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

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Script / Automator for conversion of Apple Works docs to .odt docs

With about 2500 AppleWorks docs, dating back to 1995, which I cannot open in the newly purchased Apple Pages ( but with LibreOffice), I need a script or some other automation to do it. (Most of the AW ...
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Automator command line: “Unable to open workflow”

I created a workflow in Automator consisting of a single action, "Convert Format of Word Documents" (provided by Microsoft Word). I saved this in ~/Documents/convert_word_to_pdf.app. I can run it by ...
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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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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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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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Trouble in Automator's Shell Script after OS X 10.9 Mavericks upgrade

I've got a problem. I use from lot of time an Automator's shell script: cat >> ~/Dropbox/ClipBoard/Appunti\ Mac\ del\ $(date +\%Y-\%m-\%d).txt It ever worked but, after Mavericks upgrade, ...
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Trim filenames in automator w. shell or applescript

Why doesn't this work? (The automator is in swedish but the parts are: get selected finder objects - get folder contents - run shell script) I want to trim the first three characters of the ...
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How can I use Automator to extract information from an email in Mail?

I'm trying to extract information from emails coming in from PayPal from my customers (first name, last name, address, phone #, order #, date) to create a database with that information. The info ...
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Possible to automate entering star ratings and play counts for identical/duplicate song in iTunes?

I'm in the process of replacing my low quality <192 kpbs MP3s into either 320 kpbs MP3 or ALAC files in iTunes. Right now my routine is to import the new HQ files to iTunes, go to "Show Duplicate ...
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How can I run a application in Automator?

I want to run an application in Automator but there is no run program. Operating system and stuff: OS X Lion 10.7.5 Automator 2.2.4 Memory: 3GB
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AppleScript To Manipulate VLC

I want to do a script, that it can launch VLC player, and in VLC player "Open a file", then "Select a folder", then click on "add" then "play" it. I think that Automator can't do this. But ...
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Automator list of urls - no results

I have a list of URLs as input, and I'm trying to get image on the pages in order to download them. I'm filtering the text and passing it to the 'Get Image URLs from Webpage' action, but it's not ...
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Can I give Automator apps a window?

Can I create a window / UI for applications created using Automator? Or is this just not possible with Automator apps? Background: I created an "application" through Automator, and dragged the app ...
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Authomatically press a keystroke with Automator/Applescript when a specific application is active

Background to problem: Spotify rolled out a new update, with new dark, high contrast color scheme, which is very tiring for eyes and difficult to read for people with various health issues. Inverting ...
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Updating modifier key mappings through defaults command tool

I am trying to automate the inital setup of my macbook, that includes installing software and changing OS X configuration to my needs. I have tried to update the modifier keys with defaults, the ...
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Automator: Unzip and Move files to replace older versions of the same file

So I don't know if this is even possible but here is our current workflow: I have a file that gets passed from one person to the next depending on what step it's at. When the file if finished the ...
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Running shell commands with Automator: how to create a droplet launching an “exec” command?

I need to create a automator application that launches the following exec command, whenever a image file is dropped onto it (the exec print the image files with some printing params). exec('lpr -o ...
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Automator Workflow - Convert FLAC to MP3

I would like to have an Automator Workflow that converts FLAC to Mp3. Right now I am using this shell script which works fine and preserves ID3 Tags: #!/bin/bash for f in "$@"; do [[ "$f" != ...
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Creating an Automator service to add email messages to Reminders.app

I've created an Automator service that creates a reminder based on the selected text. What I really want is to create a keyboard shortcut that gets the same result that you get by dragging an email ...
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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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Run app as a different user (automator) [duplicate]

i'd like to be able to open an app as a different user. For example PC1 is my main account and PC7 is my secondary one. I can achieve the effect in terminal using su - pc7 insert password ...
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AppleScript/Automate Mail Tasks

I've been trying to help a coworker automate a weekly email compilation he sends out but haven't yet been able to figure out how address a few specific areas...first I'll explain the situation, then ...
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Automate merging subtitles with MKVtoolnix

My tv only shows movies with subtitles when the subtitles are merged in the movie. So I found this tool which helps me a lot. But, it is way too much work to add each file individually in the ...
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automator script to import last image in iphone to the mac's desktop and delete it from the iphone

I need a way to easily perform the following: import the last image saved on the camera roll on the iphone (it will always be the same iphone, can be hardcoded on the script) into the desktop ...
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How can I share subroutines between different applescript services

I use applescript to make a bunch of services for advanced hotkeys, like activate Finder, open Go to Folder…, and paste clipboard. There are plenty of usable subroutines available for applescript, ...
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Numbers 3.1: Maintain Link to CSV

Is there a mechanism to maintain a link between a CSV that may change and a Numbers file? I would like to maintain a Numbers file that uses table data from a CSV whose contents will be updated every ...
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Compress files with the output name same as Parent Folder with Automator

I've been searching the internet for a solution to this. I would like to create an Automator workflow that will zip the selected files, name the zip the name of the Parent directory and save that zip ...
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Is it possible to create shortcuts for VLC using Automator?

I see here that Automator can be used to create commands that then can be triggered globally. I have no idea how to use Automator but see that it has some options for involving applications... Can a ...
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Is there a way to move files to multiple folders in single Folder Action?

I'm trying to set a Folder Action that will move all of the files that are in my downloads folder into their appropriate folders so that I don't have to do them manually. (movies to movie folder, ...
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How to search PDFs and extract matching pages with Automator?

I am trying to make an Automator workflow that will alllow me to: Specify a folder to run the actions on Search all PDF files in that folder for a certain word (my client's name) Create a new PDF ...
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Re-open network tabs in Finder

How do I restore network Finder tabs in OS X Mavericks after the computer source of the tabs has rebooted and left those tabs blank? Is there an Automator action that can populate Finder tabs with ...
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How to get Mail.app raw message in the Automator ? (version 2)

I tried this script and it work great. Thanks But my problem is that the text I receive has = character at the end of each line, resulting in some url to be truncated/separated by this = sign. Is ...
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How to get Mail.app raw message in the Automator?

This is an cross-post, because i'm not sure where it really belonging. It is programming question, but apple specific question too. Here is the stackoverflow link: ...
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Convert music with automator, keep ID3 Tags

I've asked the same question on reddit, but nobody could help me, so maybe you guys can. Hey there, I made a little Automator-App that takes a bunch of MP3 and converts them to Audiobooks (first to ...
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AppleScript or Automator workflow to clean orphaned files on Kindle

I'm wondering if there's a way to clean orphaned files from a Kindle using AppleScript or Automator. It would basically look for any .sdr folder that doesn't have a matching .mobi or .azw and then ...
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Automator or AppleScript Rename Workflow

Is it possible to automate the following action: Example Folder name: "TEST" the name of the file inside the folder is: "Evelyn.jpg". How do I rename the folder using the name of the file inside of ...
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Automator workflow runs forever

I have run into a problem with automator: I have a workflow that does image processing (it converts color images to gray). I am able to invoke the workflow from the terminal and it works fine. The ...
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Have Automator parse down folders and list all filenames without their extension

Automator newbee question here. I've searched around and just can't find what I need (nor fully grasp how things work :-( ). I would like to have Automator parse thru a given folder, which is ...
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screencapture as a service doesn't work in OS X 10.9.2

I have updated to 10.9.2 and looks like it has broken my image uploading script. It starts with a shell command: screencapture -i /tmp/last_screen.png It should take a picture of selected area. ...
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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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What scripting framework could work with google translate for a non-programmer?

So I want to create a small workflow that I can integrate into my OS that does this: Translate selected sentence with google translate (fixed languages) and make it automatically get pasted where I ...
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softlink to Network Location

does anyone know a trick how to generate a Softlink to a Network folder (smb or nfs) the idea is that there are some network folders i use regulary, but they usally not mounted .. the soflink i made ...
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Run rake using Automator

I have install ruby using RVM. Next I create workflow in Automator, which detects new files in folder and then copies them to another dir. The next thing I want - to switch to those folder and run few ...
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How to mount my MacBook's user folder as registered user using Automator?

In an answer to this question, Ben Wyatt recommends the following to get Automator to mount a network volume: 1) Get Specified Servers. This will let you build a list of shares to connect to. If ...
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How to Extract Icon or Image From Folder File (Then automating the process)

I just purchased a new macbookpro (retina - late 2013) & when I transfered my extensive library of icon images and files almost 50% of them were nonvisible as they simply read as "folder" files. ...
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Simulate shift-tab with Automator/AppleScript?

OSX 10.9.1, Late 2013 MBPr I am trying to make a Automator workflow to connect to another machine on my network. How can I do this with Automator? I have it all set up up to the point where I have to ...
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Automator: Change to selected directory and run shell script

I'm trying to create a context menu command via Automator service. The context menu command will run a shell script to create some default documents in the given directory. I wrote out the shell ...
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How to create applescripts for Outlook 2011 to replicate Quicksteps?

Outlook 2010+ for PCs includes Quickstep functionality, that allows you to create multistep rules or macros to easily perform actions on selected email(s). Examples are automatically categorize an ...
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Automator quarantine Gatekeeper workaround?

I am using my Developer certificate to sign Automator Apps via the Export dialogue, however when distributing these apps (outside the Mac App store) via email, Gatekeeper still flags my apps as a from ...
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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 ...