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

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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 '...
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Drag to convert Automator Action into Applescript

In Automator, there is a way to quickly convert an Action into its equivalent Applescript in Automator, I think by dragging it in some tricky way. I saw this some time ago but have now forgotten. I'...
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How can I automate recurrent steps in Yosemite?

I have a set of URLs bookmarked in chrome and I do many times a day: Open Chrome Open bookmarks Search a specific bookmark among my folders Click on bookmark Is there a way to do these ...
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How to switch straight to a keyboard in mac

I use 3 different language keyboards (japanese, english, chinese), all with their own special input method editors (IMEs). I have a fast switch between Japanese and English by just hitting either left ...
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How do I connect a VPN connection using AppleScript?

The Problem A number of defined Applescripts out there to tell your VPN connection to start connecting. The problem is, a lot of these seem to be designed with older versions of Mac OS in mind. This ...
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AppleScript to export script editor script as application

I have a binary that I want wrapped up as an Application, so I thought this was a good use case for AppleScript. I want to automate how Script Editor lets you export an AppleScript as a .app bundle. ...
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Automating Terminal Commands with AppleScript

I have an Arduino-based device (www.picobrew.com) and needs firmware updating. The company wrote a little app to do it for Windows users, but us OS X users are out in the cold. Fortunately, we were ...
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npm commain in Automator

Hi, I would like to write an automator workflow which allows me to install node packages. I tried with $ npm insall but doesn't work any idea how I could solve this?
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Using Automator to take a screen shot from Adobe Digital Editions, Page Down and repeat

Is there any way to have OS X's Automator.app repeatedly take screen shots of a book in Adobe Digital Editions? So me doing the task involves: Cmd + Shift + 4 space bar mouse click page down repeat… ...
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telnet shell-script in Automator

I'm partly new to Automator and since there is no application for Mac to control my Pioneer AVR I use some commands in the Terminal. But I'd like to automate some of my commands with the terminal. I ...
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Convert image type and save to relative folder with automator

I found a question and working answer here How to create an Automator service to convert images from one file type into another file type using the right-click contextual menu? but it is saving the ...
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How can I monitor the size of a file?

I run a particular abandoned open source project (StreamBaby) on my home media server, a Mac Mini. It's awesome but has one unfortunate issue which occasionally causes the app to generate an ...
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Move files from a single folder to multiple folders, based on filename

I have batch of files named A-01.pdf, A-02.pdf, B-01.pdf, B-02.pdf.... Then I have folder structure 01, 02, 03,.... How can I move all the files with 01 in there name to folder 01, all with 02 to ...
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Can I use automator to select text then search spotlight for it?

Basically, I have a spreadsheet of file names. I want to select a file name and search 4 folders simultaneously for it. I'd prefer for all the results to be listed in 1 Finder or 1 Spotlight window, ...
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How can I run a set of terminal commands using one click?

So I have this program I use to watch movies on my Apple TV that runs from my Mac in Terminal and goes to the TV. Well whenever you wanna start the server up you have to run a set of commands in ...
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How to add an application specific service contextual menu for an automator created service

I have just created a service for my text editor. I would like to be able to add a services item in the text editor contextual menu when right clicking. Can this be done?
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How to assign a service keyboard shortcut for a specific application (non global)

I would like to assign a keyboard shortcut to an automator created service. This must be working only for the application the service was created for. It should override the default application ...
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How to pass user input to Apple Script then execute?

How do I configure Automator to ask for a text input (example: enter website url) and pass the answer to an AppleScript that executes this command: video-dl (user input) So, this would be executed ...
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Applescript to change subject line

I have been looking up for the last two days and found a few applescripts that claimed to change the subject lines. But none of them seem to be able to change/set the subject line. What do you guys ...
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Is there a way to see the automator script in text?

If i create some type of workflow on Automator, can I see the script in plain text? For example, maybe get the script and push it out through Apple Remote Desktop to a remote computer?
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Why is my Apple Watch Siri voice-to-text fast, but taking subsequent action is slow?

When I speak on my Apple watch - the text to speech is quite fast. (To me this seems like the harder Computer Science problem, and my understanding is that it is going over the wire - back to Apple - ...
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Simple Way to Package an Executable as a .app [closed]

I created and compiled a very simple c++ game into a single executable. I've tested in on several macs and it works if the person just manually double clicks the file. However, because the game ...
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How does one Copy, Paste and Tab using AppleScript?

I am looking to automate Copy, Paste, Tab and Left in Microsoft Excel and either Safari or Firefox using Applescript. I have limited experience in coding, and have recently complied a code, but ...
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Create service to create calendar event selecting text

I was wondering if it's possible to add a custom service for OS X that is able to create a new event in my (default) calendar when I select some text and right click on it in a webpage, document, ...
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How can I create a custom behavior for a URL scheme?

I would like a specific URL scheme, magnet:, to run a command in Terminal. For example: magnet:?xt=urn:bKKH Would execute: myCommand "magnet:?xt=urn:bKKH"
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Copying AFP Path with Automator

I'm updating a Service I created in Automator a few years ago that copies a file path with a certain format in order to be clickable in "Messages". The problem now is that it doesn't work with new ...
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How to create an OSX Application to wrap a call to a shell script?

My goal is to include in a zip file what amounts to a shortcut, instead of telling my customer(s) to open up Terminal and run a shell script. My deployable essentially looks like this: $ unzip ...
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AppleScript to create spacing format like “S P A C I N G”?

In order to format text documents in a more readable way it would be nice to format selected texts by an apple script executed via the context menu services in the following way: select "text" with ...
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Automator shell script - change file extension

I currently have a task that is working. It takes whatever files are added to particular folder and compresses them via Handbrake to another folder: for f in "$@" do HandBrakeCLI --preset="iPhone &...
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Use Applescript/Automator to select a window highlighted in the Finder

I have an applescript which extracts the name, associated process and and other information about a target window. As of now, the script selects the target window via a "choose from list" dialog that ...
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How to Revoke Automator warning dialog?

I clicked unwillingly on "Don't show this message" and now it does not appear. How can I revoke it to be shown as previously?
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Did Dropbox 3.8.5 break multiple instances?

For a while, I've been running two Dropbox accounts, a personal and a work account, and it's been great. The method that I'm using is with an Automator workflow that fires up on boot. All that's in ...
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How to make Automator choose specific file types?

I have a program made in Automator which: I move folder on to my Automator programm file. It takes all pics from all subfolders Copies them to same subfolders It resizes pics in all copied subfolder ...