Al­fred Re­mote

Con­trol Al­fred from afar

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS GAMES -

£3.99 De­vel­oper Run­ning With Crayons, al­fredapp.com

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1.0

Al­fred Re­mote is beau­ti­fully made but feels like a so­lu­tion search­ing for a prob­lem. It re­sem­bles a re­mote for OS X pro­duc­tiv­ity tool Al­fred, but it’s more of a com­pan­ion.

Es­sen­tially, you use the Mac app to cre­ate pages of ac­tions, grouped into col­lec­tions, and th­ese can then be trig­gered by tap­ping the rel­e­vant icon on your iOS de­vice, which is ef­fort­lessly paired via Wi-Fi.

With the free ver­sion of Al­fred, you’re re­stricted to apps, sys­tem com­mands, files, fold­ers and book­marks. With the Pow­er­pack in­stalled, you can trig­ger iTunes com­mands, clip­board snip­pets, scripts and work­flows.

It’s here the app has po­ten­tial, not least if you of­ten for­get ac­tion key­words. Even so, we’d like Al­fred Re­mote more if it also rolled in key­board/mouse/prompts sup­port as well as fully re­mote (off-net­work) ac­cess. Craig Gran­nell

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