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

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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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Can TODO lists from tex files be shown in Notification Center on OS X?

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). Example of tex file ...
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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 ...
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how to automatically sync local contacts with carddav account

I connected the CardDAV server of my owncloud instance to my address book in OSX Lion. Since I still use oldschool iSync to sync contacts and calendar with my phone, I still need to use the local ...
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Can I script checking for password date changes from ARD?

Basically, I would like to know if the root password as been changed on several machines. Can I have Apple Remote Desktop script this for me and automate this check?
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How can you mark every item in Safari's reading list as “read”?

I just want to mark every item in my Reading List as read. All 200+ of them. Is there a CLI solution, or a way to edit the ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist file to mark them as read?
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GUI PGP / GnuPG application

I encrypt all of my documents before storing them in the cloud with GnuPG. My wife needs access to the documents, but running gpg -d foo.pdf.gpg at the command line is annoying to her. Does anyone ...
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Automator get first 3 letters of parent folder

How do i get the first 3 letters of the parent folder im creating a folder in with automator im designing a Automator service to create a project folder in the folder of a client and I want to append ...
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Compiling / installing shotdetect for OS X

I would like to find scene changes in a video with this command line tool: Shotdetect is a free software (LGPL) which detects shots and scenes from a video. Dependencies are: sudo apt-get ...
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How to have locatedb created / updated automatically?

I ran locate blob.txt and I got: $ locate .bashrc WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate.database) does not exist. To create the database, run the following command: sudo launchctl load -w ...
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Automatically reduce MacBook brightness on connecting to external display?

I would like my macbook to reduce its screen brightness to zero when I connect it to an external display. I know there's no such setting, but how would I go about writing a script that would do that? ...
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App that allows to paste text snippets in any applicaton?

I'm looking for an OS X application that will allow me to add text snippets, like common text responses to emails or signature postings or whatever standard text phrases I wish to save and resuse. ...
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Adding new rule for emails containing header

Is it possible to create a new rule for mail to perform an action if the message contains a custom header? I want to automaticaly detect emails that contain the "X-hashcash" header.
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Automator: Safari: Display Webpages, but no entry area?

I'd like to have Safari automatically open up a webpage when an action is run, but with this action, it appears there is no area where I can enter the particular webpage that I want Safari to display ...
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Does letting services like PostgreSQL, Redis, MongoDB and Mysql run all the time eat up battery life and system resources?

I'm a web developer and so I tend to run a lot of server applications on my machine to make local development easier. Right now I use foreman to start the up as needed per project. I do this in the ...
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Automate daily saving of webarchive?

Is it possible to automate the saving of a webpage (using .webarchive format) using either Automator (in a background process) or using Terminal? Thanks in advance.
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Can a Mac be controlled using an API?

I'm developing a plugin for Hubot (a scriptable chatbot) to take a URL, and display it on a Mac Mini connected to a TV in my office. However I'm not actually sure how feasible this is. Hubot is able ...
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Allow application to control computer (assistive devices) on Mavericks via Terminal?

I'm currently working on automated instalation of Mavericks 10.9. I have NetBoot set up. Everything works OK untill I want to execute Applescript. Since the release of new version I need to manually ...
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How does XCode install a .pkg file in a different location?

I'm looking to install the IOS Simulators via the command-line. From the plist it downloads, I can see this: <dict> <key>dependencies</key> <array/> ...
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Adding Apps to “Security & Privacy” Settings (Automatically)

I am looking for a way to automatically add applications to the "Location Services" and "Accessibility" (Mavericks only) lists in the "Security & Privacy" settings pane. Optimally I could just ...
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Batch-processing Image Files in a Folder using a folder action with Automator

I'm trying to resize new image files in a folder using a folder action so the files that were already resized to 300x250 don't get resized again. The thing is I'm having issues getting the resizing ...
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Is there in AppleScript any way to use “X of every” to get multiple properties of each object to create a record?

It is possible to with the script: tell application "Safari" set urls to URL of every tab of every window end tell when execute, get all urls of every tab of every window (two dimensional list) ...
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Application to launch specific applications, windows, and tabs

I am a programmer. I'd like to improve my workflow by being able to have a "saved workspace". When I start my computer, or whenever I'm ready to resume a project, I want to launch a specific set of ...
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When apps are auto-updated in iOS 7, they aren't indicated as being updated

I have enabled app auto-updates in iOS 7 on my iPod Touch, but when apps are auto-updated, they don't have the blue icon to indicate that they have been updated. Is this operating how it should be, or ...
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Can SteerMouse sensitivity be automated?

I have to adjust the cursor sensitivity in SteerMouse every time I switch between my home mouse and my work mouse. Is there a way to do this programmatically?
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Is there a keyboard shortcut that I could use to set a task priority in Reminders.app on a Mac?

I know that if I want to create a new task in Reminders and I write something like: Buy milk tomorrow at 3:00pm Reminder.app understands by itself that the date and the time of execution of the ...
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Safari Xpath of loaded pages controls

Testing a web app that supports only Safari. Is there an addon or other easy technique to get the xpath of a page element (like a button or a visible span?) FYI will be using the XPATH in selenium to ...
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Enable/disable Time Machine depending on network connection type

I've not got a great Wi-Fi setup here at home and it sometimes results in failed Time Machine backups. Is there a way of specifying that Time Machine only backs up under certain circumstances - i.e. ...
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How is Adobe Update Notifier auto launched on Mac OS X?

It seems the Adobe Update Notifier sometime autolaunches on startup, however I cannot find where it's launched from. I've checked in Lingon as well as my login startup items but it's not there. Any ...
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Automator won't execute my bash shell script

I have a bash script that works like a thread. Now I'd like to turn it into a service with Automator. Input is set to Image Files in Automator and the shell script action is set to Pass input as ...
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How preconfigure os x install image for automatic install?

I want to build a custom system image of OS X (say ML). I want to install it on the virtual machine (not really important). I want a never-boot image (i.e. not a preinstalled image) fully configured. ...
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How to force iMovie to create iPhoto video thumbnails in the background?

I import my videos from my camera into iPhoto along with the stills. Then I use iMovie to create videos from them. Unfortunately every time I open iMovie to get some work done it wants to go through ...
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creating a resident workflow with automator

I currently have a simple workflow that gets the contents of the clipboard and creates a new text file from those contents on the desktop. problem is, i have to run the workflow everytime i need my ...
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How can I permanently suppress the firewall access prompt while developing a server program

I have a server process that I am developing that opens listening TCP sockets. Each time that happens, the firewall opens a dialog with the text "Do you want the application “server” to accept ...
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Can I route add automatically when a network interface is added?

Every morning, I connect my MacBook to my company network with the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter: Then open the Terminal to add routes in order to access intranet servers: $ sudo route add -net ...
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Does LaunchAgent prevent repetitive execution of jobs?

I want to automate the execution of a long-running job. It should be launched once per day but only if the prior job isn't still running. Can I accomplish this with launchd and how?
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Automator “watch me do” without moving the cursor?

Using Automator's "watch me do" feature, I recorded my cursor closing a small google chat window in Safari. I saved this as an application, so i can open the application with another program when it ...
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How to batch edit jpeg images

Is there some elegant way to edit the brightness / contrast of a batch of images? I need to be able to see a real time preview of the effect of the brightness / contrast change on at least one of the ...
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Should I use Automator or another program for repetitious tasks?

I have 100s of images to save out in a different format for a project that I am working on. And the problem is I have to do them one at a time, so I am wondering if there is some way to record the ...
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Stop Automatically Switching to Bluetooth Audio

I have a pair of headphones that I really like. I also spend over 12 hours a day in front of my MacBook. As such, I prefer to use some voice commands using Speakable Items. However, due to the ...
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Applescript to run when iPhone connects/disconnects

I'm trying to figure out how to run an applescript when I connect and disconnect my iPhone with the USB cable. So far, I think I can run an applescript when it connects by using Image Capture ...
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How can I make Text to Speech use different voices for different languages? [duplicate]

I am learning French and sometimes need to use Text to Speech to fix my pronunciation. As English is my second language, I also sometimes use Text to Speech with it. The problem is that the English ...
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How do i automatically send ebooks to my Kindle?

I would like to create an automation, that automatically sends a new file to my kindle email address if i put a new ebook into that folder. How would a script look like, that i would have to apply to ...