I wanted an easy way to create new files with the ever-awesome Alfred App.
First attempt (which is still pretty neat) is to use the silent terminal commands option (requires at least v0.9 and the PowerPack).
Make sure to tick the “silent” box after you create the shortcut. With this, the shortcut “newtxt” creates a txt file on my desktop called “unnamed.txt” – I have a second version which accepts a query to let me name the file when I create it:
A little fancier
Keep in mind, I’m not an AppleScript expert, so all I did was copy the script from somewhere else and plug it in….
This method will create a text file in the active Finder window.
Step 1: create a file called newfile.sh (perhaps using the above method?)
Step 2: open that file and paste this in it and hit Compile:
tell application "Finder" to make new file at (the target of the front window) as alias
Step 3: go to Save As…, choose Script Bundle (I also checked “Run Only” but I don’t think that really matters here). I think you can also just rename your file with a .scptd extension.
That should have created a file called newfile.scptd (feel free to rename it)
Step 4: In Alfred’s preferences, go to Global Hotkeys, and add new
Step 5: set up a key combo (I’m currently using ctrl + alt + cmd + n) and browse for the .scptd file you just created.
Step 6: test it!
Hopefully everything should work smoothly.
Again, I’m not well versed with AppleScript, so chances are I can’t answer any questions you may have.