I am a very happy Alfred user since over 7 years. I am still discovering new things I can use it for.
As a start I’d suggest going through all the features in the preferences screen step by step. Try to understand what they’re doing and if that’s of use to you. I needed to take it slow, otherwise I couldn’t remember all of the power.
There are simple ones - like bookmark search - that I just recently started using. As a web developer we’re using a lot of web tools. And I could just type the URL in the browser, but then I still have to click through to the project I actually want to look at. So now the project start pages are all bookmarked, and I open them using Alfred search.
Snippets - totally useful. I also love the contact search and the
email <contact name here>.
Well and then of course: workflows. Download some stuff from the web to try out what’s possible, look what they’re doing and start tweaking. There’s so much cool stuff out there. BUT: definitely look at the code that you download before running. You’re allowing any code to run on your system.
Examples I like (those are not necessarily the exact ones I am using, but explain the use case)
(I can only put two links in a post: open last downloaded file, convert colours for developers, …)
Like @dustinknopoff mentioned before, I am also often using Alfred to trigger all kinds of scripts. One of the reasons is that I can’t really easily see recent changes to a workflow and get an older version back. Dropbox makes sure I don’t loose anything, but I still prefer git for versioning. So I keep the script in git, and move most of the functionality into the scripts.
This leads to one of the downsides of Alfred: all workflows rely on how well written the scripts are that are part of the workflow and which environment they’re running in. node, python - I am using ruby. They all have their respective challenges, though most current workflows just wok. And while the UI of Alfred is nice to initially understand what’s going on, lots of functionality is hidden in the script files, so it’s not that obvious to understand.
Ah, and my colleague maks CAPS LOCK the Alfred key, so no key combo necessary.
Enjoy, it’s a lovely tool!