Noobie and the Loop

I am smart enough to know that the attached macro is inefficient/cave-person, but I'm not smart enough to know how to make it better.

I want to prompt for a list of names, and output a line that says for each name (and for bonus points, chopping off blank lines):

  • Waiting for NAME (since May 8, 2024) #WF

I looked at For Each...but couldn't figure it out. Help me learn?

I also tried to just ask for one variable and parse comma separated values (but then ran into regex):

Input: scott, phil, jim, janet


  • Waiting for scott (since May 8, 2024) #WF
  • Waiting for phil (since May 8, 2024) #WF
  • Waiting for jim (since May 8, 2024) #WF
  • Waiting for Janet (since May 8, 2024) #WF

There are probably about 129 different ways to do this :), here's one:

Download Macro(s): waiting for….kmmacros (3.3 KB)

Macro screenshot

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System information
  • macOS 14.4.1
  • Keyboard Maestro v11.0.2

I used the Prompt for Snippet action to gather four names, and then a regular expression replaces each name with the name surrounded by your desired text. I think the output is what you were trying to get?



While @griffman has shown you the regex method, here's the "For Each..." way in case it's useful in future projects. It's especially nice because it has a preset for "lines in a collection" and can automagically ignore blank lines.

Waiting for....kmmacros (3.6 KB)


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Thanks SO MUCH @Nige_S and @griffman ! I have two functional macros AND I learned something from both cases.

I owe you both a beer.