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

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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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A script to automatically split an Aperture library

My Aperture library contains a ridiculous amount of pictures (well over 30 000) which means it is extremely slow whatever the hard-drive and computer I use. I want to split my library into separate ...
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Automator-generated apps - Backwards compatibility

In my experience apps created with automator on Mountain Lion don't work on a Snow Leopard machine. The opposite isn't true though: apps created with automator on Snow Leopard do work on a Mountain ...
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Calendar Alarm While Machine Sleeps

I have a handful of Calendar Alarms I created in Automator to run at various times on my MacBook Pro (mainly overnight). However, it looks like if the machine is sleep then the Calendar Alarm is ...
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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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Is it possible to hook automator to the “before download” event in Safari?

I find that I desperately NEED Safari to ask me where I would like something saved (and allow me to rename it) (you know.. a Save As dialog) before it is downloaded - on an individual, download by ...
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Using AppleScript to modify contacts not working

I'm trying to use applescript to clean up various problems a large address book, to large to fix by hand. I've been able to find and observe contacts and groups in AppleScript successfully. However, ...
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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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Have OS X auto-search for WiFi

My school has installed PowerCloud, which does not officially support OS X. It works sometimes, sometimes it doesn't. I've tried to narrow it down but it's impossible. I was wondering if there is a ...
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Automator Application as 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' - Servers don't display in Finder Side Bar?

Have an Automator Application as a 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' (AFP). On login it runs, connects the servers, but does not add them to the Finder Side Bar under 'Devices'. Once logged in, ...
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Run Shell Script action outputs the result as NSAppleEventDescriptor

I'm trying to save the output of a command in a variable, i.e: Run Shell Script Set Value of Variable This has suddenly stopped working because the output from the shell script is no longer plain ...
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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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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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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 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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Can I trigger an Automator workflow from a Notification Center alert?

I know there are ways to trigger Notification Center alerts inside an Automator workflow. I'd like to do the reverse. I'd like to set up an event listener which, when a particular app emits a ...
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Automatically reduce MacBook brightness on connecting to external display?

I would like my macbook to reduce its screen brightness to zero when I connect it to an external display. I know there's no such setting, but how would I go about writing a script that would do that? ...
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How to pass keyboard hotkeys from VMWare Windows VM back to OSX host?

I'm running VMWare 5 on a MacBook Pro, and I'd like to be able to send certain combinations of keys out to OSX while working in my Windows VM. I've set up a couple Automator scripts that do ...
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How can I do asynchronous download of sites of using Transmit's Automator action?

I want to take backup of my sites regularly, so I setup Automator with Transmit. I also used Calendar to trigger the downloads on schedule. The problem is how can I tell Automator to download sites ...
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Encrypting a PDF during Hazel processing

I've created an Automator Workflow which can take the selected Finder item (being a PDF) and encrypt it using the Apple-provided "Encrypt PDF Documents" action. The problem with this action is it ...
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Can I find and replace Core Text/Cocoa text strings in any application?

My scenario: I use an app called Antetype for UI design. Antetype uses OS X-native technologies for text rendering (it uses the system-standard text palette). Antetype does not have a find and ...
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Can't send commands in ARD/Automator

I work at a school that manages various computer labs, some of which are iMacs. To manage our iMac labs we use Automator/Apple Remote Desktop on a Mac Server. Recently we updated ARD to the latest ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Automatically Add to iTunes Folder Broken?

I help to run an internet based, community radio station that uses almost entirely built in Mac OS X components. In order to flesh out our schedule, we record and then import locally produced shows ...
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Change Text to speech voice automatically in one document

I am trying to use Automator and Text to Speech to do the following: Imagine that I have a text document (pages), this document has the 1st line in spanish, 2nd line in English, 3rd in Spanish, 4th in ...
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Making an Auto-Transfer app or script for Android

This question may be super broad so bear with me. In a nutshell I want to be able to connect an Android device to my Mac and then have a script go through, find the DCIM folder and then copy that ...
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how to pack python package that includes python scripts and bash scripts for OSx as pythonTool.app?

I have made a python tool which I want to share with users. I tried Automator, and it works but in that I used Application > Run Shell Script in which I hard coded the path to my python script, but ...
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Automate archive of files across multiple subfolders + rename?

Part of a project I'm working on requires me to take the contents of dozens of subfolders and compress them into a single archive per subfolder. I'm running OS X 10.9. I attempted this method from ...
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Script to change mail heading

I often need to change the heading of a received mail item, so that I can find it again in a Mail folder. Easy on Outlook, not in Mail. I found a tip as to how to do it (possibly on this forum): ...
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Automating Safari Reader

What is the best possible way to automate the following steps in Safari: On a given webpage where Reader is enabled - Click Reader - Print - Save as PDF
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Automate adding email senders to my contacts

A while back I created a cheap 'mailing list' by telling people to email me if they would like my newsletter. This has got really difficult to manage so I'm trying to migrate to mail chimp. Is there ...
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Automator: How can I monitor a folder, make items process in a specific app?

I will be feeding images into a folder from my camera as they are taken. When those items enter the folder, I need for them to be opened and processed by an app. How would I go about monitoring the ...
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Script to create a new “To Do” in Mail.app

I've been dorking out with GeekTool and like my simple geeklet that displays my uncompleted tasks right on my desktop. I made a service with automator to let me create new To Do's in iCal whenever ...
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Script to set brightness back on only if it was off before closing the lid

Set brightness to zero -> close the lid -> forget about brightness -> open lid -> doom! No idea if this is only at some OSX release or in all of them... I didn't experience this myself (yet), but ...
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Add sub menu to automator services in contextual menu

Recently, I've been playing with making my own tagging system (I've made some simple Automator Services that will add spotlight comments to a file and then I make smart folders to search for those ...
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Automator: Rename Powerpoint footer with file names?

I have a bunch of different pictures that I need to import to Powerpoint, and I need someway to label them once they're there. I know how to import them and make a Picture Slide Show, but I'm stuck on ...
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Automator “watch me do” without moving the cursor?

Using Automator's "watch me do" feature, I recorded my cursor closing a small google chat window in Safari. I saved this as an application, so i can open the application with another program when it ...
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Find multi-line block using grep and/or automator with BBEdit

I have an xml file output from WordPress. I have BBEdit as my main search tool. I am on a Mac running 10.7.4 I am trying to find a muli-line block of text that starts with <item> and end with ...
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Automator: How to copy the contents of local folder to a linux smb share?

I use Lion and I'm trying to make a folder action that copies the content of a local folder to a Samba share, but when I execute the action at Automator it copies the folder and not only its contents ...
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Automate highlight text and add note annotations in Preview

When annotating a PDF in Preview I regularly highlight text then add a note to that highlight. This is a frustrating process as I can do the first bit with a keyboard shortcut, but must then ...
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Automator background (watch me do)

Can I make watch me do it feature work in the background? so that it doesnt take my mouse controle.
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How to toggle closeViewZoomFollowsFocus in com.apple.universalaccess via shell script with instant activation?

I created a Service with Automator on a Mac running "Lion 10.7.3". The Service toggles via a shell script the visibility of hidden files in the Finder and works like a charm. Here's the script: ...