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Do we need an 'arbitrary input' action?


MuppetGate
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Hi there  :D

 

First of all, I'm really enjoying Alfred's second incarnation. The workflow stuff is fantastic.

 

I've even had a quick go at reworking an old extension for creating new folders (nothing clever).

 

http://sdrv.ms/U8Bc6U

 

Anyway, while fiddling with the Applescript, I wondered if it was worth adding another action that would help with the cases where you needed to input a second or third parameter through Alfred (at the moment, I'm calling a dialog up through Applescript).

 

So, how would it work? Well when you set it up, you give the input action a name (fileLocation for example) and some text it would display in Alfred.

 

In use:

 

The action would take a {query} from a preceding action

and then take user input from Alfred.

and then join the user input to {query}, appending the action name (so you could identify what the value was) and the value

The new {query} would then be passed on to the next workflow action (which could be another 'arbitrary input' action)

 

Having written it, it does look a bit complicated (especially when it comes to parsing the query)  :rolleyes:

 

 

 

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  • 2 months later...

I think this is similar what David Ferguson did for his quick rename workflow which I took over and enhanced a bit (which contains the part you may need).

 

Look at the code of this to get an idea how to accomplish this chaining parameters and actions: http://www.alfredforum.com/topic/1779-rename-file-action/

Thanks very much. That's just what I'm looking for. :-)

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