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Old Mar 20, 2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Alfred 2 v Launchbar

I've been hearing a bit about Alfred 2 a bit across the internets. I'm a Launchbar user.

Am I missing anything by using Launchbar?

Anyone out there with an opinion on Alfred 2 v Launchbar?
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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I have tried Alfred 2, Launchbar, and QS over the last week and yesterday went back to Spotlight.

For me, it is too much work to try and make these apps significantly more useful than Spotlight. I actually prefer the way Spotlight displays the results and don't know if most people fully understand what all it can do.
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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I have used LB and now Alfred 2, and prefer Alfred 2. The primary reason for this is the "workflows" feature Alfred 2 supports. Some of the workflows people have come up with are really nice. Look over the workflows section of the Alfred support forums to get an idea of what is available so far.

Workflows can display feedback in Alfred. Here is a screen shot of an Alfred workflow that uses Google auto suggest.

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If you are just looking to launch apps, there is not much difference between the two... or even Spotlight for that matter.
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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+1 for Alfred. I couldn't go without it
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 11:11 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the input so far. I use Launchbar to launch/switch between apps, google searches and sometimes tracking down files. That workflow option looks pretty interesting. I will look into it for sure.

Anyone else?
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 12:20 PM   #7
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I love Alfred v2! The workflows are awesome!
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 11:19 PM   #8
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I love Alfred v2! The workflows are awesome!
Yah Alfred 2 because of its effectiveness and simplicity! Quicksilver is more advanced though but not for me.
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Old Mar 22, 2013, 12:45 PM   #9
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Good Lord!

I just downloaded Alfred 2 to give it a try.

Simply put, it is awesome and I haven't even tried out the workflows yet. The UI runs laps around Launchbar. Much more pleasant to use. Goodbye, Launchbar!
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Old Mar 22, 2013, 01:37 PM   #10
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I just downloaded Alfred 2 to give it a try.

Simply put, it is awesome and I haven't even tried out the workflows yet. The UI runs laps around Launchbar. Much more pleasant to use. Goodbye, Launchbar!
Glad you like it.

Checkout this blog for some nice workflows you can DL and install. Mr. Ferguson is a tech support employee for Alfred and you will see many of his posts in their support forums.
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Old Mar 22, 2013, 05:26 PM   #11
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I use Alfred 2, excellent App.
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Old Jun 18, 2013, 11:14 PM   #12
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I was a Quicksilver user then I get lost in the app. Found Alfred and I need to tell you it is the most fun multi tasks launcher I ever used. QS wasn't bad but it was too geeky and the more you start customizing it the worst it gets. Sometimes is better when you can't do everything you want.

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I just downloaded Alfred 2 to give it a try.

Simply put, it is awesome and I haven't even tried out the workflows yet. The UI runs laps around Launchbar. Much more pleasant to use. Goodbye, Launchbar!
you need to buy a powerpack if you want to use the workflows.
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Old Jun 19, 2013, 06:59 AM   #13
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Perhaps I'm under-utilizaing Alfred but how is this app any different the doing
Cmd-space to bring up the spotlight search box. For instance I can do cmd-space and type textedit. In Alfred I can Option-Space and type textedit and the same thing happens
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Old Jun 19, 2013, 08:04 AM   #14
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Perhaps I'm under-utilizaing Alfred but how is this app any different the doing
Cmd-space to bring up the spotlight search box. For instance I can do cmd-space and type textedit. In Alfred I can Option-Space and type textedit and the same thing happens
If all you are doing is launching apps and searching for documents, then yes, you are underutilizing and there is not much point in using Alfred. But it does far more than that.

I'll just list a few ways I use Alfred aside from file/app launching:

- find a document then email it as an attachment (there is along list of actions for files)
- find a name in contacts then launch an email to the contact
- Google search within Alfred with instant results shown in Alfred drop down
- long list of built in searches like Amazon and Wikipedia
- long list of system commands like, quit all, sleep, restart, empty trash...

There are also some really nice workflows users have put together. Just about anything you can think of that you routinely do on your Mac, you can make a workflow to do it for you with a couple keystrokes. For example, I use a workflow that unhides ~/Library for me after it gets hidden by point updates. Another runs rebuild launch services. There are some workflows hosted here, or you can make your own. Also, look at the Alfred Powerpack features here.

Once you get used to Alfred and learn some of the KB strokes to get things done, it becomes almost annoying to have to stop and move your hand over to the mouse.
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Old Jun 19, 2013, 09:58 AM   #15
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Another +1 for Alfred.

Everything Weaselboy said and more!

For example, it has a built in calculator:
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If all you are doing is launching apps and searching for documents, then yes, you are underutilizing and there is not much point in using Alfred. But it does far more than that.
I'll have to look into it a bit more then
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Old Jun 21, 2013, 03:37 AM   #17
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Even if all you do is launching stuff Alfred is better because of the prominent big UI which is really slim and light. Even just the UI beats anything I tried on Windows.
I couldn't do without it. Alfred and BetterTouchTool are what make OSX great without them I wouldn't like OSX nearly as much GUI wise as I do.
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