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

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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 ...
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OSX Services - character substitution + for _

I've created a service to use primarily in a browser for searching IMDB, so instead of copying and pasting the film's name I just select the text and run the service I created which will automatically ...
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Reformat URLs using Applescript or Automator

Currently I have a process that downloads image URL from a website. Then I filter out URLs I don't need and am left with a list of good image URLs. I want to reformat these URLs by adding [IMG] ...
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How to use Automator & AppleScipt to ask Pages to export as PDF?

Here is my workflow: (it's a service) However the workflow keeps giving me error: Can't continue input. I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me what's wrong, thanks!
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Mail saved to Web Receipts Folder

I would like to be able to have a Mail rule that would essentially take a file with a particular subject and "save as a PDF to my Web Receipts Folder" so it would do it as the mail came in and I would ...
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Combine files by name and zip

How can I automatically ZIP files with same file names (different extensions) into one ZIP? For example I have four files king.jpg king.txt queen.jpg queen.txt which would led to king.zip (...
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How to use Applescript to find duplicate files and .mp3 files in my iTunes “Music” folder and subfolders?

I recently moved my iTunes music library onto a new computer set-up by copying the "iTunes Media" folder onto an external HD and then onto my local disk. When I opened iTunes for the first time, it ...
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Wrapping youtube-dl into automator via applescript

I am hoping to make an automator application that prompts the user for input (i.e. youtube url), and downloads it using youtube-dl (already installed via Homebrew). After this, I am trying to use the ...
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save several xls files to xlsx using automator.

I am trying to create a very basic automator app that changes a lot of .xls to .xlsx using automator. Using automator I simply searched on the left panel for excel, dragged the convert format of excel ...
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Can I disable the menu bar for the laptop screen but not for external monitors?

On my laptop screen I think the menu bar doesn't provide enough info to warrant the space it takes up. When I dock my laptop with a massive external monitor, I'd rather it showed. Is there any way I ...
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Can I assign my named faces in **Photos** to contacts?

I want use faces which determined in Photos app and I named them. Specially I have contacts with the same names. I want link these and prefer do it automatically. Is there any way do this? EDIT : I ...
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Automator PDF contact sheet not using all images

I've used Automator to create a service that creates all selected images into a contact sheet. For some reason, the service doesn't want to use all the images; I have a selection of 42 images but only ...
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Convert PDF images to PNG using Automator

I want to convert a bunch of PDF images to PNG images. How do I tell Automator to resize the final images to a specified size (in pixels) like 100x100? Automator is also adding a number to the end of ...
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triggering an Automator flow when a sound is played

i use a chrome extension that plays a 'bing' when changes are made to a website that it's monitoring. this is the only sound that OS X will produce. is there any way to get output of a sound to ...
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Click a tab item in system settings using AppleScript in Automator?

I'm trying to create a shortcut to start system preferences and open the sound settings in the "in" tab. So far I have started system preferences and opend up the audio settings, maybe not in the ...
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How do I get Automator actions for Microsoft Powerpoint and Word?

I'm trying to set up Automator with a folder action to convert any Powerpoint or Word documents I drag into it to PDFs. I found this question: How do I script Powerpoint to save a directory of PPTX ...
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Create a Mac Service to send an item to Pocket Read later service

I am trying to create a right-click Service on Mac (using Automator) that will take a URL and add it to Pocket. I am using the official Pocket Bookmarklet javascript code as a starting point ...
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Can Safari's download popover window be made wider?

How can the max. width (fixed width≈425) of Safari's download-popover-window be made wider? Is there a way to get at Safari's "download pop over window" in any way so its max-size is larger than 425 ...
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Bash script not working on Automator but working from terminal

I have this bash script that works perfectly on terminal #!/bin/bash for f in "$@"; do DIRNAME="$(dirname "$f")" filename=$(basename "$f") name="${filename%.*}" extension="${filename##*.}" ...
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Shell script failing in Automator but works if I copy/paste into Terminal

Workflow I'm trying to achieve: Export SVG file from Adobe Illustrator to Desktop Drag SVG file from Desktop onto Automator Droplet Automator runs script (basic summary below) Script executes and ...
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How can I run an unsigned script in Automator

I can run the well-respected perl script exiftool from the command line in Terminal and achieve the desired result, but when I incorporate it in Automator as a Service I get a generic error message ...
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Yosemite-Remove string of numbers with Automator

I'm exporting various mov files from Davinci Resolve and they all have a string of numbers after them. I've aded a "-" to the custom filename so they're easier to select, but I want to remove them in ...
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Strange behaviour of services menu in some apps

For my own purposes, I created service named "Launch Terminal" which, naturally, launches terminal. I've edited it few times, then renamed, moved to iCloud, then again edited and finally copied to a ...
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How to bind specific window to a hotkey?

On Windows I use a simple Autohotkey script that allows me to easily bind to and switch beetween opened windows. For example, I'm about to be using a browser, two consoles and a text editor in the ...
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Execute arbitrary script when iTunes plays new song?

I want to execute a script when iTunes plays a new song. I have looked at Automator as well as the iTunes Library in Script Editor, but don't see anything that will allow me to do this. Any ideas?
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Automator service script ALWAYS launches application, disregarding conditional

I wrote a little service script to open an iTerm terminal window on an arbitrary folder on Finder. I want it to check if iTerm is running, and if it is to open the terminal session in a new tab ...
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VLC command works in Terminal but not Automator

If I run this in terminal it works fine /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC -I rc http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/select/mediaset/http-icy-mp3-a/vpid/bbc_radio_fourfm/format/pls.pls --...
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Unable to create a Service with a space in it's name

Hey there check this out, Open Automator, create a New Service, save it as "Something With Spaces" and it won't appear on your Services menu. Save it as "SomethingWithoutSpaces" and it will work. ...
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Automator workflow only works when clicking “step”

I am trying to write a workflow that will use Shell to apply SHA256 to cells in an Excel spreadsheet. The Workflow (which may be a bit of a hack) is working, but only when I click through it using "...
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How to provide a default value to the “Ask For Text” automator function?

I'm working on an Automator app that receives folders. So far it looks like this: Set Value of Variable (var1) Ask For Text (default answer set to "00000 Sample Job Name") Set Value of Variable (...
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Batch convert Power Point files to PDF in Mac

I'm looking for a way to batch convert PPT files to PDF for school. I've found that it's very easy to annotate and browse PDF files, and I'd like to be able to easily convert all of the powerpoint ...
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Batch download URLs from a .txt file

I have a .txt file with URL's on a separate line. http://www.apple.com http://www.google.com http://www.reuters.com I would like to download these webpages as a page source (a .html file) so I can ...
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How forward email attachment as new email?

Each day an email is received from a specific sender with a pdf. That pdf then is to be sent as a new email with no history of the previous sender. Any ideas how to do this?
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Lost files due to Automator

I Lost My School Files! I made a short Automator workflow that simply gets my School folder, and moves it to the USB drive, thinking it would automatically copy over like a normal drag n drop would. ...
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Change Copy and Paste behaviour system-wide

I would like to enhance the global copy/paste behaviour with an additional action. In particular, I often use Growl to display custom notifications. From the command line, I can use the growlnotify ...
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Run Automator workflow or shell script at application launch/shutdown

As the title says, I'm looking for a way to run an Automator workflow (or a shell script) when I launch a specific application. When I shut down the application, I want to run another workflow/shell ...
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Copy a file's NSURL to clipboard

I am trying to do a rather simple thing: in the context menu I want to have an action (e.g. with Automator) that gets and copies the file's NSURL to clipboard. The solution seems simple, but it does ...
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How to get text from Facebook webpages using Automator?

I am managing a network on Facebook that has about 3 million subscribers in about 500+ groups... I used to extract text from those Facebook Group pages using Automator, after getting a huge text file ...
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running python script of global keyboard shortcut in OSx

Hi I wrote a python script to get the size of the file of which I have URL I copied from browser or anywhere; I wanted to create a global keyboard shortcut so I tried to create using Automator > ...
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Booklet creation El Capitan

Since I passed to El Capitan, good'ol Create Booklet 1.2 (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/21068/create-booklet) won't work anymore (it used to be free, but is now paid for). All the available booklet ...
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Only copy files modified after certain date, and maintain file structure

So, I had to do some work on a drive that's used where I work. It's an important drive, and couldn't be down while I did this, so I copied the files to a new drive for use while the other was offline....
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Showing hidden files on the desktop. Is there a way to remove .DS_Store on desktop only?

I hope I do not have to disable the hidden file visibility in order to disable .DS_Store from appearing on the desktop. .DS_Store constantly gets in the way in the desktop but not in any other ...
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Using Automator (or something) to open Safari

I think I almost have this solved, but I don't get quite what I would like. For most websites, I happily use my default browser (Chrome). However, there is one particular website that just won't ...
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How to archive mail in Outlook 2016 with a shortcut?

Outlook 2016 has removed support for AppleScript. I used to use a script to move my mail to the Archive folder on Ctrl-A. How do I restore that functionality?
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Extract PDF Annotations in Automator isn't getting the content

OSX Yosemite 10.10.5. I'm using Preview.app to annotate PDFs. Now I want to extract all of the annotations from the documents, so I open Automator.app and connect the "Get Specified Finder Items" and "...
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Automating numbers, Exporting the file as an excel document

I have recently acquired a Macbook Pro (OS X Yosemite 10.10.4). I find the Numbers application satisfactory to work with, but I save the file as an .xlsx file after I am done. I need to make changes ...
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Installing Applications on Mac through Network

I need to install an application to number of Macs. Is there any way i can do it over the network or any other advise on this. Thanks
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Terminal: executing a batch of commands from dynamic locations

I'm trying to restructure a library of audio files and I've been trying to do so using Terminal. See the folder structure in the attached image. There's a couple of things I want to do: 1) Remove '...