Getting Around Dropzone 3

November 13, 2014

Dropzone 3 is a great utility application that comes with many actions out of the box. But, if those do not fit your need, maybe one on the GitHub repository of actions will work instead! When even those actions do not fit your need, you will then need to get down and write your own!

Add Action List

Dropzone 3 has an easy to use action started that will help you to create a new action. When you click on the + button at the upper left corner of the drop screen, all of the possible actions for adding to Dropzone 3 is presented.

Develop Action Dialog

Selecting Develop Action… gives a dialog for creating a new action. This dialog will enable you to select the basic setup parameters for a new action. This will create a new action in the actions directory with the specified parameters and an example script to get you started.

New Action in Dropzone3

The new action is now in the Dropzone 3 grid.

Editing the New Action Script

When you right click on the action in the grid, a small menu of options appears. One of the entries is Edit Script. Selecting that menu entry will open the script in your default text editor for Ruby scripts. On my system, Sublime Text is opened with the script. For a tutorial on writing a new action, please read Writing Dropzone 3 Actions.

With Dropzone 3, it is possible to have supporting scripts, pictures, and/or programs shipped with an action. All supporting materials have to be in the directory for the action.

In Sublime Text, a right click on the file will show a menu with the option Open in Finder. But, if you want to get there without having the script open, you have to figure out where they are kept. All actions are kept in the actions directory for Dropzone:

~/Library/Application Support/Dropzone 3/Actions/

With the DropZone Alfred Workflow, getting to that directory is now simple.

DropZone Alfred Workflow Keyword

Selecting that keyword will show the Dropzone 3 Actions directory in Alfred (or in Finder if you press CMD key also). Once in that directory, start typing the action you want to work on, hit tab when the right one is highlighted, and then add a / to the end. That bundle directory will now be seen in the Alfred Browser.

Now that you are able to easily get to the Actions directory, start adding things to your actions and create something awesome!

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