Finder's Open/Save File dialog is actually very dumb (in terms of flexibility). When I look for a file or its location, I can probably find it much faster using Alfred.
However, in many cases, you just have to use that dialog. Not particularly when you open files, but for example when you specify the place to save them.
As I'm a keyboard-only user (at least for 99% of the time), I find it tedious to launch Alfred, and reveal the file/directory in Finder and drag it (or its proxy icon) to the dialog in order to open/save it.
Is there any way I can get a keyboard-only, fuzzy-matching style file/folder selection mechanism for this dialog?
I could imagine using Alfred and AppleScript for that, but I don't know where to start. The end result would be that I could just select the appropriate file or folder via Alfred.
- I have the Alfred Powerpack, so AppleScript is possible.
- I know Alfred has an "Open with…" action. This is not the same.
- I know I can go to folders with ⌘⇧G, but it's weak in comparison to what a real shell offers.
- I know you can Spotlight-search in that dialog, but I prefer Alfred's capabilities.
Update, 5 years later: I came looking for a solution for this and stumbled upon my own question. I also found this thread in which people have suggested several workflows, but the only one that would actually directly work is now a dead link (don't you just love it when text-only stuff is hosted on someone's Dropbox?).