Twitter Archive Alfred 2 Workflow by David Ferguson


I half-jokingly asked David on Twitter to make an Alfred 2 (Beta) workflow that could quickly search Twitter’s new downloadble tweet archive, but knowing he is a busy guy I didn’t really expect him to make it. However David came through and really delievered on another excellent add-on to Alfred.


This Twitter Archive workflow is easy to configure and simple to use. Just install the workflow and run the import command including the folder path to the csv data like in the example below.



The workflow will generate its own SQLite database of your tweets, making search lightning fast. Selecting a tweet from the search results will open it in or you can hit CMD+C to copy the URL to your clipboard. It works flawlessly.



Download the Twitter Archive workflow

Also, be sure to check out his blog which is updated regularly with tons of Alfred goodies and follow him on Twitter @jdfwarrior.

Quickly Add Files to OmniFocus with Alfred

Have you ever created a task in OmniFocus that needed a file attached? Sure you have and there are a million different ways to make that happen. But how do you track down the file that you need? I instinctively rely on Alfred because it is the path of least resistance. Alfred will find that file in any directory as fast as I can type, so why not use Alfred to send that file to OmniFocus?

This Alfred extension is intended to be used as an Action and lets you send a file to whatever task is currently selected in OmniFocus. It will even ask you if want to embed the file or just create and alias to the file and add that to the task.

Download the extension here: Send File to OmniFocus

Only tested on Mac OS X Lion (current version) and OmniFocus on MAS (current version)


Now enjoy some action shots!

File embed choice:



Open Chrome in Incognito Mode from Alfred


This extension will allow you to open Google Chrome in its Incognito mode for those times you need a flash capable browser with the added benefits of Chrome’s private mode.

I like to mark the Chrome application to be ignored by Alfred so that when I start typing Chrome this extension is the only one that comes up, that way I use it every time. To configure this simply pull up the info for the Google Chrome application and add alfred:ignore in the Spotlight comments.



Now install this Alfred extension: Open Google Chrome

This extension just executes the command:

open -a Google\ Chrome –new –args -incognito

/via Cool Geex

Again, I have no idea why anyone would ever need this extension but here it is if you want it!

Tested on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 (11C74) – Google Chrome 10.0.874.106

Prefixr Text Filter for BBEdit


In BBEdit, Text Filters accept the selection range (or entire document, if no selection) as input, and return text that replaces the selection range (or document). They may contain Unix scripts, AppleScript files, text factories, and Automator workflows.

Text filters are saved in one of the following directories:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/Text Filters
  • ~/Dropbox/Application Support/BBEdit/Text Filters

To use a Text Filter, select Apply Text Filter from the Text menu or assign it a keyboard shortcut from the Preferences > Menus & Shortcuts > Text > Text Filters

The Filter

Prefixr is a great web service with a simple API that will accept a CSS3 input and return the cross-browser compatibility format for that input.

Their API documentation had several example uses with certain text editors but no BBEdit.

  • Command Line / Terminal
  • TextMate
  • Espresso
  • Vim
  • Alfred
  • Coda
  • Phing (Build Script)

I decided to write my first BBEdit text filter by modifying the code for the Command Line example.

You can download the filter here: Prefixr CSS

Extract the file to one of the afore mentioned Text Filter directories and assign it a keyboard shortcut if you so choose.

I gave this filter a keyboard shortcut of ^⌥⌘+P simply because it was available.

Check out the video below to see the text filter in action, it demonstrates processing selected text as well as processing the entire document.

Scripting S3 Image Uploads

I finally got around to signing up for Amazon’s S3 services, and let me say that I am impressed. It is fast, (seems) reliable, and very affordable for a modest blog like mine. I just moved some of my recent blog post images over to the S3 servers just to test it out. I am very pleased and from here on out, all new images will be hosted there. I immediately thought about how I wanted to handle uploading and linking the image to the post. My first thought was Transmit 4 since it supports S3, but in the end I decided that I would need an option that was a bit more automated. Here is what I came up with: Read the rest of this entry »