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

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Populate Google Chrome's omnibox with Alfred?

I'm curious if there's a way to populate Chrome's omnibox, without a specific link that starts with http://adfsdf.com?{query}, I would like to simply launch the Chrome.app with {query} as the opening ...
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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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Applescript to open hyperlink from email into web browser — current code doesn't locate hyperlinks, only direct URLs

I'm curious how I can write an Applescript to comb an email to open a link in Safari. I have an Automator Service that locates all links in a given email and outputs them to a TextEdit document but ...
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Add urls to a list via Automator

What is the simplest way to append a list of urls with a selected URL when browsing either chrome or safari. I tried to do this with automator and it was easy to achieve by creating a service with a ...
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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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key macros for raising windows

I am new to OS X. I previously used Windows 7, on which I had defined some key shortcuts with the help of Autohotkey. EDIT: making more clear what I want the shortcuts to do: raise a window with a ...
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Need help creating Automator Service to perform similar tasks to a residual uninstall

I've been having an issue with a program I use heavily every day, where it it acts like it is recovering from a crash even when it was quit properly and all files saved. The app is FontLab Studio, not ...
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How to make automator app use a specific folder as input

I have a number of processes that I need a Mac Mini to run with no input. One of these tasks is to take ingested video files, rename them and transfer them to another location. The app I am using ...
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Folder action with Automator file search

Since a couple of years, I used the folder action successfully which is shown in the screenshot: A file is added to "Downloads" "Find Finder Items" with the shown criteria is executed If the ...
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Is there a way to combine two fullscreen windows into a split view window with Automator/AppleScript?

I'm currently making a workflow in which I need to combine two windows into a split view window (the feature from OS X El Capitan). I'd there any way to do that with AppleScript?
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Automator workflow fails to run on terminal, but runs from within automator. Why?

I created an automator workflow and saved it as a workflow. When I test it from within automator, the workflow works. But when I try to run it from the command line (automator path/to/workflow), I get ...
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I'm trying to automate connecting to a user account server after a NetInstall using Automator

In automating the deployment process for a Mac laboratory I have been unsuccessful in linking to a user account server post install. I have to do it by hand which adds lots of time to deployment. I'...
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How to find the most frequent email sender address in Apple Mail OS X?

I have thousands of unread emails in my Apple Mail (9.3) running in OS X El Capitan 10.11.5. There are bunch of emails that are received from common senders and between these emails there are ...
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What are some useful ways to use Automator?

I've been using OS X for 3 generations of the OS already (Tiger --> Leopard --> SL) but haven't really ventured in using Automator much. What are the best ways to use Automator? (Best uses, time ...
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Batch compress multiple folders into individual zip files

I have dozens of folders that I need to compress into individual zip files. If I select all of these folders in the Finder and do "Compress [X] Items," I get one zip file containing all of the ...
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Automator “Watch me do” on Mac Pro

I try to create a shortcut to an action using automator. The application is IBM Notes. I record in automator the action of clicking on the "Folder" button and the action seems to be correct in ...
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How can I truncate filenames after X number of characters using Automator or AppleScript?

I have IFTTT sending several new desktop wallpapers per day from Reddit to Dropbox. These wallpapers arrive often with very long filenames. I need a way to automatically shorten their names (without ...
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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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Can Mac App Store installs & upgrades be automated?

How can I script installing or upgrading apps from the Mac App Store? I'd prefer command line tools, but AppleScript or some other API would suffice. Relevant puzzle pieces: installer: note ...
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Location of services created in Automator

Long-time ago i created a service in Automator, which still works. But i want to change the code and it isn't located in either /Library/Services/ nor ~/Library/Services/ as they are both empty Have ...
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Automator workflow to print 4 copies of 1 image on 1 page

How do I get Automator to print 4 copies of the same image on 1 sheet? I have zilch knowledge about scripts so would appreciate any help!
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How can I permanently force Xerox secure printing?

My clients are printing direct to a network printer (no print server). Xerox have confirmed that the Secure Print Only option is only available in Windows, so I am looking at editing .plists, ...
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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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How to Automate Cropping Images?

Is there any way to automate cropping images on Mac? (Not the whole file, but part of the file.) I've tried this with Automator but the cropping function just makes the whole image smaller instead ...
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Automator: how to create individual PDFs from images

I understand we can convert multiple images into PDF using 'New PDF from images'. However, this creates a single PDF. How do I create a single PDF for each image? Also, im not sure why but Automator ...
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Why doesn't my wifi on/off switcher shortcut work?

So i went on Automator, selected Service, and changed service receives selected to "no output". Then i dragged in Run Shell Script, and in the box i put in this code, which turns the wifi on/off, ...
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Script or App that identifies corrupt music files?

I'm wondering if there is a Terminal command or AppleScript or any sort of app that can scan a collection of MP3s, WAVs, and FLACs, and determine if they are corrupt. iTunes skips songs once it hits a ...
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Change spelling with shortcut

I am using some custom installed dictionaries for the spell checker in Mac, and the automatic detection doesn't work well. The best solution is to manually change them. However, going to Settings > ...
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How to open a file with automator and then open another file when the first file is closed?

I have a series of spreadsheets that I work with daily. Is there a way to use Automator to open the first spreadsheet and when I close it because I'm done with it open the next spreadsheet? Thank you....
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Automator Action/Bash Script for selecting files from a list

As a part of my workflow, I often face this scenario: I have a folder with let's say, 100 files named 1.mov to 100.mov I have a list of valid files let's say, files 1.mov, 2.mov .... 15.mov (These ...
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Batch copy time creation and modification date from files using OSX

First of all, I have asked the same question at stack overflow, but I am not sure if it's right over there. That's why I decided to post it here, too. t'm having a hard time trying to copy the ...
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Apple script not working with folders containing special letters (hebrew)

I am basically a Java developer, but had to run an apple script on my mac to batch convert doc/docx to PDF. I run the following apple script via Automator: property theList : {"doc", "docx"} on run ...
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Automaticly file screenshots in folder on desktop

I take lots of screenshots that fill up my desktop very quickly, what im trying to do is set a system where all screenshots will automatically get saved to a screenshots folder on my desktop. Ive ...
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Can I change the application icon of an Automator script?

I have created a couple of automator scripts. I was curios if there is a way to change the application icon, on those scripts, to something other than the robot.
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Sharing multiple files on iCloud by using System Events in Applescript: How to intercept an option?

I am trying to share a folder with many Numbers files with iCloud, by sharing each file with an AppleScript and saving the path of each shared file so that I can send it to my collaborators. To do ...
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Utility/Way to save display arrangements?

I have a portable USB monitor for my MacBook. Sometimes I place to the left of the laptop, sometimes to the right and sometimes above. While it's not hugely cumbersome to open up Display Preferences ...
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FFMPEG convert multiple .MOV files to .MXF using Automator

I need some help with an automator solution. I'm trying to add a Shell Script action to process a list of videos. My first try is for f in "$@" do fbname=$( basename "$f .MXF) /opt/local/bin/...
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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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Respond automatically to application dialogue pop up window

I am using the Sony Wireless Auto Import software on a a computer at my desk. It allows me to turn on my Sony camera and send my photos to the computer over my wireless network. It works fine but the ...
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AppleScript to automatically update IP-adress in Remote Desktop (ARD) on computers with DDNS

I've been searching for hours but couldn't find an answer yet hence my question here. I frequently use Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) and I have setup a DDNS for every computer. The only problem I have ...
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Using Automator to batch crop with custom coordinates / measurements

I'm trying to crop large batches of images automatically. I'm currently using Automator's Crop Images action, but it is lacking in options. I can specify a width and height, and then it performs a ...
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'Add notes' to a Calendar event using Automator

I would like to build a 'Service' for selected text which: Get the currently selected text Creates an Calendar event adds the selected text as a 'note' for that Calendar event I prefer Automator ...
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A turning gear appears when I run this workflow, why?

I am running the following script (called Restart AppleTV) using automator : on run {input, parameters} do shell script "sudo killall coreaudiod" with administrator privileges return input end ...
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OSX Unmount usb disk drive from Automator bash script

I have a task in automator to make my backup, it runs shell script code, lot of code is working well but the unmount command doesn't works, I don't get unmount the unit after backup. I checked to run ...
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Automator service script ALWAYS launches application, disregarding conditional

I wrote a little service script to open an iTerm terminal window on an arbitrary folder on Finder. I want it to check if iTerm is running, and if it is to open the terminal session in a new tab ...
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OS X Automator: Using custom command in AppleScript's “do shell script”

I have recently asked a question about automatically inserting a value produced by a custom executable into a prompt field. Please look over this post to know exactly what I am talking about. The ...
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How to create custom Automator tasks for distribution — OS X 10.10

Problem I would like to make custom tasks for Automator to send to friends who are learning or even just to make new Automator apps easer to write without having to repeat the same tasks over and ...
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Automator task to open screenshots in Preview automatically

I'm pretty new to Automator but it seems like it's possible - I just can't seem to get it to work. I'd like to be able to take a screenshot and then open it up in Preview for easy annotation. If it's ...
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Changing the font of selected text with AppleScript/Automator

I'd like to set up an Automator service to set the font face, size, color, and background color of the currently highlighted text in Microsoft OneNote, e.g. Consolas 11pt, black text, white background ...
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Preview.app and creating PDFs - Three methods - How do they differ?

Preview.app has three options for turning an image into a PDF: File > Export..., Format = PDF File > Export as PDF... File > Print..., Save as PDF The first method yields a PDF that looks exactly ...