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  1. Ok, thanks @Andrew. I've never seen it either! It only appeared after I'd just upgraded to macOS 11.5 (20G71). Will keep an eye out.
  2. Odd Finder error when I use a workflow that has a "Reveal File in Finder" block: When I make my selection from the List Filter, I get this error message after several seconds: "The “Show in Finder” service could not be used because the “Finder” application did not respond to a request for services." Clicking "Show Application" caused Finder to appear several minutes later. This was the only Alfred-related message in the console: Jul 23 16:17:38 BunnySlut com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: Coalition Cache Hit: app<application.com.runningwithcrayons.Alfred-Preferences.423402080.423402086(501)> [4792] It seems like the issue has resolved itself, but I've never seen this issue before.
  3. Yay! So glad to hear that. These themes have become my favorites too!
  4. Ask and ye shall receive! /cc @Mr Pennyworth
  5. OMG, that's beautiful! It also seems to have inspired the new menu design in Cloutie (a Bitclout iOS app):
  6. Ah, wow... very interesting! However, you need a keyboard to access that eh? Would love to see a video... do you think for all the folks who might not upgrade to Monterey it still might be relevant for Alfred to add support for?
  7. In Monterey? Or beyond? Do you have a sense for how you'd invoke it? In this case, since I'm planning to use Alfred indefinitely, it just seems like a relevant expansion but I take your point that it might be subsumed by the OS...
  8. There is an Alfred Workflow by @Benzi called Menu Bar Search that offers this functionality (although recently broke in v1.7), but I wonder if this would be a useful addition alongside the Universal Actions feature currently in beta. Just as you can set a hotkey to bring up a list of actions relevant to your selection in Finder, supporting native Menu Items Search via a hotkey would feel consistent, since it's applying a similar "interact with my current context or selection" behavior to the currently focused app. @Andrew what do you think?
  9. Just spotted this open source Glassmorphism CSS Generator via Product Hunt — might be a cool UI (the top bar with sliders) for achieving what I'm seeking in the Alfred Theme Editor!
  10. Hey, if I could remap my muscle memory, so can you! Try it for a week!
  11. Ah, helpful. Thanks for that! I think I used BetterTouchTool once before, but I haven't in some time. Useful to see many routes to achieve different levels of keyboard productivity! 🧠
  12. For the longest time I used command-space for Alfred... but then when I found that I could activate it with a single key, and one that has an enormous tap area and that I never use (i.e. Caps Lock), I installed Karabiner Elements just for that feature. Then when I talked to Ryan Hanson about his new app Charmstone, he introduced me to his Hyperkey app (I wasn't familiar with the concept previously), and made it possible to uninstall Karabiner Elements (it's overkill for my needs) and just use his app. Then Alfred 4.5 w/ Universal Actions dropped — and previously I always struggled to learn the "pass the current selection to Alfred" keyboard shortcut, so felt like I'd been missing a lot of Alfred's power. When I discovered that I could just modify Caps Lock with Shift, the proximity and ease of access just seemed like a major benefit that brought it all together. That's why I'm excited about: there was a string of things that happened over time that not only simplifies my setup & configuration but also makes it more powerful!
  13. Hey @AlexMartinFR — would love to create a version of this workflow for the set of Monterey themes I just released...! I thought there might be a way to make some improvements to the workflow as well... specifically dynamically generating the theme files themselves? Not really sure how — but LMK if this is of interest!
  14. In working on my Monterey Theme pack, I realized that macOS does many more sophisticated things when rendering its UI than what Alfred allows me to control when designing my themes. I realize that keeping the theming system simple should be a goal, but nuance and consistency can be added without adding too much complexity. For example, when I right-click on an item to set its color, there is a list of "Theme colours", but these could include a submenu that includes System Colors or Dynamic System Colors: Other enhancements that could go a long way: Allow me to set a gradient on the window and Selected Result Background.¹ Allow me to access or use the AppleHighlightColor as a color variable. Allow me to control the background blur setting on the window (this setting has been deprecated) Allow me to access SwiftUI API System Colors. Allow me to access AppKit API Dynamic System Colors. Update the preview rendering to be more accurate (the Visual Effect blur effect seems to create a false rendering of the window. ² ¹ Based on a Sketch file that Apple distributes, it appears that the Selection Focus is actually a gradient with a de-saturated Background Blur: ² Compare the look of the rendered preview (which has an ugly 1px border): With the actual:
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