Alfred 4.6.5 Released: 1Password 8 Workflow Integration

Today, we released Alfred 4.6.5, which primarily brings an updated integration for 1Password 8.

In 1Password 8, Agile Bits have changed the way third-party apps interact with your data. To support this, we've released an official workflow to be used alongside 1Password 8.

Why are we moving to a workflow?

With 1Password 8, Agile Bits has moved from a native macOS app to a universal cross-platform app. As part of this, the third-party integration feature previously used by Alfred has been replaced with a new 1Password command line tool.

We took this as an opportunity to rethink how to best integrate with 1Password moving forward; Using their official CLI tools, we are now able to offer a deeper direct integration with your 1Password data, which perfectly suits Alfred's extensive workflow toolset.

We have made this process as smooth as possible through this workflow, so that you can get up and running in mere moments.

This also allows us to offer updates to support 1Password changes much more efficiently, without relying on the Alfred release cycle itself.

Keen to get started?

Install 1Password 8, and install the 1Password integration workflow from Github. Type 1p and choose the option to sign it and set up your account.

If you're using 1Password 7 or older, there are no changes for you and you can carry on using the existing built-in integration.

You can grab the latest release in Alfred 4's Update tab, or by downloading it from alfredapp.com. Curious to see everything that's been added in recent updates? Take a look at the change log for the full list of new features and improvements.

Using Python 2 workflows in macOS Monterey 12.3+

In macOS Monterey 12.3, Apple removed Python 2 from the pre-installed scripting languages, after a decade-long transition period.

If you're using workflows that use Python 2, here are a few tips to help with a smooth transition.

First, check if there's an update to the workflow; The workflow's creator may have already released a new version that doesn't depend on Python 2. You'll find this on their own website, GitHub or on the Alfred Forum.

Next, consider alternatives; In particular if you're using a much older workflow, it might be a good time to see if there is a new alternative that takes advantage of Alfred's ever-evolving features.

Many workflows have already been updated, and our community hero Vítor is actively working to update any other 3rd party workflows which rely on Python 2. Take a look at the wealth of workflows that have already been updated on the official GitHub. If you'd like to suggest a workflow that needs to be updated, pop a post in the forum thread.

To use these workflows, follow our guide to installing Python 2 via Homebrew; It only takes a few minutes and you'll be back up and running.

Using macOS Shortcuts with an Alfred workflow

When Apple's Shortcuts was released on macOS Monterey, our community started asking for ways to run shortcuts from Alfred. You’re so passionate about automation that you want to automate your automations, and we love that!

So we created a Workflow for running shortcuts, which you can download from Github. You'll also need to download the linked Shortcuts actions below to use them.

To list all your installed shortcuts, open Alfred and type sc.

List shortcuts with sc

If you're hyper-organised, you may have your shortcuts separated in folders. scd reveals those.

List shortcut folders with scd

There are three main ways to run shortcuts:

Just Run it

Newest Short of the Week is as simple as it gets. Run it with ↵ and it opens the latest post on the Short of The Week website. Great when you're looking for something quick to watch on a break.

Choosing Newest Short of the Week shortcut

Newest Short of the Week shortcut layout

Pass Files to it

Upload to Imgur does what it says on the tin: Select one or more images, press your Universal Actions hotkey and run the shortcut to upload your images. You'll get a notification and the links will automatically be copied to your clipboard.

File Action to run shortcuts

Choosing Upload to Imgur shortcut

Upload to Imgur shortcut layout

Give it an Argument

Calm Notifications controls Do Not Disturb. It needs an argument of on, off, or a number (enables Do Not Disturb for that number of minutes).

To give an argument to a shortcut, action it with ⌘↵. Alternatively, select text anywhere and press your Universal Actions hotkey - it works like passing a file.

Choosing Calm Notifications shortcut via sc, with an argument

Giving argument to Calm Notifications shortcut

Calm Notifications shortcut layout

Adding arguments to your shortcuts is a powerful way to integrate them with Workflows. CalmNotifications is also a Workflow which seamlessly runs the above shortcut and uses other Alfred features to give feedback on the current state of Do Not Disturb.

Be sure to check John Voorhees's rundown of the Shortcuts Workflow at MacStories for more examples.

Workflow Tutorial: Using a Single Keyword for Multiple Snippets

Did you know that you can use a single snippet keyword for multiple snippets? Typing your snippet keyword in any app will pop up Alfred with a list of options to choose from, and pressing Return will paste it to the frontmost app.

In this post, I'm using three email signatures as an example; Depending on the situation, I can choose which of my three identities I want to use.

Snippet Triggers options

Trigger Email Signatures with Snippets

If you'd like to follow along, you can download the example workflow on GitHub or you can create your own workflow and add the objects as you go.

Snippet Triggers workflow canvas

1. Using the keyword:

Open the Snippet Trigger object and set your keyword, which you'll type with any prefix or suffix you've set in the Shared Prefix box found in the Snippet Trigger object.

Setting your snippet trigger keyword

Note that in this example, my keyword is \\sig as the Shared Prefix is set to \\.

2. Setting the snippet content:

Change the content of your signatures in the List Filter object to reflect identities that are useful to you.

This can be used for any scenario where you need to paste different content, but want to only have to remember a single snippet trigger.

List filter options

You'll notice that none of the List filter keyword details are filled in, as we won't be accessing the workflow through the list filter keyword in this case. However, you could fill this in and access the workflow from Alfred results too.

3. Pasting the snippet content:

The workflow is currently set to automatically paste to the frontmost app, so no changes are needed in this object.

Note that you'll need to have granted Alfred the necessary Accessibility permissions required for the Snippets feature. Here's a guide to setting up Alfred's Snippets Text Expansion feature if needed.

Open a text file or an email, type your snippet, choose the snippet you want to paste, press Return and like magic, your snippet will appear!

I bet you can think of you a dozen other ways you could use snippets like these now that you've created one.

TinyPNG Workflow: Compress Your Images

TinyPNG panda mascot TinyPNG is a web service that allows you to reduce the size of your images with no perceptible loss in quality, while shrinking the size of your files significantly. It's brilliantly useful, so we've made a workflow for it!

You can compress PNG, JPEG, and WebP images without having to hop over to their website and manually dragging in images, as their API makes it a breeze to use directly from the TinyPNG Alfred workflow.

Whether you're designing a new website, posting to your blog or creating an Alfred workflow, the more optimised the images are, the more lightweight your page or workflow will be. Using TinyPNG can shrink a file size to a tenth its original size, making your exported workflow far more suitable for sharing!

Setting up the TinyPNG Workflow

1. Install the workflow

Download the TinyPNG Alfred Workflow from GitHub and install it by double-clicking the file, which will launch Alfred's preferences and pop up the workflow's Readme and setup window.

2. Get your API key

You'll have to register for an API key and add it as a Workflow Environment Variable.

Because TinyPNG's compression is lossy - meaning information is discarded - the Workflow backs up your originals. By default, they are saved to a temporary directory which is cleaned on every reboot.

As of writing, TinyPNG lets you compress 500 images per month for free.

3. Choose your favourite way to use the workflow

You can access the workflow in a few ways; File Action, File Filter, or External Trigger, take your pick!

To use it as a File Action, select one or more files in Alfred or Finder, and use your Universal Action hotkey (which is ⌘/ by default) to pop up the list of actions. You can then type "tinypng" or choose "TinyPNG Compression" from the actions list.

tinypng_fileaction

To use the File Filter, use the keyword "tinypng" in Alfred to choose the workflow, then search for the name of the image you want to optimise.

tinypng_filefilter

And finally, you can use an External Trigger to call this action from another workflow or AppleScript.

tell application id "com.runningwithcrayons.Alfred"
    run trigger ¬
        "compress" in workflow ¬
        "com.alfredapp.tinypng" with argument ¬
        (POSIX path of (path to desktop folder)) & "tinypng panda.png"
end tell

Enjoy your efficiency boost!

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