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

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Automator gets stuck at shell script

I am building an automator script to do automatic backups to a network drive via rsync. The shell script works perfectly fine in terminal and completes and everything, but when i run it from ...
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Is there a way to read the Spotlight comment in Automator workflow

I need to do some clean up on Spotlight comments. Is there a way to read the Spotlight comment, then set it to another value ? For example let's say I need to remove one specific word in the comments. ...
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How should I start a new iTerm terminal with shortcut?

I've created a service in automator and assigned a shortcut, and it works. But this doesn't start a new iTerm terminal. It only reveals the already running one How can I start a new "tab" or a ...
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mdfind piped to automator?

I have an Automator app called convert2xlsx.app that takes file inputs and runs the Convert Format of Excel Files action to turn .xls files into .xlsx files. I can call it from the command line for ...
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Applescript read specific data out of iWork Numbers

I am trying to get data out of a table in Numbers. I have an index number, I need to get the name associated with it in applescript. (Eventually I need to set names of files with one of columns of ...
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Triggering an Automator script upon text selection

Is it possible to trigger an Automator script upon text selection on Mac OS X? I.e. if I select some text in any application (e.g. Safari, Eclipse, etc.), it should trigger an Automator script. I'm ...
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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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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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Automatic conversion between .ps to .pdf upon download onto Mac OSX?

Is there any way to convert .ps to .pdf every time automatically as a .ps is downloaded onto a Mac machine? (Using Mountain Lion 10.8) can Automator perform this task? convert and then delete the ...
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Extract links from email based on the anchor text, not the href

I am putting together an Automator workflow that will allow me to bind a hotkey to a Smart Mailbox listing and effectively automate the task of clicking "Unsubscribe" in emails which have that text ...
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How to run a sudo command on mac? .. problem with mysql server

I 've installed mysql server with brew, and i need to run manually this command each time my computer start to make it work with an application that I can't edit. sudo mkdir -p -- /var/run/mysqld/ ; ...
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Automator workflow/service or Applescript for looped edits in Preview

I was originally trying this with Automator, but if someone can guide me to accomplishing this easier with Applescript then feel free, though i haven't worked with it before. I'm trying to get the ...
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How do I create an Automator Application to forward new mail from Mac Mail?

I have an old e-mail address linked to my Mac Mail account. I have made a rule that forwards new mail from a specified address - call it johndoe@test.com - between my old e-mail and my current ...
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Automator: Find Reminders by list?

I would like to retrieve all the Reminders in a specific reminders list with Automator. Searching for reminder, the available actions are “Delete Reminders”, “New Reminders Items”, “Filter Calendar ...
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Add Keyboard Shortcut to Mac

Is there a way I can make a keyboard shortcut for this? TAB, TAB, DOWN ARROW KEY, TYPE "S", RETURN, RETURN Is there a way I can bind this to a keyboard shortcut, i.e. CMD + ALT + G? Any help is ...
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Can I add actions to control automator to automator?

Is there any way that I can add automator itself to the list of services I can automate? For example right now I can go and add a launch application action to the workflow and within that action ...
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CD-ing a file to itself

I wrote an application in Applescript to open a black picture and fullscreen it in preview. I need the app to "cd" to itself, no matter where it is. That means if it is on the desktop it can pull up ...
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How to have Finder open 'Pictures' folder when iPhone connects and photos import via AutoImporter.app?

I have a nifty setup on my MacBook Pro, where, upon connecting my iPhone, I have AutoImporter.app (/System/Library/Image Capture/Support/Application/AutoImporter.app) automatically import whatever ...
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Export image from clipboard to folder

I create a lot of mockups for my mobile phone. I recently heard of the brilliant idea to just put your current mockup as an image into your Dropbox (or whatever cloud your using). Then just take your ...
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Applescript Service Won't Run From Some Applications

Okay, so I have a non-Apple keyboard and wanted to bind function keys to the basic media controls such as play/pause iTunes, change volume etc. So I decided to create a service in Automator with an ...
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Folder Action for hiding files according to type

Here's what I need. I need a folder action that hides files according to their extensions. (I do not need a folder action that hides extensions for visible files.) This action needs to apply to every ...
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How to get url of selected image in google images?

I write Automator workflow which will attach google image miniature, able to be selected on context menu or hotkey enabled. Now I am trying to figure out which type of object sees Automator when I ...
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Can I launch the File (Save/Open) Dialog from the command line?

Bash and vim's file completion facilities are effective for navigating through a few levels of a directory structure, but can be cumbersome when working with unfamiliar directories. Alternatively, I ...
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Open iTerm and execute some commands automatically

I need to open some terminal sessions via iTerm 2 and execute commands on each terminal (e.g. rails s ; rails c) How to do it via automator or alfred?
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Why is my simple Automator script broken in latest Yosemite update (used to work)?

I had a basic Automator script I was using with a keyboard shortcut to bring up the login screen as a sort of lockscreen. It was working mostly fine until 10.10.1 (I had to manually launch from ...
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Automator on unsupported apps: how to?

Say I have a list of files and I want to open and process them one by one through a third party program. Does this third party program need to support Automator, in order for me to do this? I am ...
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Error in applescript “Invalid index”

I have an automator workflow which works fine except for a part of it - applescript. This is how the workflow goes - Run applescript (this part works fine) - on run {input, parameters} tell ...
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Automator Tasks - Safari Not Responding

I have some daily Automator tasks on my calendar which open URLs in Safari. (A "Get Specified URLs" task followed by a "Display Webpages" task.) Ever since upgrading to Yosemite, however, there's ...
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doc to docx conversion in Automator

Can someone point me to an automator workflow that: Loops through finder items (I know how to do this) Converts each .doc file to .docx Save the converted file in the same directory as the original ...
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Finder Menu Services No Longer Working

In Pre-Yosemite, I had some finder menu services (i.e. Right-Click, see 'Services' in menu, hover over, and you'd see Services created in Automator) that I made. As a developer, these were very handy ...
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Trying to pass images to shell command using automator

I am creating this service for Finder that will receive image files and pass to a shell command. The idea is this: I select image files on finder. I right click and choose the service I am creating ...
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Using Automator CLI with passed file name

I'd like to apply a quartz filter (Reduce File Size) through Preview Export using the command line while passing in the input and output filenames through CLI. I'm thinking the best way to do this is ...
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How to run an automator app which launches an X11 app via shell script multiple times

So I have an Applescript to launch xemacs, but I thought it would be nice to have something I could drop files onto (and have an app to choose from contextual menus in the "open with" submenu), so I ...
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How do I collect all of my notes and highlights from iBooks?

I've got a lot of highlighting and notes in iBooks that I've read, and would like to be able to collect them in one easy to use and manipulate format (e.g for writing papers and citing quotes). For ...
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Automator is not able to highlight text with click and drag using “Watch Me Do.action”

I am using automator with the Watch Me Do.action to scrape text from an very old application. Everything works okay, except that when i click on text and highlight it, it wont register the ...
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How can I find hidden items in Automator?

I am trying to create a workflow in Automator that will find hidden files in a folder by searching for files with names that begin with ".". Currently, the Find FInder Items action is as follows: ...
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Apply Computer Name and local hostname with System Image Utility

I am going through trying to create a NetInstall image using System Image Utility and am curious about how the "Apply Computer Name and Local Hostname settings from a file" option works under the ...
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Is it possible: Automator workflow for date based file import?

I'd like to know if the following is possible with Automator. I want to be able to move any files, but in my special case videos and photos, from any possible device ( iPhone, iPad, SD card, but ...
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Running a script with assets inside automator application

So, I'm trying to write an automator application that runs a simple script. python Contents/main.py where Contents is the contents of the .app. When the script is run it is run in ~ not in the ...
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how to re-enable services in an app (Microsoft Remote Desktop in particular)

I am fairly confident I could use the service below in MRD before. I am not sure when I lost them, maybe it is related to the Yosemite upgrade (I noticed this on 10.10.0) or some recent MRD update ...
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Apple Script not running as expected

The following is an applescript which is meant to take the body of the latest email and extract text out of it. As you can see the result is shown below. This result is show as the script was running ...
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How to parse output from a command in OS X Automator?

I have the following code in Automator but it fails to load the variable with the output from the command. for f in "$@" do output = hdiutil verify "$f" echo "$output" done I want to parse ...
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“New mail message” action in automator not working

In the description of the action "New mail message" in automator, it says that it will send a mail message with the text that I have set as input as the body of the email. That is not happening. In my ...
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Have Automator folder action pass a list of files to AppleScript

I need to pass to a .jsx script (a Photoshop script written in JavaScript) a list of image files as arguments when they are added to a folder. According to the Adobe documentation, you can call a .jsx ...
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Automatically Trigger Automator through mail

I want to trigger a workflow in automator every time I receive a new email in "mail.app". How can this be done?
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Apple Script - FIND files containing… in prefix, in ALL SUBFOLDERS, COPY

I'm looking for an Apple Script that will: REFERENCE a list of names in a column on an Excel sheet (not complete file names). SEARCH a specified folder, including subfolders FIND file names that ...
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How does automator know that the text that it receives, is an address?

In automator there is an action called "Extract Data from text". It can extract stuff like email addresses, phone numbers but also addresses. How does that work? How does automator know that the text ...
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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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OS-X: How to copy files according to their file types from an external hard drive onto an OS-X computer?

I have a lot of files (music, pictures, documents) on an external hard drive that I want to copy into the respective folders on OS-X. I would like to automate the copying process and put all .bmp, ...
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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!), ...