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

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How can I convert HTML/Rich Text to Markdown in Automator?

I have an Automator service that takes selected text and saves it in a file. However, bold, italics, and linked URLS aren't preserved. Is there a way I can convert it to Markdown before I save it? ...
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Using Automator to batch crop with custom coordinates / measurements

I'm trying to crop large batches of images automatically. I'm currently using Automator's Crop Images action, but it is lacking in options. I can specify a width and height, and then it performs a ...
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Trim filenames in automator w. shell or applescript

Why doesn't this work? (The automator is in swedish but the parts are: get selected finder objects - get folder contents - run shell script) I want to trim the first three characters of the ...
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How can I use Automator to extract information from an email in Mail?

I'm trying to extract information from emails coming in from PayPal from my customers (first name, last name, address, phone #, order #, date) to create a database with that information. The info ...
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How can I run a application in Automator?

I want to run an application in Automator but there is no run program. Operating system and stuff: OS X Lion 10.7.5 Automator 2.2.4 Memory: 3GB
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Automator list of urls - no results

I have a list of URLs as input, and I'm trying to get image on the pages in order to download them. I'm filtering the text and passing it to the 'Get Image URLs from Webpage' action, but it's not ...
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Can I give Automator apps a window?

Can I create a window / UI for applications created using Automator? Or is this just not possible with Automator apps? Background: I created an "application" through Automator, and dragged the app ...
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Authomatically press a keystroke with Automator/Applescript when a specific application is active

Background to problem: Spotify rolled out a new update, with new dark, high contrast color scheme, which is very tiring for eyes and difficult to read for people with various health issues. Inverting ...
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Automator: Unzip and Move files to replace older versions of the same file

So I don't know if this is even possible but here is our current workflow: I have a file that gets passed from one person to the next depending on what step it's at. When the file if finished the ...
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Running shell commands with Automator: how to create a droplet launching an “exec” command?

I need to create a automator application that launches the following exec command, whenever a image file is dropped onto it (the exec print the image files with some printing params). exec('lpr -o ...
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Automator Workflow - Convert FLAC to MP3

I would like to have an Automator Workflow that converts FLAC to Mp3. Right now I am using this shell script which works fine and preserves ID3 Tags: #!/bin/bash for f in "$@"; do [[ "$f" != ...
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How can I permanently force Xerox secure printing?

My clients are printing direct to a network printer (no print server). Xerox have confirmed that the Secure Print Only option is only available in Windows, so I am looking at editing .plists, ...
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Run app as a different user (automator) [duplicate]

i'd like to be able to open an app as a different user. For example PC1 is my main account and PC7 is my secondary one. I can achieve the effect in terminal using su - pc7 insert password ...
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AppleScript/Automate Mail Tasks

I've been trying to help a coworker automate a weekly email compilation he sends out but haven't yet been able to figure out how address a few specific areas...first I'll explain the situation, then ...
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Is it possible to create shortcuts for VLC using Automator?

I see here that Automator can be used to create commands that then can be triggered globally. I have no idea how to use Automator but see that it has some options for involving applications... Can a ...
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Possible to automate entering star ratings and play counts for identical/duplicate song in iTunes?

I'm in the process of replacing my low quality <192 kpbs MP3s into either 320 kpbs MP3 or ALAC files in iTunes. Right now my routine is to import the new HQ files to iTunes, go to "Show Duplicate ...
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Is there a way to move files to multiple folders in single Folder Action?

I'm trying to set a Folder Action that will move all of the files that are in my downloads folder into their appropriate folders so that I don't have to do them manually. (movies to movie folder, ...
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Re-open network tabs in Finder

How do I restore network Finder tabs in OS X Mavericks after the computer source of the tabs has rebooted and left those tabs blank? Is there an Automator action that can populate Finder tabs with ...
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Automator workflow runs forever

I have run into a problem with automator: I have a workflow that does image processing (it converts color images to gray). I am able to invoke the workflow from the terminal and it works fine. The ...
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AppleScript or Automator workflow to clean orphaned files on Kindle

I'm wondering if there's a way to clean orphaned files from a Kindle using AppleScript or Automator. It would basically look for any .sdr folder that doesn't have a matching .mobi or .azw and then ...
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Have Automator parse down folders and list all filenames without their extension

Automator newbee question here. I've searched around and just can't find what I need (nor fully grasp how things work :-( ). I would like to have Automator parse thru a given folder, which is ...
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screencapture as a service doesn't work in OS X 10.9.2

I have updated to 10.9.2 and looks like it has broken my image uploading script. It starts with a shell command: screencapture -i /tmp/last_screen.png It should take a picture of selected area. ...
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softlink to Network Location

does anyone know a trick how to generate a Softlink to a Network folder (smb or nfs) the idea is that there are some network folders i use regulary, but they usally not mounted .. the soflink i made ...
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Run rake using Automator

I have install ruby using RVM. Next I create workflow in Automator, which detects new files in folder and then copies them to another dir. The next thing I want - to switch to those folder and run few ...
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How to Extract Icon or Image From Folder File (Then automating the process)

I just purchased a new macbookpro (retina - late 2013) & when I transfered my extensive library of icon images and files almost 50% of them were nonvisible as they simply read as "folder" files. ...
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Simulate shift-tab with Automator/AppleScript?

OSX 10.9.1, Late 2013 MBPr I am trying to make a Automator workflow to connect to another machine on my network. How can I do this with Automator? I have it all set up up to the point where I have to ...
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Automator: Change to selected directory and run shell script

I'm trying to create a context menu command via Automator service. The context menu command will run a shell script to create some default documents in the given directory. I wrote out the shell ...
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How to mount my MacBook's user folder as registered user using Automator?

In an answer to this question, Ben Wyatt recommends the following to get Automator to mount a network volume: 1) Get Specified Servers. This will let you build a list of shares to connect to. If ...
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Automator quarantine Gatekeeper workaround?

I am using my Developer certificate to sign Automator Apps via the Export dialogue, however when distributing these apps (outside the Mac App store) via email, Gatekeeper still flags my apps as a from ...
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Automator Get Filename of Selected File

I'm trying to create a Service where I can select an individual file, right click, go to Services and tap Perm Delete using Automator - i.e.: rm <path> I've looked around and i just can't find ...
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Change keyboard whenever iTerm is selected

Using either Applescript or Automator is it possible to switch the software keyboard(Input Source) to a certain keyboard(input source) whenever iTerm becomes foreground? Scenario is as follows I ...
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Bug with the automator action “rotate an image” and tags

I have the following bug. I have created a small app that rotates an image, with the help of automator. But when I apply this action to a file with tags, it removes all the tags of the file (by ...
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Automator get first 3 letters of parent folder

How do i get the first 3 letters of the parent folder im creating a folder in with automator im designing a Automator service to create a project folder in the folder of a client and I want to append ...
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Automator rename finder item date and time

I want to use automator to create a project folder with a Automator service, but i like to add the month and year (with two decimals) not the day, month and whole year. want i can creatie is ...
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Can I trigger an Automator workflow from a Notification Center alert?

I know there are ways to trigger Notification Center alerts inside an Automator workflow. I'd like to do the reverse. I'd like to set up an event listener which, when a particular app emits a ...
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Automator to save all images in multiple mail messages

Is it possible to use automator to save all images from my Mail? I use Apple mail with 3 accounts, I want to filter messages by a criteria and get all the images from the messages? Can anyone tell me ...
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Automatically reduce MacBook brightness on connecting to external display?

I would like my macbook to reduce its screen brightness to zero when I connect it to an external display. I know there's no such setting, but how would I go about writing a script that would do that? ...
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Automator application needs to ignore all files that aren't EPS

I've made an application that I drop EPS files on and it makes two copies and renames them and transfers them to SMB shares. But sometimes when I have more than one file selected in other windows, ...
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Automator Folder Action Help

I'm just getting started with automator. So far, i've created an application that runs at user login that gathers all the items from trash and from a folder that I use for ARD installs and securely ...
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Mail.app Automator/Sript action for suspicious emails

I am getting fed up with the surprisingly professional looking SCAMS arriving in my Inbox. I wanted to create an Automator action which would tell me who is the actual sender by looking up the IP it ...
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Using Automator to move subtitles files

Is it possible to use Automator to automatically move a subtitle file .srt to the folder where a video file with the same name is located? Let's say I have a file ~/Videos/MyVideoFolder/my_video.avi ...
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Using Automator to recall open Windows of (multiple) Applications

I would like to assign numbers to open Windows of (multiple) Applications with a keyboard shortcuts like: Cmd+1 (different numbers for different windows) and then recall them (along with their ...
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Automator action to upload a file/folder

Is there an Automator action that can upload a file/folder? Specifically, I want to upload a folder automatically at a set date/time. I know I can create a "Calendar Alarm" action that'll trigger ...
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Converting videos in the background using automator and handbrake

I am trying to automate the process of video conversion using handbrake and automator. Here is the script that i am using in Run Shell Script action of Automator Folder Action: for f in "$@" do ...
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Automator for Saving Attachments

I save MANY attachments from one URL about 50 times a day from clients. I'd like to automate the process for when I click on the download attachment button it will save into 1 specific folder when ...
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Using automator and handbrake cli to convert videos automatically

I am trying to automate video conversion process using Automator and Handbrake CLI version. I am trying to implement the functionality that whenever a video is downloaded in my dropbox folder on my PC ...
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Select a menu item in AppleScript without using “System Events” in 10.9 Mavericks

I was just answering another question and was reminded of a new "feature" in Mavericks. I used to have a number of small Automator Services that took no input but did something useful when tied to a ...
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How to pass keyboard hotkeys from VMWare Windows VM back to OSX host?

I'm running VMWare 5 on a MacBook Pro, and I'd like to be able to send certain combinations of keys out to OSX while working in my Windows VM. I've set up a couple Automator scripts that do ...
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Automator app with a menubar icon

I've created an application with Automator. I want to have a new icon in the menubar like this: Which starts the app when I click on it. Is it possible? (without using Xcode) PS: I don't ...
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iCloud for Automator and services

Since Mavericks, Automator is now able to store services (.workflow) in iCloud. The problem is that services are not available in the Services menu or contextual menu (right-click) when I store them ...