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

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What is possible when I Allow app to control this computer using accessibility features?

What privileges are obtained by a process that is allowed to control the computer through accessibility options, and how does a developer go about utilizing them?
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Automator - How to know what I can do with Automator in each app

I'm new to AppleScript and Automator, I've reached to stop and play next and previous track in Spotify, here's what I use inside the AppleScript: tell application "Spotify" to playpause for ...
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Applescript or Automator service that automatically trusts certificates

I would like to know, if there is a way to make an Automator service or an Applescript that automatically trusts a root certificate. If possible without a prompt for password or Admin privileges. ...
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Making a command key for an option that already exists

Introduction: Hello, my formatting may look weird but I'm hoping it will be more concise for you and easier to follow, I have ADHD so my writing sometimes goes from one thing to another without any ...
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AppleScript to identify the current status of Network Connection?

What is the AppleScript to identify the current status of MacBook Pro's network connection (Yosemite 10.10.3) Connected via Iphone USB on/off (Hotspotting to Iphone) Connected via WIFI ON on/off ...
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How do I “say . . . using” in Javascript for Automation?

In Applescript, I can specify the voice the system uses to speak text as follows: say "Hello" using "Alex" In Javascript, I can do something similar: var ScriptEditor = Application("Script ...
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How to have Automator say click “Thanks” to App's Dialog Box

Using Automator, how to click "Thanks" on the apps Dialog Box? The app runs a process, and when the process finishes returns a series of Dialog Boxes with the result. Each Dialog Box, has 1 button ...
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Efficient compression workflow of iCloud Videos

Photos for Mac + iCloud Photos has significantly improved my photography workflow: It is now much easier to keep all of my family photos and videos organized (side bar: favorite smart album is album = ...
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How to: Automator, launch an app, as if I dragged n dropped file on App's dock icon?

Using automator, I know how to "Launch an App". I would like to know how to "Launch an App in a specific way". The app I want to launch, acts differently depending how its launched. If one: clicks ...
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Is there a quicker way to pause Photos uploading to iCloud?

Photos.app on Yosemite takes forever to upload its library to iCloud, and can slow the WiFi network to a crawl while it does so. I know that I can pause it in the app's Preferences, but this is ...
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Script/Workflow: Select item, print, save as PDF, name sequentially, down arrow to next item

Yet again I have a task to do that would be great to automate. Yet after searching for examples that are even close I am nowhere. Here is what I am trying to do: First I Perform a search by specific ...
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Is there a way for OSX to auto-copy a file somewhere whenever it's updated?

I can't figure out how to get Automator to automatically recognize when a specific file/folder has been changed or updated then automatically copy it somewhere else. Suggestions?
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Adding Bounce Message back to Mail in Yosemite

Does anyone have an updated version of this workflow for adding a Bounce Message feature to Apple Mail in OSX 10.10.3? Applescript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Mail" ...
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How to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu?

How to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu? By default files and folders whose name start with . is invisible. In order to show them, you can use the following command in ...
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Filling the inputs of SecurityAgent if they exist?

I am trying to automate the export of my keychains (system and user), and while my script works if I remove the set values, it does not after adding them. The error I am receiving is System Events ...
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FFMPEG via AUTOMATOR not working argument “drawtext timecode”

I am new to scripts and automation but I wrote a script to help me on my daily job of watermarking and burn in timecode on videos. I created an Automator drop on app to convert videos and watermark ...
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How can I get automator to select the correct already open document?

I should start by mentioning that I have an app that opens on start-up which allows me to set customized shortcuts and gestures. In my case: command+alt+j maximizes the selected window. command+alt+n ...
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How can I avoid permission-related failures when importing in Photos.app via AppleScript?

The new Photos.app does not come with Automator support (although there are third-party actions available). It does, however, have some basic AppleScript support, including support for importing a ...
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“Import Files into iTunes” automator action not working

I'm having an issue with a simple automator action, "Import Files into iTunes". It's the only thing I have in the workflow but when I drop audio files onto the application, the action encounters an ...
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Get Automator to remount a partition for an attached hdd

I've got a setup where we backup our server every day to an external thunderbolt drive, and we alternate between two different drives. I've got an Automator script that ejects the drive every week ...
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Long running process defined as Service

I created a service for starting a Virtual Box headless, which works fine - but the service does not end until the virtual machine is stopped again (the spinning wheel is in the menu bar (or whatever ...
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Using applescript to create spaces and launch apps

So the end goal of what I am looking to do is this: When I am at work I use an external monitor with my MBP. I have a consistent set of spaces and apps that I setup everyday. What I would like to ...
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How to replace all Finder files with a placeholder file for each

I have lots of files from a database which are to be copied to a new database, but the files for these are corrupt (They are zero-byte in size and contain no data). Rather than the new database ...
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Automatically start multiple user sessions when OSX starts

I need to get several users session logged-in as soon as the computer starts. Manually I would have to log into the first user and then start switching to each one to open their respective sessions. I ...
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launching automator with keywords

Using automator, I would like to launch some webpages as soon as I type some keywords in any application. Is that possible ?
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How to identify file type for a bulk lot of files and attach suitable extension to each

I have just over a thousand (1000) files whose suffix/extension has been changed by a database engine all to the same thing (eg. fileName.abcd where .abcd is on every file regardless of whether it is ...
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Automate Fn key switch when opening Excel

So Microsoft released a free preview of Office for Mac, and it is pretty sweet. One of my biggest problem when using Excel on a mac has always been that the most popular/frequent shortcut (F2 -> edit ...
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Automator “Filter Finder Items” issues with spotlight

When using an automator workflow with the following actions: Get Specified Finder Items (some zip files) Open Finder Items (with an unzipping utility) Move Finder Items (to an existing folder) ...
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automator and python script utf-8 output

I wrote a python shell script and it fails in automator workflow : # -*- coding: utf-8 -*- import urllib, json, os, datetime import locale locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, 'fr_FR') url = ...
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How can I automate pasting of password into SecurityAgent?

On OS X 10.8.x I had an Automator service set up to paste a password from clipboard into the password window that pops up for mounting an encrypted disk. I don't wish to store the password in my ...
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Record click action and replay via command line?

Every few minutes I need to click a button on Yosemite's menu bar and select an option. I'd like to automate this task by somehow recording this action and scheduling it to execute via cron / command ...
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How to use Numbers to generate pdf on a web server and then email it out?

I have an issue. My client loved the report I generated using Numbers on Mavericks OS X. The bad news is that the data is being processed on a ubuntu machine running python and django. I want to ...
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How do I run a binary program without showing the gear icon?

I created a automator workflow, add a Run Shell Script part and put these lines in: /Users/xxx/Library/Android/sdk/tools/android avd I saved it as an app and it works. But I will always see a ...
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Insert Character on batch folder rename

I have a folder that has several hundreds of thousands of files named like "ABC 123456". I need to add a dash after between the two blocks of text like this "ABC - 123456". Leaving the trailing space. ...
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Mac Automator App: How to Set Folder

This is probably something simple but its driving me crazy... I was just able to build my first automator workflow, which is quite basic and uses the Subtitles application to download subtitles for ...
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Automator service: delete last page from PDF with use of pdfsplit via bash

I would like to design a simple Automator service that would delete last page from PDF passed via finder. My proposed syntax for the Shell Script is: for f in "$@" do pages=`pdfcount "$f"` ...
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Create intelligently parsed reminders from applescript or automator

I have found that I can programmaticly create reminders in Reminders.app from applescript or using automator on the command line, but I'd like to be able to do so while taking advantage of the ...
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How to run Unison through automator?

I like to set up unison through Automator to run in the background to sync up two of my folders in a dropbox-like manner, but Automator apparently fails to run unison through shell script. I have ...
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Using automator, sort objects by type into type folders, inside subfolders

long time no ask! Anyway, I've been tasked with a project that involves sorting folders into new folders based on type. I've been working on an Automator action, but I haven't had much success. What ...
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osx service for `mpc add`ing files to mpd’s playlist

I’m trying to create a service in automator, which allows me to add files/folders from Finder directly into my mpd playing queue. I tried the following, the command runs, but nothing happens. ...
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batch convert iWork 08 files to new version on Yosemite

TL;DR Short version: I have a bunch of files that were created with iWork 08. Is there a way, maybe using AppleScript or Automator, to convert them to the new format (Pages 5.5, Numbers 3.5) without ...
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Simple On-the-fly keystroke macro recorder?

What I really want is a simple tool which has two keyboard shortcuts: The first starts/stops a keystroke recorder. The second then plays back that recording. I don't need anything else and though ...
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Run AppleScript for Specific Monitor

I've enabled Dictation for command prompts via voice [got it from the OS shipped Chess application in Lion]. Decided to give it a go System Wide now in 2015 running Yosemite. I fancy it so far, ...
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Automator - Indesign file and folder creation, naming & editing from Spreadsheet

I'm fairly new to Automator, just learning some of the basics right now, but I have a big project, and I'd like to know if it's feasible with Automator. Basically our company needs to create files and ...
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Move all contents from a folder to another with shell script

Why does this work? mv /Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Novas/* /Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Tratadas …but the commands below don't work? mv "/Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Novas/*" ...
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Get current path of Automator app

I am trying to create an Automator application which I will be distributing to other users on the network. The automator app will be accompanied by a ZIP file and a PKG installer file. I need to run ...
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Applescript not returning string

I have a list called num. I have converted it into a string. I want to return that string so that the next action called "New text file" in my automator workflow can get the string. This is my code - ...
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Selecting files for input Safari applescript

I am trying to automate using Applescript uploading of files to a website. I have gotten to nearly the last step, but can't seem to get a Finder (file chooser) window to respond to scripts. Here is ...
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Automator folder action to rename files from dynamic parent folder name

I'm looking to create a Folder Action that I can assign as needed to any folder that will rename files moved into it with the folder's name plus the basic date/time addition. In practice: I have a ...
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Automatically move all files from within a folder to external SSD, When external SSD is connected

I have a GoPro 4 which ends up creating very large high quality videos, when connected through USB the Gopro importer app automatically copies the files to a subfolder named by todays date in ...