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Workflows need some serious documentation


stever777

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I know that it's all the rage in 2016 not to document products and rely on inefficient, inaccurate, poorly-written user forums to document a product. But in Alfred's case, I think it's a big mistake.

 

From what I can gather, Workflows are quite powerful. And indeed, you've expanded them significantly in Alfred 3. But for those of us who aren't currently programmers, the documentation is virtually nonexistent, so we just don't use them. There's one overview page saying "here's what trigger/input/output are." Then the next pages are getting into bash script construction, instantly dropping to the level of discussing variables and control structures.

 

 

But for those of us who aren't bash programmers, who don't understand what workflows do beneath the covers, how variables are used, etc.

 

I think Alfred could be boosted to even higher success if people really understood and could access its power. But I'm a power user and I can't figure out how to access its power with a modest level of investment. I doubt other non-power users are able to either.

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I know that it's all the rage in 2016 not to document products and rely on inefficient, inaccurate, poorly-written user forums to document a product. But in Alfred's case, I think it's a big mistake.

 

 

Hi Stever,

 

Keep in mind that Alfred 3 is still in beta, and only available to a small pool of users.

 

We have TONS of documentation coming, and have spent the past few months carefully writing guides, tutorials and documentation for users of all levels - but during the beta and while the vast majority of our millions of users are still using Alfred 2, the documentation on our website relates exclusively to Alfred 2.  

 

The moment Alfred 3 goes live, all of the relevant documentation will also be published; We made this clear in the email to Mega Supporters inviting them to upgrade to Alfred 3.

 

If you prefer, you can revert back to Alfred 2 and await the general release of Alfred 3, complete with documentation, before switching to Alfred 3.

 

Cheers,

Vero

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