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Is it possible to skip a file rename when it's not there in Automator?

I have written a little Automator script that does the following tasks: Get Specified Finder Items - to get one file Rename Finder Items: Name Single Item - to rename that to .old Get Specified URLs ...
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I need to batch move files from one location to another, and put them in pre-existing folders with the same first 7 characters

I am looking to automate moving large amounts of files. Basically I have one location on our network full of .zip files. They are all named like "12-3456.zip" etc. I need to move each of these .zip ...
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How to run custom AppleScript in the background at all times?

Given an AppleScript file designed to poll for an application dialog box every 30 seconds, how can I easily setup my Mac OS so that this AppleScript file starts every time I login silently in the ...
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Mail: Select SMTP server automatically on addressee

I have two SMTP servers configured in Mail. One for school, and one for my private email. I would like that Mail automatically picks the one for school if I'm sending an email to someone of my school. ...
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Automating Creation of Hundreds of Symlinks in Finder

What's going to be the most painless way to automate the creation of hundreds of symlinks? My iTunes Movies folder contains each .mp4 film in an individual folder. These folders are named for the ...
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Auto-center mouse cursor on specific display, based on used trackpad

I have a MacBook connected to an external display + external keyboard and magic trackpad. Because the laptop is placed on the table, while multitasking between the two displays (internal and ...
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How can I automatically centre new windows in Yosemite?

Is there a setting or third-party app for Yosemite which will make all new windows open in the center of my display? For instance, when I open a new Finder window, or launch an app. I've found a ...
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How to get Fake.app to return 2 types of OSX notification?

I am trying to automate a 'title' search on Amazon (kindle category) using Fake.app. The search is conducted every week for about 100 titles. I followed the below 2 posts from Fake.App developer and ...
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Generate Document from Text AppleScript?

I have a series of documentation text files on a Mac that I want to turn into a PDF. But I want to automate the process. Preferably the document would have a table of contents. Is there anyway ...
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App for changing between a work and private mode

I use my Mac for private and work. Between this two scopes I share a lot of configuration. Because of that I want to use only one account. Here is my question: Is a app existing with which I can ...
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Episode description not showing in iTunes or on the Apple TV

I have added descriptions to my episodes using Subler and for some reason neither iTunes or the Apple TV shows it correctly. iTunes shows it in the episode list but not on the info page. The Apple ...
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Is there an Alfred Workflow to install and view Alfred workflows?

I want a workflow like the cask / brew workflow for Alfred workflows. Does this already exists? e.g. auto completion, viewing and installing and removing right from alfred instead of searching google ...
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Any ideas why Mavericks slowing down due to BetterSnapTool?

I use BetterSnapTool to resize my windows with keyboard shortcuts. Since upgrading to Mavericks, after I've used my computer for 6-12ish hours, scrolling and moving things around the screen using the ...
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How to have Automator say click “Thanks” to App's Dialog Box

Using Automator, how to click "Thanks" on the apps Dialog Box? The app runs a process, and when the process finishes returns a series of Dialog Boxes with the result. Each Dialog Box, has 1 button ...
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Any way to change language setting on physical iPhone through automation?

I'm using Appium to run automated tests on a physical iPhone. The app I'm testing is multilingual so I need to test it on various languages. I've searched and searched but cannot find a way to ...
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Is there a way for OSX to auto-copy a file somewhere whenever it's updated?

I can't figure out how to get Automator to automatically recognize when a specific file/folder has been changed or updated then automatically copy it somewhere else. Suggestions?
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How can I update multiple MacBook Airs from Mavericks to Yosemite utilizing ARD?

I have multiple MacBook Airs on Mavericks that need to be updated to Yosemite. I currently have a Mac Mini Server on 10.9.5 – I'm using the Caching service to download the software to have it locally ...
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automatically set alarm clock on iPhone if calendar event

Is there any way to automatically set the alarm clock on my iPhone if my calendar has an event in the morning? The calendar events are being added from a variety of platforms via Google calendar, and ...
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Automator Workflow - Reply To Outlook Messages with Template Text

I have pulled together the following workflow in Automator because my Scripting knowledge is non existent: Problem It pastes the text in unformatted, losing all paragraphs, bold, underlined, ...
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ios: workflow app, is there a way to open several new tabs?

I use the workflow ios app and I have created a workflow that opens a certain url once. This works fine and it opens this one url in a new tab. However, if I set this to repeat x amount of times it ...
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Using applescript to create spaces and launch apps

So the end goal of what I am looking to do is this: When I am at work I use an external monitor with my MBP. I have a consistent set of spaces and apps that I setup everyday. What I would like to ...
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AppleScript/Automator Add AutoCorrect Settings

I am making a AppleScript/automator script for April Fools that is going to change the AutoCorrect. I know that I can change the autocorrect settings by going to Settings > Text > '+' ...
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How do I know a mac needs to restart?

Is there a way to figure out from a script whether a Mac needs to reboot? A file, the presence or contents of which I could monitor perhaps? I'm looking for an equivalent to the file ...
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Script to change downloaded mac wallpaper automatically?

I want to change my mac wallpaper daily with microsoft bing images. I found this script that download the daily picture automatically, but I sill have to set the wallpaper automatically. Is it ...
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Droplet with a progress bar?

First of all, apologies for my ignorance on the subject. All of this ffmpeg and automation is new for me and sometimes I cannot see even evident things. I am learning command lines to encode videos ...
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How to automate a simple mouse action?

When I'm writing notes in Evernote, I constantly need to change the font of blocks of text to Courier New. What I usually do is select the text, click on Fonts dropdown and select Courier New. I have ...
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Hotkey to move mouse and click

I'm currently using Keyboard maestro to create a macro that allows me to move the cursor to certain coordinates and perform a left click. Unfortunately under Yosemite it doesn't work as expected, ...
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Turning Off Wi-Fi During Logout Script Doesn't Work With Launchd

I'm writing a launchd plist and a shell script on my MacBook running Yosemite to automate the following scenario: Turning off Wi-Fi when the user logs out. Here's my script: #!/bin/sh onLogout() { ...
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Record click action and replay via command line?

Every few minutes I need to click a button on Yosemite's menu bar and select an option. I'd like to automate this task by somehow recording this action and scheduling it to execute via cron / command ...
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Automatic punch hole removal for scanned PDFs

Does anyone know of a tool that can automatically bulk remove punch holes from scanned PDFs? It should really do its job mostly autonomously since it will be used on a few hundred pages. It should be ...
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Add a word count feature that determines pay (for freelancer paid per word)

I am a freelance writer and I frequently use Pages to draft my articles. I appreciate having the word count on the bottom of the document because I am often paid by the word. Periodically, I'll see ...
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Using Launchbar to make Popclip appear

PopClip is a Mac app that adds the iOS functionality of a bunch of options showing up above selected text. PopClip automatically appears every time I select text, and that's annoying, so I want to ...
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From the command-line, how can I set all accounts to Available in all Messages.app

Is there a scriptable way from the terminal I can tell Messages.app to take all my accounts online?
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Simple On-the-fly keystroke macro recorder?

What I really want is a simple tool which has two keyboard shortcuts: The first starts/stops a keystroke recorder. The second then plays back that recording. I don't need anything else and though ...
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How to automatically manage backup files (with retention)

I would like to automate my backup-management workflow for certain applications, but I couldn't find out how to do this on Mac OSX 10.10: Lets say an application creates its backup files into a ...
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Auto Generating and Printing PDF Files From Markdown?

I'm looking for a way to automatically have my computer generate and print PDF files from a folder full of markdown files. So, every morning at 5AM I'd want my computer look at my /markdown-files ...
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Snow Day Alarm?

I use my iPhone to wake me up for school in the morning. The one flaw in that workflow is that, as any student knows, snow day season is very much upon us. I also have an iPad (school-given and ...
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Read information inside PDF?

I'd like to automate the invoices I receive from a particular company. Unfortunately they name the files very strangely and the filename is not at all related to invoice number, or date. So I'm trying ...
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How do I mount a network drive based on my IP address or wifi network?

When I am at work, I mount a number of shared drives to use during the day. At home, I mount drives on my home network for home use. Is there a way that I can automatically mount the correct drives ...
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Can I set an application to open when an external device is connected?

I own a Nook, which I manage using Calibre. Is there a way to have Calibre open whenever my Mac detects the Nook is connected?
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How to find and remove duplicate calendar entries (Mac OS, Yosemite)

I'm using the Calendar application on Mac OS X 10.10.1 "Yosemite". The calendar is laden with many years of history, and I've just imported some data from a phone as well. It turns out that some of ...
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Can my phone automatically turn on its Wi-Fi hotspot when it no longer has a Wi-Fi connection?

I carry both an iPhone and a Nexus tablet. Normally they are both connected to a WiFi network, but when no WiFi networks are in range I would really like my tablet to be able to automatically switch ...
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Export versions of a document (/.DocumentRevisions-V100)

I'm trying to automate the following process: get all versions of a document, check in each version to a repository (Subversion, in my case) As a half-solution, I'd already be happy with: get ...
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Script to remove image orientation

I need to remove the orientation "flag" of a batch of images (jpeg images), without changing the displayed orientation of the images. Trying to make it clear : if I have an image in portrait ...
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Automate Continuity reactivation post-update?

I've got an early 2011 MBP with an upgraded AirPort card. I know that one has to jump through kext- and Terminal-based hoops to enable Continuity, but I also know that Continuity Activation Tool does ...
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Automator: Find Reminders by list?

I would like to retrieve all the Reminders in a specific reminders list with Automator. Searching for reminder, the available actions are “Delete Reminders”, “New Reminders Items”, “Filter Calendar ...
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How to check if VPN connection can be established automatically?

I recently ran into the problem that a VPN connection, type Cisco IPSec, could not be established. For some unbeknownst reason, the connection failed. The failing VPN connection is not the problem per ...
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How to fully automate the App Store application upgrades on OS X?

I am looking for a solution to run the updates from App Store in background and even restarting the apps or the OS X if needed. I just want this task to be silent and automated. Did anyone managed ...
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Is there an alternative to touch-automation than AutoTouch?

I want to automate repetitive actions for a game on my (jailbroken) iPhone 4. I hesitate to mention the name of the game in case you would be abetting me in violation of its Terms of Service (ToS) by ...
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Adding suffixes to file names according to previous suffixes

I have a folder containing files like ABC - 2001 DEF EFG - 2001-2002 HIJ KLM - 2003 NOP QRS - 2004 I want to add the year to all file names that currently have no year suffix. The suffix should ...