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Using Dynamic Placeholders In Snippets - Alfred v2 Support
When using Clipboard Snippets, Alfred offers a few handy dynamic snippets. These allow you to insert the current date, time or clipboard contents into a snippet.
alfred  clipboard  mac  osx 
may 2015 by Aetles
Alfred Spotify Mini Player
Control your Spotify library at your fingertips with Alfred
productivity  alfred  tools  osx  mac 
january 2015 by Aetles
This workflow retrieves iCloud tabs from the local ~/Library/SyncedPreferences/ file for all connected iCloud devices and displays the links. Tabs from current device are excluded.
alfred  icloud 
march 2014 by Aetles
Handle Mavericks Tags with Alfred 2 | Marko Kästner
I was really excited when Apple announced to add tag support to Finder with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. But after installing the OS update and playing with the new tag feature, I was a bit disappointed on how the feature was implemented. There was neither a command line utility to manage tags nor was there a way to do this with AppleScript. – At least, I did not find a proper solution. So, to add/remove tags to/from a file or folder one had to open the info dialog (⌘+I) and modify the tags in the new input field at the top.

OS X 10.9 file info dialog
This seemed like an inconvenient way to tag my files. Fortunately, Brett Terpstra discovered an easier way to handle tags involving a shortcut to the Finder tags dialog.

Then James Berry created a small command line utility to do all the tag magic in Terminal. I really do not understand that Apple did not include something similar on their own.

As you may know, I do lots of my routine tasks on the Mac with Alfred and I also wanted to tag my files with it. Based on Jason Berry’s tag cli, I created an Alfred 2 workflow to manage Mavericks tags with Alfred.
mac  tags  alfred  mavericks  osx 
november 2013 by Aetles
ChewingPencils/searching_toots · GitHub
A few examples of how I use Twitter to replace RSS.
Any of these can be modified to work with Drafts or Launch Center Pro on iOS.
twitter  rss  alfred  tweetbot 
may 2013 by Aetles
Create New File in Finder 2 | Ian Isted
Over the weekend I wrote an extension for Alfred to solve the problem of not being able to create new files easily from the Mac OS Finder.

After I had written what was a very rudementary script to solve the problem, I posted it to my blog (the one you’re reading now). Within a couple of hours I had over 500 views to the post, and a few comments. Thanks to everyone who took the time to find me on twitter or post a comment.

One of my commenters was Chris Kalafarski (farski). He had re-written my script using Ruby. This had the advantage of running a little faster than mine, and he iterated on it further by adding a filename parameter, and even a system to use predefined templates for the new files. I gave the script a spin, and was delighted. It was a far better solution to my problem.

So I took the liberty of adding a basic help system and packaging the Alfred script as one you can download and install. If you want you can download the raw Ruby script from Chris’ Github account here, or just download the .alfredextension below.

Many thanks to Chris for making my life easier. Again, I hope this is as useful to you as it is to me.
mac  osx  alfred  extension 
february 2013 by Aetles
Fun with Safari, Chrome, Evernote, and Alfred Extensions
One of my favorite programs to help you use these shortcuts is Alfred (the “Powerpack Edition”, naturally). I was planning on waiting for the relaunch of Veritrope to start sharing some Alfred extensions, but it seems that I just can’t help myself!

Here are a few that I’ve recently added to some scripts in the Code Library:

Export All Chrome Tabs to Evernote
Open Chrome Tabs in Safari
Open Safari Tabs in Chrome
Export All Safari Tabs to Evernote
Only Show Running Apps in Dock
Export All Safari Tabs to a Text File
Export All Chrome Tabs to a Text File
alfred  osx 
september 2012 by Aetles
dorkitude/Alfred-Hacks · GitHub
Copy Command Key to Clipboard
I occasionally find myself wanting to enter the symbol for Apple's Command Key (⌘) into something I'm writing -- documentation, tweets, IM conversations, etc.

I got tired of googling for "Apple Command Key" or "St. John's Arms" just to copy/paste the symbol, so I made this simple Alfred extension.

Once it's installed, you can just type this into Alfred:

...and the script will put the symbol in your clipboard ⌘. Paste on, young soldier!

Copy Date to Clipboard
In Alfred, type date and your clipboard will be populated with today's date in YYYY-MM-DD format.

For example, I just typed this into Alfred:

And my clipboard became:

This little extension is super useful since I am anal about the filenames of legal docs, contracts, journal entries, and that sort of thing.
alfred  mac  osx  productivity 
june 2012 by Aetles
20 Really Cool Alfred Extensions to Download | Mac.AppStorm
One of the first few apps I downloaded was the popular Alfred launcher. Being able to launch apps, open files, shutdown and restart my laptop with just a few taps on the keyboard intrigued me, so I decided to give it a shot. And hey, who can resist that adorable black bowler hat?
Months after, Alfred is now one of my favorite Mac apps and the most commonly used in a day. Moreover, there is this nifty upgrade called the Alfred Powerpack that contains features that enable me to do so much more with Alfred—features that will surely boost time efficiency and productivity better than ever before.
The Powerpack is definitely an upgrade many Alfred power users enjoy. In my case, my favorite Powerpack feature is the ability to extend Alfred, and it is in this post that I’ll explain briefly what extensions do as well as share a list of 20 really cool Alfred extensions you should download and try.
alfred  mac  macosx  productivity  osx 
january 2012 by Aetles
Logging with Day One and Alfred
Yesterday, Brett Terpstra posted a fantastic little script to leverage Day One’s built-in CLI (command line interface, more information available here) to create new journal entries from the Terminal or an app launcher. Brett has posted instructions on how to use Launchbar with the script, or skip the app launcher part altogether and go with the Mac’s Terminal instead:

Day One already has a quick entry palette in the menubar. It also has a command line interface (/usr/local/bin/dayone)1 which provides some geeky options (try dayone in Terminal) and the flexibility needed to replace my current logging system. You can create entries quickly with either method, but I wanted just a little bit more out of it. I built a quick script which allows a basic syntax for starring entries and defining dates (using natural language) inline in the entry itself. It can be used from the command line, from LaunchBar (or similar) and can be incorporated into just about any scriptable workflow.
I wanted to make the script work with Alfred, my app launcher and navigation tool of choice, and it turns out the effort to modify Brett’s script is equal to zero. I simply replaced “on handle_string(message)” with “on alfred_script(q)” and ”end handle_string” with ”end alfred_script” to make it work in Alfred. Obviously, you’ll need to fill in the path to your script after you’ve followed Brett’s instructions.
alfred  mac  script  dayone 
january 2012 by Aetles
David Ferguson
Grazing Push for Alfred will allow you to push a URL to any iDevice associated with your Grazing Push account. No more having to rely on bookmarklets and the site to push data to your iDevice. Just open up Alfred and send away.
alfred  mac  osx  grazing  ios 
december 2011 by Aetles
Anna's Alfred Hat Tips, Recent Documents tip from a user: favourite new...
favourite new trick of @alfredapp -and it took way too long for me to find. Find app you want then press right twice to open most recent doc
alfred  tips 
december 2011 by Aetles
Alfred 1.0 Now Available With Enhanced Global Hotkeys
The public release of Alfred 1.0 is now available and brings with it a multitude of new features as well as improvements to existing ones. For most software developers reaching version 1.0 is a special milestone. I had the opportunity to speak with Andrew Pepperrell, the developer of Alfred, about his thoughts regarding this release and this is what he had to say:

Alfred 1.0 is a meaningful release; it’s more than just the new features. Version 1.0 marks Alfred’s maturity in my own mind, and users will no longer see him as unfinished. To be honest, 0.9 should have been 1.0… maybe even 0.8
I think that sums it up extremely well considering the last couple of updates have dramatically changed the way we use Alfred. The recent addition of extensions was certainly a game changer in my opinion. Now lets take a closer look at this version and see what it has to offer.
alfred  mac  osx 
november 2011 by Aetles
Alfred Powerpack and the Mac App Store (or not) « Alfred App – Mac OS X Quicklaunch Application
The Mac App Store and Sandboxing

The Mac App Store is currently in transition. From March 2012, all new submissions / updates need to be sandboxed.

Sandboxing is a way of protecting users from malicious or naughty software by severely restricting the access an application has to underlying resources. It also makes the app approval process easier for Apple as sandboxed apps simply cannot do things outside their own resources. While this works remarkably well on iOS (I am personally happy to be in the “walled garden” on my phone), it really changes the landscape for OS X applications.

As you know, Alfred isn’t a self-contained application like a game, graphics package or todo list. Many of the things Alfred does are to do with OS X itself… he searches, navigates and opens files and apps on your Mac, he runs AppleScript to interact with other applications, he even allows you to create and run lower-level shell or AppleScript extensions… he is basically your quick interface into the heart of OS X. This is where Alfred starts to throw his toys out of the [sand]box.
macappstore  sandboxing  osx  alfred 
november 2011 by Aetles
Andrew's Hot Chocolate, I want my Wikipedia search to open in Google...
A few users have posed the question “How can I open a particular custom search in a browser other than my default”… what a great question, perfect for a little tumble tutorial! :)

This behaviour isn’t built into Alfred by default as he is generally agnostic to the underlying OS so we must delve into [Powerpack] extensions and create a few very simple scripts.
My default browser is Safari, I am going to create a ‘wiki’ keyword which opens wikipedia for the given search term in Google Chrome. If you aren’t bothered about this tutorial, just download these extensions which give examples of opening a wikipedia custom search in Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox.
september 2011 by Aetles
Using Alfred – 52 Tiger
Recently, Jason Rehmus asked me, “What does Alfred give above and beyond Spotlight?” I replied with a few highlights and promised a more comprehensive follow-up. At last, here it is.

I’ve been using Alfred for many months. On the surface it’s an app launcher, and that’s how I use it most of the time. After assigning a hotkey combination (I chose Command-Space), its main window is only a tap away. From there, start typing the name of the app you’re after and hit Return to launch it. But that’s just the beginning. Here are some of the other useful tasks Alfred performs for me (note that some require the Powerpack, which is a separate purchase).
alfred  macosx  osx 
september 2011 by Aetles
Alfred ProTips « Tech Blog /via Dirt Don
Thanks for the great scripts! I've been using your link shortening script for awhile and just thought of replacing {query} with $(pbpaste) since I usually copy and paste the URL in does force you to copy it first.
alfred  macosx  urlshortener 
june 2011 by Aetles
Using Custom Searches - Alfred App Help
Custom searches allow you to setup search queries for sites you use regularly.

Find out the search URL on the site of your choice, then replace the query with {query} in curly brackets. Use the test search to ensure your search works as expected then click Save to add your new query.

Ready to create your own custom searches? These custom search examples will show you just how much you can do with custom searches!
alfred  macosx 
february 2011 by Aetles

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