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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. Cue the complaints: why is Alfred littering my file system with random 0 byte files with no extension?
  2. Alternatively you can use Fake, http://fakeapp.com/ , by the developer of Fluid, which lets you use Applescript to control browser interactions. I use this in a lot of workflows to semi-automate interactions with Blackboard courseware.
  3. this script will let you import in bulk from csv: https://github.com/derickfay/import-alfred-snippets
  4. Yeah I thought of Pashua when I saw your post. Point re complexity with multiple variables is well-taken.
  5. Ok I was addressing the subject line “Interactive Variables” which can encompass a lot more than simple fill-ins. But, to stick with fill-ins, what’s so hard about duplicating a prototype then changing the text? I think this is preferable in that it keeps a consistent architecture, rather than using a set of text delimiters to launch Alfred for input, which is not done anywhere else. And it makes it easier to turn a simple fill-in into something more complex. A lot of my snippet triggered filters began as fill-ins then I realized it made more sense to choose from a finite list and/or search output. This seems particularly desirable in a web development environment to e.g. insert a div but limit the classes to those defined in a list filter (or even use a script filter to parse the css ... ).
  6. This all seems a bit overblown. I converted +/- 35 complex (i.e. not just a string) TextExpander snippets when I moved to Alfred & as I recall the whole process was maybe 2 hours. Most of these were AppleScript-based snippets on TE. These are clustered in 7 different workflows (you do understand that you don't need one workflow per snippet trigger, right?). Once you've created the 'Ellie' example above, adding new snippets is simply a matter of copying and pasting that prototype (or another) within your workflow then editing the text. By all means use Dash if it works for you. But based on the linked docs it's a pretty basic implementation of snippets, without even the most basic of automation (e.g. no date math). Alfred can do way, way more once you start linking snippet triggers to list filters and script filters. I use these to pull data from BibDesk and Filemaker databases, which wasn't possible with TE and certainly wouldn't be with Dash.
  7. You need to set the hotkey to trigger it yourself - Alfred strips custom hotkeys on import to avoid creating conflicts.
  8. I've used Skim since 2005, before Preview added annotations, so it's largely a matter of inertia. But it also has better AppleScript capabilities for getting notes out than anything else I've tried I was trying to get the app icons but they weren't showing up despite using (what I think was) the correct json. So I gave up and used the generic 4 square icon. The "All Tags..." control would need to be addressed through GUI scripting. I tried a bit with no success.
  9. Cool, thanks - I expect there will be a lot of similar quirks depending on how apps extend the base classes in applescript, but haven’t had the time to do further testing etc. Unfortunately Readdle seems to have no interest in making their apps scriptable - I had a brief email exchange with them after PDF Expert beta for Mac launched & they’ve done nothing since.
  10. The easiest way to do this will probably be to use Drafts for web searches and Copied for your clipboard. You can also use Copied to replicate Alfred snippet groups (but not the triggers).
  11. Perhaps the technique here will work for you - not exactly the same but it lets you customize workflows by machine: Variant here:
  12. Here, try this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cn5blbpf4flq70g/Active Windows.alfredworkflow?dl=0 If you don't have Skim installed it may crash. If so, try setting the environment variable to just Preview
  13. This is proving to be more complicated....getting window details is easy and standardized but what you can and can’t do with the window varies by app.
  14. Yeah I’m actually working on a workflow that will do this, with any app that supports Applescript including preview. Might be a week before i can get it done.
  15. Two quick ways are 1) type ~ (the Unix abbreviation for the user home directory) and it'll bring you into your home dir and you can use ⌘ & number keys to navigate to Desktop, Downloads etc. 2) type 'Downloads or 'Desktop (typing the single quote before the folder name). This assumes you have turned on Features > File Search > Quick Search
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