An application developed by Apple for Mac OS X that implements the creation of workflows.

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Converting Automator Action in applescript to bash script

I just wrote an Automator app using AppleScript (along with a couple of bash lines) to start FTP with a single click. However it runs more than a tad slow. Here's the code: set ftpstatus to "off" try ...
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Automator can't find Symbolic Links?

I'm trying to create an automator workflow that starts out by finding all symbolic links in a given directory. What's happening however is that even if I set it to return "all files", I end up with ...
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Automator sequential renaming for one file at a time

I have found many tutorials on how to rename some files using a "batch-renaming" type of workflow, but I have a different issue. I'm moving files one at a time into a folder, not all at once, so the ...
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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 use automator to create a service which converts an ebook (using calibre commands)

I am trying to figure out a way to be able to right-click on an .epub file and convert it to a .mobi file. Currently (thanks to calibre command tools) I can to the following within the terminal ...
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Trigger Automator workflow on HDD mount

I want to know if there is some way to trigger a workflow when an external HDD is plugged. I want to mirror one folder in my local machine to backup it. Target folder will be in the external HDD and ...
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Move similarly named images into a folder with the same name

I am trying to create an automator app which will take all the images which are similarly named and create a folder with that name and move the images then into that folder and then archive that ...
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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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Automated Deletion of Messages From OS X Mail

Okay, so I know this is a tricky issue as OS X's Mail seemingly lacks the ability to automatically delete or archive old messages, even though it has the necessary date-based rules to do so. As such, ...
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Automator PDF actions

When using the Automator PDF action "PDF to images" any annotations made to a PDF using preview are not converted as part of the output images. The base images are there but the annotations are not ...
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How do I make automator only perform an operation on one file at a time?

I have with 'Folder Action' that automatically runs a Photoshop script on each file that is added to the folder. The folder action has two steps: Open this file with Adobe Photoshop CC Run the ...
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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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Can I capture Spotlight input and use it in another process?

I'd like to capture everything I type into Spotlight and use the text as input for a script, possibly a new instance of a Services workflow. From that point of course anything is possible; the most ...
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Can Automator's 'find finder items' ignore subfolders when searching?

I am using the Apple Automator to build a simple program that opens all the documents that belong to a project. All files are in the same folder and can be identified by the first characters of the ...
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Automate mobile terminal?

I have a jailbroken iPhone. I use it to reboot my router when my wifi is going slow or messing up. But I'm lazy and I was looking for a way to automate the process. I use shortcuts that mobile ...
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Automator how copy updated files?

I want to create a folder action that will copy files from a folder whenever they are updated to a dropbox folder. It will need to overwrite the older version that is in dropbox. I'm currently working ...
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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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How to automate audio editing?

I want to make audio editing workflows in Automator. My current goal: to cut out exactly the same length from a group of audio files. I haven't found any audio editors supporting AppleScript yet. ...
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automate app launch at midnight ?

How might I use Automator or Applescript to launch iTunes at midnight, and kill it at 5am ? (This is the only time when I have unlimited bandwidth.. rural sat-based ISP.. ugg.) Thanks.
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Global shortcut to have finder open my home directory

New Mac/OSX user here. Thanks to google I've come up with this automator script: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" activate make new Finder window to home ...
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AppleScript to find and delete a folder inside an FCPX library

I need to write or find a simple script to find, select and move to trash, folders within a Final Cut Pro X library. Because these libraries are bundles you can't search them in the normal way. What ...
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In Need: Automated time-based iTunes downloads

I have a monthly bandwidth cap of 25gb download capacity, because I live in a rural area with no broadband at all. I use the Exide satellite product. So, I'm extremely limited in my ability to ...
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How to disable shortcut for an Automator script?

A few weeks ago I wrote a short script with the Automator to get familiar with it. I found a website which explained how to set up a primitive script to start the screensaver and define a shortcut to ...
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How can I copy the full smb:// link from a file in Finder?

I work in a Windows environment with many different shared drives. I commonly have Finder windows open to different shared drives and nested folders. I have a Service set up (that I created in ...
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Automator service to extract file and delete parent

I am trying to create an automator service to take the selected folders in Finder and search each of them for movie files, move those movie files to a certain directory and then move the original ...
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How to resolve permissions issues when using the drop box and Automator?

Consider the following workflow: A user copies (drag-and-drop) a folder from his Mac to the Drop Box of another Mac. User is logged onto the Drop Box computer as guest. On the Drop Box Mac, an ...
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Tagging/organizing based on keywords in content

I have a series of markdown files with YAML headers, let's call them A, B, C, D, and E. I need to organize them into "binders," where each binder is some subset of these, for example: Binder alpha ...
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Open Finder Tabs with Automator?

I'd like to say that the problem I want to solve is pretty simple, but I can't seem to find any good resources to tackle it. I'd like to have an Automator application that will open all of my ...
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Automator or Applescript for custom script to download bank statements?

What's the best tool to script to automate downloading statements from my bank and credit card companies' website in each of their statement download area? All banks, credit card companies, and ...
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Workflow Services not showing in Service Menu

All of a sudden my Automator services are no longer showing in the Service menu in Mail. None of them. All I see is No Service Apply (grayed out). I know they still work, if I open them in ...
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Pausing workflow until action complete

I have Hazel set up on a media server to automatically add files to specific iTunes playlists based on a text tag in the directory name. Several users will send us individual files or directories ...
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How can I map a Service's Keyboard Shortcut on the Command Line?

I'm trying to write a program that adds some new services to the Mac. For this to work I need to add keyboard shortcuts to some installed services. Doing it though system preferences is not an ...
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AppleScript for enabling VPN broken after update to 10.9.3

I've been using an AppleScript for connecting to my office VPN. After updating my macbook to 10.9.3, it fails to execute, and throws an exception Unable to get network preferences (honestly, it is ...
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Adding auto timestamp in Notes

I need to edit the 'notes' a lot in os x 10.9. What I want is, everytime I add some information, I want to have a timestamp log pasted in the notes section. Can anyone guide me with instructions on ...
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Create a service using Automator to compile .tex file in Mac

I'm using Mac OS X 10.9.3, TeXLive-2013 and Scrivener to write my papers. I'd like to use Apple's Automator in order to create a service (available from the Finder's right-click menu over a file) ...
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Why don't my volume-control AppleScripts run when called as Services?

I've got three AppleScripts that respectively toggle system mute, increase volume, and decrease volume. (For use with an old keyboard). They work fine when I run them as a workflow in Automator and ...
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How do I add a script to the Service menu?

See "How do I automate this repetitive task?" I'm posting here so I can show some screenshots of the work in progress. I'm very new to both StackExchange and also Automator. Don't yet know my way ...
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ffmpeg working from command line in Terminal but not in an Automator shell script!

I have just compiled my own copy of ffmpeg on my system and it's located in the following path: /opt/local/bin/ffmpeg When I run the following command in Terminal.app, it runs smooth: ffmpeg -i ...
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Is there a way to make OS X Services (from Automator) work in GTK apps?

I’ve written a simple Service using Automator which takes a number in text and adds sales tax to it, replacing the original number, and a companion service which does the reverse. I wrote these with ...
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Automating iOS Build [closed]

(Sort of a long post, I'm trying to be thorough with what I did and why I am confused) I am tasked with automating our builds for our iOS app. The process that is actually involved is taking a .app ...
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Check FTP status using AppleScript

I have an AppleScript Automator application that, when double-clicked, opens FTP and displays an alert confirming the same. It is working perfectly as expected. However, I am looking to make it a tad ...
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Display IP address in an Automator alert

I am running an Automator script to launch SFTP on my Mac when double-clicked. Here’s the script: do shell script "sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist" with ...
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Passing a password to an Automator application

I have written an Automator application with the following shell script to open an FTP connection on my system: sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist osascript -e 'tell ...
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Automator service for FTP

I am currently using SFTP on my MacBook to perform file transfers with my brother's Linux (Ubuntu) system. Every time we need to share a file, I start the FTP server on my Mac by running the following ...
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How do I automate this repetitive task?

Automator would seem to the appropriative tool, but ehmac.ca is stumped and so has this board been so far — my "Automator Newbie" question asked yesterday (my first ever on this site). Two sticking ...
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How can I incorporate photoshop with automator?

I'm new to Automator and want to create some actions of my own, that will work with mainly Photoshop and possibly some other 3rd party apps, but the only options that appear are for Apple apps and MS ...
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Automator Newbie question

I'm running my Mac under 10.9.2 and have about 75 scanned Tiff files which need to be processed through the OCR app, TesseractGUI 0.3. It works very well for me but balks at .tiff extensions and Alpha ...
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Automating ffmpeg using Automator Service

I often use ffmpeg off the command line to convert video files into mp4 on my Mac (running Mavericks). Do note, however, that I am NOT re-encoding my videos; am just changing the container from an avi ...
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Create a new (.txt) File in Finder - Keyboard Shortcut

I wanted to know if there is way to set keyboard shortcuts to make new files in Finder. For example, by default, you can create a new folder using CMD+Shift+N. Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a ...
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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 ...