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Steve Ball

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  1. It's such a palaver to add an event to my calendar. I'd hate to think of the click count. Most appointments are just me and they're reminders. So if I could Alfred myself something like the following then it would be a godsend: "reminder thursday noon lunch with Fernando" Even better if it would add it then open my cal app and leave me looking at the created event. Then I could choose to modify it (duration, attendees) or 95% of the time just leave it as it is. I use Alfred for everything that makes me efficient and calendar event creation is the
  2. [Admin note: We do not recommend blindly running commands found on the internet. Make sure that you understand the commands you're running and the impact they can have on your Mac.] I followed the instructions around rebuilding the index without luck. Vero helped diagnose that it was the underlying Spotlight indexing that was at fault and that while my Spotlight searches were broken Alfred was going to have the same issues. I googled for "fix broken spotlight" and basically tried every suggestion I could find. One of them worked after also rebooting. The com
  3. Hi Vero, thanks for that. I have followed the steps carefully, including doing an alfred 'reload' about rebuilding the indices but I have the same issue. Are there further troubleshooting steps I can take? Thanks, Steve
  4. I also have this issue. Alfred finds some apps but not others and doesn't find any files. For the applications that can't be found it appears to be missing metadata: Starting Diagnostics... File: 'dosbox.app' Path: '/Applications' ----------------------------------------------------------- Check file cache database... ✅ File cache integrity is ok ----------------------------------------------------------- Check if file is readable... ✅ Alfred has permissions to read this file. ---------------------------------------------------
  5. Hi there, Maybe I am missing something obvious? I can't see any way to delete a custom web search once it has been created (both Alfred 3 and 4). Am I overlooking something? Many thanks, Steve
  6. Hi there, I'm sure I'm solving this problem the wrong way and missing something obvious. I dragged the URL link for Google Calendar from Chrome to my Applications folder (and renamed it Google Calendar.webloc). I would like to be able to invoke it the same way that I do with other applications in the Applications directory. I can open it by typing open cal or ' cal. But I want to be able to just type cal into Alfred. Being a file, the link is not found if I do that. I've achieved a workaround in a messy way by creating a new type of Web Search query called c
  7. Hi Vero, thanks, yes, I tried restarting Chrome and rebooting, though this had no effect.
  8. [Edit: This post was merged from the other thread by this user, as both were on the same topic. - Vero] When I bring up the Alfred input box and start typing a search term I get the usual "Search Google for 'XXX'" dropdown and I hit enter to perform the search. A browser tab opens but the URL is empty (as is the page). This used to happen intermittently and started immediately after upgrading Sierra to High Sierra. Though, over the course of a month, it went from happening 10% of the time to 90% of the time. I had some other problems too: with Alfred, the ho
  9. Repeatably (today) and occasionally in the past since recently upgrading to High Sierra, when I invoke Alfred and type a term I wish to Google search for, I type the term, the Alfred dropdown shows a single option of "Search google for '<term>'" and then I hit enter. A new Chrome browser window opens but it's blank. Alfred 3.5.1 Build 883, Wednesday 18th October 2017 High Sierra Version 10.13.2
  10. FIX: On the Apple discussion thread, a number of users have reported that disabling Siri solved the problem of the first activation of Spotlight being ignored (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8148782?start=30&tstart=0) UPDATE: I spoke to soon, my problem is back. It's much infrequent now but I still occasionally get the problem. Bugger. Looks like I'll be switching to alt-space and will retrain my fingers. I've found a solution to this problem. Others have encountered the same issue with High Sierra (in their cases with Spotlight not activating):
  11. Given that's we've established that this is a MacOS bug unrelated to Alfred, @Andrew, will Alfred be raising this as a bug report with Apple or is there investigative work that you can do to maybe find out why it's happening? And are you able to reproduce the error, or is it just some users? I imagine it must be a subset of Alfred users or this thread would be full of complaints :-) I haven't done a full OS install since Lion so maybe that's related. Perhaps a full HD-wiping OS install would fix it (not that I want to do that).
  12. Thanks, @deanishe, that's good to know. I'm going to change my behaviour. Going forward I will ignore the yearly OS upgrade until it's been out there at least 6-12 months. I never imagined I'd get to the point of distrusting Apple's QA to the point of not being willing to accept its free OS updates. But I guess that's life, eh, and especially in technology, everything has its zenith and then goes into decline. As often as not (in our industry) it's a single individual who is able to assemble teams of high-performers and focus their creative potential in a single direction. Without that person
  13. Can confirm cmd-space (Spotlight) dependably doesn't activate when pressed after 10 minutes of not being used.
  14. I can understand the reasoning of wanting to delay installing macOS upgrades but the passwordless root access highlights the importance of installing patches and updates as soon as they are available. You don't know what serious bugs are being fixed. Particularly if people are adhering to responsible disclosure, your High Sierra upgrade might be protecting you from serious security flaws in Sierra... there's no way of knowing (or it might introduce them!). So I take the upgrades when they are suggested, but I pay the price in all the new bugs and problems. It's crazy how a company like Apple,
  15. I noticed something strange just now. An hour ago I set Alfred to be activated by alt-space and Spotlight to be cmd-space. I went to use Alfred for the first time moments ago since making that change and habitually hit cmd-space. Interestingly, nothing happened, so I hit it again and got Spotlight. So this suggests that MacOS it dropping the first cmd-space hotkey irrespective of what application it activates. I haven't had any problems with Alfred or any other app using hotkeys other than cmd-space so it looks like this is a MacOS bug introduced with High Sierra where
  16. ShiftIt and Steam. I have changed the Alfred hotkey to be alt-space (instead of cmd-space) and, so far, I haven't been able to reproduce the problem. So it looks like it's specifically cmd-space with the last version of MacOs
  17. No, nothing that controls the keyboard. I have ShiftIt installed, which uses multiple hot keys. I will try disabling it.
  18. I'm also having this problem. It started the moment I updated to High Sierra a week ago. Like @iandol, I initially suspected a faulty keyboard but it wasn't that. I have the same conditions of the first hotkey being ignored, but only if Alfred has not been activated in the last 5-10 minutes. I'm using the latest version 3.5.1 Build 883 and I've scrupulously reviewed the keyboard shortcuts in System Preferences to make sure there's no conflict.
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