Alfred Workflow To Select ScanSnap Manager Profile

Alfred Workflow To Select ScanSnap Manager Profile

AlfredThere is a certain subset of computer users that I call “keyboard people”, and I’m a proud member.

Keyboard people try to do as much as possible using keyboard commands, and only reach for the mouse or trackpad when absolutely necessary.

One Mac application that I use all day every day to help with this is called Alfred. It is a heavily used part of my paperless workflow, and I use it to file away my documents (more on that in a future post) and to find my documents.

Awesome DocumentSnap reader Tom asked if there was a workflow to use Alfred to select a ScanSnap Manager profile with the keyboard.

At first I said no, but then I came across this tremendous AppleScript by Daniel Jalkut from Red Sweater Software, and the wheels started turning.

I was able to Alfred-ize it, so I present to you an Alfred workflow to select a ScanSnap Manager profile entirely with the keyboard.


First, you will of course need to install Alfred. In order to create an import workflows, you will need to purchase the Powerpack.

Then, download the workflow to your computer and double-click it to install the workflow in Alfred.

Enable Access for Assistive Devices

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to allow scripts to communicate with your GUI. If you are on Mavericks, it should prompt you the first time you run the script. When the Security and Privacy window comes up, check Alfred

In Mountain Lion, go to System Preferences > Accessibility and in the lower left, check the box next to Enable access for assistive devices.

Use The Workflow

Use Alfred ScanSnap Workflow

To select the profile you want, simply type ssp and then the name of your Profile. For example, if I want to select my Scan To Email profile, I’d type this:

ssp Scan To Email

If ScanSnap Manager isn’t running it should start it up, but there might be a bit of a delay.

Obviously, you will need to know the name of your ScanSnap Manager profile. This could be a good opportunity to use TextExpander to optimize things even more.

So far this workflow has only been tested on Mavericks with the latest version of ScanSnap Manager (6.2 L11). Let me know how it goes with your version.

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Stefan - October 25, 2015 Reply

Important hint:

If you are running a foreign language installation of scansnap, e.g. German, you need to adjust the Applescript within the Alfred Workflow.

Within the Applescript:
1. Search for the string “Settings…” and replace it with what you version looks like. e.g. “Einstellungen…” for the german version.

2. search for “Apply” and replace it with “Übernehmen” for the german version.


Noel - October 13, 2014 Reply

I do not see Alfred listed under the privacy tab in Accessibilty.

Nick - June 19, 2014 Reply

not working for my ancient s510m and corresponding v 2.2 L16

J. Gary Ellison - May 25, 2014 Reply

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Ray - February 28, 2014 Reply

I use ScanSnap almost daily. The information in this blog “Alfred Workflow to Select ScanSnap Manager Profile.” I upgraded to the Alfred Powerpack and downloaded the mentioned applescript and workflow items. The steps listed above seemed simple, but there is a lot more to this operation.

Please expand on directions and walk us through the steps necessary to properly install and fill in the necessary boxes. Perhaps a video demonstration.

Thanks for any help.

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