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

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Run Shell Script action outputs the result as NSAppleEventDescriptor

I'm trying to save the output of a command in a variable, i.e: Run Shell Script Set Value of Variable This has suddenly stopped working because the output from the shell script is no longer plain ...
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How can I create a stand alone APP to run a terminal command

I have the requirement to manually run the OSX maintenance scripts in OSX (Lion / Mountain Lion). I would like to create a completely stand alone application that would achieve the following goals: ...
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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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How to Automate Cropping Images?

Is there any way to automate cropping images on Mac? (Not the whole file, but part of the file.) I've tried this with Automator but the cropping function just makes the whole image smaller instead ...
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Automator workflow or AppleScript to close Safari after a period of time

I would like to create an Automator workflow (or some similar function) that will close down Safari after a specified period of time. For instance, I simply want to run Pandora in Safari during the ...
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Automatically delete temporary ~/Library/Application Support folders

I have a flash drive which I carry around everywhere which has a few standalone applications which I use everywhere installed on it. However, the majority of these leave Application Support folders ...
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Adding contextual menu item to zero out files?

I want to be able to easily zero-out (make the filesize 0, not fill the existing filesize with 0s) files from the Finder by selecting files from within Finder and selecting an action from the right ...
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Automator or AppleScript Rename Workflow

Is it possible to automate the following action: Example Folder name: "TEST" the name of the file inside the folder is: "Evelyn.jpg". How do I rename the folder using the name of the file inside of ...
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Creating an Automator service to add email messages to Reminders.app

I've created an Automator service that creates a reminder based on the selected text. What I really want is to create a keyboard shortcut that gets the same result that you get by dragging an email ...
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Clean up file names using Automator

I’m fairly new to Automator, in that I’ve used it only once before. What I’m trying to do is clean up a bunch of Android app assets, which are named like so: 01_something 1_something_else ...
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Automator fails. Is there a better solution?

Recently I was trying to train an Automator script to run some mundane tasks - unfortunately it stops at the first step. I clicked the "record" button on my old Mac OS 10.5 machine, opened Keychain ...
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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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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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Can AppleScript automatically press a key for me in an application?

I'm trying to devices an AppleScript that will automatically press the right arrow key for 1 second, then the left arrow key for 1 second and repeat this in an endless loop until I interrupt it. Here ...
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Should I use Automator or another program for repetitious tasks?

I have 100s of images to save out in a different format for a project that I am working on. And the problem is I have to do them one at a time, so I am wondering if there is some way to record the ...
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Automator: How to replace a particular string with the filename?

Within Automator, how can I replace a particular string in many different files with the filename of each file? // UPDATE Using a "Run Shell Script" process I am able to get the body of a test file ...
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How can I get certain types of files dropped in certain folders based on file type?

I was wondering if it is possible to have the following: In my Downloads folder, I have 2 subfolders : IMAGES and VIDEOS. Is it possible to automatically move every image downloaded to the Downloads ...
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How to extract the text of a PDF document with Automator, and save it in a directory

How can you modify the output folder of the Extract PDF text action ? I made a basic workflow to extract the text of PDF files, but the output folder is stuck to Desktop. I can change it in Automator, ...
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Shortcut to Clean up folder by Name?

I would like to create a keyboard shortcut to Clean Up Folder by Name. Which can be done by right-click > Clean up by > Name What is the Automator code needed to achieve this ?
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Search all hidden .htaccess files inside a folder and run a terminal command?

Searching for the issue, I found this Q&A: How can I show only an .htaccess file in the Finder? [...] you could create a symlink to the file in its directory, omitting the dot in the name: ...
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Automatically typing a password into terminal

I want to be able to change the password of a disk image, but fully automated. Is there a way to enter a string as a password instead of plain text? Or can I have a .txt file with nothing but the ...
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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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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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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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AppleScript To Manipulate VLC

I want to do a script, that it can launch VLC player, and in VLC player "Open a file", then "Select a folder", then click on "add" then "play" it. I think that Automator can't do this. But ...
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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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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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Automator: Safari: Display Webpages, but no entry area?

I'd like to have Safari automatically open up a webpage when an action is run, but with this action, it appears there is no area where I can enter the particular webpage that I want Safari to display ...
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How to search through online сhеss games using AppleScript or Automator?

I would like to search for specific online сhеss games. Each game has a single adress. Since there are millions of games on instant chess, it would take far too long to index all the games. So I will ...
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How to display the MiniPlayer in iTunes with AppleScript?

I use an Automator workflow to open iTunes at startup, etc. I'd like it to open the MiniPlayer window. I don't see a function to do that in Automator. How could I do this with an AppleScript script? ...
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Can I create a service in Automator that will run without having a file selected?

When creating services in automator, the topmost options is "Service receives selected..." Is there a way to create a service that just works on the currently open finder window, without having a file ...
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AppleScript Setting Select Drop Down

I am trying to enable dictation with applescript and so far have the following that works. But, how do I set the drop down for the shortcut key using AppleScript? Below is the AppleScript code: ...
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How to create an Automator service to convert images from one file type into another file type using the right-click contextual menu?

Is it possible to create an Automator service to convert one file type into another file type using the right click contextual menu (eg JPEG, PDF, PNG, TIFF) without the need to install a dedicated ...
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Why does my Automator service work in Automator but not when called from the OS?

I have made an Automator service that runs an Applescript with the Run Applescript module. This is the script: # Press ^F8 tell application "System Events" key code 100 using control down end ...
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Avoid using command for keyboard shortcuts

I work with a disabled person who uses their communication-aid to control their iMac through keyboard and mouse commands. I'm setting up keyboard shortcuts to launch applications directly using ...
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Opening a file with command-line bin through Finder

I wish to use mp3blaster (installed through MacPorts) via Finder. I want to double-click an mp3 file and get it opened in mp3blaster. But I haven't been able to do so. I created an app and, in another ...
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Saving output from PDFs merged using Automator

Using Automator, I tried to create a simple application, but I don’t know how to move ahead. I want to combine PDFs into a single file. The current workflow is: Ask for Finder Items Combine PDF ...
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How can I schedule sending the day’s iCal events via email?

I followed this tutorial on creating a workflow using Automator that will email the events of the day from iCal to an email address. I would like this to be executed every morning at, say 4am, so it ...
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Is it possible to clear Automator logs?

How do I clear Automator logs?
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Getting Applications location in Automator

How do I get the directory where the app created in automator resides? Example: Create App using automator Save to ~/Documents/Automator Run automator app, which does something in it's directory
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Automator: Archive a folder, whilst excluding certain files

I am trying to create an automator based workflow whereby I create archives of folders but exclude certain files from the final archive. I would also like to specify the files or folders to exclude ...
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Script to remove image orientation

I need to remove the orientation "flag" of a batch of images (jpeg images), without changing the displayed orientation of the images. Trying to make it clear : if I have an image in portrait ...
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How to get the amount of selected files in automator

I created a workflow to move items from one folder to another and I want to get a notification when it's done. I could create the workflow without problems but now I would like to show the number of ...
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Automatically close Chrome tabs (for certain websites)

On our family mac, each child has a separate account, which is very nice. The kids use Chrome for their browser, because the parental controls work so well (much better than the OS X built-in ones!), ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...