This past weekend I gave in and started using Alfred completely instead of Spotlight, even bought the Powerpack.
What’s the community thoughts on using Alfred vs Keyboard Maestro for workflows? For me, I think some workflows are better suited for Alfred. For example, currency exchange appears more elegant as an Alfred workflow rather than a Keyboard Maestro macro.
But if I was forced to pick 1 automation tool, it would always be Keyboard Maestro. I’m interested in hearing what the community has to say.
For me, there’s a very clear line between Keyboard Maestro and Alfred. Anything requiring text input goes to Alfred and anything that’s a single key-command, time based, volume mounted based, etc. is in Keyboard Maestro.
There are a couple exceptions where achieving the automation I’m looking for is easier in one or the other.
Exactly. I like KM for big Macros like sending automated messages with a time of day triggers or work/home Mac setups. (In fact, I have five macros run daily with a time of day triggers) five days a week.
Alfred, I use for quickly looking up weather, timezones, or currency conversions. Yes, KM can do them, but it takes you to the browser to do it while with Alfred, you get the result right under your query.
I also make extensive use of Custom Searches in Alfred, for everything from looking up movie reviews to searching for a member on my membership site. I have about 30 Custom Searches at the moment, and continue to add them as needed.