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

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Working with automator to use Safari

How can I create a workflow to open various websites in Safari at a certain time of day. I can get Safari to open to my list of bookmarks but it stops at this point.
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Refreshing the category of an Automator service

I'm trying to use Automator to create a simple service (open selected file in MacVim). Originally I (incorrectly) specified that the service accepts selected text as input. I have changed it later to ...
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Bookmarks in Mac OS X top bar launched by an application?

I’m trying to find the best way to organize my workflow (I’m a web developer). The idea is to have a Projects dropdown menu in the Mac OS X top bar, with a list of folders (my projects). I’m using ...
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Open djvu file with Evince?

I have installed evince from homebrew. But I have no idea how to change the default application of djvu file to evince. Yes, I can run it from Terminal, but it's not always that convenient. This ...
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Terminal Command into Applescript

I have the following terminal command that I want to automate using applescript. I also would like to have a command to cd directories to the folder where I want to apply the command first. After cd ...
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How to make this(or something very similar that records video) an automated automated action: record --> play --> delete --> repeat

I would like to make some automated action on my MacBookPro. I Use OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.3. I would like an automated action which makes a short video recording and then plays that video ...
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Batch compress multiple folders into individual zip files

I have dozens of folders that I need to compress into individual zip files. If I select all of these folders in the Finder and do "Compress [X] Items," I get one zip file containing all of the ...
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AppleScript asks questions, select multiple finder files, combine results into a text file

I am looking for some help getting an apple script setup. I have been trying to copy and past from different examples on the web to no avail. The AppleScript will display a dialogue box asking for ...
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Script opens two terminal windows

I coded this little AppleScript using Automator: tell application "Terminal" do script "myscript" end tell This perfectly works but has a side effect: when I close the window, there's always the ...
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Use Automator for saving file on NAS, what happen if NAS is not accessible?

I'm still new with OS X and have learned how to use Automator for zipping a folder in one file, named with date, on my Hard Disk. I saved the set of actions as an app. I'm planning to use Calendar to ...
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AppleScript Automator back-compatibility

I made a little, easy AppleScript and used Automator to launch it on click: tell application "Terminal" do script "myScript" end tell What about back-compatibility? Can I run it on every previous ...
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Automator workflow / app to refresh a given tab in Safari (or even Crome)

When I am coding my Rails app I am switching back to Safari quite often to refresh my local version of the site to see if my changes are correct. It would be awesome to just hit one of the function ...
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How can I add additional paper sizes to Automator services?

I'm attempting to create a service using Automator from the Photos > New PDF Contact Sheet action. However, the Paper size option only allows me to select US Letter and A4. The print drivers for ...
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Applescript insert images into .Pages document

I've tried numerous examples online, but all don't seem to work. The image is received via Automator and each file is dispensed incrementally and ran through the following Applescript: on run ...
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Is it possible to add apps to Apple Server Profile Manager via terminal/command line

I am trying to automate my build process. Currently I have to manually upload builds to the enterprise server every time I want to distribute a new build. Is it possible to automate this? I think I ...
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Automator: extract PDF text and save in current directory

I've made an Automator service for extracting PDF text and saving it in the current directory, and it works reasonably well. It takes one or several PDF files, extracts the text, and saves it as ...
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How do I create an automator to forward mail?

My parents both have GMAIL accounts. We were wondering if there was a way to forward email so when my dad's account receives email from a certain sender it would be forwarded to my mom's account. ...
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Transmit Automator Actions Not Loading

I have been using Panic Transmit to upload files from a specific folder to an S3 bucket for quite a while (couple of years). I have run into an issue where the Automator actions associated with Panic ...
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Automatically convert a file whenever it is saved?

Is it possible to automatically convert a file to another format every time it is saved? Some context: I have a Numbers file which needs to be converted to csv for processing by various shell ...
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Issue with Automator and bash script

I'm making an automator service, and the first part takes files and RARs them using a bash script So in Automator, I have a Get Specified Finder Items action to test the workflow, and then the bash ...
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Start Terminal in AppleScript

At work I'm overseeing several users who use MacBooks to connect to our enterprise environment. One of our vendors has an old server which users access via ssh. I've created an Automator workflow to ...
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How to make script to convert lower case characters into upper and vice versa

Need to create 2 scripts in automator. Select text in any application (textedit, pages etc.) and change all letters from lower case to upper. Same, as above, but from upper case, to lower. Scripts ...
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Passing arguments to 'Run Shell Script' in Automator

I want to make an Automator workflow to run a shell command. For example, I want to receive text input from the user and treat that input as a shell command instead of text. If has tried pass argument ...
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How preserve JPEG date stamps during Automator scaling?

Automator services embedded as a context menu are a great way to quickly scale down JPEGs in the finder. Right click the file, choose your scaling script, done in seconds. The problem is it ...
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Batch resize .svg files

I have a folder (original_svg_files) with more than ten thousand .svg files in different sizes and I need to resize each one of them. The name should be the same with the original .svg file and the ...
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AppleScript to automatically update IP-adress in Remote Desktop (ARD) on computers with DDNS

I've been searching for hours but couldn't find an answer yet hence my question here. I frequently use Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) and I have setup a DDNS for every computer. The only problem I have ...
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Chrome desktop apps (extensions) won't launch at startup on OS X

I'm trying to figure out how to get a chrome desktop app (Kiosk) to launch at startup. I've gone to System Preferences > Accounts > Login items and added Kiosk (User > Applications > Chrome Apps > ...
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Execute macros or scripts based on Magic Trackpad 2 Force Touch

I’m looking at getting a Magic Trackpad 2 with Force Touch, but want to know if I can create macros for the Force Touch actions? I’m not taking about the the built in basic Apple support, but full on ...
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Does Apple accept .app jars on the Mac App Store?

I know that I can bundle a .jar into a .app using Automator and AppleScripts. However, can this .app be submitted to the App Store? And if it can be submitted to the App Store, will Apple accept an ...
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OSX Services - character substitution + for _

I've created a service to use primarily in a browser for searching IMDB, so instead of copying and pasting the film's name I just select the text and run the service I created which will automatically ...
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Reformat URLs using Applescript or Automator

Currently I have a process that downloads image URL from a website. Then I filter out URLs I don't need and am left with a list of good image URLs. I want to reformat these URLs by adding [IMG] ...
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How to use Automator & AppleScipt to ask Pages to export as PDF?

Here is my workflow: (it's a service) However the workflow keeps giving me error: Can't continue input. I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me what's wrong, thanks!
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Mail saved to Web Receipts Folder

I would like to be able to have a Mail rule that would essentially take a file with a particular subject and "save as a PDF to my Web Receipts Folder" so it would do it as the mail came in and I would ...
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Combine files by name and zip

How can I automatically ZIP files with same file names (different extensions) into one ZIP? For example I have four files king.jpg king.txt queen.jpg queen.txt which would led to king.zip ...
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How to use Applescript to find duplicate files and .mp3 files in my iTunes “Music” folder and subfolders?

I recently moved my iTunes music library onto a new computer set-up by copying the "iTunes Media" folder onto an external HD and then onto my local disk. When I opened iTunes for the first time, it ...
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Wrapping youtube-dl into automator via applescript

I am hoping to make an automator application that prompts the user for input (i.e. youtube url), and downloads it using youtube-dl (already installed via Homebrew). After this, I am trying to use the ...
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save several xls files to xlsx using automator.

I am trying to create a very basic automator app that changes a lot of .xls to .xlsx using automator. Using automator I simply searched on the left panel for excel, dragged the convert format of excel ...
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Automate searching for a product by item number on a website and saving its image [closed]

I hope this is the right place to ask and that this question is appropriate. I don't intend to waste anybody's time. I am working on an ecommerce website and am just in the tedious stage of adding ...
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Can I disable the menu bar for the laptop screen but not for external monitors?

On my laptop screen I think the menu bar doesn't provide enough info to warrant the space it takes up. When I dock my laptop with a massive external monitor, I'd rather it showed. Is there any way I ...
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Can I assign my named faces in **Photos** to contacts?

I want use faces which determined in Photos app and I named them. Specially I have contacts with the same names. I want link these and prefer do it automatically. Is there any way do this? EDIT : I ...
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Automator PDF contact sheet not using all images

I've used Automator to create a service that creates all selected images into a contact sheet. For some reason, the service doesn't want to use all the images; I have a selection of 42 images but only ...
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Convert PDF images to PNG using Automator

I want to convert a bunch of PDF images to PNG images. How do I tell Automator to resize the final images to a specified size (in pixels) like 100x100? Automator is also adding a number to the end of ...
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triggering an Automator flow when a sound is played

i use a chrome extension that plays a 'bing' when changes are made to a website that it's monitoring. this is the only sound that OS X will produce. is there any way to get output of a sound to ...
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Click a tab item in system settings using AppleScript in Automator?

I'm trying to create a shortcut to start system preferences and open the sound settings in the "in" tab. So far I have started system preferences and opend up the audio settings, maybe not in the ...
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How do I get Automator actions for Microsoft Powerpoint and Word?

I'm trying to set up Automator with a folder action to convert any Powerpoint or Word documents I drag into it to PDFs. I found this question: How do I script Powerpoint to save a directory of PPTX ...
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Create a Mac Service to send an item to Pocket Read later service

I am trying to create a right-click Service on Mac (using Automator) that will take a URL and add it to Pocket. I am using the official Pocket Bookmarklet javascript code as a starting point ...
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Can Safari's download popover window be made wider?

How can the max. width (fixed width≈425) of Safari's download-popover-window be made wider? Is there a way to get at Safari's "download pop over window" in any way so its max-size is larger than 425 ...
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Bash script not working on Automator but working from terminal

I have this bash script that works perfectly on terminal #!/bin/bash for f in "$@"; do DIRNAME="$(dirname "$f")" filename=$(basename "$f") name="${filename%.*}" extension="${filename##*.}" ...
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Shell script failing in Automator but works if I copy/paste into Terminal

Workflow I'm trying to achieve: Export SVG file from Adobe Illustrator to Desktop Drag SVG file from Desktop onto Automator Droplet Automator runs script (basic summary below) Script executes and ...
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How can I run an unsigned script in Automator

I can run the well-respected perl script exiftool from the command line in Terminal and achieve the desired result, but when I incorporate it in Automator as a Service I get a generic error message ...