Using Trickster with LaunchBar

Using Trickster with LaunchBar

Trickster now integrates with LaunchBar

We’ve happy to announce that we’ve worked with the people at Objective Development, who make the fantastic application LaunchBar, to create an action for it for a better integration with it than we previously had.

Version 2.3.4 of Trickster added AppleScript (or Javascript which can be used instead of it) support for Trickster filters, which gives more control for this and other possible integrations.

How to use the action

The action is called “Trickster Files”, so you can invoke by typing starting letters, such as tf or even shorter after Launcher learns it. We suggest adding a shortcut for the action (such as the letter t). Long press on t will show all the latest files which you further use like any other file list in LaunchBar.

Trickster Launchbar All files

Another option is to show the action and press Command-Right when it’s selected to show the list of filters enabled in Trickster, then navigate the filters.

Trickster-Launchbar-2

 

Installing the Action

Click on the icon below to download the action. After it downloads, double-click on it. LaunchBar will prompt you install it. It’s that easy.

Trickster Launchbar Action Icon. Click to Download

Another integration option

You can use LaunchBar’s “Instant Send” shortcut to send the selected file in Trickster’s own window to LaunchBar immediately, like you’d do from Finder. Very handy.

Alfred workflow for Trickster

Alfred workflow for Trickster

We’ve created a workflow that integrates Trickster‘s latest files list into the fabulous productivity tool for the Mac –Alfred.

If you’re using both Trickster and Alfred, you should appreciate it. A hotkey, ⌘⌥Z, will show 30 most recent files from Trickster in Alfred’s own list, so you can use your familiar Alfred interface for opening, browsing or other actions that you like to do in Alfred.

Alfred workflow

If you continue typing text, the query will be used to filter the latest 100 entries in Trickster for files that include the query in their path or file name. This is similar to how Trickster’s own filtering works.

Alfred workflow with query

Default action for the workflow is opening the file and the Command key modifier will switch to Browsing it in Alfred, which is handy for folders.

You can download the workflow from Packal: Get Latest Files from Trickster

The workflow requires version 2.3.3 of Trickster, so please update it, if you’re using an earlier one.

Using droplets with Trickster

Did you know that you can add a droplet (such as one created by an FTP application or with AppleScript) to the Favorites sidebar and then drop files over the droplet to execute the droplet with this dropped file? With FTP droplets this will upload the file to the servers, as you’d expect.

In fact, you can add any application the Favorites sidebar and drop files over them to open them in that application.

Dropping files over folders will move them to the folders, by the way.

To add something to the Favorites sidebar, you should first see them in Trickster’s main list and then move from there. To add something to Trickster’s list you don’t have to open the file, you can even manually drag the file over the window and drop there to add it. Then drag it from the list to an empty space on the sidebar.

Here’s a short video of an FTP droplet in action:

Trickster 2.2.2 brings support to OS X 10.9.3

Mac OS X 10.9.3 update made a change to the file system, making the /Users folder hidden. This prevented Trickster from tracking any file inside the user’s home folder.

Version 2.2.2 of Trickster (released today) now allows tracking files inside hidden folders. This also allows selecting previously hidden folders, such as the <user home>/Library folder.

Direct customers should update immediately through the application, or by downloading Trickster from our Web site.`

Mac App Store customers need to wait until version 2.2.2 appears in the store or work around the issue in meantime by running the following command in Terminal:

sudo chflags nohidden /Users

Enter your administrator’s password when prompted, then press Return. The /Users folder will be visible again.

Trickster 2.2.1 released

Trickster 2.2.1 is an improvements and bug-fix release. Changes:

  • Fixed: Watching a home folder didn’t work in some occasions.
  • Improved: Resizing of window is now more free. Allow large window when Trickster icon is near screen edge.
  • Added: Google Drive icon in icons for filters.

Update through the application or on the Mac App Store.

Trickster 2.2 brings Finder tags support and sandboxing

We’re glad to announce the release of Trickster version 2.2, both direct on our site and on the Mac App Store.

The most important change (though not visible) is that Trickster is now sandboxed. For us it means that we can now issue new updates on the Mac App Store. The last release there was a very old version 2.0.1.

The direct version is also sandboxed to make both version similar.

Trickster now requires Max OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) because sandboxing support in 10.7 wasn’t adequate for Trickster’s needs.

This version also brings Finder tags support on 10.9 in custom filters, so you can now base your filter of tag matching.

Here are the full release notes, compared to version 2.1.1:

MAJOR CHANGES:

  • Sandboxing. Trickster is now totally sandboxed, including the direct version.
    What you need to know:
    • Launching this version should migrate your database into the container.
    • The application should ask you to re-add all the folders that you watch. It should show a dialog which lists all these folders that you had there in the list to help you add them again. This should only happen once.
  • Trickster now requires 10.8. Sandboxing on 10.7 is not good enough for Trickster.
  • Tags support in Mavericks. It’s now possible to create filters based on tags. The filter editor now has a sixth button on the bottom to access the tags filtering. The filter will accept files whose filters contain any of the strings that you enter there.
    This means that a filter that has two tag entries — “Work” and “Ball” — will match files that have tags such as “Workout”, “Football”, “homework” or “Job”. Just kidding about “Job.”

MINOR CHANGES:

  • If current view doesn’t contain any files (search or filter), it’ll show a message inside the list area, instead of showing an empty area
  • Trickster will ask for permissions to access the address book when you click on “subscribe to newsletter”
  • Trickster will show a popover on first launch to explain where to find the File Tracker Settings
  • Fix the display of compact mode on 10.9 (the path wasn’t hidden and garbled the display)
  • Energy efficiency should be improved when there are no files to add/remove/update in the list

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