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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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-p: command not found - Automator help needed

I'm using Automator to run a shell script for taking an interactive screencapture and opening it in Preview for easy annotation. When running the script it fails and states -: -p: command not found. ...
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Wanted: Apple Script for copying file name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.8.5

Global Peace Mission Project looking for automating pre sorting movie file routines. Due to the instant impact inflow of third party YouTube contributions triggered by a blog launched March 22 after ...
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Automator Cannot Find Files on Mounted Share

I have a Drobo connected with a public share - but when I use Automator to 'Find Files' - it cannot see any of them. If I use get info in finder the path is afp://192.168.1.104/Public/My Documents ...
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Is it possible to create a service using only the shell and bypassing automator altogether?

Using automator is somewhat of a tedious task. Using the shell in the Terminal is much easier all around. Even using the "Run Shell Script" action inside automator is not the same as using the actual ...
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How to add all *.m4v files from certain folder to playlist in iTunes with automator/applescript?

There is a folder on Mac. There are a lot of files in it, but i want to make an automator/applescript script, which will watch this folder and if it will see any new *.m4v file in it, it will add it ...
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Automator Services to transform text to Upper, Lower, and Sentence Case

What's the appropriate code to create Automator Services to transform the selected text to: Lower case Upper case Sentence case For Upper case this answer doesn't seem to work. I get this error: ...
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Can someone help me to translate this automator workflow to applescript?

What I want to do is select a bunch of images with varying dimensions and uniformly apply a percentage scale to resize them. The workflow comes very close to that. But I cant get more specific to the ...
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Automator: “Run Shell Script” throws error because of missing “on” command

OSX 10.11.4 here. I'm trying to create a workflow for use with a hotkey, to run a simple shell script. Created via: Automator -> New Service -> Utilities -> Run Shell Script, then set to 'no input' ...
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How to create a service which starts an app without opening a selected file?

I'm trying to create a service, that opens an app (Terminal app). I created it with Automator. I selected "folder and files" and "finder" in the right-side menu. Since there doesn't seem to be a ...
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Automator/Applescript using Tags

I need an Automator/Applescript to move a file to a certain folder based on a specific tag it contains. The input would be the file. Anybody have any ideas? TIA, Jake
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Renaming files/names in bulk, any smarter solution?

I have few thousand files to rename. The thing is I have the old file names and new file names as columns in a spreadsheet. Without renaming them one by one. Is there a better way to do this? ...
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Emulating associative arrays in AppleScript

A problem that would be trivial to solve with key=>value pairs. For each item in list_a, find the matching item in list_b and compare a single attribute (calculate scale ratio for two sets of images). ...
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Automator PDF workflow should keep Acrobat cropping

I export pages from a PDF and crop them in Acrobat. The files are fairly large, so I resave them in Preview. With the Quartz filter Reduce File Size it gives me better quality than Acrobat's own file-...
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Speed up Automator workflow

I've recorded some actions and made an Automator workflow out of it. It's basically some clicks, selecting something in drop-down menues and quitting the app. I run the workflow at 10x speed, but it's ...
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How can I automate taking screenshots of 10,000+ pages?

I am using mac OS X El Capitan and need to find a way to automate taking screenshots of 10,000 or more pages. The problem with all current solutions is that the webpage requires me to login using my ...
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Read iCloud Tabs in Automator

iCloud tabs are accessed through the user interface cloud button in Safari on OS X. Is there any way to write an Automator workflow that retrieves all the URLs shared in iCloud tabs on a given device ...
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How can I use Applescript to repeat an iMacro in Firefox 8 times?

I have an iMacro created in Firefox that needs to be repeated 8 times to function properly. How can I automate the playing of the iMacro 8 times with Applescript? I've tried recording my workflow, ...
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Is there a way to log all incoming Push Notifications in OS X El Capitan (v 10.11.4)?

I need the ability to write all incoming Push Notifications (APNS) to a log file. Basically, I would like to end up with an ongoing record of all the Push Notifications that I receive. What is the ...
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Launching App Automatically when Certain File Type is Found

In osx is there a way to launch an application automatically whenever a certain filetype is added to a particular folder? To be more specific, I'd like StuffIt to launch automatically when a .rar file ...
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Use AppleScript to send all emails in a folder at a certain time

I'd very much like to please develop an AppleScript to send all emails inside a specific mailbox whenever it is run. Then I can create a mailbox called "9AM", place emails inside there, and with a ...
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Automator service not showing in services menu

I know next to nothing about the OS X, but I've been asked to make a few different scripts for actions in Apple Mail. One is to bind a hotkey that will create a reminder with a followup time of two ...
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Automate Menu driven actions - XLD to verify flac with AccurateRip

I have ripped all my CDs over time, using different OSes (Linux, OS X, possibly even some with Windows 2000...) and different programs. I am now using XLD which verifies the rip using the AcurateRip ...
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Converting to .PDF and keeping original name — what am I doing wrong?

I have been piecing together what little I have learned of Automator along with pieces I've found in tutorials, but cannot seem to get this to work! If I test this as a workflow using a file from "Get ...