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

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OS X Automator “Take Screenshot” Issue

I need to automate a screenshot task, so I thought why not use automator? I found the "Take Screenshot" Action and started to play with it. The problem is is that is sets the file name and when the ...
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On Mac, can one easily automatize repetitive work?

Let's say I have some repetitive work on Mac which requires click menu A, then give some input, click button on and on. Can anyone easily automatize these kind of tasks with Mac? What kinds of ...
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Duplicating images and resizing one of the copies in Automator

I am trying to create an Automator action for a workflow I often need for web publishing: Select some images inside Aperture Export two copies of the original image with different resizing settings ...
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Custom shortcut executes service twice

Following this answer I have created a custom service that executes a shell script that looks like this: open -a FireFox "http://dict.cc/$1" It works fine when I click. Then I defined a custom ...
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How to reduce photos in iPhoto while keeping metadata?

I got carried away taking high-res and RAW photos, and now my iPhoto Library is just too big. Most of these photos aren't good enough to take up that much space, but they're still good enough to ...
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Checking for folder/file changes using Automator?

Is there there a way to check a folder/file for changes (includes adding files, deleting files, changes in files,...). The 'Folder action' in Automator is only checking if any files are newly added.
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Automating .ics import from Mail to iCal

I've got a setup that will take all the events in a range of dates in Outlook 2007 (at work), create an .ics file for it, and email it to my home email address. The email comes with a few .gif files ...
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How do I automate a backup of new MobileMe calendar data

The new MobileMe iCal data lives in the cloud, and the data on your computer is actually a cache. This support article from Apple explains how to backup calendar data by exporting to an .ics file. I ...
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How to use the built–in VPN Server on Mac OS 10.6.6

I know that Mac OS 10.6.6 has a built in VPN server that one can access through command line. Is there an easier way? Can I make an Automator or AppleScript program that starts and stops the built–in ...
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Automatically launch a program or action when an external drive or disk is connected

I have an external drive. Is it possible to launch a program or perform an action when I connect it or plug it in?
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Link formatting in Automator's New Mail Message

I would like to send an email with automator and have a link that shows a couple words (for e.g. name of the site) instead of the whole URL like you can do with the add link inside of Mac OS. I have ...
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Passing selected folder path to custom Service executing AppleScript

I have a custom Service I created in Automater. Right now, the service shows up in my context (right-click) menu, when right-clicking on any folder. In Automater, I added the Run AppleScript action, ...
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Run Command Line Script from Finder's contextual menu

I have a shell script that deletes exif data from images. I would like to right-click the folder with the images and execute the command from the context menu. How can I do this? The Shell script ...
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Trigger an Automator action with a sound

Is there any way to trigger an Automator action with a sound? I'd like to be able to record a sound and trigger an action every time my computer's microphone receives the sound.
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How can I get Automator to mount a network volume?

I am writing an Automator "script" that rsyncs media on my 10.6.3 MacBook Pro to my Ubuntu 10.10 HTPC. I can make Automator run my shell script for rsync commands, but I can't make Automator mount the ...
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“Watch Me Do” workflow succeeds in Automator but not as app

I have a 1 action automator workflow. This workflow is recorded to produce a "Watch Me Do" action. The action is to click on the "VPN" menu bar item, then select a particular VPN from the menu. This ...
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Automator folder action questions

As I asked in this post, I could make it that a file in a directory can be renamed automatically, but I have some questions about this action. Where to the workflow files are copied? When I run ...
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How can I sync my iTunes music library between two Macs for free?

I have a desktop system that I use as a server. I also have a MacBook Pro that is my main computer. I've done a lot of organization and cleanup of my music library and have it all on my MacBook Pro. ...
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How can I automate changing the quality of several photos?

I would like to be able to reduce the quality of the photos I have in a directory through some sort of automation. One of the requirements is that I cannot change the dimensions of the photo. The ...
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What are some useful ways to use Automator?

I've been using OS X for 3 generations of the OS already (Tiger --> Leopard --> SL) but haven't really ventured in using Automator much. What are the best ways to use Automator? (Best uses, time ...
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Can I change the application icon of an Automator script?

I have created a couple of automator scripts. I was curios if there is a way to change the application icon, on those scripts, to something other than the robot.
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Is there an Automator action to create Keynote presentation from text file?

I need to import a text file (consisting of subtitles) into a Keynote presentation. I need to turn each subtitle into a single slide, interspersed with blank (black) slides. I'd like to create an ...