has updated Alfred, the Mac OS X component manager, to version 1.5. The update has a renovated user interface and rule changes.
Mac OS X can be extended and customized by adding components such as fonts, screen savers, contextual menu modules, preference panes, QuickTime components, and more. Those components, known as plug-ins or add-ons, are files stored at specific locations on your disk. Inspired by Mac OS 9’s Finder and Extensions Manager, Alfred lets you install, remove, and manage any kind of plug-in and add-on.
In Alfred 1.5, the utility’s rules have been extended with an icon and an overview; the latter describes the role of the plug-ins. What’s more, the name and the overview can now be localized, and French localization has been added for built-in rules.
Alfred’s rule editors have been replaced by a new rule inspector, the preferences window has been revamped, and the installation dialog has been tweaked. The batch lists now support file drag and drop and copy/paste.
Finally, in version 1.5, Alfred’s engine has been improved, according to Inferiis. The names of the folders containing the disabled files can now be customized with the appropriate prefixes or suffixes, and the exploration depth can be limited for deep browsing (with two, three, four, or unlimited levels). What’s more, each rule can use its own specific settings.
Alfred 1.5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or later. Registration is US$8 for a personal license, which allows the utility to be used either by an unlimited number of users on an unlimited number of computers you own at your home only, or by an unique user on an unique computer in another environment. A professional license that which allows Alfred to be used by an unlimited number of users on an unlimited number of computers on an unique site is $25.