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

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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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How could one make an automator script to restore all hidden windows quickly?

The question is pretty self explanatory: How can one make an Automator script to restore all hidden windows at the same time?
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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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How to toggle closeViewZoomFollowsFocus in com.apple.universalaccess via shell script with instant activation?

I created a Service with Automator on a Mac running "Lion 10.7.3". The Service toggles via a shell script the visibility of hidden files in the Finder and works like a charm. Here's the script: ...
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How can I use an Applescript from within a program?

This question Is there a way to add all of the recipients of an email to a group/folder in contacts from Mail? seems to have an answer that would be useful for me, but I don't actually know how to use ...
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In a Service, how to get a URL from rich text?

I'm interested in making a Service (using Automator if possible) that allows me to perform an action on a URL. If the URL exists as plain text, this works just fine. However, if the URL is a link in ...
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How do I get a keystroke systemwide to trigger an action on text in a selected item, whether file, mail message, selected text, etc.?

In this question I asked how to create a window containing a html rendered preview of text formatted with Markdown. I would also like to be able to have a single keystroke that systemwide will produce ...
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Ask for text, pass to terminal, in Automator

I am trying to create a simple Automator service to quickly change metadata on photos. I would like to be able to select x amount of files, run the service, and get a popup that asks for the f-number ...
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Safari bookmark to activate an Automator action

I'm trying to make a HTML page that I can save as a bookmark in Safari or Google Chrome that runs an Automator workflow, action or application, or possibly an Applescript. It's only for my personal ...
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How do I combine these two shell commands into a Service?

I run the following two commands on markdown files to get a nicely formatted PDF. pandoc file.md -o file.html --css=markdown.css prince file.html file.pdf rm file.html How would I automate this? ...
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Automator: pass-through input

I have an "ask for finder items" step in my Automator workflow, which produces a list of files selected by the user. I then use these files as an input for a second step. At that point I need to ...
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How can I make a keyboard configuration become default when I hook it up?

At work, I have a MacBook Pro and a RHEL workstation that share a HP keyboard and mouse via a KVM switch. I do most of my work on the Mac so I prefer to change the modifier keys so they command and ...
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Automator Service that does predefined simple calculations

I'm working as a salesman and what I need to do a lot of times a day is calculating the price +VAT and -VAT which is 19% here in Germany. I found some calculation automator script but wasn't able to ...
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How can I generate dynamic keynote presentations?

I'd like to build a series of Keynote presentations that contain some dynamic elements. By that I mean some elements are "compiled" in later. For example if I have a code sample on a slide, I want to ...
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Can I drag a document window to an email message to attach it?

I realize that I can drag files from Finder and drop them in a mail message in Mail.app to attach them. What I would like to do is drag an active document window from another application, say Preview, ...
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Automatically delete temporary ~/Library/Application Support folders

I have a flash drive which I carry around everywhere which has a few standalone applications which I use everywhere installed on it. However, the majority of these leave Application Support folders ...
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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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Unreliable Folder Action

I have a folder on my Computer, "Markdown Source" with a folder action applied to it through Automator. The folder action applies a shell script, and then writes output to a different folder, ...
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Automator and Batch Adding Keywords to Images?

Is there a way to use automator (or something else) to batch add keywords to photos selected in finder?
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Automator sequential file rename with variable padding

I want to rename selected files in the finder sequentially. To do this I have created an Automator workflow. In the Automator workflow you can specify how many digits long you want the rename to be ...
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Looking for workflow or script for saving Kindle documents

I'm using a Kindle DX (3G, no WiFi) for reading documents saved from the web with Readability. Because Amazon charges a conversion cost for these documents I'm forwarding the documents to my ...
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Script that Automatically Does Something Every Day

I'm looking for a way to automatically run a shell script or command every time interval. I'm running a server and I want to backup some folders every day. I don't want to use time machine because the ...
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Run Shell Script action outputs the result as NSAppleEventDescriptor

I'm trying to save the output of a command in a variable, i.e: Run Shell Script Set Value of Variable This has suddenly stopped working because the output from the shell script is no longer plain ...
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How to create an Automator “Mail Service” to compose the body of email from the content of a file?

I would like to create a "Mail Service" with Mac Automator to create a New Message that automagically fills the body with the content of ascii file ~/Documents/MailBody.txt I can select the file with ...
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Software to record and playback mouse movement/clicks and keyboard presses?

I was wondering if there was any software out there that could record mouse/keyboard input and allow you to play back the input that was made? I've tried using Automator but for some reason it's not ...
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How to create a simple keyboard macro with Automator?

How can I use the built in tool, Automator (rather than a 3rd party app), to create a simple keyboard macro? For example, I want it to press Cmd-Shift Left, then Cmd-U, then Right, etc. I tried ...
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How can I keep settings consistent between Macs?

I use multiple Macs (OS X Lion). There are a lot of settings, apps, and files I'd like to keep synced up between them. Files are the easiest of the lot -- Dropbox + symlinks, Mercurial repositories, ...
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How do I automatically open a subfolder on a SD card when mounted?

My camera has a complicated path to the video files, and I'm constantly plugging it in, and then digging to get the videos. I just want find to automatically popup to the specified subfolder when the ...
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How can I make an automator service always show up?

I have an AppleScript that adds the subject of a selected email in Mail to my task manager. I have put this AppleScript in an Automator service so I can hotkey it. Only problem is this: Lion insists ...
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How can I schedule sending the day’s iCal events via email?

I followed this tutorial on creating a workflow using Automator that will email the events of the day from iCal to an email address. I would like this to be executed every morning at, say 4am, so it ...
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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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Is there a way to automate restarting with a different boot disk?

I have Lion and Snow Leopard installed on my machine, and I switch between them all the time (I develop for compatibility on both platforms). Going into System Preferences and selecting the startup ...
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Run bash command with current URL as parameter from Firefox and/or safari

I'd like to be able, without much hassle, add a video to my Miro Download-queue. From bash I can do this by entering open -a Miro.app http://vimeo.com/24398084 Now I'd like to do this from within ...
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Possible to run scripts on sleep and wake?

MacBook Pro 2010 running OS X Lion. Is it possible to run scripts on sleep and wake events? My specific application is that I've got Dropbox-synced Truecrypt volumes that I regularly use on both my ...
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Why doesn't Automator service appear in iTunes?

I'm trying to write an Automator service for iTunes so that I can immediately open a file from iTunes in VLC, so I don't have to do (show in finder, launch with other application, vlc). I go to ...
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How can I remove the File Quarantine warning for a file associated with an Automator script?

To download torrents, I have changed from running Transmission on my Mac to running it on a NAS. As a next step, I want the Mac to automatically start the torrent download on the NAS by moving the ...
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Record / playback keystrokes

There are 3rd party apps but I'm not interested in those. I'm a web developer and during testing I find myself entering login credentials over and over again. If I could quickly "play" these ...
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Remove services from context menus (but leave them in the app's Services menu)

I created a few services with Automator and it seems OS X automatically adds these to the context menu of files/folders that they apply to. Is it possible to remove the services from the context menu ...
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Lock screen with LaunchBar

I extensively use Launchbar and have almost all my daily productivity items working through it. Since I use my personal MacBook at work, I do not have use a screen saver password, however, when at ...
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Firing up Terminal from an Automator Workflow?

I quite often use the python -m SimpleHTTPServer command in the Terminal to fire up a webserver for testing apps. Having just learned the basics of the Automator, I figured this would be a great use ...
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How can I automatically download multiple sites through Coda?

I have several sites in Coda that I would like to automatically re-download when I tell it to. The sites are collaboratively managed, and I'd like to download a fresh copy of the sites automatically. ...
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Getting Automator to work with aliases vs. symbolic links on SMB shares

I would like to get automator to mount a volume in a shared SMB server and get all subfolders symlinked within my Documents folder. I thought I could do that easily by creating Finder's so called ...
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Fastest way to migrate an application between Mac's?

after using the Migration Assistant each time arrives a new OSX or i buy a new MacBookPro, its time to tidy up my work machine, Since upgrading my current MBP(mid2009 2.8GHz 4GB DDR3) to Lion many ...
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Is Automator suitable for complex folder based workflows?

I have a rather puzzling scenario for you, one that I would like to solve with Automator: We're a startup that creates HD music video content that is streamed online; we've got a custom-programmed ...
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Is it possible to clear Automator logs?

How do I clear Automator logs?
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When I delete “Watch Me Do” from Automator, does it get deleted forever?

Is Automator's "Watch Me Do" action permanently deleted when it is removed from the action sequence?
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Where are Automator's “Watch Me Do” files saved?

Where are Automator's "Watch Me Do" files being saved?
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Create global shortcut to run command line applications

What steps do I need to run a command line program via a global shortcut? I setup Automator to create a new Run Shell Script and tried to assign a shortcut in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> ...
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What are the storage locations of the various types of Automator workflows

The purpose of this question is to create a reference for the various default storage locations where Automator stores the files it creates and saves. I've found a few from searching, but have yet ...
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Automator simulation of the mouse and keyboard

My problem: "watch me do" in automator only recognizes for cocoa buttons and doesn't work for apps like games with interfaces drawn my rendering engines. Desired solution: an Automator action(s) that ...