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

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“Import Files into iTunes” automator action not working

I'm having an issue with a simple automator action, "Import Files into iTunes". It's the only thing I have in the workflow but when I drop audio files onto the application, the action encounters an ...
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Get Automator to remount a partition for an attached hdd

I've got a setup where we backup our server every day to an external thunderbolt drive, and we alternate between two different drives. I've got an Automator script that ejects the drive every week ...
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Long running process defined as Service

I created a service for starting a Virtual Box headless, which works fine - but the service does not end until the virtual machine is stopped again (the spinning wheel is in the menu bar (or whatever ...
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Using applescript to create spaces and launch apps

So the end goal of what I am looking to do is this: When I am at work I use an external monitor with my MBP. I have a consistent set of spaces and apps that I setup everyday. What I would like to ...
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How to replace all Finder files with a placeholder file for each

I have lots of files from a database which are to be copied to a new database, but the files for these are corrupt (They are zero-byte in size and contain no data). Rather than the new database ...
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Automatically start multiple user sessions when OSX starts

I need to get several users session logged-in as soon as the computer starts. Manually I would have to log into the first user and then start switching to each one to open their respective sessions. I ...
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AppleScript/Automator Add AutoCorrect Settings

I am making a AppleScript/automator script for April Fools that is going to change the AutoCorrect. I know that I can change the autocorrect settings by going to Settings > Text > '+' ...
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launching automator with keywords

Using automator, I would like to launch some webpages as soon as I type some keywords in any application. Is that possible ?
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Automator Calendar Action to Launch Shell Script in Background

First and foremost: Everything works, automator launches when it is supposed to, the shell script executes, and I get the results I am looking for. Where the problem comes in to play is that the ...
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How to identify file type for a bulk lot of files and attach suitable extension to each

I have just over a thousand (1000) files whose suffix/extension has been changed by a database engine all to the same thing (eg. fileName.abcd where .abcd is on every file regardless of whether it is ...
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Automator script doesn't show up in services menu

I made an automator script to help me to assign LaTeX indexes to words in TexMaker. It would convert a highlighted word test to \index{test} test. This is the little script: on run {input, ...
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Automate Fn key switch when opening Excel

So Microsoft released a free preview of Office for Mac, and it is pretty sweet. One of my biggest problem when using Excel on a mac has always been that the most popular/frequent shortcut (F2 -> edit ...
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Automator “Filter Finder Items” issues with spotlight

When using an automator workflow with the following actions: Get Specified Finder Items (some zip files) Open Finder Items (with an unzipping utility) Move Finder Items (to an existing folder) ...
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automator and python script utf-8 output

I wrote a python shell script and it fails in automator workflow : # -*- coding: utf-8 -*- import urllib, json, os, datetime import locale locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, 'fr_FR') url = ...
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How can I automate pasting of password into SecurityAgent?

On OS X 10.8.x I had an Automator service set up to paste a password from clipboard into the password window that pops up for mounting an encrypted disk. I don't wish to store the password in my ...
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Automator workflow to filter, convert and move videos to iTunes library

I want to make use of Automator, but don't know the recipe for my task. The task should be to filter video file formats in a given folder and then convert them to iPhone 3G friendly formats. ...
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Record click action and replay via command line?

Every few minutes I need to click a button on Yosemite's menu bar and select an option. I'd like to automate this task by somehow recording this action and scheduling it to execute via cron / command ...
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Merge PowerPoint presentations with Javascript Automation

The goal is to do a 3-way merge with git using PowerPoint's mergeWithBaseline method. I can load and access a presentation with the following: PPT = Application("Microsoft PowerPoint") original = ...
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How to use Numbers to generate pdf on a web server and then email it out?

I have an issue. My client loved the report I generated using Numbers on Mavericks OS X. The bad news is that the data is being processed on a ubuntu machine running python and django. I want to ...
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Automatically sort Finder items based on file type?

I work in video production, when a new job comes in we use Post Haste to create a new directory with our folder structure and default files included. What I'm looking to do is automate the process of ...
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How do I run a binary program without showing the gear icon?

I created a automator workflow, add a Run Shell Script part and put these lines in: /Users/xxx/Library/Android/sdk/tools/android avd I saved it as an app and it works. But I will always see a ...
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Insert Character on batch folder rename

I have a folder that has several hundreds of thousands of files named like "ABC 123456". I need to add a dash after between the two blocks of text like this "ABC - 123456". Leaving the trailing space. ...
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Embed executable in a Keynote

in a month i'm going to graduate at university and i have to do a presentation for the degree thesis. I'd like to know if it's possible to embed my C++ code (an executable) in a keynote. Thanks Luca ...
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Mac Automator App: How to Set Folder

This is probably something simple but its driving me crazy... I was just able to build my first automator workflow, which is quite basic and uses the Subtitles application to download subtitles for ...
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Automator service: delete last page from PDF with use of pdfsplit via bash

I would like to design a simple Automator service that would delete last page from PDF passed via finder. My proposed syntax for the Shell Script is: for f in "$@" do pages=`pdfcount "$f"` ...
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Create intelligently parsed reminders from applescript or automator

I have found that I can programmaticly create reminders in Reminders.app from applescript or using automator on the command line, but I'd like to be able to do so while taking advantage of the ...
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How to run Unison through automator?

I like to set up unison through Automator to run in the background to sync up two of my folders in a dropbox-like manner, but Automator apparently fails to run unison through shell script. I have ...
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Using automator, sort objects by type into type folders, inside subfolders

long time no ask! Anyway, I've been tasked with a project that involves sorting folders into new folders based on type. I've been working on an Automator action, but I haven't had much success. What ...
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osx service for `mpc add`ing files to mpd’s playlist

I’m trying to create a service in automator, which allows me to add files/folders from Finder directly into my mpd playing queue. I tried the following, the command runs, but nothing happens. ...
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batch convert iWork 08 files to new version on Yosemite

TL;DR Short version: I have a bunch of files that were created with iWork 08. Is there a way, maybe using AppleScript or Automator, to convert them to the new format (Pages 5.5, Numbers 3.5) without ...
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Simple On-the-fly keystroke macro recorder?

What I really want is a simple tool which has two keyboard shortcuts: The first starts/stops a keystroke recorder. The second then plays back that recording. I don't need anything else and though ...
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A Service That Can Approximate QuicKeys' Set Label

Ok, Yosemite craps out QuicKeys, by removing its ability to gain control...or at least I haven't gotten it to work. But, I did wongle up a service that does work -- to a degree. It will label a ...
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Automator and Safari, save web archive when visiting websites

How can I save all websites I visit in Safari? Preferably I would save by domain (so saving foo.html and bar.html share the same resource files, images, etc.) Is Automator the tool for the job?
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Run AppleScript for Specific Monitor

I've enabled Dictation for command prompts via voice [got it from the OS shipped Chess application in Lion]. Decided to give it a go System Wide now in 2015 running Yosemite. I fancy it so far, ...
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Automator - Indesign file and folder creation, naming & editing from Spreadsheet

I'm fairly new to Automator, just learning some of the basics right now, but I have a big project, and I'd like to know if it's feasible with Automator. Basically our company needs to create files and ...
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Move all contents from a folder to another with shell script

Why does this work? mv /Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Novas/* /Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Tratadas …but the commands below don't work? mv "/Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Novas/*" ...
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Get current path of Automator app

I am trying to create an Automator application which I will be distributing to other users on the network. The automator app will be accompanied by a ZIP file and a PKG installer file. I need to run ...
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Applescript not returning string

I have a list called num. I have converted it into a string. I want to return that string so that the next action called "New text file" in my automator workflow can get the string. This is my code - ...
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Bind a series of keystrokes to a hotkey

I want to take a sequence of keypresses (including modifiers) and define a single keyboard shortcut to execute the sequence. Can I do that? I use OneNote for Mac. Notebook navigation by keyboard ...
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Selecting files for input Safari applescript

I am trying to automate using Applescript uploading of files to a website. I have gotten to nearly the last step, but can't seem to get a Finder (file chooser) window to respond to scripts. Here is ...
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Automator folder action to rename files from dynamic parent folder name

I'm looking to create a Folder Action that I can assign as needed to any folder that will rename files moved into it with the folder's name plus the basic date/time addition. In practice: I have a ...
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How to prompt new folder name in Automator

I'm using Pixelmator via Automator to batch add watermarks to my images and organize them. The app flow is: Get Folder Contents Copy Finder Items to: [Folder Name] Watermark Images I want to ...
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Automatically move all files from within a folder to external SSD, When external SSD is connected

I have a GoPro 4 which ends up creating very large high quality videos, when connected through USB the Gopro importer app automatically copies the files to a subfolder named by todays date in ...
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Automator gets stuck at shell script

I am building an automator script to do automatic backups to a network drive via rsync. The shell script works perfectly fine in terminal and completes and everything, but when i run it from ...
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Is there a way to read the Spotlight comment in Automator workflow

I need to do some clean up on Spotlight comments. Is there a way to read the Spotlight comment, then set it to another value ? For example let's say I need to remove one specific word in the comments. ...
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How should I start a new iTerm terminal with shortcut?

I've created a service in automator and assigned a shortcut, and it works. But this doesn't start a new iTerm terminal. It only reveals the already running one How can I start a new "tab" or a ...
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mdfind piped to automator?

I have an Automator app called convert2xlsx.app that takes file inputs and runs the Convert Format of Excel Files action to turn .xls files into .xlsx files. I can call it from the command line for ...
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Applescript read specific data out of iWork Numbers

I am trying to get data out of a table in Numbers. I have an index number, I need to get the name associated with it in applescript. (Eventually I need to set names of files with one of columns of ...
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Triggering an Automator script upon text selection

Is it possible to trigger an Automator script upon text selection on Mac OS X? I.e. if I select some text in any application (e.g. Safari, Eclipse, etc.), it should trigger an Automator script. I'm ...
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Automator fails. Is there a better solution?

Recently I was trying to train an Automator script to run some mundane tasks - unfortunately it stops at the first step. I clicked the "record" button on my old Mac OS 10.5 machine, opened Keychain ...