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

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How to make automator app use a specific folder as input

I have a number of processes that I need a Mac Mini to run with no input. One of these tasks is to take ingested video files, rename them and transfer them to another location. The app I am using ...
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Folder action with Automator file search

Since a couple of years, I used the folder action successfully which is shown in the screenshot: A file is added to "Downloads" "Find Finder Items" with the shown criteria is executed If the ...
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Is there a way to combine two fullscreen windows into a split view window with Automator/AppleScript?

I'm currently making a workflow in which I need to combine two windows into a split view window (the feature from OS X El Capitan). I'd there any way to do that with AppleScript?
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Automator workflow fails to run on terminal, but runs from within automator. Why?

I created an automator workflow and saved it as a workflow. When I test it from within automator, the workflow works. But when I try to run it from the command line (automator path/to/workflow), I get ...
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I'm trying to automate connecting to a user account server after a NetInstall using Automator

In automating the deployment process for a Mac laboratory I have been unsuccessful in linking to a user account server post install. I have to do it by hand which adds lots of time to deployment. I'...
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How to find the most frequent email sender address in Apple Mail OS X?

I have thousands of unread emails in my Apple Mail (9.3) running in OS X El Capitan 10.11.5. There are bunch of emails that are received from common senders and between these emails there are ...
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Automator “Watch me do” on Mac Pro

I try to create a shortcut to an action using automator. The application is IBM Notes. I record in automator the action of clicking on the "Folder" button and the action seems to be correct in ...
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Automator workflow to print 4 copies of 1 image on 1 page

How do I get Automator to print 4 copies of the same image on 1 sheet? I have zilch knowledge about scripts so would appreciate any help!
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How can I truncate filenames after X number of characters using Automator or AppleScript?

I have IFTTT sending several new desktop wallpapers per day from Reddit to Dropbox. These wallpapers arrive often with very long filenames. I need a way to automatically shorten their names (without ...
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Automator: how to create individual PDFs from images

I understand we can convert multiple images into PDF using 'New PDF from images'. However, this creates a single PDF. How do I create a single PDF for each image? Also, im not sure why but Automator ...
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Why doesn't my wifi on/off switcher shortcut work?

So i went on Automator, selected Service, and changed service receives selected to "no output". Then i dragged in Run Shell Script, and in the box i put in this code, which turns the wifi on/off, ...
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Change spelling with shortcut

I am using some custom installed dictionaries for the spell checker in Mac, and the automatic detection doesn't work well. The best solution is to manually change them. However, going to Settings > ...
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How to open a file with automator and then open another file when the first file is closed?

I have a series of spreadsheets that I work with daily. Is there a way to use Automator to open the first spreadsheet and when I close it because I'm done with it open the next spreadsheet? Thank you....
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Automator Action/Bash Script for selecting files from a list

As a part of my workflow, I often face this scenario: I have a folder with let's say, 100 files named 1.mov to 100.mov I have a list of valid files let's say, files 1.mov, 2.mov .... 15.mov (These ...
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Apple script not working with folders containing special letters (hebrew)

I am basically a Java developer, but had to run an apple script on my mac to batch convert doc/docx to PDF. I run the following apple script via Automator: property theList : {"doc", "docx"} on run ...
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Automaticly file screenshots in folder on desktop

I take lots of screenshots that fill up my desktop very quickly, what im trying to do is set a system where all screenshots will automatically get saved to a screenshots folder on my desktop. Ive ...
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Batch copy time creation and modification date from files using OSX

First of all, I have asked the same question at stack overflow, but I am not sure if it's right over there. That's why I decided to post it here, too. t'm having a hard time trying to copy the ...
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Utility/Way to save display arrangements?

I have a portable USB monitor for my MacBook. Sometimes I place to the left of the laptop, sometimes to the right and sometimes above. While it's not hugely cumbersome to open up Display Preferences ...
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Script or App that identifies corrupt music files?

I'm wondering if there is a Terminal command or AppleScript or any sort of app that can scan a collection of MP3s, WAVs, and FLACs, and determine if they are corrupt. iTunes skips songs once it hits a ...
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Respond automatically to application dialogue pop up window

I am using the Sony Wireless Auto Import software on a a computer at my desk. It allows me to turn on my Sony camera and send my photos to the computer over my wireless network. It works fine but the ...
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'Add notes' to a Calendar event using Automator

I would like to build a 'Service' for selected text which: Get the currently selected text Creates an Calendar event adds the selected text as a 'note' for that Calendar event I prefer Automator ...
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OSX Unmount usb disk drive from Automator bash script

I have a task in automator to make my backup, it runs shell script code, lot of code is working well but the unmount command doesn't works, I don't get unmount the unit after backup. I checked to run ...
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Sharing multiple files on iCloud by using System Events in Applescript: How to intercept an option?

I am trying to share a folder with many Numbers files with iCloud, by sharing each file with an AppleScript and saving the path of each shared file so that I can send it to my collaborators. To do ...
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OS X Automator: Using custom command in AppleScript's “do shell script”

I have recently asked a question about automatically inserting a value produced by a custom executable into a prompt field. Please look over this post to know exactly what I am talking about. The ...
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How to create custom Automator tasks for distribution — OS X 10.10

Problem I would like to make custom tasks for Automator to send to friends who are learning or even just to make new Automator apps easer to write without having to repeat the same tasks over and ...
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Automator task to open screenshots in Preview automatically

I'm pretty new to Automator but it seems like it's possible - I just can't seem to get it to work. I'd like to be able to take a screenshot and then open it up in Preview for easy annotation. If it's ...
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Changing the font of selected text with AppleScript/Automator

I'd like to set up an Automator service to set the font face, size, color, and background color of the currently highlighted text in Microsoft OneNote, e.g. Consolas 11pt, black text, white background ...
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Preview.app and creating PDFs - Three methods - How do they differ?

Preview.app has three options for turning an image into a PDF: File > Export..., Format = PDF File > Export as PDF... File > Print..., Save as PDF The first method yields a PDF that looks exactly ...
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-p: command not found - Automator help needed

I'm using Automator to run a shell script for taking an interactive screencapture and opening it in Preview for easy annotation. When running the script it fails and states -: -p: command not found. ...
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Automator Cannot Find Files on Mounted Share

I have a Drobo connected with a public share - but when I use Automator to 'Find Files' - it cannot see any of them. If I use get info in finder the path is afp://192.168.1.104/Public/My Documents ...
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Is it possible to create a service using only the shell and bypassing automator altogether?

Using automator is somewhat of a tedious task. Using the shell in the Terminal is much easier all around. Even using the "Run Shell Script" action inside automator is not the same as using the actual ...
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FFMPEG convert multiple .MOV files to .MXF using Automator

I need some help with an automator solution. I'm trying to add a Shell Script action to process a list of videos. My first try is for f in "$@" do fbname=$( basename "$f .MXF) /opt/local/bin/...
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How to add all *.m4v files from certain folder to playlist in iTunes with automator/applescript?

There is a folder on Mac. There are a lot of files in it, but i want to make an automator/applescript script, which will watch this folder and if it will see any new *.m4v file in it, it will add it ...
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Automator Services to transform text to Upper, Lower, and Sentence Case

What's the appropriate code to create Automator Services to transform the selected text to: Lower case Upper case Sentence case For Upper case this answer doesn't seem to work. I get this error: ...
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Can someone help me to translate this automator workflow to applescript?

What I want to do is select a bunch of images with varying dimensions and uniformly apply a percentage scale to resize them. The workflow comes very close to that. But I cant get more specific to the ...
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Automator: “Run Shell Script” throws error because of missing “on” command

OSX 10.11.4 here. I'm trying to create a workflow for use with a hotkey, to run a simple shell script. Created via: Automator -> New Service -> Utilities -> Run Shell Script, then set to 'no input' ...
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How to create a service which starts an app without opening a selected file?

I'm trying to create a service, that opens an app (Terminal app). I created it with Automator. I selected "folder and files" and "finder" in the right-side menu. Since there doesn't seem to be a ...
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Automator/Applescript using Tags

I need an Automator/Applescript to move a file to a certain folder based on a specific tag it contains. The input would be the file. Anybody have any ideas? TIA, Jake
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Renaming files/names in bulk, any smarter solution?

I have few thousand files to rename. The thing is I have the old file names and new file names as columns in a spreadsheet. Without renaming them one by one. Is there a better way to do this? ...
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Automator PDF workflow should keep Acrobat cropping

I export pages from a PDF and crop them in Acrobat. The files are fairly large, so I resave them in Preview. With the Quartz filter Reduce File Size it gives me better quality than Acrobat's own file-...
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Speed up Automator workflow

I've recorded some actions and made an Automator workflow out of it. It's basically some clicks, selecting something in drop-down menues and quitting the app. I run the workflow at 10x speed, but it's ...
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Read iCloud Tabs in Automator

iCloud tabs are accessed through the user interface cloud button in Safari on OS X. Is there any way to write an Automator workflow that retrieves all the URLs shared in iCloud tabs on a given device ...
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How can I use Applescript to repeat an iMacro in Firefox 8 times?

I have an iMacro created in Firefox that needs to be repeated 8 times to function properly. How can I automate the playing of the iMacro 8 times with Applescript? I've tried recording my workflow, ...
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How can I automate taking screenshots of 10,000+ pages?

I am using mac OS X El Capitan and need to find a way to automate taking screenshots of 10,000 or more pages. The problem with all current solutions is that the webpage requires me to login using my ...
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Is there a way to log all incoming Push Notifications in OS X El Capitan (v 10.11.4)?

I need the ability to write all incoming Push Notifications (APNS) to a log file. Basically, I would like to end up with an ongoing record of all the Push Notifications that I receive. What is the ...
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Launching App Automatically when Certain File Type is Found

In osx is there a way to launch an application automatically whenever a certain filetype is added to a particular folder? To be more specific, I'd like StuffIt to launch automatically when a .rar file ...
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Automate Menu driven actions - XLD to verify flac with AccurateRip

I have ripped all my CDs over time, using different OSes (Linux, OS X, possibly even some with Windows 2000...) and different programs. I am now using XLD which verifies the rip using the AcurateRip ...
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Converting to .PDF and keeping original name — what am I doing wrong?

I have been piecing together what little I have learned of Automator along with pieces I've found in tutorials, but cannot seem to get this to work! If I test this as a workflow using a file from "Get ...
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Run Automator script when new files are added

I'm trying to make an automator script to import photos in Photos.app that are in my DropBox folder. Nothing spectacular you'd say - true. But I can't get it to work. On a change in the folder, the ...
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Use AppleScript to send all emails in a folder at a certain time

I'd very much like to please develop an AppleScript to send all emails inside a specific mailbox whenever it is run. Then I can create a mailbox called "9AM", place emails inside there, and with a ...