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

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executing shell script requiring input from the user using the Automator

Using the automator is possible to execute a shell script that requires input from the user (a password) ? The shell script should be executed in the currently selected folder. I wrote a "Run Shell ...
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How can I debug an Automator workflow?

I have a very simple automator action consisting on a shell script that should be executed in a selected folder in the finder. When I execute the action I get the message: "The action "Run Shell ...
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Import and create iPhoto Event from folder name

I would like to automatically import a folder to iPhoto (eg. with Automator). The Event Name should be the name of the folder with the images. Is this possible with automator?
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Can I run a program whenever I open the lid of my MacBook Air? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Run AppleScript after waking from Sleep? I have a program, InstantShot!, set to launch at logon and start taking a screen shot every 10 seconds. Unfortunately, when I ...
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How to render only first page in PDF as image and then resize?

I've really stuck on how to do this, I thought it would be easy, but maybe not! I want to create a small thumbnail image from the first page of a pdf in automator so I can batch convert a load of ...
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How to extract the text of a PDF document with Automator, and save it in a directory

How can you modify the output folder of the Extract PDF text action ? I made a basic workflow to extract the text of PDF files, but the output folder is stuck to Desktop. I can change it in Automator, ...
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How to batch rename images, in reverse numerical order?

My camera names its images IMG_0001.jpg, IMG_0002.jpg, IMG_0003.jpg, etc. I have about a thousand images and would like to rename them without having to do it manually if possible. Is there a good ...
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View youtube videos in 720p by default in Safari?

Is there a way I can force safari to start youtube videos at 720p by default ?? I was wondering if there is an automator code that can achieve this ? Or maybe an extension that solely does that ? (I ...
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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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Can't send commands in ARD/Automator

I work at a school that manages various computer labs, some of which are iMacs. To manage our iMac labs we use Automator/Apple Remote Desktop on a Mac Server. Recently we updated ARD to the latest ...
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Shortcut to Clean up folder by Name?

I would like to create a keyboard shortcut to Clean Up Folder by Name. Which can be done by right-click > Clean up by > Name What is the Automator code needed to achieve this ?
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Applescript - Connection is invalid

I have an application for mac and I use the following applescript code (exported as an AS app) to start that app periodically: on idle tell application "System Events" tell application "...
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Launch app periodically with Automator

How can I launch an app in Automator periodically, like in 15 minute intervals?
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How to lock MacBook with a keyboard shortcut? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a quick way to lock my Mac? I am familiar with using Automator, but I do not know what code should be used to accomplish the feature. Can anyone provide the code ...
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how to create daily task for GMVault in automator

I just moved to Apple, being an experienced (i'd like to think so) Windows user. Recently I started using GMvault (gmvault.org) to backup my Gmail account locally, but it's become a pain having to ...
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Can I use automator to launch a keystroke when program is idle

Can I use automator to launch a keystroke (cmd+R) when program PremierePro CS6 is idle for 1 minute. This keystroke would start program to Render videofiles. Many Thanks, Jan.
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Automator Application as 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' - Servers don't display in Finder Side Bar?

Have an Automator Application as a 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' (AFP). On login it runs, connects the servers, but does not add them to the Finder Side Bar under 'Devices'. Once logged in, ...
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How can I play an audio file on intial startup of Macbook Pro

I have a simple Automator script that is setup to run as a login item. The Automator scripts plays a .wav file as follows: afplay "/Users/Audio Files/system_alert.wav" This works perfectly however ...
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Generating and opening file with Automator

I am new to Automator. What I am trying to do as first experiment is automating the process of decompiling a Java class file and immediately after open the decompiled file with its default editor. ...
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Add Chrome to dock with parameters via Automator with chrome icon

I need to have started Chrome without the build in Flash via console you add the Parameters --disable-internal-flash which works fine, now i would like to have a Dock Icon which passes this ...
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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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Can't find my Automator service action in the Keyboard Shortcuts list

I've made a very simple Automator service (moves some selected files into a new folder). It works fine via the Services -> menu. So now I'd like to add a keyboard shortcut to launch this action from ...
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Create a zip file using an Automator Service

I am trying to create a service in Automator in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. The command that I want to use is as follows: zip zip-file.zip "$@" And here is a screen capture of what I did: It works. ...
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Execute a folder action on a schedule

I am completely new to Automator. I have a folder action setup to copy my Camera Uploads folder from DropBox to iPhoto. Currently, this only occurs when I open Automator and execute it. Can I set this ...
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Find multi-line block using grep and/or automator with BBEdit

I have an xml file output from WordPress. I have BBEdit as my main search tool. I am on a Mac running 10.7.4 I am trying to find a muli-line block of text that starts with <item> and end with ...
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How to use Automator to upload my real estate listing to web?

I want to use Automator to extract any text in a set region of a PDF, extract all images from the PDF, place all the text in corresponding fields of an Excel spreadsheet, and then upload that ...
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Script to create iPhone Contacts

Does anyone know of a way to create a Contact list with a defined amount of contacts? They can be dummy entries, but I just need to create an address book with > 2000 entries. An Automator script is ...
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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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Why is my Automator Print Plugin Only Running Every Other Time?

I have set up a simple Print Plugin in Automator. It renames the file, then moves the file to a particular directory. No matter how simple I make the plugin, it only triggers every other time I run ...
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Calendar Alarm While Machine Sleeps

I have a handful of Calendar Alarms I created in Automator to run at various times on my MacBook Pro (mainly overnight). However, it looks like if the machine is sleep then the Calendar Alarm is ...
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Create Automator Service With a Python Script?

I'm trying to create an Automator Service that will act on selected text, converting dashes to spaces, and also making word caps for all the text. A friend gave me this python script (I know nothing ...
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How to make my workflows run again with Automator Runner after upgrading to Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I cannot run my workflows with Automator Runner anymore. The option to do that in the context menu is still there, but nothing happens, no errors, no console logs. ...
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How can I directly access apps with single hot-keys?

How can I directly access apps with single hot-keys? Possible solutions which I don't get to work: (1) Having often used applications constantly kept in the dock, it would be useful to have hotkeys ...
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Creating an Automator service to add email messages to Reminders.app

I've created an Automator service that creates a reminder based on the selected text. What I really want is to create a keyboard shortcut that gets the same result that you get by dragging an email ...
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Why won't my AppleScript run as a Service?

I have a simple AppleScript that works exactly as expected when run on its own, ether as an app, directly from within ScriptDebugger or Script Editor, or as an element of an Automation from within ...
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Launch Final Cut Pro, make a new project and name it with Automator

I want to make an Automator app that will do a couple of things for me with Final Cut Pro: I want it to ask me to name a the new project (we will call it test1) Then I want it to make a new folder ...
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Search all hidden .htaccess files inside a folder and run a terminal command?

Searching for the issue, I found this Q&A: How can I show only an .htaccess file in the Finder? [...] you could create a symlink to the file in its directory, omitting the dot in the name: ...
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Can I make the Finder label a folder if it contains a file or folder of a specific name?

I'd love it if I could somehow make the Finder color-label all folders containing a .git directory so I could tell at a glance if the folder is a Git repo. Any ideas?
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Any way to trigger Folder Action when adding file to any subfolder?

I've created a Folder Action in Automator and applied it to a folder. But it only gets triggered when a file is added to the root of that folder, not to one of its subfolders. Is there any way to get ...
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How to execute a Folder Action or another Automator script when I make changes to a folder?

How to execute a Folder Action or another Automator script when I make changes to a folder? And by changes I mean not just deleting or inserting new file, the most important for me is when the content ...
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Automator: How to copy the contents of local folder to a linux smb share?

I use Lion and I'm trying to make a folder action that copies the content of a local folder to a Samba share, but when I execute the action at Automator it copies the folder and not only its contents ...
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Saving output from PDFs merged using Automator

Using Automator, I tried to create a simple application, but I don’t know how to move ahead. I want to combine PDFs into a single file. The current workflow is: Ask for Finder Items Combine PDF ...
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Clean up file names using Automator

I’m fairly new to Automator, in that I’ve used it only once before. What I’m trying to do is clean up a bunch of Android app assets, which are named like so: 01_something 1_something_else ...
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Automate highlight text and add note annotations in Preview

When annotating a PDF in Preview I regularly highlight text then add a note to that highlight. This is a frustrating process as I can do the first bit with a keyboard shortcut, but must then right-...
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Automate PDF actions

To improve my paperless workflow, I'm looking to achieve the following, potentially using automator / applescript. I need to be able to run it using Hazel, or as a folder action (not run manually): 1)...
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Setting a automator action to run everyday

I have an automator action that downloads file from our server. Easy enough to setup but can't quite sort out how to set it so it will operate automatically at a certain time everyday. Tried hooking ...
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How do I use Automator to add files download via Transmission to iTunes?

Here's the setup… Computer A - Running Transmission - placing files in a Dropbox folder - Uses iTunes Match to load music from Computer B's iTunes library - Is always running Computer B - Shares ...
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Never allow speakers sound during specific hours

I don't want my computer play any sound through it's own speaker during work hours in weekdays. But I want to be able to listen to music using my headphones. I guess something can be done with ...
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Automator background (watch me do)

Can I make watch me do it feature work in the background? so that it doesnt take my mouse controle.
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How to export groups from an iCloud Address Book account using Automator?

I’m using Mac OS X Lion with iCloud. My address book ‘lives’ on iCloud and I’ve gat a number of groups in the address book. Under Snow Leopard I used Automator to export addresses from a group using ...