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

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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 ...
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Persistent Automator Applications?

I have an Application created with Automator. Since the application starts a service in the background, I'd like to keep the application open even after the end of the workflow is reached. When the ...
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Is Automator intended to create distributable stand-alone apps?

I have a series of executables which I would like to wrap into a stand-alone .app. A bit like ffmpegx does for the executables contained under its /Resources folder. I've noticed that Automator allows ...
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Adding contextual menu item to zero out files?

I want to be able to easily zero-out (make the filesize 0, not fill the existing filesize with 0s) files from the Finder by selecting files from within Finder and selecting an action from the right ...
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Converting WAV to MP3 using LAME and Automator

I'd like to convert many WAV files to MP3 files using LAME and Automator. I need a script that I could right click a folder and convert all the WAV files inside the folder to MP3 files. I've been able ...
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Always show service in contextual menu

Sometimes when I create a service in Automator, I want it to always appear in the Finder contextual menu, not just when I have a selected a file or folder. The services are always either pure ...
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Automatically sync folder contents in the background

Since Lion still won't allow me to search the SMB volumes I need, I'm planning on syncing them to a local folder that will be indexed by Spotlight. What's the best way to sync folders automatically in ...
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How can I launch an Automator workflow upon import in iPhoto?

I use iPhoto to import images from my iDevices and the photos go to the iPhoto library folder. When I import from my DSLR, I place photos in a folder I organize myself by date and events. I would like ...
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I'm using git+notational velocity and want to know how to commit after I exit the program

What I'm looking to accomplish is have something trigger a git add *.txt and git commit -m "Automated Commit `date`' when I close Notational Velocity. I'm guessing I could probably accomplish this ...
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Getting Applications location in Automator

How do I get the directory where the app created in automator resides? Example: Create App using automator Save to ~/Documents/Automator Run automator app, which does something in it's directory
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Automater/Applescript page viewer/downloader loop

I have some 9500 individual audio files I am trying to download which: a) require a login to a website b) are located at subdirectories which ?redirects? to a download link (eg. www.whatever.com/...
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What are some good uses of Hazel? [closed]

I think Hazel is a great idea, but I'm having trouble finding practical uses for it. A short search revealed the below pages, but I still didn't find anything compelling. Why I Started Using Hazel ...
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Automatically typing a password into terminal

I want to be able to change the password of a disk image, but fully automated. Is there a way to enter a string as a password instead of plain text? Or can I have a .txt file with nothing but the ...
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Is there an AppleScript or Automator action to quickly edit Info for Video in iTunes?

I ripped the DVD set of a television series to my iMac. But now, the filenames are weird and there is no meta info. In Automator, I see there is an action to edit Info for a song. That's great, but ...
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Package command line tools into an automator script or app?

I'd like to know if there's a way I could package compiled command line tools together as part of an automator script or an app. Let's say, for example, I want to use a command line tool called foo ...
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Can I write an Automator/AppleScript script to download all the iTunes app updates?

This is related to How can I tell iTunes to always download free updates I would like to write a script to tell iTunes to download all the free app updates available, and have that script run ...
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Create PDF from tall images (Automator?)

I have a number of images that are 8.5" wide, but very long (around 40" tall) and I want to create a standard multi-paged 8.5" x 11" PDF document from all of the images. The problem is that the PDF ...
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How to dim (and un-dim) display in automator

For those that are interested in the final script you can get it here original question I am trying to make a alarmclock script to wake me up. but I can't figure out how to change the screen ...
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how to use automator make this workflow?

I have a folder full of video file to upload to a youtube like video service, they don't provide any api, and the upload form is made of flash, that means I can't manipulate anything, so what I think ...
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Find folder on network drive, based on username using bash shell in Automator.

I'm new to Automator, but I've had a Mac for quite some time, and I'm not a total noob. :) Here is my problem: Users need to make a backup (to desktop) of a folder located on a network drive. The ...
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Can I schedule a periodic file permissions repair?

Can I schedule a periodical file permissions repair? With Automator, maybe?
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Batch adding names to mac os spelling dictionary

I work at a school, and I would like to add a number of unique names to the local dictionary so that they won't be flagged as misspelled by the spell checker. I've discovered the local dictionary at ...
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Automator or AppleScript Rename Workflow

Is it possible to automate the following action: Example Folder name: "TEST" the name of the file inside the folder is: "Evelyn.jpg". How do I rename the folder using the name of the file inside of ...
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Automate Mouse and Keyboard interactions similiar to OneClick for MacOS 9?

I need to batch a process that requires me to automate some key presses. All I need to be able to do is hit the enter key, wait 5 seconds, hit the enter key again, wait 5 minutes, and then cmd + w to ...
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Good/inspiring uses of automation on Mac OS X

I have been a mac user for quite a while now (about 5-6 years) and I would consider myself rather tech-savvy. That being said I have very little insight to the automation capabilities that have been ...
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Location of services created in Automator

Long-time ago i created a service in Automator, which still works. But i want to change the code and it isn't located in either /Library/Services/ nor ~/Library/Services/ as they are both empty Have ...
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Updating modifier key mappings through defaults command tool

I am trying to automate the inital setup of my macbook, that includes installing software and changing OS X configuration to my needs. I have tried to update the modifier keys with defaults, the ...
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Automatically press a key every 60 seconds

Is it possible via Automator, an app, applescript, etc. to automatically press a key (i.e. "g") every 60 seconds?
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Automator: Archive a folder, whilst excluding certain files

I am trying to create an automator based workflow whereby I create archives of folders but exclude certain files from the final archive. I would also like to specify the files or folders to exclude (e....
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How to Automate Cropping Images?

Is there any way to automate cropping images on Mac? (Not the whole file, but part of the file.) I've tried this with Automator but the cropping function just makes the whole image smaller instead ...
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Print to File list of media file names, types and most importantly length

I'm looking for an easy way to print to a file the following information in a directory full of video files: File Name, File Type, Video Length (in Seconds) I realize the first two are very easy, ...
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Using Automator to obtain content from multiple webpages?

I'd like to use Apple's Automator to obtain content from multiple webpages. The webpages each contain links, text, and photos. I would then like to place this information in a text document. ...
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Can I use Automator or some other method to extract EXIF GPS data from batches of photos on my Mac?

I need a way of extracting EXIF GPS data, using my Mac, from a bunch of photos taken on an iPhone. So for example, if I put 1000 photos into a folder, I want an easy way of extracting all the GPS ...
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how to quickly reboot from OSX to Windows and back

From Windows back to OSX is fairly easy. What I would like is a few less steps to get from OSX to Windows. Currently I launch system preferences -> startup disk - then select the bootcamp partition ...
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How do I run a cron job on a Mac?

How can I make my Mac (running the most recent OS) do a task automatically once a day? For example, I'd like to have it automatically download a copy of this open source algebraic geometry textbook ...
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Automator choose finder folder and run shell script

I've got a simple shell script that I would like to incorporate into an automator workflow. I just need to double click the application , pick a finder folder and run the command. At the moment it is ...
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Automatically move files when inserting SD card?

Is there a way to detect the insertion of an SD card so it would be possible to automatically move specific files (photos in subdirectory) to another location? I do not want a photo application to ...
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OS X Automator send mail

I would like to create an Automator application that reads the address book and sends an email from the default email account with the content of the addr. book search result. Everything works except ...
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AppleScript or Automator Workflow for Bulk-Converting Powerpoint Presentations to Keynote

I have a large set of Powerpoint presentations that I would like to convert to Keynote. I can convert each one manually by following these steps: In Finder, right-click Powerpoint document and ...
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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 keep....
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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?