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  1. @Richard Fuhr Indeed, workflows are a Powerpack feature (apologies, I should've checked whether you had a Powerpack before suggesting it) but I think you'll find a wealth of useful features in the Powerpack as workflows are just one of the many excellent features in it :)

     

    You can find a summary of the main Powerpack features:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/powerpack/

     

    And of course, your support also helps our small team continue developing Alfred through the years so that he's always there to serve you when you need him :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  2. @miq Double characters is suitable in some cases but it isn't a foolproof solution; Choosing that option requires some thought and sometimes - as with your example - some exceptions. You might want to add some out-of-order capitals, for example. 

     

    Here's some insight into sequential snippets, using an example I use many times a day. We've created a huge snippet library of helpful support answers, links, code snippets, etc which we use to provide responses. I can then tailor the response, but it gives me a good starting foundation without typing til my fingers fall off.

     

    For example, my response to someone who's emailed to recover their license:

     

    Hi Andrew,
    
    "plS4" which expands to "No problem, please find below your Alfred 4 Powerpack license code:"
    
    [I paste their license code, which is already in my clipboard]
    
    "yen4" which expands to the explanation of where to download Alfred 4
    
    "cV" which expands to 
    "Cheers,
    Vero"

     

    Aside from "Hi Andrew,", I can write the entire email in 10 typed characters, plus pasting the license code: plS4⌘vyen4cV   :D 

     

    Each snippet takes care of including the necessary trailing new lines to ensure I'm at the right place for the next sequential snippet I'm pasting.  While my snippets are short, they won't be accidentally triggered as they don't use a normal combination of letters I'm likely to type in everyday phrases.

     

    Andrew describes your scenario as a corner case as it's the first time this issue has been raised, throughout the years since we released this feature. We are always listening to the community, and read every thread and email. If many users were encountering this issue, we would certainly consider providing solutions. However, for the time being, this would just complicate the text expansion settings further.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  3. @miq It would be preferable for you to set keywords that won't accidentally be triggered. While I understand you want to keep the keywords as short and effortless as possible, it may be worth looking at prefixes, or using capitalisation to ensure that they're more unique.

     

    Here are some examples of recommendations for reliable, easy keywords that are less likely to accidentally trigger:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/help/features/snippets/#tips-expansion

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  4. @miq Thanks for providing this example, and @deanishe for your input. In your example, "icr" isn't considered to be mid-string.

     

    Once a snippet is expanded, the mid-string marker is reset, as the snippet is now done. As such, Alfred treats the next typed characters as a new word, and doesn't stop you from typing two snippets concurrently.

     

    An example where a snippet keyword would be found mid-string is where you're typing the word "handicap" in a sentence, but you also have "ndi" as a snippet in one of your collections. Alfred won't treat "ndi" as a snippet keyword when mid-string expansion is disabled, as it isn't at the beginning of a string.

     

    Hope this helps :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  5. @twizzard Have you looked at the File Troubleshooting guide? It will walk you step by step through using Alfred's built-in troubleshooter and how to resolve any indexing issues on your Mac.

     

    https://www.alfredapp.com/help/troubleshooting/indexing/

     

    If you still have any issues, please provide more details, e.g. the output of the File Troubleshooter for a few files you're looking for, exactly what you're typing into Alfred, etc. and we'll be happy to help you further :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  6. @Christian Bailey The original script created by Daniel is still available here: 

    https://github.com/danieldiekmeier/textexpander-to-alfred3

     

    As he states on that page, TextExpander has likely changed since he created this script in 2016, so depending on which version of TE you're using, this may need tweaking before it works again.

     

    Alfred should have no problem importing the snippets as this aspect of Alfred's Snippets feature will accept the same input as it did in Alfred 3 for compatibility reasons. :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

     

  7. @zdlo Where are you ticking and unticking tracks nowadays?

     

    As far as I can see in Music.app, there's no longer a way to tick/untick tracks; This was a legacy feature from the days where you'd choose which tracks to sync to your iOS device primarily. It also allowed us to help you avoid including things like voice memos or ringtones in your random tracks, but it seems to have disappeared when iTunes did.

     

    If you can provide more details and a few screenshots, I'll be happy to help further :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  8. @giovanni That's essentially built-in now, if I've understood correctly what you're looking for. :) 

     

    Just type the question mark followed by any feature name, workflow name or keyword, even the word "hotkeys" or "keywords" to see relevant results from your features and workflows.

     

    More details about the feature can be found here:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/blog/tips-and-tricks/search-alfred-question-mark-trick/

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  9. @davewripley The fact that you're seeing the issue in Houdahspot as well indicates that it's an issue with your Mac's metadata, not with Alfred, so there are only so many suggestions I can make. You'll need to experiment and troubleshoot on your own Mac to narrow down whether there are files with non-standard characters that are causing metadata issues, work out whether it's specific files and/or folders. 

     

    For example, what happens if you create a new folder on your Desktop and copy one or two folders from your PDF folder? Or if you create a file on your desktop and move it TO your PDF library folder where you can't find files? Are there specific files being found and others not? 

     

    You will need to get a bit analytical with your sleuthing, but Big Sur has generally been extremely reliable and stable for a vast majority of users, so I'm sure you'll be able to get to the bottom of your issue.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  10. @listentoyoureyes If you say that Alfred is showing in the Activity Monitor as running, try opening Alfred's preferences from the bowler hat in the menu bar or, if you've removed that, by using your Alfred hotkey combo, then Cmd + comma.

     

    Once the preferences are open, go to Appearance > Options > and ensure that Alfred is set to show on Default screen, and that the box to save the position when dragging Alfred main window is unchecked.

     

    You haven't specified what setup you use, but my guess is that Big Sur is mis-reporting the dimensions of your screen so Alfred's appearing outside of the visible window boundary.  You can either unplug and replug your external screen if that's the case, or restart your Mac.

     

    If the above scenario doesn't apply, please restart your Mac and let us know how it goes :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  11. @AlexA I would suggest taking a look at the Dynamic File Search workflow that's built into Alfred. You'll find it under Workflows > [+] > Examples > Dynamic File Search.

     

    Screenshot 2021-03-27 at 08.12.32.png

     

    First, you choose a folder within which you'd like to search. Hit enter, then search for content. You could modify this to some extent to suit your needs, in terms of getting the second File Filter to search inside files etc. 

     

    By being two steps, it resolves the issue deanishe mentions, in that multiple folders will match what you type in that first stage. With this workflow, I was able to choose my folder by typing two characters and hitting return, rather than having to type the entirety of the folder name.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  12. @Scooterman Alfred's Clipboard History isn't really intended for scrolling. One can assume that if you're going back to the clipboard, you have at least a vague idea of what you're looking for. Type a few characters from the query you're looking for, which will filter down the list significantly to more relevant items only.

     

    Function + up/down arrows can also be used to page up / down, but is still less efficient than my first suggestion above. :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  13. 9 minutes ago, OAL said:

    Could you please check it out to see whether it is only the case with me? 

     

    I've had a look and you're correct that the Chrome address bar, Chrome manipulates the snippet and removes the space at the end. Unfortunately, this is entirely in Chrome's hands and not something we have control over.

     

    It works in TextEdit and in normal, non-manipulating apps, so this is just something you'll have to keep in mind in apps that try to be overly "smart" by overruling what you're typing or pasting in.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  14. @adonis "Play all tracks by" follows the same behaviour as the "random album" feature, where it stays on screen to allow you to continue browsing your music collection, skip to the next song, etc.

     

    As this has been the behaviour of the Mini Player since the beginning of time, we're hesitant to make any changes to a behaviour that other users will have become used to for many years.

     

    Keep in mind that you can either use your Alfred main hotkey to start a different Alfred query, or the Escape key to just close the Mini Player and get on with your work once you've got your great tunes playing :) 

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  15. @rocklobster Alfred uses the Music API, and doesn't search or keep an index of the music in your Music library. As such, the tracks you're seeing will be returned by iTunes/Music.

     

    I've checked with Andrew as well, and we've never encountered/heard of that issue. Might be worth logging out and back in to your iTunes account in the Music app, and checking that a friend or family member hasn't cheekily added new music to your collection :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

     

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