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

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How to resolve permissions issues when using the drop box and Automator?

Consider the following workflow: A user copies (drag-and-drop) a folder from his Mac to the Drop Box of another Mac. User is logged onto the Drop Box computer as guest. On the Drop Box Mac, an ...
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Tagging/organizing based on keywords in content

I have a series of markdown files with YAML headers, let's call them A, B, C, D, and E. I need to organize them into "binders," where each binder is some subset of these, for example: Binder alpha ...
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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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Adding auto timestamp in Notes

I need to edit the 'notes' a lot in os x 10.9. What I want is, everytime I add some information, I want to have a timestamp log pasted in the notes section. Can anyone guide me with instructions on ...
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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) ...
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How do I add a script to the Service menu?

See "How do I automate this repetitive task?" I'm posting here so I can show some screenshots of the work in progress. I'm very new to both StackExchange and also Automator. Don't yet know my way ...
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ffmpeg working from command line in Terminal but not in an Automator shell script!

I have just compiled my own copy of ffmpeg on my system and it's located in the following path: /opt/local/bin/ffmpeg When I run the following command in Terminal.app, it runs smooth: ffmpeg -i ...
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Is there a way to make OS X Services (from Automator) work in GTK apps?

I’ve written a simple Service using Automator which takes a number in text and adds sales tax to it, replacing the original number, and a companion service which does the reverse. I wrote these with ...
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Automating iOS Build [closed]

(Sort of a long post, I'm trying to be thorough with what I did and why I am confused) I am tasked with automating our builds for our iOS app. The process that is actually involved is taking a .app ...
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Check FTP status using AppleScript

I have an AppleScript Automator application that, when double-clicked, opens FTP and displays an alert confirming the same. It is working perfectly as expected. However, I am looking to make it a tad ...
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Display IP address in an Automator alert

I am running an Automator script to launch SFTP on my Mac when double-clicked. Here’s the script: do shell script "sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist" with ...
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Passing a password to an Automator application

I have written an Automator application with the following shell script to open an FTP connection on my system: sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist osascript -e 'tell ...
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Automator service for FTP

I am currently using SFTP on my MacBook to perform file transfers with my brother's Linux (Ubuntu) system. Every time we need to share a file, I start the FTP server on my Mac by running the following ...
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How do I automate this repetitive task?

Automator would seem to the appropriative tool, but ehmac.ca is stumped and so has this board been so far — my "Automator Newbie" question asked yesterday (my first ever on this site). Two sticking ...
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How can I incorporate photoshop with automator?

I'm new to Automator and want to create some actions of my own, that will work with mainly Photoshop and possibly some other 3rd party apps, but the only options that appear are for Apple apps and MS ...
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Automator Newbie question

I'm running my Mac under 10.9.2 and have about 75 scanned Tiff files which need to be processed through the OCR app, TesseractGUI 0.3. It works very well for me but balks at .tiff extensions and Alpha ...
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Automating ffmpeg using Automator Service

I often use ffmpeg off the command line to convert video files into mp4 on my Mac (running Mavericks). Do note, however, that I am NOT re-encoding my videos; am just changing the container from an avi ...
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Create a new (.txt) File in Finder - Keyboard Shortcut

I wanted to know if there is way to set keyboard shortcuts to make new files in Finder. For example, by default, you can create a new folder using CMD+Shift+N. Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a ...
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Screen Shot or convert an ArtPro file using Automator

I am attempting to turn an ArtPro (.ap) image into a pdf, but I can't find any existing or downloadable actions to do anything other than open a .ap file. Because of this I have resolved to Screen ...
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Ejecting all network drives via Applescript/Automator/Shell?

I use the following script to attempt to eject all disks that aren't internal: tell application "Finder" eject (disks whose ejectable is true) end tell This has the advantage of skipping ...
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Script / Automator for conversion of Apple Works docs to .odt docs

With about 2500 AppleWorks docs, dating back to 1995, which I cannot open in the newly purchased Apple Pages ( but with LibreOffice), I need a script or some other automation to do it. (Most of the AW ...
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Automator command line: “Unable to open workflow”

I created a workflow in Automator consisting of a single action, "Convert Format of Word Documents" (provided by Microsoft Word). I saved this in ~/Documents/convert_word_to_pdf.app. I can run it by ...
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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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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. ...