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

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Scheduled profile changes via Mavericks Server Profile Manager

I use Mavericks Server's profile manager to control my kid's iThings (all put in supervised mode). The server is set up well, and I'm running the service just fine (and with a lot of success), ...
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Text-to-speech with 2 languages

I am studying French and to practice my pronunciation and to learn the words, I want to have my mac speak the words out loud. My mac should say the word in English, and after that, he should say the ...
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Automator ffmpeg script running twice

I have an Automator app executing an FFMPEG shell script. For some reason the ffmpeg job run twice. Can someone please have a look? Thanks
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Automator action keeps failing

I would like to have a very simple Automator action that watches my photo upload folder in Dropbox and moves every file that it receives into another folder on my desktop. Sometimes it works ...
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writing a service that takes selected text and searches a pdf file

I'm trying to write an automator script that will take the selected text and search a predetermined pdf file for the selected text and display it. this is what i currently have and it doesn't work
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How can I create two column table macro script?

How can I create a two column table in via Macro, and create new cell rows by hitting the Return key (as you can do in Word)? Alternatively, is there a way to achieve the same effect without the ...
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Is it possible to assign system wide hotkey to show/hide app?

I'm trying to mimic iTerm2 feature. It has a feature to show/hide iTerm2 by a hotkey (eg. option + space). When I press the hotkey, the app was shown. Is it possible to do the same to another app? ...
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How can I make Automator ask the user for a destination directory?

How can I make the script output the encoded file in a user defined directory? I'm trying to build an in-house media file encoder based on Automator and ffmpeg. I want the source file(s) to be ...
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Setting print size preset in AppleScript

I've been using Folder Actions to automate printing photos taken from OS X built-in Photo Booth software. The AppleScript I use is as follows: on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving ...
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How do I assign / unassign tags to Evernote notes using Javascript for Automation?

I'm creating a Script for turning Evernote Notes into Omnifocus-Items, using Javascript for Automation. Currently, the script searches for items with a certain tag, which works great. Now, I want to ...
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Applescript to hide print queue

Running a Processing sketch which saves .txt files to a folder. Have a folder action attached that prints new files in this folder to a thermal receipt printer. However, I had to update to Yosemite, ...
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How can I add an Automator application to the Dock?

I followed the directions in How to put a custom launcher in the Dock (Mavericks) but my case has a different twist. I have an Automator application which runs a shell script that (1) changes the ...
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Wanting help creating an applescript that is run when the contents of a folder changes

I would greatly appreciate some assistance with the following. My scenario: I have a Mac app that generates RTF files. I have an Android app that deals with MultiMarkdown/Markdown files. The Mac ...
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Can I extract the body of an email message using Automator without an AppleScript?

I want to build a system where all emails that are sent to a specific folder are added to a Devon Think Pro Office database for archiving/searching. There is an add-in from the DTP folks that will ...
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Troubleshoot Dock behaviour in Mac Yosemite

When I right-click the Downloads folder in the dock, and select Open "Downloads", instead of the expected thing happening, an app launches. The app is one I created myself using Automator. And it is ...
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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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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 ...