Alfred & Third Party App Integrations

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In my previous article on Alfred and 1Password I mentioned briefly how Alfred integrates with 1Password. It is Sooo handy if you are an Alfred App user. I wanted to expand on that functionality a little here.

Alfred Integrations

Alfred Integrates with several Apps on your Mac. Mostly, they are Default Mac Apps, but it does Integrate with third party Apps like 1Password. Here is the Features window listing some of the Integrations:

Integrations
Integrations

If you have a login at a website you can type the name of that website into the Alfred Window and Alfred takes you to the website and enters the login info:

Website Login
Website Login

This is the login for the Macessence website. All I would have to do is click “Login”.

Alfred integrates with Contacts as well. Just type the name of one of your Contacts into the Alfred Window:

Contact
Contact

You can click on these items and the Mac will process whatever you click on like E-mail for example.

Alfred can also search websites with this Integration feature. Here is a search setup in DuckDuckGo:

Alfred Search
Alfred Search

Alfred can do Google as well. Want to search for something on Amazon?

Amazon search
Amazon search

Just type in “Amazon”, select the “Search” function and when you hit return you are taken to the search on the amazon website. As you can see this Integration feature of Alfred is totally powerful. I guess I should mention that most of this is made possible by buying the Alfred Powerpack which adds many of these capabilities.

I am not going to go on and on about the various Integration features. Suffice it to say you can search Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest and a bunch of other stuff. Oh, I almost forgot. You can search for files on your hard drive by opening the Alfred Window and hitting the Spacebar, then typing in the name of your search.

But wait, there is more. I open Apps off the Dock or I use the very cool Pmenu App which presents a list of Apps to launch. However, once in a while I need to open an App that is in neither of these two places. All you have to do is type in the name of the App in the Alfred Window, hit Return and the App is launched:

App Launch
App Launch

This is a super feature for launching Apps that you do not use a lot, or launching Apps you use all the time if you prefer to use your keyboard instead of a mouse or trackpad.

Conclusion

I think I have presented a good case for using Alfred based on the myriad of ways it interacts with other Apps and your Mac System. It is super fast and supported very well. The Alfred App is free, but the Powerpack with adds much of this capability is about $25. Well worth it in my opinion based on all this neat little utility can do.

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