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  1. After exploring @deanishe's great Searchio Workflow, @nikivi's Web Searches Workflow, and asking for tips on how to best share my many Custom Searches, I decided to launch a simple website with a listing of my Custom Searches, along with icons that I'm making for each one. There are 57 searches so far, I have another 33 that I'm working on, and you can also submit your own suggestions! Would love to know if you find this valuable! Visit Alfred Custom Searches
  2. Mm... bummer. Maybe needs to be an upstream request to Invision Community.
  3. Thought it was a slight missed opportunity that OpenSearch isn't supported here!
  4. Ok, I've made some progress thanks to the wonder of Pory, and new Airtable-backed No Code website builder! I haven't added all of my searches yet, but that's because I'm making custom icons for each of them before revealing them. You can find them here — and you can install a Custom Search just by clicking on the button. Visit 🎩 Alfred Custom Searches Here's a preview (the template is a bit meh, but it's functional!): Thanks for your help @deanishe!
  5. Whoops! Just fixed the download link! LMK if you have any suggestions!
  6. Ohhh... ok, this makes more sense. I didn't realize that: OpenSearch has two flavors: URL-based search OR autosuggest (I had only used OpenSearch discovery in Alfred for the former) That Searchio is intended to target returning search suggestions within Alfred! Now I get the power of Searchio — and also why it may complement my goals in sharing my Custom Searches. For me, the beauty of Custom Searches is that it makes it easy to quickly open URLs in the browser with an arbitrary {query} string — which of course can be used to execute a search. I also use
  7. There are also a ton of timers that address the very use case you're describing, and some are probably scriptable: https://www.producthunt.com/search?q=pomodoro
  8. Ah! Fair enough! Here's the problem I keep running into though... so little support for OpenSearch! I was able to use Quora to create a custom search though, I so I may have enough to get started... but why did it put the icon in a [seemingly] random location (I expected the icon to be in ~/Library/Alfred/Workflow Data/net.deanishe.alfred-searchio/icons)? { "icon": "/Users/messina/Dropbox/Alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences/workflows/user.workflow.51A5FA2A-E885-40D1-BA84-6270978DBFFE/icon.png", "jsonpath": "$[1][*]", "keyword": "quora", "search_url": "http://w
  9. You could do this with Quicktime, though you'd need to convert the GIF to a movie file compatible with Quicktime. Once you do that, use this menu option:
  10. Thanks for the inspiration! Here you go: 🎩 Download here Lemme know what you think! Alfred doesn't support the text-shadow effect so I could only get the colors.
  11. Ok, I read through your comments and I'm still missing something. I don't mean to be daft, but a real example would be super helpful to get me started. So for example, I have a Custom Search for Chrome Extensions. What files with what content would I need to create to add this and the attached icon to the Searchio Workflow Data folder? Title: Search Chrome Extensions for {query} Search URL: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/{query}?hl=en-US&_category=extensions Keyword: extensions Thanks!
  12. Ok nice — took a look and yes, this seems directionally where I want to go! I read your docs but I'm a little confused about the Adding Engines directions. I've opened up the /engines folder and presume that I add an individual .json file for each additional search I want to add? Does the filename matter? (I see that the icon and search file names do need to match)
  13. Ah, this is great! What I'm struggling with are the tensions between: discrete shareability — making it easy to share individual custom searches maintainability — making it easy for people to add/remove custom searches that they've made/discovered given that OpenSearch metadata seems to be in decline convenience — I really like how I can use a CSV to update a List Filter. The method you suggested means creating individual workflow objects for each search (or copying and pasting, like you suggested, which I'll likely end up doing). I don't mind this, but was looki
  14. I have a bunch of Custom Web Searches and would like to publish them online and make it easy for people to install them. I have some ideas on how I might go about doing this, but it seems like it'll be pretty inefficient for others to install them in a batch. I don't suppose there's an easy way to import or export all of your custom web searches? Additionally, I like adding custom icons to each search... but when I copy the URL for sharing, the icon is left out. There's no way to fix that (i.e. binary encode the image in the sharing URL) is there?
  15. Ok, chalk this up to... "working as intended" but "not as expected". I must have had an older set of preferences previously synced to ~/Dropbox/Alfred, and those pre-existing preferences took precedent over my more recent preferences. Anyway, I moved my preferences location back to ~/Application Support/Alfred, deleted the Alfred folder in ~/Dropbox (and emptied my trash), and then once again moved my prefs to ~/Dropbox, but this time to a clean directory. Everything transferred successfully! 😅
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