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

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How do I assign / unassign tags to Evernote notes using Javascript for Automation?

I'm creating a Script for turning Evernote Notes into Omnifocus-Items, using Javascript for Automation. Currently, the script searches for items with a certain tag, which works great. Now, I want to ...
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Wanting help creating an applescript that is run when the contents of a folder changes

I would greatly appreciate some assistance with the following. My scenario: I have a Mac app that generates RTF files. I have an Android app that deals with MultiMarkdown/Markdown files. The Mac ...
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Applescript to hide print queue

Running a Processing sketch which saves .txt files to a folder. Have a folder action attached that prints new files in this folder to a thermal receipt printer. However, I had to update to Yosemite, ...
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How can I add an Automator application to the Dock?

I followed the directions in How to put a custom launcher in the Dock (Mavericks) but my case has a different twist. I have an Automator application which runs a shell script that (1) changes the ...
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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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Troubleshoot Dock behaviour in Mac Yosemite

When I right-click the Downloads folder in the dock, and select Open "Downloads", instead of the expected thing happening, an app launches. The app is one I created myself using Automator. And it is ...
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Automator Get Filename of Selected File

I'm trying to create a Service where I can select an individual file, right click, go to Services and tap Perm Delete using Automator - i.e.: rm <path> I've looked around and i just can't find ...
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Can I extract the body of an email message using Automator without an AppleScript?

I want to build a system where all emails that are sent to a specific folder are added to a Devon Think Pro Office database for archiving/searching. There is an add-in from the DTP folks that will ...
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Applescript to fill out Server Password Prompt

I'm trying to figure out if it's possible (via AppleScript) to fill out a server authentication dialog box asking for username and password (using Google Chrome). This is the dialog box I see when ...
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Create applescript to do next song in safari tab

don't know applescript language (and it will be nonsense to learn it just to do this single thing). What I want to do is press the keys that are in the macbook keyboard (play/pause, next, back) to ...
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How can I convert HTML/Rich Text to Markdown in Automator?

I have an Automator service that takes selected text and saves it in a file. However, bold, italics, and linked URLS aren't preserved. Is there a way I can convert it to Markdown before I save it? ...
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What is possible when I Allow app to control this computer using accessibility features?

What privileges are obtained by a process that is allowed to control the computer through accessibility options, and how does a developer go about utilizing them?
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Applescript or Automator service that automatically trusts certificates

I would like to know, if there is a way to make an Automator service or an Applescript that automatically trusts a root certificate. If possible without a prompt for password or Admin privileges. ...
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Automator - How to know what I can do with Automator in each app

I'm new to AppleScript and Automator, I've reached to stop and play next and previous track in Spotify, here's what I use inside the AppleScript: tell application "Spotify" to playpause for ...
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Adding Bounce Message back to Mail in Yosemite

Does anyone have an updated version of this workflow for adding a Bounce Message feature to Apple Mail in OSX 10.10.3? Applescript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Mail" ...
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Can I use Automator or some other method to extract EXIF GPS data from batches of photos on my Mac?

I need a way of extracting EXIF GPS data, using my Mac, from a bunch of photos taken on an iPhone. So for example, if I put 1000 photos into a folder, I want an easy way of extracting all the GPS ...
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OS X Automator “Take Screenshot” Issue

I need to automate a screenshot task, so I thought why not use automator? I found the "Take Screenshot" Action and started to play with it. The problem is is that is sets the file name and when the ...
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Script/Workflow: Select item, print, save as PDF, name sequentially, down arrow to next item

Yet again I have a task to do that would be great to automate. Yet after searching for examples that are even close I am nowhere. Here is what I am trying to do: First I Perform a search by specific ...
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Making a command key for an option that already exists

Introduction: Hello, my formatting may look weird but I'm hoping it will be more concise for you and easier to follow, I have ADHD so my writing sometimes goes from one thing to another without any ...
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How do I “say . . . using” in Javascript for Automation?

In Applescript, I can specify the voice the system uses to speak text as follows: say "Hello" using "Alex" In Javascript, I can do something similar: var ScriptEditor = Application("Script ...
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AppleScript to identify the current status of Network Connection?

What is the AppleScript to identify the current status of MacBook Pro's network connection (Yosemite 10.10.3) Connected via Iphone USB on/off (Hotspotting to Iphone) Connected via WIFI ON on/off ...
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How to: Automator, launch an app, as if I dragged n dropped file on App's dock icon?

Using automator, I know how to "Launch an App". I would like to know how to "Launch an App in a specific way". The app I want to launch, acts differently depending how its launched. If one: clicks ...
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How to have Automator say click “Thanks” to App's Dialog Box

Using Automator, how to click "Thanks" on the apps Dialog Box? The app runs a process, and when the process finishes returns a series of Dialog Boxes with the result. Each Dialog Box, has 1 button ...
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Efficient compression workflow of iCloud Videos

Photos for Mac + iCloud Photos has significantly improved my photography workflow: It is now much easier to keep all of my family photos and videos organized (side bar: favorite smart album is album = ...
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Create a new (.txt) File in Finder - Keyboard Shortcut

I wanted to know if there is way to set keyboard shortcuts to make new files in Finder. For example, by default, you can create a new folder using CMD+Shift+N. Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a ...
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Is there a quicker way to pause Photos uploading to iCloud?

Photos.app on Yosemite takes forever to upload its library to iCloud, and can slow the WiFi network to a crawl while it does so. I know that I can pause it in the app's Preferences, but this is ...
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Global shortcut to have finder open my home directory

New Mac/OSX user here. Thanks to google I've come up with this automator script: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" activate make new Finder window to home ...
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Further Question from “Automating Quicktime Image Sequence creation in Mountain Lion”

This is related to the question asked in: Automating Quicktime Image Sequence creation in Mountain Lion I was wondering if there was a way of adapting this script to resize the Image Sequence to ...
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Is there a way for OSX to auto-copy a file somewhere whenever it's updated?

I can't figure out how to get Automator to automatically recognize when a specific file/folder has been changed or updated then automatically copy it somewhere else. Suggestions?
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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 to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu?

How to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu? By default files and folders whose name start with . is invisible. In order to show them, you can use the following command in ...
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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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My Automator Workflow fails because it fails to find the git command within the 'Run Shell Script' command? Need help

I have an Automator workflow and one of the actions is to clone a repository. Here's the code for the 'Run Shell Script' action. The command is run within the Bash shell /bin/bash if that matters: ...
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Filling the inputs of SecurityAgent if they exist?

I am trying to automate the export of my keychains (system and user), and while my script works if I remove the set values, it does not after adding them. The error I am receiving is System Events ...
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iCloud for Automator and services

Since Mavericks, Automator is now able to store services (.workflow) in iCloud. The problem is that services are not available in the Services menu or contextual menu (right-click) when I store them ...
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Automator Workflow - Reply To Outlook Messages with Template Text

I have pulled together the following workflow in Automator because my Scripting knowledge is non existent: Problem It pastes the text in unformatted, losing all paragraphs, bold, underlined, ...
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FFMPEG via AUTOMATOR not working argument “drawtext timecode”

I am new to scripts and automation but I wrote a script to help me on my daily job of watermarking and burn in timecode on videos. I created an Automator drop on app to convert videos and watermark ...
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How can I get automator to select the correct already open document?

I should start by mentioning that I have an app that opens on start-up which allows me to set customized shortcuts and gestures. In my case: command+alt+j maximizes the selected window. command+alt+n ...
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Using applescript to create spaces and launch apps

So the end goal of what I am looking to do is this: When I am at work I use an external monitor with my MBP. I have a consistent set of spaces and apps that I setup everyday. What I would like to ...
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How can I avoid permission-related failures when importing in Photos.app via AppleScript?

The new Photos.app does not come with Automator support (although there are third-party actions available). It does, however, have some basic AppleScript support, including support for importing a ...
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launching automator with keywords

Using automator, I would like to launch some webpages as soon as I type some keywords in any application. Is that possible ?
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“Import Files into iTunes” automator action not working

I'm having an issue with a simple automator action, "Import Files into iTunes". It's the only thing I have in the workflow but when I drop audio files onto the application, the action encounters an ...
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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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Get Automator to remount a partition for an attached hdd

I've got a setup where we backup our server every day to an external thunderbolt drive, and we alternate between two different drives. I've got an Automator script that ejects the drive every week ...
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How can I make an Automator service run a shell script and display the output?

I'm using Automator to run a shell script (ffmpeg transcode to h264) as a 'Service', so that I can just right click the high res .mov file and select the service. It works fine, but as it's ffmpeg it ...
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How to replace all Finder files with a placeholder file for each

I have lots of files from a database which are to be copied to a new database, but the files for these are corrupt (They are zero-byte in size and contain no data). Rather than the new database ...
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Long running process defined as Service

I created a service for starting a Virtual Box headless, which works fine - but the service does not end until the virtual machine is stopped again (the spinning wheel is in the menu bar (or whatever ...
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Automatically start multiple user sessions when OSX starts

I need to get several users session logged-in as soon as the computer starts. Manually I would have to log into the first user and then start switching to each one to open their respective sessions. I ...
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AppleScript/Automator Add AutoCorrect Settings

I am making a AppleScript/automator script for April Fools that is going to change the AutoCorrect. I know that I can change the autocorrect settings by going to Settings > Text > '+' ...
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Automator Calendar Action to Launch Shell Script in Background

First and foremost: Everything works, automator launches when it is supposed to, the shell script executes, and I get the results I am looking for. Where the problem comes in to play is that the ...