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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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bash script / function to toggle ipv6 on/off yosemite needed

I am not a coder and need your help getting a function to work that allows toggling IPv6 on/off. I searched a bit and tried the following: function ipv6toggle() { e=$(networksetup -setv6off Wi-Fi) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to automate changing the settings when you connect the mouse?

I want to change option in System Preferences "Scroll direction: natural" every time I plugin mouse to my MacBook. And switch back when mouse is disconnected. This should happen automatically. How ...
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What's a way to run an automator/bash/applescript command right when a laptop starts charging and right when it stops being charged?

I'm trying to automate running a background application only when my laptop is charging to save battery. So it will launch when I plug the laptop in, and quit when I take it out.
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How to batch import a large number of data CDs/DVDs (with eject)

I need to import the contents of a large number of data CDs/DVDs into my Mac for later processing. The discs are simple data discs with no conversion, compression or the like to be done. This is the ...
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Help with batch encode using HandBrakeCLI?

I am trying to set up a system to batch encode a bunch of videos and the main problem with using the GUI is that I need to add subtitle tracks and occasionally two audio tracks so it is very tedious ...
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Add local file URL handling to Applescript Application

I am using a simple applescript application to open different URL schemes in different Fluid Apps. By setting this app as the default browser, I can effectively parse out the URL scheme and open the ...
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Screen Shot or convert an ArtPro file using Automator

I am attempting to turn an ArtPro (.ap) image into a pdf, but I can't find any existing or downloadable actions to do anything other than open a .ap file. Because of this I have resolved to Screen ...
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Ejecting all network drives via Applescript/Automator/Shell?

I use the following script to attempt to eject all disks that aren't internal: tell application "Finder" eject (disks whose ejectable is true) end tell This has the advantage of skipping ...
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Directory contents into a spreadsheet entry

I would like to turn the contents of a folder into entries for Numbers (or Excel) - is there a way to automate doing this?
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Sending Keystrokes to a Window when it Loses Focus

I am running virtual machines for testing on a second Space using Virtualbox, and the problem is that when I'm on the primary space, the virtual machine continues to use a lot of CPU time and kills ...
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Quick Look a URL via a script (Applescript, Automator, Shell…)?

Lion added the ability to Quick Look a URL in an application (like Mail.app). I would like to use that functionality from a script. Is that possible?
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Is there a way to move files to multiple folders in single Folder Action?

I'm trying to set a Folder Action that will move all of the files that are in my downloads folder into their appropriate folders so that I don't have to do them manually. (movies to movie folder, ...
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Distribute iOS app without human interaction

Is there a way to deploy an iOS app to a device without requiring human interaction. By 'no human interaction', for instance, consider an automated scenario (in a CI environment) where the server can ...
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iPhone app install- automation

I am trying to automate the installing procedure of iPhone apps (i.e) installing apps for around 5000 phones. For this I am planning to deploy an MDM server in Windows Server 2008 containing Active ...
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iPhone App Installation

I am trying to develop an enterprise environment where the specified app in the app store gets installed in all the iOS devices connected to the company infrastructure, which has a windows based AD to ...
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What scripting framework could work with google translate for a non-programmer?

So I want to create a small workflow that I can integrate into my OS that does this: Translate selected sentence with google translate (fixed languages) and make it automatically get pasted where I ...
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Any chflag for files in Notification Center?

I would like to have a list of TODOs in a particular folder (tex files) in the notification centre (the one in the right upper corner which opens from the corner). Notification Center is the one at ...
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How could I show floating text?

What would be a simple way to show some text "floating in space" on osx. The text should have a transparent background and I want to pick a color, a font, and some message (with newlines maybe) with ...