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

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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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One-click automated USB trash delete

Is there any way I can create an automator service or app to delete ALL trash from any USB drive (my own account's trash plus everybody else's)? I've read several solutions involving Terminal, ...
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Transfer podcasts

I just switched from iMac to Macbook Pro and I wanted to transfer all my podcasts to it without downloading them all over again. Copy/Pasting the podcasts folder won't list it in iTunes. A found a ...
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Automator - Conversion from image files to Files/Folders failed

I am trying to do a simple task of just taking a screenshot with automator and importing that screenshot into iPhoto. The screenshot takes fine and saves it to the correct location. It does save as ...
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Automator apps as Login Items not working

I have two automator built applications which I want to run when a user logs in. I tried adding them to the Login Items of the user. But when I log that user in, both automator apps fail to run. If ...
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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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Have Voiceover read out just paragraph or sentence under cursor

I work with a disabled user who controls their iMac using keyboard and mouse input from their communication-aid. They have dyslexia and would like to use voiceover to read certain paragraphs or ...
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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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How to get iTunes to play an iPhone playlist automatically when connected to iPhone

I have a habit of working/studying while listening to music. And since the Mac I am connected to at work doesn't have all the songs I want, I normally listen to the songs via iTunes from the iPhone ...
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I want to create and automator that opens a specific file

I want to open a specific file - if I press F5 or another key - its a file I use all the time, so want it to be open at a touch of a key
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Have OS X auto-search for WiFi

My school has installed PowerCloud, which does not officially support OS X. It works sometimes, sometimes it doesn't. I've tried to narrow it down but it's impossible. I was wondering if there is a ...
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Automator-script with an OCR-software to automatically add OCR to material? [duplicate]

The OCR software could be anything like PDFPen, ABBYY FineReader Express or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Automator does not list any features such as 'Add OCR layer to' or show any OCR programs under Automator. ...
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How to save half-made service in Automator?

How to save half-made service in Automator without making it active, as it is not finished?
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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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Automator -> send file to email (from filename)

Im trying to create an Automator folder action that sends an email with an attached file. In my folder the files will be generated with the email as name: Example: name@company.com.jpg, ...
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Creating a keyboard shortcut to pause Youtube video in a Google Chrome tab

Here is what I want to do: hook up a keyboard shortcut with an action to play/pause the video that is currently open in a Google Chrome tab. Would it be possible on Mac OS X? I was thinking about ...
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Automator: start embedded YouTube

So, I need to show some kids a sequence of YouTube videos (with Automator, because there's no one available to man the computer for 30 minutes), but it's at a school where the YouTube domain is ...
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How to create Automator Service to change font of selected text?

I'm trying to create a "Service" in Automator that changes the font of the selected text in the frontmost app.
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Get text from multiple webpages doesnt work if one URL is down

I have creating a simple workflow in Automator which will extract text from a list of URLs and save them into one text file. The actions are: Get Specified Text Get Text from Webpage New Text File ...
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How to Run Shell Script upon Application Launch?

Not sure if this belongs here or on SuperUser, but it's Mac specific, so I'll go with here. I wrote a Ruby script that edits TextMate's global properties file and changes the theme based on the time ...
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Automator treating App Packages as folders

Automator treats .app files (Application Packages) as if they were folders. This might be useful in some instances, but for what I want to do - Periodically make a list of the contents of my ...
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Automator turning well-aligned PDF documents upside-down, flipped — unreadable in OSX?

I have PDFs that are readable. When I combine the PDFs, the pages go randomly up-side-down and left-and-right. I have fixed this issue manually in Preview app but I would like to get the pages as ...
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using automator/applescript to upload files to a web form?

I have a bunch of files I want to upload to web page. Unfortunately the web form for uploading only allows me to specify one at a time (it spawns and 'open file' dialog). Is there an easy way to do ...
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Can I automate ad posting on Craigslist using the Fake browser?

I just purchased Fake yesterday thinking I could use it to help automate my Craigslist ad postings. Unfortunately I am at a loss (I'm not very technical) on the actual ad description/posting screen. ...
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Use OpenSSL in Automator Application? [duplicate]

I want to make an application that's in the same directory as a file: message.txt.enc If you open the app you should be prompted with a password dialogue. this should be used to decrypt the file AND ...
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Have Automator add original path to Spotlight Comment for a file when moving to the trash

Is there a way to add the original path of a document as a Spotlight comment in Mountain Lion? I have created an automator workflow that automatically adds the Timestamp and user when a file is moved ...
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Destination of merged PDFs in Automator?

Where can I find the PDF merged by the automator?
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How created watched folder with Automator to auto import new files into itunes?

I was wondering if someone could help me with this. This what I'd like to do: File is downloaded into Folder A, it is automatically imported into itunes and then moved to folder B. This happens ...
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Inconsistent results when getting folder size in AppleScript

I'm using this line to get the size of a folder: set thesize to physical size of folder x The problem is that sometimes it works, other times it doesn't, and it's very annoying because there ...
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How to use automater to run mongo db and node.js app on startup

I'm trying to use Automater(first attempt of using this software) to create a sequence that will automatically run ./usr/mongo/bin/mongod and ./usr/mongo/bin/mongo then run my node.js server app at ...
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Automator service for encrypting or decrypting with openssl

Can I create two Automator services that allow me to encrypt or decrypt files? So I would right click a file and click 'Encrypt', the .txt file would be encrypted to a .enc using openssl: ...
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How to pass inputs to a shell script in automator?

I want to pass the filename of the file I rightclicked to a shell script through automator: # encrypt file.txt to file.enc using 256-bit AES in CBC mode openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -salt -in file.txt ...
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Show all services on right click

Whenever you have more than 4 services, they are put in a dropdown option "Services" on right click instead of just being added to the right click menu itself. Is this an option somewhere that can be ...
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Apple Automator Question Copy and Paste

How would I copy all of the text from a powerpoint presentation and paste it into a word document?
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Setting a variable to the result of a terminal command within an applescript

I'm trying to make a script that ejects all connected external drives and does not move on until they are all disconnected. The main problem I'm having is being able to set the variable vol_count to ...
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Automator finish one task before moving on?

I have automator running several applescript commands that I want to happen sequentially. For example, I have an empty trash command, then a shut down command. When I run the script, the computer ...
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Merging pdfs with automator

I'm scanning my mail and end up with two versions: front & back. Files are named: scanf 01.pdf & scanb 01.pdf I'm scanning about 40 pages a day, so it ends up to quite some lists. Now, with ...
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How to add application built-in services (menu bar commands) in Automator?

I am wondering whether it is possible to use built-in services (menu bar options) of specific applications in Automator. For instance, I want to create a service to launch Google Chrome and open a ...
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Rename file to match containing folder's name

I have a collection of image files grouped into folders named Project_01, Project_02, etc. Using Automator, I have composed a workflow that asks the user for a folder, and combines the images in that ...
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Automator Group Email problem

I am at the end of my tether. I want to send an email to a group of about 50 people, which is personalised at the very least with their name. (so that each email says "Dear Bob" or their name, and ...
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automator: get a folder if it dropped or ask for one otherwise

I'm building an automator application that acts on a folder that needs to be specified. Until now, I've been using the "Ask for Finder items" action to ask for a the folder to be used, but I would ...
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Automator-generated apps - Backwards compatibility

In my experience apps created with automator on Mountain Lion don't work on a Snow Leopard machine. The opposite isn't true though: apps created with automator on Snow Leopard do work on a Mountain ...
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Automator: Using Cmd F in a “watch me do” and trying to make decisions based on the results

Using automator, I have navigated to a website that required a password, pulled up a page and need to search that page for a word. Let's say the word is "flowmaster" for example. I had Automator do ...
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move watched iTunesU video to another folder

I'd like to write a script which will move watched iTunesU videos to another folder. There are two questions: How to find these videos? Automator is able to filter tracks based on play count, but ...
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Automator throws an error when trying to quit Mail.app

I've created a calendar event in Automator that creates and sends an email message then quits Mail. It creates and sends the message fine but then gives an error when attempting to quit Mail. I've had ...
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Automator & AppleScript: How do I import the texts of Notes and Reminders as PDFs and RTFs?

I would like to export and save the Notes and Reminders documents or texts as PDFs and RTFs, keeping or preserving the formatting and the background of Notes or Reminders, but the Notes doesn't have ...
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How do I command Automator to convert the multiple images from PNG to ICNS once at all? (Solved)

I use OS X Mountain 10.8.2. I used Automator and added AppleScript, copying the command from the old app's developer at the Iconoodle - Convenient ICNS to PNG image conversion (Iconoodle isn't ...
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How to start a service automatically after openning an application?

For example, I have a service that I want it to be started automatically when I open Firefox. I know how to write scripts as services in automator, but I don't know how to make a hook that when ...
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Automator Start Capture action doesn't detect stop in Quicktime in OS X 10.8.2

I am attempting to create an Automator application that will launch Quicktime, create a new audio capture, start that capture, and then save it with a specific filename after the stop button is ...
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Automatically move files into correct folder on server

I often need to move files from one location on a server into a set of hierarchical folders. The filenames are usually 7 digits long - sometimes with some extra characters at the end. The folders ...