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

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Can only run AppleScript from Automator

I have the following AppleScript which toggles the scroll direction on the trackpad: tell application "System Preferences" activate set current pane to pane "com.apple.preference.trackpad" ...
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Applescript question for copying files

I wrote a script to copy files from an SD Card to a Thunderbolt Hard Drive. I wanted the action to automatically do all of this in a single shelled applescript under an automator action. When I ...
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Variable not defined not sure why

For some reason "the name of thePath" comes up as not defined by my automator workflow. on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" set thePath to the (first item of the input) ...
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Finder Services maximum selection limit

I have created an automator action to operate on files selected in the Finder. But I am noticing that if I have a lot of files selected, instead of seeing any services at all, I only see: No ...
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Automator: How to send an email to multiple recipients with Font colour and attachment image?

I have done a program of 'Send-Email-To-Multiple-Recipients' in Automator as see an attachment image below. But, it does not work to retain font colour of texts in a message body within this ...
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Automator app in notification centre

I've made an Automator application that runs displays a notification and then runs a shell script. Works fine. However, the notification centre doesn't display the name of the application, but instead ...
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Display message box only if “filter finder items” finds an item (Automator)

Currently, I have a workflow going like this: When files and folders added to downloads Filter finder items where kind = music Open finder items with ID3 tag editor Ask for confirmation "Click OK ...
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Services menu shows the incorrect name

I made a Service in Automator, but when I was saving mistyped the name. I used Automator to rename the Service, but the incorrect name shows up in my Services menu. I checked the ~/Library/Services ...
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System hotkey to execute cmus-remote?

I am a huge fan of the terminal-based music player cmus. It does everything I want from a music player and nothing I don't. I want to use it instead of iTunes on my Macbook. I installed it via ...
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Is there a way to use automator/write an apple script to change the font in several powerpoint documents?

A recurring issue at work: A powerpoint file needs to be moved in to illustrator and saved as an .eps file. The files are almost always submitted with the font set to Calibri which Illustrator ...
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How can I make an Automator service run a shell script and display the output?

I'm using Automator to run a shell script (ffmpeg transcode to h264) as a 'Service', so that I can just right click the high res .mov file and select the service. It works fine, but as it's ffmpeg it ...
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Creating an Automator/Applescript to compare two versions of an MS Word document

I'm storing MS Word documents in GIT and would like to have an rudimentary document compare system on the rare occasion that I need to diff them. I've seen: ...
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Where is a good place to share automator files

I've had a request to share an Automator workflow I made. Where is a good place to do that? Something like pastebin but for workflow files.
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Create an automator/applescript service that opens a file in an external program

Just wondering about some automator/applescript help. Basically: I download a MP3 file from an artist (for example) It is saved to my Downloads folder. From there, I want to open it automatically ...
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How to get the domain name on the command line

I know this is a simple question, but I can't recall a method of doing it. I wrote a service using automator to copy the public URL of a file in my Sites folder. I wrote this script: sed -e ...
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Launch iTunes and iPhoto when external USB drive is connected

Is there a code that I can just copy an paste into Terminal or Automator? If not what is the best Application to download?
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Why does this bash script not work as an automator service?

I know very little about bash scripting or Terminal commands, this is all very new to me so please bear with me. Original script I would like to use a script I found on littlefield.info as an ...
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Apple thinks I'm my father

My mac thinks I'm my father. When in automator I do this: [get value of variable: name] --> [new text file. Save as 'name.txt'. Location: desktop] it should put my name in a text file and put it ...
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Automator Service that works with and without selection

I have an AppleScript that I want to run with a keyboard shortcut. The script uses the current selection of text if it is available, but will also work without it. I have created an Automator Service ...
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Grab the “Active” Window in Applescript

I have a script which perform the following: Load a file into a program (Subler — done separately, not in this script) Confirm the loading of the file (this is where the script begins) Saves the ...
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Converting Automator Action in applescript to bash script

I just wrote an Automator app using AppleScript (along with a couple of bash lines) to start FTP with a single click. However it runs more than a tad slow. Here's the code: set ftpstatus to "off" try ...
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Automator can't find Symbolic Links?

I'm trying to create an automator workflow that starts out by finding all symbolic links in a given directory. What's happening however is that even if I set it to return "all files", I end up with ...
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Automator sequential renaming for one file at a time

I have found many tutorials on how to rename some files using a "batch-renaming" type of workflow, but I have a different issue. I'm moving files one at a time into a folder, not all at once, so the ...
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Run program if connected to specific wifi?

Is it possible to have a program starting automatically when I connect to a specific router, and having it stop when I disconnect from this router? Basically I want a program to run while I'm at work ...
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How to use automator to create a service which converts an ebook (using calibre commands)

I am trying to figure out a way to be able to right-click on an .epub file and convert it to a .mobi file. Currently (thanks to calibre command tools) I can to the following within the terminal ...
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Trigger Automator workflow on HDD mount

I want to know if there is some way to trigger a workflow when an external HDD is plugged. I want to mirror one folder in my local machine to backup it. Target folder will be in the external HDD and ...
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Move similarly named images into a folder with the same name

I am trying to create an automator app which will take all the images which are similarly named and create a folder with that name and move the images then into that folder and then archive that ...
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How to automate changing the settings when you connect the mouse?

I want to change option in System Preferences "Scroll direction: natural" every time I plugin mouse to my MacBook. And switch back when mouse is disconnected. This should happen automatically. How ...
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Automated Deletion of Messages From OS X Mail

Okay, so I know this is a tricky issue as OS X's Mail seemingly lacks the ability to automatically delete or archive old messages, even though it has the necessary date-based rules to do so. As such, ...
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Automator PDF actions

When using the Automator PDF action "PDF to images" any annotations made to a PDF using preview are not converted as part of the output images. The base images are there but the annotations are not ...
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How do I make automator only perform an operation on one file at a time?

I have with 'Folder Action' that automatically runs a Photoshop script on each file that is added to the folder. The folder action has two steps: Open this file with Adobe Photoshop CC Run the ...
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What's a way to run an automator/bash/applescript command right when a laptop starts charging and right when it stops being charged?

I'm trying to automate running a background application only when my laptop is charging to save battery. So it will launch when I plug the laptop in, and quit when I take it out.
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Can I capture Spotlight input and use it in another process?

I'd like to capture everything I type into Spotlight and use the text as input for a script, possibly a new instance of a Services workflow. From that point of course anything is possible; the most ...
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Can Automator's 'find finder items' ignore subfolders when searching?

I am using the Apple Automator to build a simple program that opens all the documents that belong to a project. All files are in the same folder and can be identified by the first characters of the ...
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Automate mobile terminal?

I have a jailbroken iPhone. I use it to reboot my router when my wifi is going slow or messing up. But I'm lazy and I was looking for a way to automate the process. I use shortcuts that mobile ...
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How to automate audio editing?

I want to make audio editing workflows in Automator. My current goal: to cut out exactly the same length from a group of audio files. I haven't found any audio editors supporting AppleScript yet. ...
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automate app launch at midnight ?

How might I use Automator or Applescript to launch iTunes at midnight, and kill it at 5am ? (This is the only time when I have unlimited bandwidth.. rural sat-based ISP.. ugg.) Thanks.
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Global shortcut to have finder open my home directory

New Mac/OSX user here. Thanks to google I've come up with this automator script: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" activate make new Finder window to home ...
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AppleScript to find and delete a folder inside an FCPX library

I need to write or find a simple script to find, select and move to trash, folders within a Final Cut Pro X library. Because these libraries are bundles you can't search them in the normal way. What ...
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In Need: Automated time-based iTunes downloads

I have a monthly bandwidth cap of 25gb download capacity, because I live in a rural area with no broadband at all. I use the Exide satellite product. So, I'm extremely limited in my ability to ...
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How to disable shortcut for an Automator script?

A few weeks ago I wrote a short script with the Automator to get familiar with it. I found a website which explained how to set up a primitive script to start the screensaver and define a shortcut to ...
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How can I copy the full smb:// link from a file in Finder?

I work in a Windows environment with many different shared drives. I commonly have Finder windows open to different shared drives and nested folders. I have a Service set up (that I created in ...
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Automator service to extract file and delete parent

I am trying to create an automator service to take the selected folders in Finder and search each of them for movie files, move those movie files to a certain directory and then move the original ...
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Open Finder Tabs with Automator?

I'd like to say that the problem I want to solve is pretty simple, but I can't seem to find any good resources to tackle it. I'd like to have an Automator application that will open all of my ...
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Automator or Applescript for custom script to download bank statements?

What's the best tool to script to automate downloading statements from my bank and credit card companies' website in each of their statement download area? All banks, credit card companies, and ...
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Workflow Services not showing in Service Menu

All of a sudden my Automator services are no longer showing in the Service menu in Mail. None of them. All I see is No Service Apply (grayed out). I know they still work, if I open them in ...
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Pausing workflow until action complete

I have Hazel set up on a media server to automatically add files to specific iTunes playlists based on a text tag in the directory name. Several users will send us individual files or directories ...
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How can I map a Service's Keyboard Shortcut on the Command Line?

I'm trying to write a program that adds some new services to the Mac. For this to work I need to add keyboard shortcuts to some installed services. Doing it though system preferences is not an ...
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AppleScript for enabling VPN broken after update to 10.9.3

I've been using an AppleScript for connecting to my office VPN. After updating my macbook to 10.9.3, it fails to execute, and throws an exception Unable to get network preferences (honestly, it is ...
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Create a service using Automator to compile .tex file in Mac

I'm using Mac OS X 10.9.3, TeXLive-2013 and Scrivener to write my papers. I'd like to use Apple's Automator in order to create a service (available from the Finder's right-click menu over a file) ...