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Everything posted by dfay

  1. Yes, details are in the link I posted above.
  2. They're clearly installed by brew. http://osxdaily.com/2018/07/05/where-homebrew-packages-installed-location-mac/ The easiest option is to exclude those directories from Spotlight indexing or from Alfred.
  3. I just want him to answer this question. https://talk.automators.fm/t/sharing-all-the-shortcuts-i-use-activated-from-widgets/3052/2
  4. You'd need to call up Alfred then type the keyword. A snippet trigger aves a keystroke but more importantly it's less of an intrusion into ordinary typing flow (in my experience).
  5. Yes that was written under Alfred 2 I believe...
  6. This is a great idea and not one that’s supported by other text expansion software as far as I know.
  7. I used to use a workflow which had a counter stored in a file. Here'e the AppleScript I used to read/update it. -- get the counter value and increment it set theID to (do shell script "cat ~/Dropbox/texts/nv/_counter.txt") set n to (theID as number) + 1 do shell script ("echo \"" & (n as string) & "\" > ~/Dropbox/texts/nv/_counter.txt") you'd just need to add code to check the date and reset it if it has changed since the last run. I'd personally use Hazel for that but either way you'd test based on the file modification date and if it's before the current date, reset
  8. Here's a script ready to be hooked into a file action to create smart folders for tags. Set up the script action as /usr/bin/python with input as argv . Select a folder & launch the file action -- it will identify every tag that's used on any file in the folder, and create a corresponding smart folder. Minimally adapted from http://leancrew.com/all-this/2018/10/a-little-tagging-automation/ #!/usr/bin/python import plistlib import sys import os import subprocess as sb query = sys.argv[1] # adapted from http://leancrew.com/all-this/2018/10/a-little-ta
  9. Generally not, only if I end up citing them. Perma looks great. Very US-focused at the moment. Mostly it’s just because it’s the path of least resistance for me. I can use existing annotation tools etc. I have a Shortcut set up in iOS that lets me select pages like the print dialog on the Mac. Nearly everything gets named YYYY-MM-DD source - title . For most of my purposes this is adequate.
  10. I believe this is a problem with iOS 12 Shortcuts and Dropbox. See https://talk.automators.fm/t/shortcuts-and-dropbox/1917 If you have TextExpander and TE Touch (last non-subscription versions) it's possible to use Hazel and AppleScript to do a one-way sync of snippets from Alfred to TE on the Mac and then use TE Touch on iOS. At least it works for me - I can provide docs and scripts if there's interest.
  11. This is doable with script hooks in BibDesk. https://github.com/derickfay/BibDesk-MavericksTags/issues/1
  12. Save as PDF for research material, Pinboard (with the paid account which archives your bookmarked sites to PDF) for most everything else.
  13. Sure. I've demo'ed Devonthink seriously three times in the past 12 years or so, and have never liked it. The AI seems ok for filing invoices and that kind of largely standardised document but I never found it to work with academic lit. -- it would do things like try to file all my JSTOR downloads together because the cover pages were similar. It predates native tagging and Spotlight (pre-Tiger was it? can't remember) so it probably solved some problems way back but it has never impressed me. UI and menu systems desperately need a cleanup and reorganisation but the developers really don't s
  14. Nice. I did something similar with a script filter a few years back:
  15. Re: tag - I use it almost exclusively through scripts run from Alfred or Hazel. There are examples using bash and calling it from python in this thread:
  16. Very briefly (will reply re DevonThink and workflow later....) the file action you describe its totally feasible in Alfred...
  17. Not exactly the same but this thread may be helpful
  18. You do realize amex lets you download a csv right? see https://www.americanexpress.com/us/customer-service/faq.download-export-transactions-software.html (not that it’s not worth solving the underlying problem, just saying....)
  19. Actually there is one piece of metadata that I do keep in sync with BibDesk. I have AppleScripts to copy BibDesk keywords to linked files as Tags and to Ulysses sheets as keywords. I rarely search for academic PDFs by Tag but I do use keyword searching on my reading notes in Ulysses quite a bit. For the file tagging I use https://github.com/jdberry/tag . For Ulysses I use the Ulysses URL scheme. Actually I just looked at my code, and it turns out I don't use the tag command line tool ... but I would if I were to do it again. Here's the script I use, which gives an idea of how t
  20. I don't. In fact I prefer to leave it alone since it often has things like the "Where From:" field that I'd like to keep unchanged. I use BibDesk to manage my academic PDFs (but any reference manager will work the same way). The BibDesk record is where the author, date etc. goes, and this can typically be downloaded from the publisher and/or Google Scholar (most often for me this means using Andrew Ning's reference importer workflow . I then add the PDF to the BibDesk record, and it's set to autofile and rename based on the info. in the BIbDesk record (I use Author Date Title ex
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