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Alfred can't open files in iCloud that are not also local


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I love Alfred and it's one of the main reasons I love my Mac, but I encountered a very annoying issue while cleaning up disk space.

 

Although Alfred successfully finds files on iCloud, it doesn't allow you to open them (for example PDF files in PDF Expert) if they are only available on iCloud. This does work if they are also locally available. In other words, it seems to pass the iCloud link as an .iCloud file to the software to open, but won't automatically download it first.

 

Before you write it off as a third party bug (e.g. PDF Expert), it does actually work fine with the default Spotlight search, because Spotlight downloads the file before sending it to other software.

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