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

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Automator sequential file rename with variable padding

I want to rename selected files in the finder sequentially. To do this I have created an Automator workflow. In the Automator workflow you can specify how many digits long you want the rename to be ...
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Looking for workflow or script for saving Kindle documents

I'm using a Kindle DX (3G, no WiFi) for reading documents saved from the web with Readability. Because Amazon charges a conversion cost for these documents I'm forwarding the documents to my ...
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Script that Automatically Does Something Every Day

I'm looking for a way to automatically run a shell script or command every time interval. I'm running a server and I want to backup some folders every day. I don't want to use time machine because the ...
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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 to create an Automator “Mail Service” to compose the body of email from the content of a file?

I would like to create a "Mail Service" with Mac Automator to create a New Message that automagically fills the body with the content of ascii file ~/Documents/MailBody.txt I can select the file with ...
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Software to record and playback mouse movement/clicks and keyboard presses?

I was wondering if there was any software out there that could record mouse/keyboard input and allow you to play back the input that was made? I've tried using Automator but for some reason it's not ...
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How to create a simple keyboard macro with Automator?

How can I use the built in tool, Automator (rather than a 3rd party app), to create a simple keyboard macro? For example, I want it to press command-shift-left, then command-U, then right, etc. I ...
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How can I keep settings consistent between Macs?

I use multiple Macs (OS X Lion). There are a lot of settings, apps, and files I'd like to keep synced up between them. Files are the easiest of the lot -- Dropbox + symlinks, Mercurial repositories, ...
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How do I automatically open a subfolder on a SD card when mounted?

My camera has a complicated path to the video files, and I'm constantly plugging it in, and then digging to get the videos. I just want find to automatically popup to the specified subfolder when the ...
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How can I make an automator service always show up?

I have an AppleScript that adds the subject of a selected email in Mail to my task manager. I have put this AppleScript in an Automator service so I can hotkey it. Only problem is this: Lion insists ...
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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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How can I remove leading/trailing whitespace from filenames in Automator?

My wife tediously renames files all the time when storing on her backup external storage, so I investigated using automator to do this for her. I now have an automator folder where she just drops the ...
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Is there a way to automate restarting with a different boot disk?

I have Lion and Snow Leopard installed on my machine, and I switch between them all the time (I develop for compatibility on both platforms). Going into System Preferences and selecting the startup ...
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Run bash command with current URL as parameter from Firefox and/or safari

I'd like to be able, without much hassle, add a video to my Miro Download-queue. From bash I can do this by entering open -a Miro.app http://vimeo.com/24398084 Now I'd like to do this from within ...
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Possible to run scripts on sleep and wake?

MacBook Pro 2010 running OS X Lion. Is it possible to run scripts on sleep and wake events? My specific application is that I've got Dropbox-synced Truecrypt volumes that I regularly use on both my ...
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Why doesn't Automator service appear in iTunes?

I'm trying to write an Automator service for iTunes so that I can immediately open a file from iTunes in VLC, so I don't have to do (show in finder, launch with other application, vlc). I go to ...
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How can I remove the File Quarantine warning for a file associated with an Automator script?

To download torrents, I have changed from running Transmission on my Mac to running it on a NAS. As a next step, I want the Mac to automatically start the torrent download on the NAS by moving the ...
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Record / playback keystrokes

There are 3rd party apps but I'm not interested in those. I'm a web developer and during testing I find myself entering login credentials over and over again. If I could quickly "play" these ...
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Remove services from context menus (but leave them in the app's Services menu)

I created a few services with Automator and it seems OS X automatically adds these to the context menu of files/folders that they apply to. Is it possible to remove the services from the context menu ...
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Lock screen with LaunchBar

I extensively use Launchbar and have almost all my daily productivity items working through it. Since I use my personal MacBook at work, I do not have use a screen saver password, however, when at ...
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Firing up Terminal from an Automator Workflow?

I quite often use the python -m SimpleHTTPServer command in the Terminal to fire up a webserver for testing apps. Having just learned the basics of the Automator, I figured this would be a great use ...
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How can I automatically download multiple sites through Coda?

I have several sites in Coda that I would like to automatically re-download when I tell it to. The sites are collaboratively managed, and I'd like to download a fresh copy of the sites automatically. ...
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Getting Automator to work with aliases vs. symbolic links on SMB shares

I would like to get automator to mount a volume in a shared SMB server and get all subfolders symlinked within my Documents folder. I thought I could do that easily by creating Finder's so called ...
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Fastest way to migrate an application between Mac's?

after using the Migration Assistant each time arrives a new OSX or i buy a new MacBookPro, its time to tidy up my work machine, Since upgrading my current MBP(mid2009 2.8GHz 4GB DDR3) to Lion many ...
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Is Automator suitable for complex folder based workflows?

I have a rather puzzling scenario for you, one that I would like to solve with Automator: We're a startup that creates HD music video content that is streamed online; we've got a custom-programmed ...
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Is it possible to clear Automator logs?

How do I clear Automator logs?
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When I delete “Watch Me Do” from Automator, does it get deleted forever?

Is Automator's "Watch Me Do" action permanently deleted when it is removed from the action sequence?
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Where are Automator's “Watch Me Do” files saved?

Where are Automator's "Watch Me Do" files being saved?
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Create global shortcut to run command line applications

What steps do I need to run a command line program via a global shortcut? I setup Automator to create a new Run Shell Script and tried to assign a shortcut in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> ...
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What are the storage locations of the various types of Automator workflows

The purpose of this question is to create a reference for the various default storage locations where Automator stores the files it creates and saves. I've found a few from searching, but have yet ...
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Automator simulation of the mouse and keyboard

My problem: "watch me do" in automator only recognizes for cocoa buttons and doesn't work for apps like games with interfaces drawn my rendering engines. Desired solution: an Automator action(s) that ...
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Persistent Automator Applications?

I have an Application created with Automator. Since the application starts a service in the background, I'd like to keep the application open even after the end of the workflow is reached. When the ...
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Is Automator intended to create distributable stand-alone apps?

I have a series of executables which I would like to wrap into a stand-alone .app. A bit like ffmpegx does for the executables contained under its /Resources folder. I've noticed that Automator allows ...
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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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Converting WAV to MP3 using LAME and Automator

I'd like to convert many WAV files to MP3 files using LAME and Automator. I need a script that I could right click a folder and convert all the WAV files inside the folder to MP3 files. I've been able ...
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Always show service in contextual menu

Sometimes when I create a service in Automator, I want it to always appear in the Finder contextual menu, not just when I have a selected a file or folder. The services are always either pure ...
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Automatically sync folder contents in the background

Since Lion still won't allow me to search the SMB volumes I need, I'm planning on syncing them to a local folder that will be indexed by Spotlight. What's the best way to sync folders automatically in ...
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How can I launch an Automator workflow upon import in iPhoto?

I use iPhoto to import images from my iDevices and the photos go to the iPhoto library folder. When I import from my DSLR, I place photos in a folder I organize myself by date and events. I would like ...
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I'm using git+notational velocity and want to know how to commit after I exit the program

What I'm looking to accomplish is have something trigger a git add *.txt and git commit -m "Automated Commit `date`' when I close Notational Velocity. I'm guessing I could probably accomplish this ...
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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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Automater/Applescript page viewer/downloader loop

I have some 9500 individual audio files I am trying to download which: a) require a login to a website b) are located at subdirectories which ?redirects? to a download link (eg. ...
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What are some good uses of Hazel? [closed]

I think Hazel is a great idea, but I'm having trouble finding practical uses for it. A short search revealed the below pages, but I still didn't find anything compelling. Why I Started Using Hazel ...
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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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Is there an AppleScript or Automator action to quickly edit Info for Video in iTunes?

I ripped the DVD set of a television series to my iMac. But now, the filenames are weird and there is no meta info. In Automator, I see there is an action to edit Info for a song. That's great, but ...
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Package command line tools into an automator script or app?

I'd like to know if there's a way I could package compiled command line tools together as part of an automator script or an app. Let's say, for example, I want to use a command line tool called foo ...
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Can I write an Automator/AppleScript script to download all the iTunes app updates?

This is related to How can I tell iTunes to always download free updates I would like to write a script to tell iTunes to download all the free app updates available, and have that script run ...
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Create PDF from tall images (Automator?)

I have a number of images that are 8.5" wide, but very long (around 40" tall) and I want to create a standard multi-paged 8.5" x 11" PDF document from all of the images. The problem is that the PDF ...
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How to dim (and un-dim) display in automator

For those that are interested in the final script you can get it here original question I am trying to make a alarmclock script to wake me up. but I can't figure out how to change the screen ...
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how to use automator make this workflow?

I have a folder full of video file to upload to a youtube like video service, they don't provide any api, and the upload form is made of flash, that means I can't manipulate anything, so what I think ...
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Find folder on network drive, based on username using bash shell in Automator.

I'm new to Automator, but I've had a Mac for quite some time, and I'm not a total noob. :) Here is my problem: Users need to make a backup (to desktop) of a folder located on a network drive. The ...