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

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How can I echo shell script in Automator?

I have an Automator service which runs a shell script (ffmpeg command). I'm looking for a way to see the output of the terminal while ffmpeg does it's thing. Adding echo to the ffmpeg command doesn't ...
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Is it possible to skip a file rename when it's not there in Automator?

I have written a little Automator script that does the following tasks: Get Specified Finder Items - to get one file Rename Finder Items: Name Single Item - to rename that to .old Get Specified URLs ...
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Use OS X Automator to repetitively save plugin presets in NI Machine

I'm seeing the automator as my only help in quite a challenging task. In Native Instruments Maschine, you can use third party plugins like for instance Omnisphere. the gigantic downside of using non ...
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Open ipynb files by double clicking: Have custom items

I have been able to work out a method of opening IPython Notebook files (.ipynb) by double clicking on them using a combination of a python script and Automator.app. The python script is ...
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Organizing TV Show with automator & tvnamer

Previously I used Hazel (http://www.noodlesoft.com/hazel.php) and tvnamer (https://github.com/dbr/tvnamer/) to sort and rename my TV Shows Collection. I'm trying to simplify the process by using ...
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How can I use Automator to open a website & log in everyday at a certain time?

I need to set up an auto log in for an Intranet web site so I can get right to work with no delays. I want Automator to open safari, go to the page, input log in and password credentials and hit log ...
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automatically share photos to Photos iCloud Shared Albums

I'd like to script the Yosemite Photos app so that every time I place images to a folder on my desktop, it automatically is imported into the Photos app and uploaded to a shared album. Is this ...
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Automator App — Printing From Safari Error

I am trying to use Automator to print a page from within a Flash based ebook reader. I do not know how to code so I am using the "Record" feature. I've heard the "Watch Me Do" feature is finicky, but ...
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How to make automator run an applescript that turns of mac?

I want to make an applescript that taps the apple in the corner, taps shut down, and then taps shut down. I can't record it, since it actually involves shutting down the computer, making the script ...
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Automator and Launchd: OSStatus error -10810

I have a number of automator script scheduled in launchd. All the scripts work fine and execute the workflow as expected. These are simple workflows that execute some finder actions and shell ...
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How do you get a clickable path to a file or folder?

I already saw a lot of questions and answers about how to copy the path of a file or folder using Automator. I personally like to use the copy option under the action menu on top of your finder ...
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Help modifying an Automator script for ditto

I posted this question over on SuperUser but this may be a more appropriate forum. In OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 and on Yosemite OS X 10.10.3 I'm using an Automator Service and an AppleScript combo that is ...
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Scheduled profile changes via Mavericks Server Profile Manager

I use Mavericks Server's profile manager to control my kid's iThings (all put in supervised mode). The server is set up well, and I'm running the service just fine (and with a lot of success), ...
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Text-to-speech with 2 languages

I am studying French and to practice my pronunciation and to learn the words, I want to have my mac speak the words out loud. My mac should say the word in English, and after that, he should say the ...
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Automator ffmpeg script running twice

I have an Automator app executing an FFMPEG shell script. For some reason the ffmpeg job run twice. Can someone please have a look? Thanks
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Automator action keeps failing

I would like to have a very simple Automator action that watches my photo upload folder in Dropbox and moves every file that it receives into another folder on my desktop. Sometimes it works ...
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writing a service that takes selected text and searches a pdf file

I'm trying to write an automator script that will take the selected text and search a predetermined pdf file for the selected text and display it. this is what i currently have and it doesn't work
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How can I create two column table macro script?

How can I create a two column table in via Macro, and create new cell rows by hitting the Return key (as you can do in Word)? Alternatively, is there a way to achieve the same effect without the ...
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Is it possible to assign system wide hotkey to show/hide app?

I'm trying to mimic iTerm2 feature. It has a feature to show/hide iTerm2 by a hotkey (eg. option + space). When I press the hotkey, the app was shown. Is it possible to do the same to another app? ...
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How can I make Automator ask the user for a destination directory?

How can I make the script output the encoded file in a user defined directory? I'm trying to build an in-house media file encoder based on Automator and ffmpeg. I want the source file(s) to be ...
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Setting print size preset in AppleScript

I've been using Folder Actions to automate printing photos taken from OS X built-in Photo Booth software. The AppleScript I use is as follows: on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving ...
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How do I assign / unassign tags to Evernote notes using Javascript for Automation?

I'm creating a Script for turning Evernote Notes into Omnifocus-Items, using Javascript for Automation. Currently, the script searches for items with a certain tag, which works great. Now, I want to ...
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Applescript to hide print queue

Running a Processing sketch which saves .txt files to a folder. Have a folder action attached that prints new files in this folder to a thermal receipt printer. However, I had to update to Yosemite, ...
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How can I add an Automator application to the Dock?

I followed the directions in How to put a custom launcher in the Dock (Mavericks) but my case has a different twist. I have an Automator application which runs a shell script that (1) changes the ...
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Wanting help creating an applescript that is run when the contents of a folder changes

I would greatly appreciate some assistance with the following. My scenario: I have a Mac app that generates RTF files. I have an Android app that deals with MultiMarkdown/Markdown files. The Mac ...
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Can I extract the body of an email message using Automator without an AppleScript?

I want to build a system where all emails that are sent to a specific folder are added to a Devon Think Pro Office database for archiving/searching. There is an add-in from the DTP folks that will ...
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Troubleshoot Dock behaviour in Mac Yosemite

When I right-click the Downloads folder in the dock, and select Open "Downloads", instead of the expected thing happening, an app launches. The app is one I created myself using Automator. And it is ...
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Applescript to fill out Server Password Prompt

I'm trying to figure out if it's possible (via AppleScript) to fill out a server authentication dialog box asking for username and password (using Google Chrome). This is the dialog box I see when ...
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What is possible when I Allow app to control this computer using accessibility features?

What privileges are obtained by a process that is allowed to control the computer through accessibility options, and how does a developer go about utilizing them?
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Automator - How to know what I can do with Automator in each app

I'm new to AppleScript and Automator, I've reached to stop and play next and previous track in Spotify, here's what I use inside the AppleScript: tell application "Spotify" to playpause for ...
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Applescript or Automator service that automatically trusts certificates

I would like to know, if there is a way to make an Automator service or an Applescript that automatically trusts a root certificate. If possible without a prompt for password or Admin privileges. ...
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Making a command key for an option that already exists

Introduction: Hello, my formatting may look weird but I'm hoping it will be more concise for you and easier to follow, I have ADHD so my writing sometimes goes from one thing to another without any ...
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AppleScript to identify the current status of Network Connection?

What is the AppleScript to identify the current status of MacBook Pro's network connection (Yosemite 10.10.3) Connected via Iphone USB on/off (Hotspotting to Iphone) Connected via WIFI ON on/off ...
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How do I “say . . . using” in Javascript for Automation?

In Applescript, I can specify the voice the system uses to speak text as follows: say "Hello" using "Alex" In Javascript, I can do something similar: var ScriptEditor = Application("Script ...
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How to have Automator say click “Thanks” to App's Dialog Box

Using Automator, how to click "Thanks" on the apps Dialog Box? The app runs a process, and when the process finishes returns a series of Dialog Boxes with the result. Each Dialog Box, has 1 button ...
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Efficient compression workflow of iCloud Videos

Photos for Mac + iCloud Photos has significantly improved my photography workflow: It is now much easier to keep all of my family photos and videos organized (side bar: favorite smart album is album = ...
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How to: Automator, launch an app, as if I dragged n dropped file on App's dock icon?

Using automator, I know how to "Launch an App". I would like to know how to "Launch an App in a specific way". The app I want to launch, acts differently depending how its launched. If one: clicks ...
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Is there a quicker way to pause Photos uploading to iCloud?

Photos.app on Yosemite takes forever to upload its library to iCloud, and can slow the WiFi network to a crawl while it does so. I know that I can pause it in the app's Preferences, but this is ...
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Further Question from “Automating Quicktime Image Sequence creation in Mountain Lion”

This is related to the question asked in: Automating Quicktime Image Sequence creation in Mountain Lion I was wondering if there was a way of adapting this script to resize the Image Sequence to ...
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Script/Workflow: Select item, print, save as PDF, name sequentially, down arrow to next item

Yet again I have a task to do that would be great to automate. Yet after searching for examples that are even close I am nowhere. Here is what I am trying to do: First I Perform a search by specific ...
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Is there a way for OSX to auto-copy a file somewhere whenever it's updated?

I can't figure out how to get Automator to automatically recognize when a specific file/folder has been changed or updated then automatically copy it somewhere else. Suggestions?
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Adding Bounce Message back to Mail in Yosemite

Does anyone have an updated version of this workflow for adding a Bounce Message feature to Apple Mail in OSX 10.10.3? Applescript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Mail" ...
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How to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu?

How to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu? By default files and folders whose name start with . is invisible. In order to show them, you can use the following command in ...
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Filling the inputs of SecurityAgent if they exist?

I am trying to automate the export of my keychains (system and user), and while my script works if I remove the set values, it does not after adding them. The error I am receiving is System Events ...
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Automator Workflow - Reply To Outlook Messages with Template Text

I have pulled together the following workflow in Automator because my Scripting knowledge is non existent: Problem It pastes the text in unformatted, losing all paragraphs, bold, underlined, ...
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FFMPEG via AUTOMATOR not working argument “drawtext timecode”

I am new to scripts and automation but I wrote a script to help me on my daily job of watermarking and burn in timecode on videos. I created an Automator drop on app to convert videos and watermark ...
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How can I get automator to select the correct already open document?

I should start by mentioning that I have an app that opens on start-up which allows me to set customized shortcuts and gestures. In my case: command+alt+j maximizes the selected window. command+alt+n ...
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How can I avoid permission-related failures when importing in Photos.app via AppleScript?

The new Photos.app does not come with Automator support (although there are third-party actions available). It does, however, have some basic AppleScript support, including support for importing a ...
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“Import Files into iTunes” automator action not working

I'm having an issue with a simple automator action, "Import Files into iTunes". It's the only thing I have in the workflow but when I drop audio files onto the application, the action encounters an ...
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Get Automator to remount a partition for an attached hdd

I've got a setup where we backup our server every day to an external thunderbolt drive, and we alternate between two different drives. I've got an Automator script that ejects the drive every week ...