I’ve had a number of people ask me how to mimic some of the cool things you can do with Dropbox Actions in Drafts, but on a Mac.

On my Mac, I’ve started doing some of these things with Alfred, a cool quick-launcher for Mac. Alfred has a number of useful purposes, but it’s workflows feature allows you to setup keyword-based triggers – specifically, the example I’m providing here mimics the default “Append to Dropbox” action in Drafts. In it’s current setup, you trigger Alfred with it’s hot key, type “j”, space, then the text you want appended to the file and hit return. The text is then added to the a file at “~/Dropbox/Apps/Drafts/Journal.txt” along with a timestamp.

Watch the quick demo video below to get a better idea of what it does. To use this workflow you will need Alfred and it’s Powerpack add-ons.

If your Dropbox is somewhere other than the default location in your home directory, you will need to edit the workflow script. This is not meant to be a complete tutorial, just something to get you started. If you want to expand on it, or have questions, please ask on the Alfred forums.

Download “Append to Journal” Workflow