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How can I run a application in Automator?

I want to run an application in Automator but there is no run program. Operating system and stuff: OS X Lion 10.7.5 Automator 2.2.4 Memory: 3GB
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How can I permanently force Xerox secure printing?

My clients are printing direct to a network printer (no print server). Xerox have confirmed that the Secure Print Only option is only available in Windows, so I am looking at editing .plists, ...
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Re-open network tabs in Finder

How do I restore network Finder tabs in OS X Mavericks after the computer source of the tabs has rebooted and left those tabs blank? Is there an Automator action that can populate Finder tabs with ...
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Automator workflow runs forever

I have run into a problem with automator: I have a workflow that does image processing (it converts color images to gray). I am able to invoke the workflow from the terminal and it works fine. The ...
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screencapture as a service doesn't work in OS X 10.9.2

I have updated to 10.9.2 and looks like it has broken my image uploading script. It starts with a shell command: screencapture -i /tmp/last_screen.png It should take a picture of selected area. ...
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Automator: Change to selected directory and run shell script

I'm trying to create a context menu command via Automator service. The context menu command will run a shell script to create some default documents in the given directory. I wrote out the shell ...
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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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How to pass keyboard hotkeys from VMWare Windows VM back to OSX host?

I'm running VMWare 5 on a MacBook Pro, and I'd like to be able to send certain combinations of keys out to OSX while working in my Windows VM. I've set up a couple Automator scripts that do ...
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Automator app with a menubar icon

I've created an application with Automator. I want to have a new icon in the menubar like this: Which starts the app when I click on it. Is it possible? (without using Xcode) PS: I don't ...
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Making file associations launch a certain extension, but with a console program?

It is possible using the right click menu on "Open With" to get the option to choose an application to open a certain file extension. You can then say "Always Open With This". That works if the ...
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How to create Mac OS X global hot key to open .txt file in MacVim.app at vim 'mark'?

Can and how can I create Mac OS X global hot key (possibly mapped to an OS X service, like what OmniFocus and Fantastical offer to make new entries in their inbox/calendar, respectively) to open a ...
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Making an Auto-Transfer app or script for Android

This question may be super broad so bear with me. In a nutshell I want to be able to connect an Android device to my Mac and then have a script go through, find the DCIM folder and then copy that ...
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Execute Shell Scrip individually for each selected file in Finder

I am trying to create an automator workflow that will do a google search for the filename of each selected file in finder. Unfortunately the workflow I have created works just with one selected ...
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how to pack python package that includes python scripts and bash scripts for OSx as pythonTool.app?

I have made a python tool which I want to share with users. I tried Automator, and it works but in that I used Application > Run Shell Script in which I hard coded the path to my python script, but ...
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Set Services keyboard shortcut via script OSX

I need a way to set the following programmatically: Specifically for shortcuts under Services, if that makes a difference. I'm wondering if this is possible via shell or AppleScript? EDIT: I've ...
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642 views

How to put a custom launcher in the Dock (Mavericks)

I am new to Mac OS (I am currently using Mavericks) and I have performed google searches as well as search on StackExchange regarding my question but the discussions I came across don't quite answer ...
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How can I rename an ordered list of files with an ordered list of file names?

I have a series of files. I need to apply a series of file names. So, 001.jpg -> apple.jpg 002.jpg -> banana.jpg 003.jpg -> orange.jpg etc. I will have to repeat this for each of 16 folders with ...
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Best way to distribute script with low friction

I have helped a few friends recently with fixing a problem on OS X and I would like to turn it in to a script so I can send it to people instead of walking them through it. It consists of two steps: ...
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Automator Localization issue?

I have some difficulties understanding what's wrong in Automator: I used to launch a short automator script with an exiftool command to organize my pictures by folders: exiftool -v '-Directory < ...
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1answer
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Trouble in Automator's Shell Script after OS X 10.9 Mavericks upgrade

I've got a problem. I use from lot of time an Automator's shell script: cat >> ~/Dropbox/ClipBoard/Appunti\ Mac\ del\ $(date +\%Y-\%m-\%d).txt It ever worked but, after Mavericks upgrade, ...
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How can I use automator to run “purge” command in Mavericks?

In Mountain Lion, I frequently used a simple automator app called "Purge Memory" which just ran "purge" in the command line. I really enjoyed cleaning the RAM, especially when buggy apps ran memory ...
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1answer
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Automatically move files to a parent folder + delete subfolder

I'm trying to figure out how to automatically move files from a folder to its parent folder and delete the original folder. To illustrate, here's my structure: Parent Folder – Subfolder ...
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1answer
272 views

A turning gear appears when I run this workflow, why?

I am running the following script (called Restart AppleTV) using automator : on run {input, parameters} do shell script "sudo killall coreaudiod" with administrator privileges return input end ...
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1answer
203 views

Launch App with Automator when system is idle

My idea is to dim the display when the system is idle for 10 seconds, and with a keystroke or trackpad activity revert to original (I want to preserve battery automatically and not using a screen ...
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1answer
63 views

Automate Duplicating and Renaming Images

I've got an image and I need to duplicate it 800 times but add a new prefix every time I duplicate it. I've got the prefixes in a CSV file (or spreadsheet) and I'm wondering if there's a way that I ...
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How do I get Automator to process images using ImageMagick in a command script?

I'm making an Automator workflow that uses the shell script action to process a selection of images with the imagemagick composite command. Only I'm having issues getting it going. According to the ...
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1answer
293 views

Adding the Print Document Option To The Right-Click Contextual Menu?

In Windows it is possible to print a document on the desktop by right-clicking on it and choosing Print Document in the contextual menu that appears. By default this option is unfortunately not given ...
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1answer
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Can two apps be tied so that when one opens or closes, the other does so?

Can triggers be set up so that when "App A" starts, another "App B" gets started automatically? Ideally, the solution would send a quit message to "App B" when "App A" quits, but the important part is ...
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1answer
99 views

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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1answer
69 views

How do I add a custom field to the login dialog?

When the screensaver has been disturbed, or the computer wakes from sleep, my system asks for a password. I would like to add to this dialog. Along with username and password, there would be a third ...
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2answers
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How to set a folder view as default for all folders in Finder?

I'd like to get the same folder view for every folder, that means, to have my stuff being sorted always by type and then by name. is that possible with automator? Till yet, I set my view via cmd+j ...
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1answer
104 views

Keeping a VMWare View session alive?

On OS X 10.8, I have the VMWare View client installed, and frequently use it to log into a remote Windows machine. Unfortunately, the way the infrastructure is set up, it frequently times out very ...
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1answer
105 views

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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64 views

Avoid using command for keyboard shortcuts

I work with a disabled person who uses their communication-aid to control their iMac through keyboard and mouse commands. I'm setting up keyboard shortcuts to launch applications directly using ...
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Automator-script with an OCR-software to automatically add OCR to material? [duplicate]

The OCR software could be anything like PDFPen, ABBYY FineReader Express or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Automator does not list any features such as 'Add OCR layer to' or show any OCR programs under Automator. ...
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Automator treating App Packages as folders

Automator treats .app files (Application Packages) as if they were folders. This might be useful in some instances, but for what I want to do - Periodically make a list of the contents of my ...
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1answer
151 views

Automator turning well-aligned PDF documents upside-down, flipped — unreadable in OSX?

I have PDFs that are readable. When I combine the PDFs, the pages go randomly up-side-down and left-and-right. I have fixed this issue manually in Preview app but I would like to get the pages as ...
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1answer
67 views

Destination of merged PDFs in Automator?

Where can I find the PDF merged by the automator?
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3k views

How created watched folder with Automator to auto import new files into itunes?

I was wondering if someone could help me with this. This what I'd like to do: File is downloaded into Folder A, it is automatically imported into itunes and then moved to folder B. This happens ...
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2answers
401 views

Show all services on right click

Whenever you have more than 4 services, they are put in a dropdown option "Services" on right click instead of just being added to the right click menu itself. Is this an option somewhere that can be ...
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1answer
708 views

Automator Group Email problem

I am at the end of my tether. I want to send an email to a group of about 50 people, which is personalised at the very least with their name. (so that each email says "Dear Bob" or their name, and ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I get certain types of files dropped in certain folders based on file type?

I was wondering if it is possible to have the following: In my Downloads folder, I have 2 subfolders : IMAGES and VIDEOS. Is it possible to automatically move every image downloaded to the Downloads ...
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2answers
379 views

Test a list of passwords on Sparse Image

I have a sparse image file with some important data in it I would like to retrieve. The only problem is I've forgotten the password. I have a good idea of the parts of the password and managed to ...
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1answer
236 views

Combining Workflows in Automator

I am trying to figure out if there is a way to combine workflows in Apple's Automator application. Basically I saved out the automation as an application and it works like this: I can drag a folder of ...
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1answer
655 views

Why does Automator get stuck in a loop when processing a large number of files?

I have a very long workflow dealing with renaming, resizing and duplicating a large number of high resolution images. The workflow was working fine until I tried it with 300 images. Automator got ...
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4answers
729 views

How can I trigger scripts (lock screen) when leaving a specific WiFi on OSX?

I dimly remember hearing about an OSX application that let you, for example, enable password lock when leaving the current WiFi, but I can't find it anymore. Does anyone know how it's called? Thanks!
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Can Mac App Store installs & upgrades be automated?

How can I script installing or upgrading apps from the Mac App Store? I'd prefer command line tools, but AppleScript or some other API would suffice. Relevant puzzle pieces: installer: note ...
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3answers
331 views

How can I run a PHP script by dropping file on icon?

I have a php script that takes a filename as an argument. When I run it from a terminal window I type ./my_script.php file_to_process.txt It works great! What I would like to be able to do is to ...
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5answers
1k views

How can I remove leading/trailing whitespace from filenames in Automator?

My wife tediously renames files all the time when storing on her backup external storage, so I investigated using automator to do this for her. I now have an automator folder where she just drops the ...
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1answer
212 views

Is it possible to clear Automator logs?

How do I clear Automator logs?