Like its predecessor, Alfred 2 provides more launching power than Spotlight with little or no intervention on your part. And if you're willing to invest the time required to set up Alfred's more-advanced options, as well as to take advantage of the new workflow feature, Alfred provides impressive power and flexibility. However, if you are willing to invest that kind of time in a launcher utility, it's worth asking what you really want in return: Butler offers its incredibly extensive configuration screen, Launchbar its seemingly bottomless index, Quicksilver its catalog, triggers, and plug-ins. Each offers more built-in actions and customizability than Alfred does. But in each case, tapping into that power requires considerable time and effort. If its comparative simplicity or its new workflows appeal to you, Alfred is still a great choice. But if you're after the most powerful, most infinitely configurable launcher you can find, I recommend checking out the other three before deciding.
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