Alfred is a utility for Mac OS X that's part app launcher, part navigation tool and part web service. In short, it's a productivity tool that sits quietly in the background until you need something -- fast. Imagine a fully fueled 1987 Buick GNX 223 idling in your driveway with the door open and you'll get the idea. While power users who cut their teeth on custom Quicksilver scripts will walk away wanting, the rest will find Alfred suited to their needs. Here's my look at Alfred for the Mac.
Inevitable comparison to Quicksilver
I'll get this out of the way now. Comparisons to Quicksilver aren't entirely appropriate but inevitable. Quicksilver is an application launcher and quick means of navigating the Finder. Eventually its developer ceased development, considering the utility feature-complete, not to mention a time-consuming effort that failed to bring in any money.
Today it's maintained by an enthusiastic and talented group of developers. Users enjoy a library of plugins and the option to write their own scripts. That's great, but I'm looking for a more turnkey solution. Alfred is it.
Gallery: Alfred for Mac screenshots