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

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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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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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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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How can I sync my iTunes music library between two Macs for free?

I have a desktop system that I use as a server. I also have a MacBook Pro that is my main computer. I've done a lot of organization and cleanup of my music library and have it all on my MacBook Pro. ...
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How can I get Automator to mount a network volume?

I am writing an Automator "script" that rsyncs media on my 10.6.3 MacBook Pro to my Ubuntu 10.10 HTPC. I can make Automator run my shell script for rsync commands, but I can't make Automator mount the ...
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Checking for folder/file changes using Automator?

Is there there a way to check a folder/file for changes (includes adding files, deleting files, changes in files,...). The 'Folder action' in Automator is only checking if any files are newly added.
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Creating an automated HFS+ compressed folder

I would like to set up an automated way for archiving files in OS X Lion. By archiving I mean using HFS+ compression feature on a specific folder, and make every file that I move into this folder ...
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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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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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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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Lock screen with LaunchBar

I extensively use Launchbar and have almost all my daily productivity items working through it. Since I use my personal MacBook at work, I do not have use a screen saver password, however, when at ...
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Converting WAV to MP3 using LAME and Automator

I'd like to convert many WAV files to MP3 files using LAME and Automator. I need a script that I could right click a folder and convert all the WAV files inside the folder to MP3 files. I've been able ...
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Automatically launch a program or action when an external drive or disk is connected

I have an external drive. Is it possible to launch a program or perform an action when I connect it or plug it in?
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Automator workflow or AppleScript to close Safari after a period of time

I would like to create an Automator workflow (or some similar function) that will close down Safari after a specified period of time. For instance, I simply want to run Pandora in Safari during the ...
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How to create Automator Service to change font of selected text?

I'm trying to create a "Service" in Automator that changes the font of the selected text in the frontmost app.
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How do I get Automator to process images using ImageMagick in a command script?

I'm making an Automator workflow that uses the shell script action to process a selection of images with the imagemagick composite command. Only I'm having issues getting it going. According to the ...
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how to quickly reboot from OSX to Windows and back

From Windows back to OSX is fairly easy. What I would like is a few less steps to get from OSX to Windows. Currently I launch system preferences -> startup disk - then select the bootcamp partition ...
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How to access a clicked URL in a URL handler application created in Automator

I'm currently trying to modify the default URL handling behavior in OS X. I would like, when clicking on any link outside of a web browser, to copy this URL to the pasteboard instead of opening it in ...
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How do I run a cron job on a Mac?

How can I make my Mac (running the most recent OS) do a task automatically once a day? For example, I'd like to have it automatically download a copy of this open source algebraic geometry textbook ...
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How to create a simple keyboard macro with Automator?

How can I use the built in tool, Automator (rather than a 3rd party app), to create a simple keyboard macro? For example, I want it to press Cmd-Shift Left, then Cmd-U, then Right, etc. I tried ...
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Run Command Line Script from Finder's contextual menu

I have a shell script that deletes exif data from images. I would like to right-click the folder with the images and execute the command from the context menu. How can I do this? The Shell script is:...
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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-script with an OCR-software to automatically add OCR to material? [duplicate]

The OCR software could be anything like PDFPen, ABBYY FineReader Express or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Automator does not list any features such as 'Add OCR layer to' or show any OCR programs under Automator. ...
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How can I create a stand alone APP to run a terminal command

I have the requirement to manually run the OSX maintenance scripts in OSX (Lion / Mountain Lion). I would like to create a completely stand alone application that would achieve the following goals: ...
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How to put a custom launcher in the Dock (Mavericks)

I am new to Mac OS (I am currently using Mavericks) and I have performed google searches as well as search on StackExchange regarding my question but the discussions I came across don't quite answer ...
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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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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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Running a gpg shell script to decrypt a file via Automator

I regularly need to decrypt a gpg-encrypted file (always the same) to simply view it in TextEdit. I have a very simple shell script for that. It looks like this: #!/bin/sh outfile=`mktemp -t $$` # ...
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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 can I automatically download multiple sites through Coda?

I have several sites in Coda that I would like to automatically re-download when I tell it to. The sites are collaboratively managed, and I'd like to download a fresh copy of the sites automatically. ...
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Can Safari's download popover window be made wider?

How can the max. width (fixed width≈425) of Safari's download-popover-window be made wider? Is there a way to get at Safari's "download pop over window" in any way so its max-size is larger than 425 ...
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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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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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using automator/applescript to upload files to a web form?

I have a bunch of files I want to upload to web page. Unfortunately the web form for uploading only allows me to specify one at a time (it spawns and 'open file' dialog). Is there an easy way to do ...
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Automator and Batch Adding Keywords to Images?

Is there a way to use automator (or something else) to batch add keywords to photos selected in finder?
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Automator: Find Reminders by list?

I would like to retrieve all the Reminders in a specific reminders list with Automator. Searching for reminder, the available actions are “Delete Reminders”, “New Reminders Items”, “Filter Calendar ...
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How to create an Automator service to convert images from one file type into another file type using the right-click contextual menu?

Is it possible to create an Automator service to convert one file type into another file type using the right click contextual menu (eg JPEG, PDF, PNG, TIFF) without the need to install a dedicated ...
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AppleScript Setting Select Drop Down

I am trying to enable dictation with applescript and so far have the following that works. But, how do I set the drop down for the shortcut key using AppleScript? Below is the AppleScript code: ...
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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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Run program if connected to specific wifi?

Is it possible to have a program starting automatically when I connect to a specific router, and having it stop when I disconnect from this router? Basically I want a program to run while I'm at work ...
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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 PDF text to Spoken Audio file: What's wrong with this script?

I have pages of PDF notes which I want converted to spoken audio to aid revision. There are several suggested workflows online, but I'm still not getting the results I want. I used this model from ...
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Applescript - Connection is invalid

I have an application for mac and I use the following applescript code (exported as an AS app) to start that app periodically: on idle tell application "System Events" tell application "...
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Run script before restart/shutdown

Is it possible to execute a script/command right before OS X is shutting down or restarting? I'd like to run sudo apachectl stop to stop apache from auto-starting.
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Have Voiceover read out just paragraph or sentence under cursor

I work with a disabled user who controls their iMac using keyboard and mouse input from their communication-aid. They have dyslexia and would like to use voiceover to read certain paragraphs or ...
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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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ffmpeg working from command line in Terminal but not in an Automator shell script!

I have just compiled my own copy of ffmpeg on my system and it's located in the following path: /opt/local/bin/ffmpeg When I run the following command in Terminal.app, it runs smooth: ffmpeg -i /...
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How do I automate this repetitive task?

Automator would seem to the appropriative tool, but ehmac.ca is stumped and so has this board been so far — my "Automator Newbie" question asked yesterday (my first ever on this site). Two sticking ...
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How to pass inputs to a shell script in automator?

I want to pass the filename of the file I rightclicked to a shell script through automator: # encrypt file.txt to file.enc using 256-bit AES in CBC mode openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -salt -in file.txt -...
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Automator: Safari: Display Webpages, but no entry area?

I'd like to have Safari automatically open up a webpage when an action is run, but with this action, it appears there is no area where I can enter the particular webpage that I want Safari to display (...