Any thing that helps perform repetitive tasks via an application or script

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
2answers
21 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
7 views

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, ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

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 > '+' ...
7
votes
1answer
645 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
143 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
41 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

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, ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

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() { ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
44 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
22 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
22 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
35 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
42 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
83 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

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?
1
vote
0answers
300 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
68 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
185 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
79 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
50 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
87 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
285 views

How to disable Spotlight indexing when on battery?

Every time I add a few MBss of files to my SD disk, Spotlight starts eating battery (per Activity Monitor Energy Impact) for one to several days indexing them. How can I make indexing to turn off ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

How to skip the tools during installation which I don't want to install from this automated installation list for osx dev tools?

https://github.com/thoughtbot/laptop/blob/master/mac For example I don't use Heroku so I want to comment out Heroku stuff. But I don't know how to do that. I have forked this script and want to ...
0
votes
1answer
131 views

How to get the first name of the recipient to be auto-added to new messages in Mail.app?

I'd like new messages that I create, including replies to messages I receive, to automatically get a "Hi <name>," inserted in their first line. <name> should be the first name of the first ...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

How to periodically run a script/command when a specific application is being used?

I would like a certain applescript to run every 10 seconds but only when a specific application is being used (i.e. both being the front application AND the mouse or keyboard being used in the last ...
1
vote
3answers
4k views

Is it possible to automatically back up my mac to Microsoft OneDrive?

I'm not sure there is a way to do what I want to do. Now that I have Office 360 + 1TB of free space, I'd like to set my mac to do monthly backups to OneDrive. I'm looking for the following features. ...
1
vote
0answers
81 views

Rename iMessage group with AppleScript

While the new iOS 8 group naming can be great, if the people in the group aren't very mature it can be...very not great. How would I go about renaming a group in Messages.app with AppleScript? I ...
0
votes
0answers
196 views

Applescript automate to click button on Safari webpage

Trying to do some automation in safari here using applescript, keep getting error, please help! Here's the DOM Tree codes <div id="sc1789" class="tvb4 sc-view" style="left: 0px; right: 0px; top: ...
1
vote
1answer
142 views

How to copy folder items on disk mount automator

i want to automatically copy a specific folder's items when a usb is inserted at any given time. Program logic: Once usb is available simply copy all content of (/Users/x/Documents/myfolder) to usb ...
2
votes
1answer
106 views

Keyboard maestro: Defining “if app active” macros [duplicate]

In Keyboard Maestro, is there any way to define a macro that is triggered when two conditions are true? A certain application is active (i.e. on focus) A hot key is activated (i.e. I press a key) ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

iTunes: get selected mobile apps with AppleScript

I fear I already know the answer to this one, but is there any way to access the locally-stored Mobile Applications in an iTunes library using AppleScript? The selection property appears to not ...
1
vote
0answers
87 views

How can I start a Hangouts phone call with Applescript/Terminal?

I want to initiate a Google Hangouts phone call with Applescript. Hangouts has an AS dictionary, but with only the default suites. I want to emulate opening the Hangouts popup, typing in a phone ...
2
votes
3answers
112 views

Is there a simple script to duplicate files into a new folder based on a csv file?

Our challenge is that we need to search and duplicate approx 3000 images into a new folder. The list of image names is a csv file. The files are all on one drive, but in many different folders.
0
votes
0answers
10 views

Using Automation Instrument with in house app

I have a developer profile but every time I go to record actions on the iPhone, "Start Capturing" just goes into a loop and does not seem to capture any user actions. Does anyone know what could be ...
1
vote
1answer
86 views

Prevent display from turning off with certain applications

I have a MacBook Pro, and during media presentations, my screen automatically turns off according to the settings app (which of course is operation as usual, to be expected). I'm looking for an ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

How do I create a scheduled task that deletes files of a certain name everyday?

Our voicemail system sends our messages to us via email as mp3 files. When I download the file, it comes down as "message.mp3", but of course OSX will rename them "Message (x).mp3" when you have more ...
3
votes
3answers
842 views

Run program if connected to specific wifi?

Is it possible to have a program starting automatically when I connect to a specific router, and having it stop when I disconnect from this router? Basically I want a program to run while I'm at work ...
2
votes
1answer
363 views

How to back up iCloud Calendars/Reminders/Contacts

I use iCloud for my calendars/contacts/reminders because it's just so convenient to share all the data instantly between all my devices, but I can't help worrying about what would happen if Apple's ...