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  1. Here's a small update to this thread, following an email exchange with another user who specifically had issues finding Adobe apps.


    First, it seems to be an issue that particularly affects Adobe apps when using the Creative Cloud subscription, which leads me to believe that their apps are treated differently by macOS, even though they appear identical on the surface, due to being cloud apps.


    A reasonable solution is to create a workflow with nicknames for these apps specifically. Scroll down to "Adding keywords as nicknames" here, in a similar way to how I use the keyword "iPhoto" to launch the Photos app (because I forget it's been renamed):


    Screenshot 2020-12-18 at 15.05.14.png


    We'll keep an eye out for any further wisdom relating to the Adobe cloud apps, but the nicknames solution should be a decent one for the few users affected by this :)



  2. @Chris Spiegl Sorry to repeat my answer from November, but Brave doesn't currently make the bookmarks data readily available for third-parties to use, so there's no bookmarks integration for that particular browser.


    It would be a good idea to make your voice heard to the Brave developers, as it'll be significantly easier for workflows and integrations  to work and be maintainable if the bookmarks data is more accessible. :)



  3. 10 hours ago, Chris Messina said:

    is this broken?


    @Chris Messina It's working. This feature refers to popping up either the Clipboard Viewer or Snippet Viewer, select an individual snippet (not a collection) and press Cmd + S.


    If it was already a snippet, you'll be editing it, while if it was a clipboard item, you'll be creating a new snippet from it.


    It's not something you do when you're already in the preferences. :) 



  4. @brrrrrr Sounds very odd. When this happens, could you please pop up Activity Monitor, choose Alfred and click "Sample Process" so that we can see what Alfred is doing during that time.


    Also, could you email us your Diagnostics file? Type "?diagnostics" into Alfred to produce the file, and send it to our info@ address and I'll take a look. :)



  5. @Chris Messina May I ask how frequently you go back to the General tab of the preferences? Realistically, once you've set your country, your primary hotkey and requested permissions, you shouldn't need to return to that tab ever.


    Given we have numerous channels through which a user can subscribe to the newsletter (on that General tab, on the website, during their Powerpack purchase checkout process), it doesn't make sense to try to somehow divinate whether or not a user has previously signed up to the newsletter through one of these channels, and there would be a significant chance it would be incorrect anyway as there's no expectation you'd use the same email address to sign up to the newsletter. :) 


    The Twitter and website links remain relevant, and there's no harm done if someone accidentally signs up a second time to our infrequent newsletter.



  6. @DesignNatix Welcome to the forum :)


    Alfred is priced in British Pounds (GBP). You can either type "google 29 GBP in USD" into Alfred to find out the current exchange rate, or make your purchase using PayPal which will show you your final conversion before you complete your transaction. If you pay by card instead, you'll see the conversion rate on your next card statement.



  7. 13 hours ago, Chris Messina said:

    But if I don't know who the audience is, and I don't know what the roadmap is, then I'm left to suggest/propose directions that are most relevant to my immediate needs/interests.


    Don't worry about it :) This community is full of people from different backgrounds, different areas of interest, more or less technical skills, and that's what makes it so brilliant.


    The Features Suggestion section is perfectly suited for ideas and improvements, anything that would give community members a productivity boost. We're always happy to hear these ideas, I read every single thread, and it certainly does educate our future decisions. You sharing ideas that are most relevant to your immediate needs and interests is perfectly fine, and that's what the section is intended for.


    As and when there's sufficient interest in a particular feature, and it fits in with Alfred, we do deeper analysis tow work out whether it's a sensible addition from a technical and user experience point of view (e.g. Does it use public APIs? Does it have a promise of longevity and stability or will it be a flash in the pan? Does it add benefit?) Improvements that make the cut then find their way into a release in the future :)


    For the more niche features, the workflows give a lot of flexibility. I know you say you're not a coder, but quite a few can be created with little to no coding knowledge (I'm living proof, I've got dozens of my own). For those that require a bit more code, a friendly post on the forum with insight into what you've worked out so far can get lots of people on board.


    In short, we listen to everyone's suggestions and even if we don't respond individually to all, we hear you. 



  8. @Jithesh Welcome to the forum!


    Could you please share a link to the workflow you're using, rather than a few cropped screenshots? This will allow us to help you more easily.


    Have you tried typing a query after the keyword? What happens if you type "maps cambridge" for example?


    From the first screenshot, the keyword appears to be "dir", not "maps" so take a look at the various keywords for the workflow and what each one does :) 



  9. 33 minutes ago, deanishe said:

    The only thing I can think of is increasing the "Restore after" delay under Alfred Preferences > Features > Snippets > Auto Expansion Options > Tweaking.


    That's the first recommendation I made to @Goldberry, which according to their response, did not solve their issue.


    34 minutes ago, deanishe said:

    I believe the fundamental problem is that LibreOffice has its own clipboard implementation, and it doesn't do a great job of keeping it in sync with the macOS system clipboard.


    Indeed. Context-changing (switching to and from another app) causes LibreOffice's own clipboard to sync with the macOS one, but otherwise, it behaves pretty poorly on that level.


    @Goldberry There clearly is a way to make this work, as @deanishe is using these together perfectly, so do take a look at LibreOffice's own preferences to see whether there's a better compatibility mode.



  10. 12 minutes ago, funkymonkey said:

    HoudahSpot just updated to version 6.0 which re-instates mail search via their own Mail.app plug in. Bit clunky but once installed works perfectly.

    It also now has an instant search bar à la spotlight/alfred but can't be pre-configured to search mail as far as I could see so would require 'mouse fiddlin' every search.


    Could Alfred have a Mail.app plug in possibly?


    We're aware of this and have also investigated the possibilties earlier this year, but as this plugin solution relies on private APIs (which can stop working at any moment, as the goalposts may be constantly moving, changing or simply disappearing), we don't plan on adding this.


    I responded more fully in this thread:



    As TJ adds in his reply, "building a tool like this is like building a house on sand".



  11. 1 hour ago, pairodimes said:

    when I type the c for company, the evernote dropdown option disappears and only google and wikipedia options are available


    This is because the Evernote workflow is not getting any relevant results from Evernote.


    This can be for a few reasons so check that:

    Once you've done this, when you type "ent" followed by a space, first, Evernote should launch in the background if it wasn't already open. Then you should see the first result as "Show in Evernote" with the subtext "Displaying 10 notes from xxx notes" before you even type anything else. This confirms that the workflow is working and has access to your notes.


    Then as you start typing your query, the list of results should filter down to relevant ones.


    Let me know how you get on :) This is an excellent workflow I use a lot, but you have to have the right version, which is a little trickier now that Evernote have moved on to an Electron version for v10.



  12. @emmabaker Could you please drop us an email to info@ with the following information?

    • Your Diagnostics file, which you can get by typing "?diagnostics" in Alfred
    • Launch Activity Monitor, then launch Alfred and select it in the list of Processes. Click the Cog in the top of Activity Monitor and choose "Sample Process". Include this output into your email too
    • Let me know whether you sync your preferences, and if so, where you sync them to


    As this is a very unusual issue, the more information you're able to provide, the easier we'll be able to help you out :) 



  13. @april Welcome to the forum :)


    You'll need to remove Visual Studio Code from the "Don't expand" apps list in the Snippets preferences in order for the workflow snippets to expand, as these respect the same list of excluded apps.


    If you're having issues with your snippets expanding where they shouldn't, take a look at our tips for better snippet keywords:




    In particular, setting decent prefixes that you won't accidentally use in code, for example, is a good way to ensure your snippets won't expand when you don't want them to.


    Moving this to Discussion & Help as it isn't a bug.




  14. On 12/4/2020 at 6:43 PM, verypleasant said:

    this new version is the least reliable in terms of search indexing


    Alfred uses the macOS metadata index for file search, he doesn't create or maintain his own index of your Mac's files.  When using the "Rebuild macOS metadata" button in Alfred's advanced preferences, Alfred instructs macOS to rebuild its index.


    Do keep in mind that Big Sur has just been released and while it's been far more reliable than Catalina was last year, it remains a very new OS and unless you've done a completely fresh install of Big Sur, it's possible that there are hangups or corruption from the OS upgrade. 


    If you haven't done so yet, look back up a few posts for the steps and do a full reindex, including granting Terminal full disk access and clearing the Spotlight-V100, which is how Jay above resolved his indexing issues. This will give macOS the best possible change to rebuild its index and remove anything corrupted from the index it uses to provide Alfred (and many other apps) with results.


    We keep a very close eye on threads like this one to see if there's anything we can do to improve the situation for the handful of folks who are having Big Sur / Catalina indexing issues. 



  15. @jayelevy The fact that apps are found by Spotlight right now isn't an all-conclusive guarantee that the index is correct, complete or otherwise free from corruption; It just means that Spotlight's current caching contains those apps. Does Alfred find other, non-app files on your Mac? E.g. in your Documents or Downloads?


    When you have a moment, could you please open System Preferences to the Security & Privacy > Privacy tab, and drag Terminal into the Full Disk Access permissions.


    Once you've done this, go to Alfred's Advanced preferences, rebuild the macOS metadata and check the Delete Spotlight-V100 box. Pay close attention to any error messages shown in Terminal when typing your admin password and shortly thereafter.


    You'll then need to wait an hour or so, then once it's completed,  type "reload" into Alfred, then search again.


    Let me know how you get on.



  16. @jayelevy @verypleasant Could you please try using Alfred's file search to find the files? Press the spacebar first, which will show the "Open File..." prompt, then type the name of your app.


    This will allow you to establish whether the apps are indeed indexed correctly by macOS, in which case it should show up in the File Search mode. 


    Next, can you both please create a new user account on your Mac temporarily, and run Alfred (don't need to activate your Powerpack) in the same File Search mode, then again with no prefix. Do your apps appear in File Search? Do they appear in a normal app search?


    This will help narrow down whether there's an issue on your primary user profile, or more broadly on your Mac as a whole. Something doesn't ring right that you're both seeing very similar issues with very similar apps, while no one else has reported this particular issue. The more narrowing down can be done and the more information you can provide, the more likely we'll work out what's happening.


    Just to be clear, Alfred does not maintain his own index of your Applications; He uses the data provided by macOS's metadata index, which is why we're asking you to work out at what point the issue occurs.

  17. 13 hours ago, agilefalcon said:

    A checkbox to "Automatically expand snippets by keyword" then when you Edit a snippet you get yet another checkbox for "Auto expansion allowed." How do these work together? 


    "Automatically expand snippets" in the top right is the global feature switch-on/switch-off, while "Auto expansion allowed" is on an individual basis. You may want to use the expansion feature, but not for all. I have entire collections of snippets saved which I don't intend to learn the auto-expansion keyword for, and just refer to via the Snippets Viewer.


    13 hours ago, agilefalcon said:

    The Collections now have to have a "Affix" and "Suffix" Why is that necessary?


    Prefixes and suffixes are completely optional:



    You can choose a prefix for an entire collection, or set them on an individual basis.


    I'll move this thread to Discussion & Help as this was not a bug.




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