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    see also https://github.com/derickfay - assorted small projects related to Keynote, BibDesk, Alfred, Taskpaper & more
    http://dfay.fastmail.fm/et/ - using Editorial with TaskPaper files
    http://dfay.fastmail.fm/bibdesk/ - BibDesk scripts and templates
    and a blast from the past: http://dfay.fastmail.fm/wordperfect - WordPerfect on the Mac

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  1. It would be great if the preferences search could (optionally) include the notes field of workflow objects. I have a lot of Hotkey triggers that call scripts, so there's no text that I could search for except the descriptions I've added to the objects. Here's an example of where this feature would be useful:
  2. I never needed this until now, but I'm thrilled to see there's a working Alfred-based solution
  3. I’d recommend sips https://robservatory.com/use-sips-to-quickly-easily-and-freely-convert-image-files/ See especially the last link there.
  4. No. I use Drafts for iOS for almost all the same custom web searches I have in Alfred, but there’s no direct equivalent.
  5. TextExpander (legacy) is what they renamed TE Touch to be. Here's the setup in Hazel: this assumes anything you don't want to sync is tagged notForTE Rule 1. for your Alfred snippets folder: Rule 2. (same location) with the embedded script set to the first line here (I also sync to Copied, but I'll just cover TE for now) -- replacing the squiggles with the correct path to the script below: AlftoTE.py you'll need to specify the TE group where you want the synced snippets to appear and add the uuid to the script. I just created a new TE group for sync purposes, then went to Settings.textexpandersettings > Show Package Contents and found the new group file there. The uuid is just the group file e.g. group_E65531A8-88BA-4619-B5D1-B954AC3DC0FF_4733813705.xml without the group_ at the beginning and the .xml at the end e.g. E65531A8-88BA-4619-B5D1-B954AC3DC0FF_4733813705 #!/usr/bin/python import argparse # from plistlib import readPlist, writePlist - no longer writing TE plists directly import json import os import uuid from datetime import datetime # UUID for target group for new snippets in TextExpander teTargetGroup = "your uuid goes here" def get_te(abbreviation=None, plain_text=None, label=None): return { 'abbreviation': abbreviation, 'abbreviationMode': 0, 'creationDate': datetime.now(), 'label': label, 'modificationDate': datetime.now(), 'plainText': plain_text, 'snippetType': 0, 'uuidString': str(uuid.uuid4()).upper() } def a2te_replacements(s): s['snippet']=s['snippet'].replace('{clipboard}','%clipboard') s['snippet']=s['snippet'].replace('{cursor}','%|') # in theory this should be extensible to handle date formats and date math... return s def transform(direction, source): if direction == 'AlftoTE': source = source['alfredsnippet'] source = a2te_replacements(source) return get_te(abbreviation=source['keyword'], plain_text=source['snippet'], label=source['name']) else: raise Exception('Unsupported direction') if __name__ == '__main__': parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description='Alfred-Expander Sync') parser.add_argument('direction', choices=['AlftoTE'], default='AlftoTE') parser.add_argument('--alf', default=None, help='Alfred json snippet') args = parser.parse_args() source = args.alf with open(source, 'rb') as source_fp: source_json = json.load(source_fp) s = transform(args.direction, source_json) # use TE AppleScript rather than modify plist directly cmd = """osascript -e 'tell application "TextExpander" set g to every group whose ID is \"""" + teTargetGroup + """\" tell item 1 of g make new snippet with properties {plain text expansion:"""+"\""+s['plainText']+"\","+"abbreviation:"+"\""+s['abbreviation']+"\",label:\""+s['label']+"\"}"+""" end tell end tell'""" os.system(cmd) Incidentally the argument parser is completely unnecessary since there's only one option, but it's a legacy from having used this to get started: https://github.com/markphilpot/sync_expanders
  6. Or to continue with AS, look at the examples here: This is what I used to figure out how to do the recent folders and active folders scripts in And here's a solution for you: set theList to {"Red", "Green", "Blue"} # What next? -- import JSON library set workflowFolder to do shell script "pwd" set json to load script POSIX file (workflowFolder & "/json.scpt") -- Create and add items set theItems to {} repeat with i from 1 to count theList set end of theItems to json's createDictWith({{"title", (item i of theList) as text}, {"uid", i},{"arg", (item i of theList) as text}, {"subtitle", "Same Words " & (item i of theList) as text}}) end repeat -- Create root items object and encode to JSON set itemDict to json's createDict() itemDict's setkv("items", theItems) return json's encode(itemDict)
  7. Sure, but it might take me a week or two before I can get it written up. Feel free to nag me.
  8. Is there any chance Alfred could be set to dump the clipboard contents in json somewhere as well? I’d love to be able to pull them in from Dropbox in an ios shortcut.
  9. If you search forums for finder window this is the fourth hit & does what you’re looking for
  10. That’s not likely to help - the underlying problem is a Spotlight issue. I’d avoid using root for anything not absolutely necessary.
  11. If I'm not mistaken the pull down menu is what's referred to in AppleScript as a pop up - the Keynote script above uses this code to select a preset from the same kind of menu: set thePopUp to first pop up button of sheet 1 of window 1 whose description is "Presets" click thePopUp click menu item "6x" of menu 1 of thePopUp
  12. UI scripting can be done in AppleScript (and I think it will be the same process for Alfred and KM, but I don't use KM) -- but it does tend to be fragile. see this for an example that still works after six years, with a print sheet (i.e. same kind of element you're looking at) https://github.com/derickfay/keynote-to-pdf I was only able to create this by using the script here to identify the UI elements: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20111208191312748 see also the resources in this thread:
  13. right - I get that - just saying that there's another way to find the exact keyword or name that you can then enter in the prefs
  14. Couldn't you make an alias to a folder full of snippets that only exists on one computer, & stick that in the synced snippet folder? update: nope, that won't work as the Alfred Preferences don't seem to resolve aliases....
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