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

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How to create applescripts for Outlook 2011 to replicate Quicksteps?

Outlook 2010+ for PCs includes Quickstep functionality, that allows you to create multistep rules or macros to easily perform actions on selected email(s). Examples are automatically categorize an ...
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Converting .rtf to .doc/.dox with a service

I like to write in rich text with textedit and then do more complicated formatting tasks with Pages 5.0. However, Pages doesn't open rich text. To get the text into pages I either have to copy and ...
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Automator Localization issue?

I have some difficulties understanding what's wrong in Automator: I used to launch a short automator script with an exiftool command to organize my pictures by folders: exiftool -v '-Directory < ...
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Automating Safari Reader

What is the best possible way to automate the following steps in Safari: On a given webpage where Reader is enabled - Click Reader - Print - Save as PDF
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Use Automator to drop one letter in the naming

I've a kind of download-setup on my Mac and it does an excellent job downloading all the files I need. But for some reason the setup is renaming my files with "Title 9x88 Name". And I would like to ...
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Automate adding email senders to my contacts

A while back I created a cheap 'mailing list' by telling people to email me if they would like my newsletter. This has got really difficult to manage so I'm trying to migrate to mail chimp. Is there ...
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Trouble in Automator's Shell Script after OS X 10.9 Mavericks upgrade

I've got a problem. I use from lot of time an Automator's shell script: cat >> ~/Dropbox/ClipBoard/Appunti\ Mac\ del\ $(date +\%Y-\%m-\%d).txt It ever worked but, after Mavericks upgrade, ...
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Deleting files with applescript messes up Finder's CoverFlow

I wrote myself a little script to delete JPG+RAW files by just reviewing my JPG (who loads faster thant CR2). I've put the following code in an Automator service bound to a keyboard shortcut. on ...
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Run script before restart/shutdown

Is it possible to execute a script/command right before OS X is shutting down or restarting? I'd like to run sudo apachectl stop to stop apache from auto-starting.
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Automator: How can I monitor a folder, make items process in a specific app?

I will be feeding images into a folder from my camera as they are taken. When those items enter the folder, I need for them to be opened and processed by an app. How would I go about monitoring the ...
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AppleScript - “Close tabs to right of current tab” in Safari 7

I have been using the AppleScript below as an Automator service in order to get Safari to close all tabs to the right of the current tab. However I have updated to Mavericks (10.9) and find that this ...
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Batch-processing Image Files in a Folder using a folder action with Automator

I'm trying to resize new image files in a folder using a folder action so the files that were already resized to 300x250 don't get resized again. The thing is I'm having issues getting the resizing ...
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Why does Automator need the discrete GPU?

My 15" MacBook Pro with Retina was getting quite hot while I was just browsing the web, so I opened Maverick's Activity Monitor to see what was using so much energy. I discovered that the discrete ...
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How can I use automator to run “purge” command in Mavericks?

In Mountain Lion, I frequently used a simple automator app called "Purge Memory" which just ran "purge" in the command line. I really enjoyed cleaning the RAM, especially when buggy apps ran memory ...
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Automatically move files to a parent folder + delete subfolder

I'm trying to figure out how to automatically move files from a folder to its parent folder and delete the original folder. To illustrate, here's my structure: Parent Folder – Subfolder ...
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A turning gear appears when I run this workflow, why?

I am running the following script (called Restart AppleTV) using automator : on run {input, parameters} do shell script "sudo killall coreaudiod" with administrator privileges return input end ...
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Launch App with Automator when system is idle

My idea is to dim the display when the system is idle for 10 seconds, and with a keystroke or trackpad activity revert to original (I want to preserve battery automatically and not using a screen ...
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Can I create a service in Automator that will run without having a file selected?

When creating services in automator, the topmost options is "Service receives selected..." Is there a way to create a service that just works on the currently open finder window, without having a file ...
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How to set a specific email address in Automator, from a variable?

I can collect a variable (email address) from the clipboard. How do I set it to the recipient in Mail with Automator?
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Automator: Correct syntax for calling an AppleScript file

I'm attempting to write an Automator application that will mount an external disk. I have an AppleScript that does the job and I'm attempting to insert it into an Automator application. However, ...
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How can I make a .command file that I can share without giving permissions on each computer?

I have a terminal command that I would like to run. telnet 169.254.216.127 54326 Ideally I would like to convert this into a .command file and be able to share it with many other mac users ...
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Why is Automator not working with Spotlight Search?

I'm running an Automator Workflow that searches a provided directory, and then does a standard Filter Finder Items in order to make sure it's only going to be working with aliases. Spotlight failed ...
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AppleScript Setting Select Drop Down

I am trying to enable dictation with applescript and so far have the following that works. But, how do I set the drop down for the shortcut key using AppleScript? Below is the AppleScript code: ...
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Launch Dictation With Applescript

I would have thought this would be easy to find, but thus far it has not been for me. Is there a way to launch dictation (fn, fn) with applescript or from the terminal?
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How can I run a command that requires user input through oh-my-zsh alias?

I'm trying to add Reminder.app items through the command line by invoking an alias. I use the Automator workflow solution from this question: How can I add reminders via the command line?, which ...
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Automate Duplicating and Renaming Images

I've got an image and I need to duplicate it 800 times but add a new prefix every time I duplicate it. I've got the prefixes in a CSV file (or spreadsheet) and I'm wondering if there's a way that I ...
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Relative path in Automator

I want to make an Automator action that copies a set of files from a folder to another folder that is one folder up and then two folders down from the original files. In other words: ...
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How do I get Automator to process images using ImageMagick in a command script?

I'm making an Automator workflow that uses the shell script action to process a selection of images with the imagemagick composite command. Only I'm having issues getting it going. According to the ...
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A script to automatically split an Aperture library

My Aperture library contains a ridiculous amount of pictures (well over 30 000) which means it is extremely slow whatever the hard-drive and computer I use. I want to split my library into separate ...
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Launch XQuartz app via Automator

I'm trying to launch meld (installed via Homebrew) via an app shortcut, ideally ending up in my Applications folder. A recommended way to launch console apps in Mountain Lion seems to be using ...
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Find a specific file with automator

The basic question is: How can I pass a filename to the Spotlight search module in Automator? The essential problem: I have hundreds of broken aliases scattered throughout a particular ...
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How to make an existing AppleScript file to work as a service?

I made an AppleScript, saved it as a file in a specific folder on my hard drive. Now I want to assign a shortcut to it and looks like I have to make a Service via Automator, but the Run AppleScript ...
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Folder actions has stopped importing photos into iPhoto

I have had a problem for the past week where a folder action created in Automator has stopped importing photos from a folder into iPhoto. I have tried: Repairing disk permissions. Deleting the script ...
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Use PhotoBooth.app with Automator

Using Mountain Lion - 10.8.4 I would like to setup a daily snapshot system using Automator: use the PhotoBooth.app set it to auto start with the countdown "1,2,3" autosave the picture to a ...
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Requirements to use 'open -b “bundle.id” ' for OS X

I have a post install script which opens and runs my application silently. The app was made using Automator and basically runs an Applescript which in turn runs a Bash script embedded from the app ...
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Run Automator App conditionally at system startup

i have build an Automator app working every time at system startup. But sometime i wish to do not run it. There is a way to avoid (like holding a key at boot for example) Automator App runs when it ...
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Adding the Print Document Option To The Right-Click Contextual Menu?

In Windows it is possible to print a document on the desktop by right-clicking on it and choosing Print Document in the contextual menu that appears. By default this option is unfortunately not given ...
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Emulating associative arrays in AppleScript

A problem that would be trivial to solve with key=>value pairs. For each item in list_a, find the matching item in list_b and compare a single attribute (calculate scale ratio for two sets of images). ...
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Why is the photo quality terrible in Automator?

I am trying to use Automator as a Photo Booth but when I use the video snapshot command the photo quality is terrible. The built in camera is fine in other apps such as Skype or Photo Booth? I can't ...
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Automator won't execute my bash shell script

I have a bash script that works like a thread. Now I'd like to turn it into a service with Automator. Input is set to Image Files in Automator and the shell script action is set to Pass input as ...
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Automator: Issue with nested folders

Can anybody explain how can I do this: Add to context menu in finder element nested folders which contains of : nested folders - template one - template two - template three and each ...
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Is it possible to hook automator to the “before download” event in Safari?

I find that I desperately NEED Safari to ask me where I would like something saved (and allow me to rename it) (you know.. a Save As dialog) before it is downloaded - on an individual, download by ...
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How to ask for a mail folder in applescript?

I apologise in advance since this will be a long question. I hope that somebody with applescript knowledge can help me. I am transferring whole of my Windows machines to Apple and I am stuck with one ...
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Unlock Mac from Terminal or Automator

In my attempt to start iPlayer and BBC News every morning, I have scheduled Automator to open a page. It does work, however my Mac stays locked, therefore I need to get out of my bed and enter the ...
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Can two apps be tied so that when one opens or closes, the other does so?

Can triggers be set up so that when "App A" starts, another "App B" gets started automatically? Ideally, the solution would send a quit message to "App B" when "App A" quits, but the important part is ...
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Automator to execute shell script with an input text file, copy it to specific directory

I'm simplifying making a .deb file with Automator. I currently have a shell script that does some simple actions - Ask the user for text input Do some directory parsing Execute a command with the ...
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How to get Mail.app raw message in the Automator?

This is an cross-post, because i'm not sure where it really belonging. It is programming question, but apple specific question too. Here is the stackoverflow link: ...
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My Automator Workflow fails because it fails to find the git command within the 'Run Shell Script' command? Need help

I have an Automator workflow and one of the actions is to clone a repository. Here's the code for the 'Run Shell Script' action. The command is run within the Bash shell /bin/bash if that matters: ...
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Script or workflow to modify find and replace text in clipboard

I need give unique names to many, many files as part of my job. I download dozens of PDFs from a research database which all come with the same name (date of download). I have to open the file, select ...
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creating a resident workflow with automator

I currently have a simple workflow that gets the contents of the clipboard and creates a new text file from those contents on the desktop. problem is, i have to run the workflow everytime i need my ...