How many times do you find yourself searching for web content a day when you’re on your Mac? Ten times? Twenty? More than fifty? OK, it’s a rhetorical question, we know it’s a lot however it’s only recently that I’ve stopped defaulting to Google for every search I make. If I need to check the definition of a word, I go to Google first. When I watch something on TV and recognise an actor, yet can’t remember for the life of me where they are from, straight back to Google again. Who are my favourite football team playing this weekend? Once more, straight to Google. (OK, sometimes it’s Alexa, but she seems to have the hump with me a lot of the time and refuses to understand my wonderful British accent).
I now use Alfred as the main launcher for all of my web activity. When I need to search my site for a link URL, I use the search facility to do so. When I need to open a URL from my bookmarks, I go straight to Alfred. In fact, I’m starting to think that Alfred is fast becoming my go-to application for almost everything I do on the Mac now, which is both worrying and awesome in equal measure.
Despite the fact that Spotlight has come a long way over the last year or so, I still use Alfred for launching applications and searching for content on my Mac. The Powerpack feature (which I will cover in a forthcoming post) helps to cement my relationship with it, however there are some built-in options which I believe are simply unparalleled within Spotlight.