Kaleidoscope & Alfred
Black Pixel finally announced their plans for Sofa’s file comparison app, Kaleidoscope. The beta of version 2 is now publicly available for testing, and if you purchase now you get 50% off (making it $35).
I’ll likely be writing about Kaleidoscope more as soon I’ve had a chance to play around with it, but here’s a quick tip for the application launcher fans.
Alfred & File Actions
My beloved Alfred recently added a ‘file buffer’, which in essence means you can select a bunch of files and folders from within it and then perform a single action on all of them.
By default, the action list is pretty sparse, but it’s simple to add a basic script that will open the selected files/folders in Kaleidoscope:
You’ll need to go into the advanced options if you want it to work on a group of files:
Now we can perform a comparison just by adding files to the buffer (⌥ + up), entering the action panel (⌥ + right) and typing the action name.
And there we go:
It’s worth noting that the ‘ksdiff’ command line tool could be used instead of the ‘open’ command, but I found that I couldn’t get it to run ‘silently’ (without the Terminal window open) so I went this route instead.
Don’t forget the Finder
Of course if you’re working in the Finder and you’re faced with two files you want to compare, it would be a waste of time to find them in Alfred. You can always create a quick Automator workflow and add that into Alfred too:
Now you can select the files in Finder and just type in your keyword into Alfred.
Just another example where Alfred can make using other tools even easier.