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

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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 ...
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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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What tools exist to rename (truncate) batches of files in OS X?

I get bunches of files I need to rename. The original filenames normally have 7 digits - plus an optional character (or two), followed by a space then a whole string of other characters. I need to ...
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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 stop uTorrent on specific network?

I go to a university where there is a weekly network usage limit, and I don't want uTorrent sucking it up. I know the simplest way to go about stopping it is from working is closing it when I get to ...
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How to initiate a specific keystroke using automator?

I have the following code : on run {input, parameters} if application "KeyboardViewer" is running then quit application "KeyboardViewer" else activate application ...
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Applescript opens new window for everything when run

I have the following code I did for a tweetbot keyboard shortcut to open tweetbot and create a new tweet. on run {input, parameters} activate application "Tweetbot 2" tell application ...
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Resizing Images with Automator into multiple sizes

I followed this simple guide to resize images in a batch with Automator: copy copy file to resized folder on Desktop add suffix _S (for small) resize it to 25% of its original size Though I want ...
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executing shell script requiring input from the user using the Automator

Using the automator is possible to execute a shell script that requires input from the user (a password) ? The shell script should be executed in the currently selected folder. I wrote a "Run Shell ...
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How can I debug an Automator workflow?

I have a very simple automator action consisting on a shell script that should be executed in a selected folder in the finder. When I execute the action I get the message: "The action "Run Shell ...
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Import and create iPhoto Event from folder name

I would like to automatically import a folder to iPhoto (eg. with Automator). The Event Name should be the name of the folder with the images. Is this possible with automator?
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Can I run a program whenever I open the lid of my MacBook Air? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Run AppleScript after waking from Sleep? I have a program, InstantShot!, set to launch at logon and start taking a screen shot every 10 seconds. Unfortunately, when I ...
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How to render only first page in PDF as image and then resize?

I've really stuck on how to do this, I thought it would be easy, but maybe not! I want to create a small thumbnail image from the first page of a pdf in automator so I can batch convert a load of ...
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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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How to batch rename images, in reverse numerical order?

My camera names its images IMG_0001.jpg, IMG_0002.jpg, IMG_0003.jpg, etc. I have about a thousand images and would like to rename them without having to do it manually if possible. Is there a good ...
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View youtube videos in 720p by default in Safari?

Is there a way I can force safari to start youtube videos at 720p by default ?? I was wondering if there is an automator code that can achieve this ? Or maybe an extension that solely does that ? (I ...
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Test a list of passwords on Sparse Image

I have a sparse image file with some important data in it I would like to retrieve. The only problem is I've forgotten the password. I have a good idea of the parts of the password and managed to ...
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Can't send commands in ARD/Automator

I work at a school that manages various computer labs, some of which are iMacs. To manage our iMac labs we use Automator/Apple Remote Desktop on a Mac Server. Recently we updated ARD to the latest ...
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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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Applescript - Connection is invalid

I have an application for mac and I use the following applescript code (exported as an AS app) to start that app periodically: on idle tell application "System Events" tell application ...
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Launch app periodically with Automator

How can I launch an app in Automator periodically, like in 15 minute intervals?
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How to lock MacBook with a keyboard shortcut? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a quick way to lock my Mac? I am familiar with using Automator, but I do not know what code should be used to accomplish the feature. Can anyone provide the ...
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how to create daily task for GMVault in automator

I just moved to Apple, being an experienced (i'd like to think so) Windows user. Recently I started using GMvault (gmvault.org) to backup my Gmail account locally, but it's become a pain having to ...
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Can I use automator to launch a keystroke when program is idle

Can I use automator to launch a keystroke (cmd+R) when program PremierePro CS6 is idle for 1 minute. This keystroke would start program to Render videofiles. Many Thanks, Jan.
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Automator Application as 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' - Servers don't display in Finder Side Bar?

Have an Automator Application as a 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' (AFP). On login it runs, connects the servers, but does not add them to the Finder Side Bar under 'Devices'. Once logged in, ...
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How can I play an audio file on intial startup of Macbook Pro

I have a simple Automator script that is setup to run as a login item. The Automator scripts plays a .wav file as follows: afplay "/Users/Audio Files/system_alert.wav" This works perfectly however ...
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Generating and opening file with Automator

I am new to Automator. What I am trying to do as first experiment is automating the process of decompiling a Java class file and immediately after open the decompiled file with its default editor. ...
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Add Chrome to dock with parameters via Automator with chrome icon

I need to have started Chrome without the build in Flash via console you add the Parameters --disable-internal-flash which works fine, now i would like to have a Dock Icon which passes this ...
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Combining Workflows in Automator

I am trying to figure out if there is a way to combine workflows in Apple's Automator application. Basically I saved out the automation as an application and it works like this: I can drag a folder of ...
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Can't find my Automator service action in the Keyboard Shortcuts list

I've made a very simple Automator service (moves some selected files into a new folder). It works fine via the Services -> menu. So now I'd like to add a keyboard shortcut to launch this action from ...
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Create a zip file using an Automator Service

I am trying to create a service in Automator in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. The command that I want to use is as follows: zip zip-file.zip "$@" And here is a screen capture of what I did: It works. ...
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Execute a folder action on a schedule

I am completely new to Automator. I have a folder action setup to copy my Camera Uploads folder from DropBox to iPhoto. Currently, this only occurs when I open Automator and execute it. Can I set this ...
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Find multi-line block using grep and/or automator with BBEdit

I have an xml file output from WordPress. I have BBEdit as my main search tool. I am on a Mac running 10.7.4 I am trying to find a muli-line block of text that starts with <item> and end with ...
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How to use Automator to upload my real estate listing to web?

I want to use Automator to extract any text in a set region of a PDF, extract all images from the PDF, place all the text in corresponding fields of an Excel spreadsheet, and then upload that ...
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Script to create iPhone Contacts

Does anyone know of a way to create a Contact list with a defined amount of contacts? They can be dummy entries, but I just need to create an address book with > 2000 entries. An Automator script is ...
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Why does Automator get stuck in a loop when processing a large number of files?

I have a very long workflow dealing with renaming, resizing and duplicating a large number of high resolution images. The workflow was working fine until I tried it with 300 images. Automator got ...
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Why is my Automator Print Plugin Only Running Every Other Time?

I have set up a simple Print Plugin in Automator. It renames the file, then moves the file to a particular directory. No matter how simple I make the plugin, it only triggers every other time I run ...
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Calendar Alarm While Machine Sleeps

I have a handful of Calendar Alarms I created in Automator to run at various times on my MacBook Pro (mainly overnight). However, it looks like if the machine is sleep then the Calendar Alarm is ...
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Create Automator Service With a Python Script?

I'm trying to create an Automator Service that will act on selected text, converting dashes to spaces, and also making word caps for all the text. A friend gave me this python script (I know nothing ...
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How to make my workflows run again with Automator Runner after upgrading to Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I cannot run my workflows with Automator Runner anymore. The option to do that in the context menu is still there, but nothing happens, no errors, no console logs. ...
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How can I directly access apps with single hot-keys?

How can I directly access apps with single hot-keys? Possible solutions which I don't get to work: (1) Having often used applications constantly kept in the dock, it would be useful to have hotkeys ...