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Several updates.

  • Change: Playing without marking as watched now uses ⌃ instead of ⌘.
  • New: ⌘↵ marks as watched (and trashes) without playing. Reopens list in same sort mode.
  • New: Use quicklook preview in watched list items that have an origin URL.
  • New: Different trashing mechanism. You shouldn’t notice a difference in behaviour, but it removes a dependency.


To update, download the latest version (same URL) or wait a few days and it’ll prompt you to on next usage, since it uses OneUpdater.
 

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I decided to hop on the bandwagon and give this a try today and it's spitting back the following error when I try to play an item:

[00:33:41.490] ERROR: WatchList[Run Script] /Users/Brad/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences/workflows/user.workflow.8A7FDDB5-5037-4878-A927-CB706D0B9751/watchlist_functions.rb:385:in `block in play_item': undefined method `+' for nil:NilClass (NoMethodError)
	from /Users/Brad/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences/workflows/user.workflow.8A7FDDB5-5037-4878-A927-CB706D0B9751/watchlist_functions.rb:395:in `play_item'
	from /Users/Brad/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences/workflows/user.workflow.8A7FDDB5-5037-4878-A927-CB706D0B9751/watchlist_functions.rb:300:in `play'
	from /Users/Brad/Library/Caches/com.runningwithcrayons.Alfred/Workflow Scripts/D157EE3F-E0E6-4693-9A97-53231258EB81:3:in `<main>'

Running on macOS 10.15.2 and Alfred 4.0.7. Am I missing some sort of Ruby dependency?

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Thanks for the quick response. I updated to the latest version and now get this error:

[21:53:34.208] ERROR: WatchList[Run Script] /Users/Brad/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences/workflows/user.workflow.8A7FDDB5-5037-4878-A927-CB706D0B9751/watchlist_functions.rb:386:in `exist?': no implicit conversion of nil into String (TypeError)
	from /Users/Brad/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences/workflows/user.workflow.8A7FDDB5-5037-4878-A927-CB706D0B9751/watchlist_functions.rb:386:in `block in play_item'
	from /Users/Brad/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences/workflows/user.workflow.8A7FDDB5-5037-4878-A927-CB706D0B9751/watchlist_functions.rb:395:in `play_item'
	from /Users/Brad/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences/workflows/user.workflow.8A7FDDB5-5037-4878-A927-CB706D0B9751/watchlist_functions.rb:300:in `play'
	from /Users/Brad/Library/Caches/com.runningwithcrayons.Alfred/Workflow Scripts/44CE6029-3DF0-438B-AC11-5478A7281816:3:in `<main>'

EDIT: I was able to solve the problem by coercing the Nil value returned by the mdfind capture to a string, which then played nicely with the Dir.exist? call. My code looks like this:

  # The 'split' together with 'last' serves to try to pick the last installed version, in case more than one is found (multiple versions in Homebrew Cellar, for example)
  video_player = lambda {
    mpv = Open3.capture2('mdfind', 'kMDItemCFBundleIdentifier', '=', 'io.mpv').first.strip.split("\n").last.to_s
    return [mpv + '/Contents/MacOS/mpv', '--quiet'] if Dir.exist?(mpv)

    iina = Open3.capture2('mdfind', 'kMDItemCFBundleIdentifier', '=', 'com.colliderli.iina').first.strip.split("\n").last.to_s
    return iina + '/Contents/MacOS/IINA' if Dir.exist?(iina)

    vlc = Open3.capture2('mdfind', 'kMDItemCFBundleIdentifier', '=', 'org.videolan.vlc').first.strip.split("\n").last.to_s
    return vlc + '/Contents/MacOS/VLC' if Dir.exist?(vlc)

    return 'other'
  }.call

 

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8 hours ago, buffaloseven said:

by coercing the Nil value returned by the mdfind capture to a string

 

That’s unnecessary and leads to more code. We can make it less code by getting rid of Dir.exist?. I’ve done so in the just released update.


Thinking about it today, the bugs were introduced when I changed the code to allow for multiple installations of the same player. That’s an uncommon situation, but it can happen.

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On 12/29/2019 at 6:56 AM, vitor said:

 

That’s unnecessary and leads to more code. We can make it less code by getting rid of Dir.exist?. I’ve done so in the just released update.


Thinking about it today, the bugs were introduced when I changed the code to allow for multiple installations of the same player. That’s an uncommon situation, but it can happen.

 

Haha, sounds good to me. I'm not a coder by trade or anything like that, so I tend to just find band-aids. I'm glad you were able to make a better solution than what I did 🙂

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On 2/4/2020 at 2:12 AM, buffaloseven said:

Haha, sounds good to me. I'm not a coder by trade or anything like that, so I tend to just find band-aids. I'm glad you were able to make a better solution than what I did 🙂

 

You still found the bug and a way to fix it, so thank you!

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Update.

 

Two interfacing changes.

  1. When marking an item as watched without playing, do not refresh Alfred.
  2. When playing an item, do not close Alfred.

Both changes are meant to allow acting on multiple items fast. For example, when opening a video, the player will steal focus from Alfred and close it anyway, but until then you have the chance to ↵ on other items, setting up a short queue.


To update, download the latest version (same URL) or wait a few days and it’ll prompt you to on next usage, since it uses OneUpdater.
 

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Updates.

  • Checking for audiovisual contents happens before moving directory.
  • move_on_add takes a full path, instead of relative to home (~ works).

To update, download the latest version (same URL) or wait a few days and it’ll prompt you to on next usage, since it uses OneUpdater.

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Update.


Detect mpv installations even when only the CLI is installed. It only searches Homebrew default paths (/usr/local/bin/mpv and /opt/homebrew/bin/mpv).


To update, download the latest version (same URL) or wait a few days and it’ll prompt you to on next usage, since it uses OneUpdater.

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Update.


Added something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time: a quick playlist feature.

 

You may have noticed that Alfred’s windows doesn’t immediately close when playing an item through the WatchList. That was a cheat to allow for quick actioning of something else, to play multiple items in succession. No more!

 

Now, use ⇧↵ to add an item to a quick playlist. After adding everything you want, press ↵ and they will play in order. If you add to a playlist but don’t action it for a few minutes (3, currently), it will be ignored when you add another item, effectively starting from scratch.

 

Just built the feature, so it may suffer some adjustments as I test it out more.


To update, download the latest version (same URL) or wait a few days and it’ll prompt you to on next usage, since it uses OneUpdater.

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Update.

 

In wlp, fn↵ Opens the item’s URL in the default web browser.


To update, download the latest version (same URL) or wait a few days and it’ll prompt you to on next usage, since it uses OneUpdater.

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Update.


Removed option to play without marking as watched. Opening the item’s origin URL is in its place.


To update, download the latest version (same URL) or wait a few days and it’ll prompt you to on next usage, since it uses OneUpdater.

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Updates.

 

  • If possible, items are recovered from trash on marking unwatched. If successful, you’ll hear a sound. If not, you’ll get a notification with the reason.
  • Changed the error sound. 
  • Made some code cleanup to better handle a few cases.


To update, download the latest version (same URL) or wait a few days and it’ll prompt you to on next usage, since it uses OneUpdater.

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