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

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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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Need script to change multiple Outlook 2011 Appointment dates

How can you automate changing multiple Appointment dates? I would like to select 1 or more Appointments and add 7 days so they are moved back 1 week. I'm a Mac noob with little knowledge of ...
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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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Collaboration software/workflow for Logic Audio and Komplete 10

One of my clients is a music composer and has to create the scores of two different movies. The situation: 2 almost identical Macs regarding software configuration (Mac OS X 10.8/10.9, Logic Audio, ...
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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 ...
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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?