Most Mac power users have heard of Alfred. It's a free app that shows a simple search bar used for finding pretty much everything. By default, Alfred will search Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, your address book, email, and any other file on your computer. Don Southard did a wonderful writeup of Alfred about a year ago at MacStories.
Alfred can be extended for even more streamlined productivity, and I wanted to share a couple of my favorite Alfred add ons. The first set has to do with custom web searches. For example, I frequently search the online version of the Book of Common Prayer. With Alfred, I simply type "bcp" into its search bar, and then the phrase I'm looking for, say, "wedding". Alfred will then conduct the search and show me the results, one of which is the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage. Once Alfred is installed on your Mac, just click a link below to add the custom search to your collection.
- Search the ESV Bible online
- Search the ESV Bible via Accordance (My Bible research software, Accordance, just recently added URIs. Woot!)
- Search IVP New Bible Dictionary via Accordance
- Search the Book of Common Prayer online
- Search Anglicans Online
Another way Alfred can be enhanced is through workflows. There are some simple ones for checking the weather, searching Evernote, and a slew of other things. The ones below don't have anything to do with religious texts, but if you're reading this far, you might as well check them out, right?