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

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How to create an Automator service to run a script on all files in a folder

I want to create a service using Automator to run a shell script on all files in a folder, say delete all log files. What I have done is Created a new service in automator. Added a "Run Shell ...
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With Automator from Android phone via Dropbox to Photos.app

For people who don’t have an iPhone, it seems useful to use cloud storage apps on their smartphone that automatically upload new photos taken with its camera, e.g. Dropbox. A Mac running the ...
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How to create a service (shown in the context menu on the URL) in Safari?

I want to create a service which will be shown in the context menu when I right-click on any link in the Safari (need get the URL into the service). This is my current contextual services menu on the ...
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Can a script-based Service be used to invoke speech output of selected text using VoiceOver?

The usual text-to-speech feature doesn't work with the user-customized pronunciation from the VoiceOver settings. Could this shortcoming be worked around using a script and Service via Automator?
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Remove All Illegal Characters from All Filenames in a Given Folder and subfolders

I Know this was was basically answered on the net and using automator with the shell script (Sanitize Filenames) works great, but I need it to also do all subfolders as well. And if possible trim the ...
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trim Mac files to move to Windows

I have a large number of Mac files that I need to remove illegal characters that Windows will not like and to shorten the file names while preserving the extension. I have found a Bash script that ...
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automatic daily email with value of Apple Numbers spreadsheet cell

How can I use Automator (or some other tool) to email the value of a cell in an Apple Numbers spreadsheet every day?
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Is it possible to automate tags / tagging of new files dropped into a specific folder?

Is it possible to automate tagging of new files dropped into a specific folder?
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How do I make a Run Shell Script Automator action that will change the username and password of a specific internet password item in Keychain?

I am trying to make an application that allows me to quickly switch between two logins on an 802.1X network. I already have a portion that prompts me for which account I would like to log in to and ...
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How to create a service that puts selected text into quotation marks?

I'd like to create a service that puts any text I select in TextEdit or web page text editors into quotation marks. I understand Automator is the tool to use, but how do I create this action using ...
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Automate Conversion from m4a to mp3?

I have hundreds of sound effects - clips just a few seconds long each - that are all m4a files. I need to convert them to mp3 files. What's the best way of doing this? I see Automator can automate ...
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Automator Service to insert text only available when text is selected

I'm trying to make an Automator Service to insert the current date. I have one that works but it is only available in the Services menu when text is selected. I need it to be available when there is ...
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Applescript Printer Alerts via iMessage

Is there a way to send an SMS via Applescript/Automator in either of these scenarios: When a low printer ink alert occurs ("Cyan is at or below 10%) With the periodic status of ink levels ("Cyan=10%,...
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Automator Javascript - see console.log output

I'm trying to get all object properties and I use console.log(object) But I don't understand where to find output? Is there a special Automator function for logging? UPD Using script editor. ...
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Automator workflow fails, doesn't find command cliclick

My question is similar to one asked here, but no answer given there helps in my case. I'm seeking to use in Automator a shell script that can automate mouse clicks (the script is here). In iTerm, I ...
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None of my services show up in Apple Photos; fix?

I've got tons of services; none show up when I select an item in Photos. I created a service via Automater to Get Selected Photos Items, Export Media Items, Open Finder Items using the default ...
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Open SSH server files automatically with AppleScript

I am trying to build an Apple Script which will: 1. Open terminal login in SSH with details 2. After login, open a python script which is on ssh server automatically I want to do all of these tasks ...
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Notes script to recursively walk directory structure?

I previously asked this question, for getting a list of notes in a specific Notes folder. I am trying to generalizing into something more like accessing a folder in a filesystem. One problem is that ...
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Copy specific files and keep the subfolder structure

I got a folder with a large amount of files with different suffixes in several sub folders. My automator workflow works as follows: Ask for Finder Items Get Folder Contents (sub folder option ...
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Global hotkey that send keystroke to another app

I want to configure a global hotkey like F5, and when I press F5 it should send [Command]+[Option]+[Control]+[Up Arrow] to the Skype app. Anyone knows an app that I can do this, or script.
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How can I use the automator to create text-to-speech service that talks faster than the current service?

The text-to-speech service has a speaking rate option that goes from slow to fast. But the fast option is not fast enough (its 300 words per minute). I just tried to create a service. I simply ...
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Install automator service via command line

I would like to automate my Mac installation flow for services. The following is my script: #!/bin/sh rm -rf ./tempWorkflows mkdir tempWorkflows for filename in ./*.workflow; do cp -R "$filename" ...
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Working with automator to use Safari

How can I create a workflow to open various websites in Safari at a certain time of day. I can get Safari to open to my list of bookmarks but it stops at this point.
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Refreshing the category of an Automator service

I'm trying to use Automator to create a simple service (open selected file in MacVim). Originally I (incorrectly) specified that the service accepts selected text as input. I have changed it later to ...
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Bookmarks in Mac OS X top bar launched by an application?

I’m trying to find the best way to organize my workflow (I’m a web developer). The idea is to have a Projects dropdown menu in the Mac OS X top bar, with a list of folders (my projects). I’m using ...
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Open djvu file with Evince?

I have installed evince from homebrew. But I have no idea how to change the default application of djvu file to evince. Yes, I can run it from Terminal, but it's not always that convenient. This ...
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Terminal Command into Applescript

I have the following terminal command that I want to automate using applescript. I also would like to have a command to cd directories to the folder where I want to apply the command first. After cd ...
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How to make this(or something very similar that records video) an automated automated action: record --> play --> delete --> repeat

I would like to make some automated action on my MacBookPro. I Use OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.3. I would like an automated action which makes a short video recording and then plays that video ...
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Batch compress multiple folders into individual zip files

I have dozens of folders that I need to compress into individual zip files. If I select all of these folders in the Finder and do "Compress [X] Items," I get one zip file containing all of the ...
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Script opens two terminal windows

I coded this little AppleScript using Automator: tell application "Terminal" do script "myscript" end tell This perfectly works but has a side effect: when I close the window, there's always the ...
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Use Automator for saving file on NAS, what happen if NAS is not accessible?

I'm still new with OS X and have learned how to use Automator for zipping a folder in one file, named with date, on my Hard Disk. I saved the set of actions as an app. I'm planning to use Calendar to ...
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AppleScript Automator back-compatibility

I made a little, easy AppleScript and used Automator to launch it on click: tell application "Terminal" do script "myScript" end tell What about back-compatibility? Can I run it on every previous ...
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Automator workflow / app to refresh a given tab in Safari (or even Crome)

When I am coding my Rails app I am switching back to Safari quite often to refresh my local version of the site to see if my changes are correct. It would be awesome to just hit one of the function ...
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How can I add additional paper sizes to Automator services?

I'm attempting to create a service using Automator from the Photos > New PDF Contact Sheet action. However, the Paper size option only allows me to select US Letter and A4. The print drivers for ...
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Applescript insert images into .Pages document

I've tried numerous examples online, but all don't seem to work. The image is received via Automator and each file is dispensed incrementally and ran through the following Applescript: on run {input,...
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Is it possible to add apps to Apple Server Profile Manager via terminal/command line

I am trying to automate my build process. Currently I have to manually upload builds to the enterprise server every time I want to distribute a new build. Is it possible to automate this? I think I ...
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Automator: extract PDF text and save in current directory

I've made an Automator service for extracting PDF text and saving it in the current directory, and it works reasonably well. It takes one or several PDF files, extracts the text, and saves it as ...
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How do I create an automator to forward mail?

My parents both have GMAIL accounts. We were wondering if there was a way to forward email so when my dad's account receives email from a certain sender it would be forwarded to my mom's account. ...
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Transmit Automator Actions Not Loading

I have been using Panic Transmit to upload files from a specific folder to an S3 bucket for quite a while (couple of years). I have run into an issue where the Automator actions associated with Panic ...
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Automatically convert a file whenever it is saved?

Is it possible to automatically convert a file to another format every time it is saved? Some context: I have a Numbers file which needs to be converted to csv for processing by various shell ...
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Issue with Automator and bash script

I'm making an automator service, and the first part takes files and RARs them using a bash script So in Automator, I have a Get Specified Finder Items action to test the workflow, and then the bash ...
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Start Terminal in AppleScript

At work I'm overseeing several users who use MacBooks to connect to our enterprise environment. One of our vendors has an old server which users access via ssh. I've created an Automator workflow to ...
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How to make script to convert lower case characters into upper and vice versa

Need to create 2 scripts in automator. Select text in any application (textedit, pages etc.) and change all letters from lower case to upper. Same, as above, but from upper case, to lower. Scripts ...
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Passing arguments to 'Run Shell Script' in Automator

I want to make an Automator workflow to run a shell command. For example, I want to receive text input from the user and treat that input as a shell command instead of text. If has tried pass argument ...
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How preserve JPEG date stamps during Automator scaling?

Automator services embedded as a context menu are a great way to quickly scale down JPEGs in the finder. Right click the file, choose your scaling script, done in seconds. The problem is it ...
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Batch resize .svg files

I have a folder (original_svg_files) with more than ten thousand .svg files in different sizes and I need to resize each one of them. The name should be the same with the original .svg file and the ...
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AppleScript to automatically update IP-adress in Remote Desktop (ARD) on computers with DDNS

I've been searching for hours but couldn't find an answer yet hence my question here. I frequently use Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) and I have setup a DDNS for every computer. The only problem I have ...
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Chrome desktop apps (extensions) won't launch at startup on OS X

I'm trying to figure out how to get a chrome desktop app (Kiosk) to launch at startup. I've gone to System Preferences > Accounts > Login items and added Kiosk (User > Applications > Chrome Apps > ...
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Execute macros or scripts based on Magic Trackpad 2 Force Touch

I’m looking at getting a Magic Trackpad 2 with Force Touch, but want to know if I can create macros for the Force Touch actions? I’m not taking about the the built in basic Apple support, but full on ...
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Does Apple accept .app jars on the Mac App Store?

I know that I can bundle a .jar into a .app using Automator and AppleScripts. However, can this .app be submitted to the App Store? And if it can be submitted to the App Store, will Apple accept an ...