For many Mac users, it’s much faster to keep fingers on the keyboard when it comes to launching apps, searching your Mac and the web, or performing other quick tasks. While OS X Yosemite has made some nice improvements to Spotlight, for those who still want even more flexibility and control, there’s Running with Crayons’ Alfred 2.6 (free). Designed to allow you to quickly find and launch apps on your computer, run workflows, and search the web all from your keyboard, the latest version provides a number of enhancements, with the most significant being a new iOS Alfred Remote app that lets you control your Mac from your iPhone or iPad.
Available directly from the App Store, Alfred Remote ($5) provides you with a personal command center for your Mac, right on your iOS device, allowing you to perform actions such as launching apps, opening files and running workflows or even system-wide tasks such as shutting down or restarting your Mac, or locking the screen. Alfred Powerpack users also get additional features such as an iTunes remote control, user-defined clipboard snippets, and even Applescripts and workflows.