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

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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 ...
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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): ...
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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 ...
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Automator action to adjust volume on audio files

I am looking for an Automator action (or an app with Automator support) that can adjust the volume on audio files (something like set to 150% of input file volume), preferably free.
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How can I use Automator to generate a kerberos ticket using KINIT?

I need to be able to generate a kerberos ticket for my MacBook Pro each time the machine restarts. I can manually run KINIT with my credentials to generate a ticket. What is the best way to automate ...
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How do I add keywords to iPhoto images using Automator

I have an Automator service that adds selected photos to iPhoto. I would like it to also add a specific keyword to these photos. How can I do this? I found this question, but the only answer does ...
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Creating an automated HFS+ compressed folder

I would like to set up an automated way for archiving files in OS X Lion. By archiving I mean using HFS+ compression feature on a specific folder, and make every file that I move into this folder ...
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Using Automator or AppleScript to encrypt/decrypt with OpenSSL

I would like to know how to use Automator or AppleScript to create a droplet that would compress/uncompress (tar.gz) and encrypt/decrypt with OpenSSL files and/or directories dropped in it. The ...
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How do I print a selected email to PDF using Automator?

I can't for the life of me figure out how to print a selected email to PDF using Automator. Example - iTunes invoice arrives as email text (not an attachment) and I want to save it as a PDF to a ...
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Running a gpg shell script to decrypt a file via Automator

I regularly need to decrypt a gpg-encrypted file (always the same) to simply view it in TextEdit. I have a very simple shell script for that. It looks like this: #!/bin/sh outfile=`mktemp -t $$` # ...
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Print folder contents with non-standard printing settings

I want to print all files which are dragged to a folder. Easy to do with Automator. But I want to specify more settings for the print, namely to print the items two times, to use paper tray 2 instead ...
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Automator workflow or AppleScript to close Safari after a period of time

I would like to create an Automator workflow (or some similar function) that will close down Safari after a specified period of time. For instance, I simply want to run Pandora in Safari during the ...
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How to access a clicked URL in a URL handler application created in Automator

I'm currently trying to modify the default URL handling behavior in OS X. I would like, when clicking on any link outside of a web browser, to copy this URL to the pasteboard instead of opening it in ...
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An Automator workflow for extracting text as speech from PDF files

I get PDFs to revise course content which I want to convert to MP3 files and take with me as spoken audio. Automator offers 'text to speech' conversion and it's great. When I try and build a workflow ...
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Automator PDF text to Spoken Audio file: What's wrong with this script?

I have pages of PDF notes which I want converted to spoken audio to aid revision. There are several suggested workflows online, but I'm still not getting the results I want. I used this model from ...
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How do I delete a Service?

If I created a service using Automator, how can I delete it if I no longer want it?
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Is “Quit others” possible?

If one holds down Option and Control whilst clicking an icon in the Dock, the resulting menu contains a Hide Others command, such that only the clicked application is visible on screen. This is ...
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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 ...