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

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Apply Computer Name and local hostname with System Image Utility

I am going through trying to create a NetInstall image using System Image Utility and am curious about how the "Apply Computer Name and Local Hostname settings from a file" option works under the ...
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Can I assign an Automator workflow to more than one application?

I have created an automator service, and assigned it to an application. I would like to assign it to more than application but not to all applications. Is that possible at all? Would it work if I ...
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Can I capture Spotlight input and use it in another process?

I'd like to capture everything I type into Spotlight and use the text as input for a script, possibly a new instance of a Services workflow. From that point of course anything is possible; the most ...
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AppleScript for enabling VPN broken after update to 10.9.3

I've been using an AppleScript for connecting to my office VPN. After updating my macbook to 10.9.3, it fails to execute, and throws an exception Unable to get network preferences (honestly, it is ...
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How can I incorporate photoshop with automator?

I'm new to Automator and want to create some actions of my own, that will work with mainly Photoshop and possibly some other 3rd party apps, but the only options that appear are for Apple apps and MS ...
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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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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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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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Using Automator CLI with passed file name

I'd like to apply a quartz filter (Reduce File Size) through Preview Export using the command line while passing in the input and output filenames through CLI. I'm thinking the best way to do this is ...
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Automator is not able to highlight text with click and drag using “Watch Me Do.action”

I am using automator with the Watch Me Do.action to scrape text from an very old application. Everything works okay, except that when i click on text and highlight it, it wont register the ...
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“New mail message” action in automator not working

In the description of the action "New mail message" in automator, it says that it will send a mail message with the text that I have set as input as the body of the email. That is not happening. In my ...
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Apple Script - FIND files containing… in prefix, in ALL SUBFOLDERS, COPY

I'm looking for an Apple Script that will: REFERENCE a list of names in a column on an Excel sheet (not complete file names). SEARCH a specified folder, including subfolders FIND file names that ...
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Applescript / Automator - Pass variables between them

I have a question about how to pass the applescript input from one computer to another computer's automator input (I created it as a program). I've created the script below to ask for the filename and ...
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Sync applescript calls.

I'm very new to applescripting and I have the following code: tell application "Safari" tell document 1 do JavaScript "document.getElementById(\"binaryFilePath\").click()" end tell ...
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Creating an Automator/Applescript to compare two versions of an MS Word document

I'm storing MS Word documents in GIT and would like to have an rudimentary document compare system on the rare occasion that I need to diff them. I've seen: ...
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In Need: Automated time-based iTunes downloads

I have a monthly bandwidth cap of 25gb download capacity, because I live in a rural area with no broadband at all. I use the Exide satellite product. So, I'm extremely limited in my ability to ...
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Automator or Applescript for custom script to download bank statements?

What's the best tool to script to automate downloading statements from my bank and credit card companies' website in each of their statement download area? All banks, credit card companies, and ...
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Workflow Services not showing in Service Menu

All of a sudden my Automator services are no longer showing in the Service menu in Mail. None of them. All I see is No Service Apply (grayed out). I know they still work, if I open them in ...
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Is there a way to make OS X Services (from Automator) work in GTK apps?

I’ve written a simple Service using Automator which takes a number in text and adds sales tax to it, replacing the original number, and a companion service which does the reverse. I wrote these with ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I launch the File (Save/Open) Dialog from the command line?

Bash and vim's file completion facilities are effective for navigating through a few levels of a directory structure, but can be cumbersome when working with unfamiliar directories. Alternatively, I ...
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Why is my simple Automator script broken in latest Yosemite update (used to work)?

I had a basic Automator script I was using with a keyboard shortcut to bring up the login screen as a sort of lockscreen. It was working mostly fine until 10.10.1 (I had to manually launch from ...
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Automator on unsupported apps: how to?

Say I have a list of files and I want to open and process them one by one through a third party program. Does this third party program need to support Automator, in order for me to do this? I am ...
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How to move automator “Folder actions” workflow to desired folder?

Similar topics was discussed here. But the solution provided there was to right click on file name and select location (Automator 2.3), however that option was not present in Automator 2.3. ...
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Image Resize Script

I'm new to Automator and I'm looking make an application/workflow/service that will copy any image(in same folder), resize the copied image to the custom size (prompt), and append a suffix to the ...
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Automator Apple script: expected end of line but found “”"

I'm trying to run a simple Apple script that opens iTerm2, cd to a terminal and launches a command. The script goes like this: on run {input, parameters} tell application "iTerm" activate ...
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Automator Tasks - Safari Not Responding

I have some daily Automator tasks on my calendar which open URLs in Safari. (A "Get Specified URLs" task followed by a "Display Webpages" task.) Ever since upgrading to Yosemite, however, there's ...
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Can an automator workflow automatically select all text and then take that as input?

I have a workflow that applies a text transform. I made a service and bound that to a hot-key... however I must first select all text. Is it possible to have the workflow automatically take all text ...
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Automatically update Outlook details when password is changed

We've set up our Macs to use Mobile Accounts, so that the passwords get changed and these changes are reflected on our AD server. The problem we're having is that our clients use MS Outlook 2011, ...
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doc to docx conversion in Automator

Can someone point me to an automator workflow that: Loops through finder items (I know how to do this) Converts each .doc file to .docx Save the converted file in the same directory as the original ...
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Disable mutltouch swipe in Chrome only for specific web pages

I am aware of the option to disable multitouch swipe between pages globally from the system preferences, and am also aware that I can disable them just for Chrome using the command line, however I do ...
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Finder Menu Services No Longer Working

In Pre-Yosemite, I had some finder menu services (i.e. Right-Click, see 'Services' in menu, hover over, and you'd see Services created in Automator) that I made. As a developer, these were very handy ...
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Can I automate adding apps to iTunes?

I've never really played with automator or Apple script before but feel like now might be the perfect time to do so. I'd like to automate the following: If the message says "An older version of the ...
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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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Automator Script not running under OS X Yosemite

I used to use the following two Automator scripts under OS X Mavericks to find out the source file of the actual wallpaper picture of the main screen and my second screen. After installing OS X ...
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Apple Script not running as expected

The following is an applescript which is meant to take the body of the latest email and extract text out of it. As you can see the result is shown below. This result is show as the script was running ...
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I want to automate the task of sending email

I want to automate the process of sending an email in my automator workflow. In my workflow I want to create a new email every time I receive text as an input and the email has to be sent without my ...
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Autofill print dialog

When I try to print, a dialog box pops up prompting me for my username and a name for the print job. Is there any way to automatically fill in this information? I've been looking at Automator but ...
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Sequentially renaming images in subfolders, but reseting the counter for every folder

I want Automator to receive a folder, then search all subfolders. If it finds a number of images in any folder, it will resize and rename them 1.png, 2.png, 3.png,... This works: (I don't filter ...
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Why can't Finder pass a single folder to an Automator Action?

I'm trying to create an Automator service which "receives selected files or folders". If I select a single file in Finder, then go to the Finder:Services menu, my service shows up. If I select two ...
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Schedule Twitch Stream Recording

So I have installed the livestreamer program that lets me launch a Twitch.tv live stream through VLC player. I start it by the Terminal line: livestreamer twitch.tv/nameofchannel source Which ...