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

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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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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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How to make an existing AppleScript file to work as a service?

I made an AppleScript, saved it as a file in a specific folder on my hard drive. Now I want to assign a shortcut to it and looks like I have to make a Service via Automator, but the Run AppleScript ...
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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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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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How to move automator “Folder actions” workflow to desired folder?

Similar topics was discussed here. But the solution provided there was to right click on file name and select location (Automator 2.3), however that option was not present in Automator 2.3. ...
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Image Resize Script

I'm new to Automator and I'm looking make an application/workflow/service that will copy any image(in same folder), resize the copied image to the custom size (prompt), and append a suffix to the ...
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Automator Apple script: expected end of line but found “”"

I'm trying to run a simple Apple script that opens iTerm2, cd to a terminal and launches a command. The script goes like this: on run {input, parameters} tell application "iTerm" activate ...
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Can an automator workflow automatically select all text and then take that as input?

I have a workflow that applies a text transform. I made a service and bound that to a hot-key... however I must first select all text. Is it possible to have the workflow automatically take all text ...
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Automatically update Outlook details when password is changed

We've set up our Macs to use Mobile Accounts, so that the passwords get changed and these changes are reflected on our AD server. The problem we're having is that our clients use MS Outlook 2011, ...
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Unlock Mac from Terminal or Automator

In my attempt to start iPlayer and BBC News every morning, I have scheduled Automator to open a page. It does work, however my Mac stays locked, therefore I need to get out of my bed and enter the ...
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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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Disable mutltouch swipe in Chrome only for specific web pages

I am aware of the option to disable multitouch swipe between pages globally from the system preferences, and am also aware that I can disable them just for Chrome using the command line, however I do ...
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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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Can I automate adding apps to iTunes?

I've never really played with automator or Apple script before but feel like now might be the perfect time to do so. I'd like to automate the following: If the message says "An older version of the ...
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Converting .rtf to .doc/.dox with a service

I like to write in rich text with textedit and then do more complicated formatting tasks with Pages 5.0. However, Pages doesn't open rich text. To get the text into pages I either have to copy and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Automator Script not running under OS X Yosemite

I used to use the following two Automator scripts under OS X Mavericks to find out the source file of the actual wallpaper picture of the main screen and my second screen. After installing OS X ...
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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 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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Using automator and handbrake cli to convert videos automatically

I am trying to automate video conversion process using Automator and Handbrake CLI version. I am trying to implement the functionality that whenever a video is downloaded in my dropbox folder on my PC ...
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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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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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“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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I want to automate the task of sending email

I want to automate the process of sending an email in my automator workflow. In my workflow I want to create a new email every time I receive text as an input and the email has to be sent without my ...
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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!), ...
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Autofill print dialog

When I try to print, a dialog box pops up prompting me for my username and a name for the print job. Is there any way to automatically fill in this information? I've been looking at Automator but ...
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Pausing workflow until action complete

I have Hazel set up on a media server to automatically add files to specific iTunes playlists based on a text tag in the directory name. Several users will send us individual files or directories ...
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How to merge lecture notes from the web into a single PDF file

I have some lecture notes which are located at: www.mywebsite.com/Lecture1.pdf www.mywebsite.com/Lecture2.pdf etc In Automator I currently have done the following: Get specified URLs Download ...
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Is it possible to schedule my laptop to mute and unmute based on calendar events?

I would like my mac (OSX 10.9) to automatically mute during meetings. I have a fully abstracted calendar, with several sub calendars. Any apps? Any Automator tricks?
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Automator shell Script works, except inside dropbox

I used Automator to create a service that runs pdf2svg from the context menu in Finder. for f in "$@" do /opt/local/bin/pdf2svg $f ${f%.*}".svg" done It works fine, except it does not work on ...
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Applescript / Automator - Pass variables between them

I have a question about how to pass the applescript input from one computer to another computer's automator input (I created it as a program). I've created the script below to ask for the filename and ...
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Sequentially renaming images in subfolders, but reseting the counter for every folder

I want Automator to receive a folder, then search all subfolders. If it finds a number of images in any folder, it will resize and rename them 1.png, 2.png, 3.png,... This works: (I don't filter ...
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How can I add shells to the list in Run Shell Script in the Automator?

If I select the Run Shell Script action in Automator, it has a drop down menu filled with possible shells: /bin/bash /bin/csh /bin/ksh /bin/sh /bin/tcsh /bin/zsh /usr/bin/perl ...