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  1. @tdenson We've also been testing Alfred in Big Sur on an M1 Mac, and it's working as expected, so it's likely your issue is more of a permissions one. :)

     

    - Which version of Alfred are you using?
    - Have you granted Alfred all necessary permissions? https://www.alfredapp.com/help/getting-started/permissions/ (Try removing Alfred 4 altogether and re-adding, in case there's any corruption of permissions in macOS)
    - Are snippets enabled in Alfred's preferences?
    - Is the specific snippet you're trying to use enabled for expansion?
    - When you try to expand a snippet, at what stage does it fail? E.g. Does the snippet disappear and nothing is pasted, or does the snippet keyword not disappear either?
    - Does the issue occur in all apps or only some apps? Test in TextEdit, which is one of the simplest apps, as some more complex apps or browsers have their own clipboard management or behaviours that may cause issues
    - Do you use any third-party clipboard managers or snippets tools that may be interfering?

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  2. @jayhlee You have the box ticked for "Show in default results" so your bookmarks will only show in your default results. If you only want to see your bookmarks when typing "1p" first, then uncheck the "Show in default results".

     

    What you're seeing is "1p" bringing up the 1Password app in your results. If you uncheck "Show in default results" then type "1p", you'll also see the "1Password Bookmark '...'" prompt, with the subtext "Find and open a 1Password 1Click Bookmark". See the second result in my screenshot.

     

    Screenshot 2020-11-27 at 08.24.34.png

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  3. @chris lord Welcome to the forum :) 

     

    When you're in the "Move" view, start typing the name of any folder you want to move the file to, and a list of folders will start appearing. Keep typing to filter down, or use the down arrow to look through the list.

     

    As you start using that action more often, the list of your commonly used folders will grow, so they'll become increasingly quick to choose from.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  4. @Philip_D Are you running any third-party "app cleaners" that could be interfering with Alfred's normal operation by removing essential files? 

     

    When you say the hotkey isn't working, is Alfred running in Activity Monitor? What is your hotkey set to? Have you checked whether Spotlight or another app is using the same hotkey? For example, if you change your Alfred hotkey to something more obscure that isn't used by a third-party, does Alfred show as expected?

     

    If you can be more specific/detailed in describing the problem you're seeing, I'll be able to help you more accurately.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  5. @scafaj @Mr Pennyworth I haven't followed the full thread for this workflow, but given your most recent discussion about macOS permissions, I wanted to pop in and suggest that if these permissions were granted before upgrade to Big Sur, it may be wise to remove Alfred fully, then re-add (or allow apps to request permissions again).

     

    There haven't been many users experiencing permissions issues with Big Sur, but it's possible that there was some corruption of permissions. Removing and re-adding apps tends to resolve that particular issue.

     

    Beyond that, it's also worth looking at the workflow debugger in case there are specific errors that can help you establish what's happening (or failing to happen) on your Mac.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  6. @swpowe The Powerpack unlocks a whole heap of brilliant features; Snippet text expansion, clipboard history, file navigation and the truly brilliant workflows.

     

    You can see the full features list here and purchase a license when you're ready:

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

     

    You'll then be able to launch your whole set of tools at once with a keyword / hotkey, or create a list to choose from. Your imagination is pretty much the limit :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  7. @meeffe A quick look online tells me that Nimbus (https://nimbusweb.me/note.php) is an Electron apps. 

     

    Developers sometimes choose Electron because it makes it easy to create one cross-platform app, rather than creating a native Mac app, as well as native ones for their other platforms. However, Electron also usually means that the app lives in its own box, with no integration possible.

     

    You may need to contact them to find out whether any way of searching the app from an external app is possible.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  8. @marslo As per the error message in red in your clip, iTerm 2 has taken secure input. While this error is showing, no apps can expand snippets, as iTerm 2 is restricting other apps from seeing your keypresses, and therefore from being able to expand snippets.

     

    Quit iTerm and keep an eye out for errors such as the one shown in your clip.

     

    More on secure entry here:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/help/troubleshooting/snippets/#secure-input

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  9. @willcosgrove When rebuilding your Mac's metadata, did you see any errors in Terminal? 

     

    You can always try dragging your Applications folder into Spotlight's Privacy tab, waiting 30 seconds, dragging it back out then waiting again. This is another way to force macOS to rebuild specific folders.

     

    While the vast majority of users (ourselves included) have upgraded to Big Sur totally smoothly, a few users are seeing indexing issues like yours. While Big Sur is a pretty solid release, macOS isn't completely flawless, and minor corruption issues like this can occur upon OS upgrade. Try the above first as it might sort it out for you :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  10. 3 minutes ago, deanishe said:

    Personally, I prefer the way Alfred works to the way Sparkle works: Alfred lets me know there's an update without popping up a new window that interferes with what I'm doing.

     

    Precisely why we do it this way - if you're in the middle of something, we don't want to interfere. Back in the day when I did presentations a lot, having a Sparkle prompt in the middle of a talk was enough to throw me a bit out of the flow :P 

     

    At this point, there are only a few Alfred updates a year for non-pre-release users (7 in the past 12 months), unlike many of the apps named above who do updates on a weekly basis as a matter of course.  If you're seeing more frequent updates, check that you haven't selected the pre-releases option in the dropdown menu.

     

    As such, the effort it takes with a couple of clicks at a convenient time is very low - and hopefully you'll take a moment to glance at the change log. This change log is our only opportunity to communicate significant changes and new features to Alfred, so it's a chance for you to see what lovely stuff we've added for you to use. :) 

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  11. @jjthejet @matthew.nyc @Rocinante There are a few steps to take to establish what's happening on your Mac.

     

    First, try creating a new user account on your Mac temporarily. Install Alfred and go through the same steps as on your primary user account. Does you see normal behaviour?

     

    Next, return to your primary user account and reset Alfred's permissions, in case the upgrade to Big Sur has caused some permissions to become corrupted. To do this, launch macOS's Security & Privacy preferences, and remove Alfred from anywhere he's listed, then re-add as indicated here:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/help/getting-started/permissions/

     

    Finally, if the issue persists, you may benefit from resetting Alfred fully. First, copy your Alfred.alfredpreferences file somewhere safe as a backup. You'll find the Alfred.alfredpreferences file either in ~/Library/Application Support/Alfred/ or in your sync location if you have set one.

     

    You can then follow the steps here to reset:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/help/troubleshooting/reset-alfred/

     

    Please let us know how you get on, as this is a brand new OS, and any insight that can help other users will be helpful :) 

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  12. @34celtics If results are sometimes showing in Alfred and sometimes not, and you haven't tweaked your preferences in between, it's a sign that macOS isn't returning the full results to Alfred at all times. Are these files all on your local drive and not in cloud-based locations or external drives?

     

    There have only been a few users reporting issues with their index upon upgrade, and one has already let us know that he did a fresh Big Sur install, which fixed his indexing issues (as well as resolving a few other non-indexing, non-Alfred related issues that appeared to be a hangup from the upgrade from Catalina). I appreciate that suggesting a clean install of an OS is a bit more of an undertaking, but you'll likely find that it resolves the index unpredictability you're seeing.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

     

  13. 6 minutes ago, thatbadboy said:

    I thought that I would report my findings since it appears to be a bug with Alfred and it was reported by at least one more user.

     

    @thatbadboy When the metadata is broken (returning red crosses in the metadata tool), the issue is squarely out of Alfred's hands. This metadata is maintained by macOS and, while Alfred can tell macOS to start to rebuild the index, Alfred doesn't maintain or control said index. 

     

    Once your index is healthy and complete, with no red errors when running the troubleshooting tool, you'll be one step closer to macOS providing Alfred with the necessary file metadata to be able to return results when searching. A broken index means that any other apps relying on the same index behind the scenes would eventually also exhibit the missing files issue.

     

    A fresh install of Big Sur is the most sure-fire way to resolve any permissions or indexing issues that could've occurred from an upgrade. 

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

     

  14. @34celtics If you've installed Alfred in the same breath as Big Sur, remember that macOS needs a little time to get itself fully indexed. This means that the macOS metadata index that provides results to Alfred may take a few minutes (or hours) to complete. Make sure you're using Alfred 4.2.1 as well.


    If it's been a little while since your install, you can also use Alfred's built-in File Troubleshooting tool, which you'll find in the Preferences > Help > Troubleshooting > Run Troubleshooting. Drag in a few files from Finder that you're unable to locate in Alfred, and you'll be guided through resolving the issue.

     

    If you need further help, please provide the output from the File Troubleshooting.

     

    Also, please let us know whether you've installed Big Sur fresh or upgraded from either Catalina or the Big Sur betas. 

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

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