Prompted by Ton Zilstra, who has now started making a deliberate effort to move all my text expansions from TextExpander to Alfred, and for simply expanding text it works a treat. Along the way, I picked up a super-useful tip from Vero, Alfred's Mum., I
TextExpander allows one trigger to be a subset of another, so
.j expands to Jeremy and
.jc expands to Jeremy Cherfas. Alfred requires a space after the trigger to distinguish the two. But … Alfred allows you to set a suffix, like a space, for an entire collection of snippets, which makes each snippet unique. Yay!
The problem, for me, is that I also use TextExpander to run scripts that do things beyond expanding text. For example, if I type
thmo TextExpander runs an Applescript that inserts “this Monday (5 October 2020)”. Running a script of any sort in Alfred is a lot more complicated (at least to me, a non-developer).
There are some absolutely brilliant Alfred Workflows that incorporate very powerful scripts, and I have been trying to unpack those and learn from them, but it has been slow going.
My conclusion, so far, is that Alfred is a much more powerful tool than TextExpander and that I have been using very little of that power. Text expansion is a relative doddle compared to all the other things Alfred can do, and seeing as I am paying for it, I may as well try to make more use of it.
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