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A draft of a toolbar item (can be used in the toolbar's text-only mode, with the search bar hidden, though the bar must have been installed) which:

  1. Immediately clears any existing search string and offers a dialog inviting you to type a new search string.
  2. Defaults to searching within all remaining projects and tasks,
  3. but includes a secondary button on the dialog for including *everything* in the search (inc. dropped/completed projects and completed items).
  4. Automatically clears any focus, in the results window, and clears filters back to "Remaining", or "All", and selects the Inbox and Library trees in the Sidebar, before setting the search string.

Ver 1.0 now accepts string parameters from LaunchBar, and understands the following switches after the search string, which can be used to override default search scope and default script behavior:

--a (Search ALL)
--r (Search REMAINING)
--nw (Display results in NEW WINDOW)
--ew (Display results in EXISTING WINDOW)

These switches can be combined, but should be separated by spaces, eg.
<search string> --ew r
<search string> --a nw

(The switches can also be used in the applescript search dialog, and will override the search scope button choice).

Code below:

Code:
--Ver 1.1
-- ONE CLICK SEARCH ALL
-- Scripts launched from Toolbar can not use System Events to Make toolbar visible or enable toolbar icon mode
-- so we just use a dialog box to get the string

-- First makes everything visible and selects the Library and Inbox, then offers a search dialog, with most recent

-- Ver 0.6  --		Creates a new window on each run (can be disabled)
-- Ver 0.7 --		Corrected automatic clearing of filters
-- Ver 0.8 --		Search string can be passed as a parameter from LAUNCHBAR http://bit.ly/LBPram
-- 			--		Default scope can be reset to ALL by changing pblnDefaultRemaining property (below) to false
-- Ver 0.9 --		Switches for New Window --nw or Existing window --ew (to override the default set in pblnNewWin - below)
-- Ver 1.0 --		Scope switches for Remaining --r or All --a  (override the default set in pblnDefaultRemaining - below)
-- Ver 1.1			Two edits suggested by WhPalmer4 to avoid "oWin" bug


property pTitle : "One-Click Search All - Ver 1.1"
property pblnNewWin : true
property pblnDefaultRemaining : true

--property pvarPerspective : missing value
property pstrDefaultViewMode : "project"
property plstDefaultFocus : {}
property plstDefaultFilters : {"remaining", "none", "none", "incomplete", "all", "any"}

property pAll : "Search ALL"
property pRemaining : "Search REMAINING"


-- SWITCHES for LAUNCHBAR parameter strings and applescript dialog text field
-- 1. SEARCH SCOPE: determined by pblnDefaultRemaining above but can be overridden by adding a switch
--		after the search string:    --a (for ALL)  or --r (for REMAINING)
--		(note that this overrides the All/Remaining button choice in the Applescript dialog)
-- 2. WINDOW: The default for whether the search is shown in a new window (pblnNewWin above) can be
--		overridden by --nw  (for New Window) or --ew (for Existing Window)
-- 3. Window & search scope switches can be combined, but must be separated by a space 
--		--  e.g.   <search string> --a nw  OR <search string> --ew r  

on handle_string(strTerm)
	if pblnDefaultRemaining then
		set strScope to pRemaining
	else
		set strScope to pAll
	end if
	
	set blnNewWin to pblnNewWin
	
	set text item delimiters to "--"
	set lstParts to text items of strTerm
	set text item delimiters to space
	set blnSwitch to false
	if length of lstParts = 2 then
		set lstSwitches to text items of item 2 of lstParts
		if "a" is in lstSwitches then
			set strScope to pAll
			set blnSwitch to true
		else if "r" is in lstSwitches then
			set strScope to pRemaining
			set blnSwitch to true
		end if
		if "nw" is in lstSwitches then
			set blnNewWin to true
			set blnSwitch to true
		else if "ew" is in lstSwitches then
			set blnNewWin to false
			set blnSwitch to true
		end if
	end if
	
	-- failing a switch, set the search scope from the value of the default property (above)
	if blnSwitch then set strTerm to Trim(first item of lstParts)
	tell application id "com.omnigroup.omnifocus"
		activate
		set oDoc to front document
		my FindTerm(oDoc, blnNewWin, strTerm, strScope)
	end tell
end handle_string

on run {}
	tell application id "com.omnigroup.omnifocus"
		-- GET A REFERENCE TO THE FRONT OMNIFOCUS WINDOW & ITS DOCUMENT
		set oDoc to default document
		if (count of document windows of oDoc) < 1 then
			tell oDoc
				set oWin to make new document window
			end tell
		else
			set oWin to front document window of oDoc
		end if
		if oWin is missing value then set oWin to front document window of oDoc
		set visible of oWin to true
		
		-- TRY TO READ AND CLEAR THE EXISTING SEARCH TERM
		tell oWin
			set blnSearchBar to false
			repeat with iTick from 1 to 5
				try
					set strTerm to search term
					set blnSearchBar to true
				end try
				if blnSearchBar then
					if not pblnNewWin then set search term to ""
					exit repeat
				else
					delay 0.2
				end if
			end repeat
			
			-- WARN & EXIT IF THE SEARCH BAR IS INVISIBLE
			if not blnSearchBar then
				display dialog "Use View > Customize Toolbar to drag search bar onto toolbar" buttons {"OK"} default button "OK" with title pTitle
				return
			end if
			
			-- GET A SEARCH STRING (AND THE DESIRED SCOPE OF THE SEARCH)
			if pblnDefaultRemaining then
				set lstButtons to {"Esc", pAll, pRemaining}
				set strDefault to pRemaining
			else
				set lstButtons to {"Esc", pRemaining, pAll}
				set strDefault to pAll
			end if
			try
				set varResponse to display dialog "Search:" default answer strTerm buttons lstButtons cancel button "Esc" default button strDefault with title pTitle
			on error
				return
			end try
			
			if varResponse is not false then
				set strTerm to text returned of varResponse
				if strTerm is not "" then
					set strScope to button returned of varResponse
					set blnDefaultRemaining to strScope is pRemaining
					if blnDefaultRemaining is not pblnDefaultRemaining then
						if blnDefaultRemaining then
							set strSwitch to "r"
						else
							set strSwitch to "a"
						end if
						if strTerm contains "--" then
							strTerm to strTerm & space & strSwitch
						else
							set strTerm to strTerm & "--" & strSwitch
						end if
					end if
					my handle_string(strTerm)
				end if
			end if
		end tell
	end tell
end run

on FindTerm(oDoc, blnNewWin, strTerm, strScope)
	tell application id "com.omnigroup.omnifocus"
		-- Either Clear the current window for a full search, or create and clear a new window
		if blnNewWin then
			tell oDoc
				set winSearch to make new document window
			end tell
		else
			set winSearch to front document window of oDoc
			if visible of winSearch is false then
				set visible of winSearch to true
				set winSearch to front document window of oDoc
			end if
		end if
		tell winSearch
			if selected view mode identifier is not pstrDefaultViewMode then 
				set its selected view mode identifier to pstrDefaultViewMode
			
			if my IsNarrowed(focus) then set focus to {}
			
			if strScope is pAll then
				my SetFilters(winSearch, {"", "-", "-", "", "", ""}, (pstrDefaultViewMode = "context"), "")
			else
				my SetFilters(winSearch, {"remaining", "-", "-", "incomplete", "", ""}, (pstrDefaultViewMode = "context"), "")
			end if
			
			tell sidebar
				select tree 1
				select tree 2 with extending
			end tell
			try
				set search term to strTerm
			on error
				display dialog "Use View > Customize Toolbar to drag search field onto toolbar, and try again." buttons {"OK"} 
					default button "OK" with title "No search field on OmniFocus toolbar"
			end try
		end tell
	end tell
end FindTerm

on SetFilters(oWin, {strSmartGroup, strGrouping, strSorting, strState, strFlagged, strDurn}, blnContextView, strComment)
	if blnContextView then
		set strClass to "-contexts"
	else
		set strClass to "-projects"
	end if
	tell application id "com.omnigroup.omnifocus"
		tell oWin
			if strSmartGroup is not "" then
				if strSmartGroup is not "-" then if selected smart group identifier of sidebar is not strSmartGroup then 
					set selected smart group identifier of sidebar to strSmartGroup & strClass
			else
				set selected smart group identifier of sidebar to "all" & strClass
			end if
			tell content
				try
					if strGrouping is not "" then
						if strGrouping is not "-" then if selected grouping identifier is not strGrouping then 
							set selected grouping identifier to strGrouping
					else
						set selected grouping identifier to "none"
					end if
				on error
					my CheckIdentifier("grouping", strGrouping, strComment)
				end try
				
				try
					if strSorting is not "" then
						if strSorting is not "-" then if selected sorting identifier is not strSorting then 
							set selected sorting identifier to strSorting
					else
						if blnContextView then
							set selected sorting identifier to "context"
						else
							set selected sorting identifier to "none"
						end if
					end if
				on error
					my CheckIdentifier("sorting", strSorting, strComment)
				end try
				
				try
					if strState is not "" then
						if strState is not "-" then if selected task state filter identifier is not strState then 
							set selected task state filter identifier to strState
					else
						set selected task state filter identifier to "all"
					end if
				on error
					my CheckIdentifier("task state filter", strState, strComment)
				end try
				
				try
					if strFlagged is not "" then
						if strFlagged is not "-" then if selected task flagged filter identifier is not strFlagged then 
							set selected task flagged filter identifier to strFlagged
					else
						set selected task flagged filter identifier to "all"
					end if
				on error
					my CheckIdentifier("task flagged filter", strFlagged, strComment)
				end try
				
				try
					if strDurn is not "" then
						if strDurn is not "-" then if selected task duration filter identifier is not strDurn then 
							set selected task duration filter identifier to strDurn
					else
						set selected task duration filter identifier to "any"
					end if
				on error
					my CheckIdentifier("task duration filter", strDurn, strComment)
				end try
			end tell
		end tell
	end tell
end SetFilters

on CheckIdentifier(strIdentifier, strSetting, strComments)
	display dialog "Unknown " & strIdentifier & " identifier: " & return & return & quote & strSetting & quote & 
		return & return & "Correct and try again." buttons {"OK"}
end CheckIdentifier

on GetFilters(oWin)
	tell application "OmniFocus"
		set strSmartGroup to selected smart group identifier of sidebar of oWin
		set my text item delimiters to "-"
		set lstParts to text items of strSmartGroup
		set strSmartGroup to (items 1 thru ((length of lstParts) - 1) of lstParts) as string
		set my text item delimiters to space
		tell content of oWin
			{strSmartGroup, 
				selected grouping identifier, selected sorting identifier, 
				selected task state filter identifier, selected task flagged filter identifier, 
				selected task duration filter identifier}
		end tell
	end tell
end GetFilters

on IsNarrowed(oFocus)
	repeat with oObj in oFocus
		return true
	end repeat
	return false
end IsNarrowed

on Trim(strText)
	set lngChars to length of strText
	if lngChars is 0 then return ""
	set lstWhite to {space, tab, return, ASCII character 10, ASCII character 0}
	
	repeat with iChar from 1 to lngChars
		if character iChar of strText is not in lstWhite then exit repeat
	end repeat
	set strText to text iChar thru lngChars of strText
	
	repeat with iChar from length of strText to 1 by -1
		if character iChar of strText is not in lstWhite then exit repeat
	end repeat
	set strText to text 1 thru iChar of strText
	
	set text item delimiters to "
"
	set lstParts to text items of strText
	set text item delimiters to space
	lstParts as text
end Trim

Last edited by RobTrew; 2012-01-30 at 12:43 AM..
 
This is a brilliant script, thanks a lot for hat. I have earlier sent feature requests for global searches.

I am not much into scripting myself, but, from what I can see OF should open a new window with the search results? On my installation it does not, anyway (OF 1.8, OS X 10.5.8).

By the way, and completely off topic: I plan to upgrade to Snow Leopard which will be my first operation of the kind on a Mac. As you understand, I have lots of software, personal settings, scripts, etc. that I use. Have you or anyone a link to a good how-to-guide for upgrading - taking this into account?

Any links would be very much appreciated. Sorry for stretching the forum's concept a bit, but you people here seem a lot more savvy than other places I have looked for this...

All the best,

Arild
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arild View Post
from what I can see OF should open a new window with the search results?
The first draft of the script was not intended to create a new window, but perhaps that would be a good idea.

I have now amended the code displayed in the first post, and made it default to displaying results in a new window.

The second line is:
property pblnNewWin : true
which can be edited to false if you prefer to have the results displayed in the current window.


--

Last edited by RobTrew; 2010-09-13 at 11:30 PM.. Reason: Added alternative version (ver 0.6) which displays results in new window
 
Updated the code to ver 0.7, which corrects the automatic clearing of filters in the results window.

Last edited by RobTrew; 2011-03-16 at 09:41 AM..
 
Perfect! Sincere thanks - this hurdles one of OmniFocus's major omissions. I'm indebted to you for this and your OmniFocus-Devonthink interchange scripts.
 
Good! I'm glad it seems useful.
 
Thank you a lot again, just one question:
When I invoke your script through Launchbar, the latter always crashes. Have you got any idea what it could be? OF seems to behave as expected. I am using OS X 10.5.8 still, though.
 
I do not have any crashes with LaunchBar when executing this script and I too am still using 10.5.8. You might want to make sure that you are using the latest build of LB. Norbert posts the small fix updates to the nightly build page.
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greg Jones View Post
I do not have any crashes with LaunchBar when executing this script and I too am still using 10.5.8. You might want to make sure that you are using the latest build of LB. Norbert posts the small fix updates to the nightly build page.
Thanks for that information. I tried it though (found a build 669) but to no avail...
 
I can't reproduce this with OS X 10.6 and Launchbar build 655, but the first thing I would try is to take the code text above (rather than the zip), save it to a fresh .scpt from the Applescript editor, and see whether the freshly compiled script still confuses Launchbar.

(Another issue is, of course, that one can not run this script in the background from LB [opening it with Option - Return] because it uses a dialog).

--

Last edited by RobTrew; 2010-09-24 at 07:55 PM.. Reason: Add point about running scripts in background with LB
 
 


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