upgrading or Installing a New OS

With macOS Sierra's release just around the corner, we wanted to share a few tips to get you up and running with Alfred as quickly as possible on a new version of Apple's operating system.

Alfred is Sierra-ready and will work smoothly right away once you've upgraded to macOS. We recommend ensuring you're on the latest update (3.1.1) which is available from the Update tab in Alfred's preferences or from alfredapp.com.

If you're installing your Mac from scratch, the tips below will help you activate your Powerpack license, re-set your preferences and find results when you need them.

Activate your Powerpack

If you've reinstalled your Mac, you'll need to activate your license to take advantage of the Powerpack features.

We sent licenses by email automatically when you made your purchase, so look for emails from @alfredapp.com or for the "Your Alfred License" subject line for the original license email we sent you.

Set up preferences syncing

A great way to keep your Alfred preferences handy is to use Dropbox cloud-based syncing. If you've just re-installed Dropbox on your Mac, give Dropbox sufficient time to download all of your cloud-based files before selecting your Alfred preferences folder in Dropbox.

Why? If you set syncing up before your preferences have been downloaded, a new set of preferences will be created. Waiting until Dropbox completes its download ensures you'll be able to use your existing settings.

Find out more about syncing your Alfred preferences, which is also a convenient way to keep a backup!

Let your Mac reindex

Alfred uses refined queries over macOS's metadata index, the same index that Spotlight uses.

As such, if you're re-installed from scratch, your Mac will need a bit of time to build up its metadata index. During this indexing time, search results may be incomplete but this takes under an hour. Once it's done, you'll be sorted.

We've been using Sierra since the early betas and Alfred performs beautifully, so happy upgrading!

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