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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Create a new (.txt) File in Finder - Keyboard Shortcut

I wanted to know if there is way to set keyboard shortcuts to make new files in Finder. For example, by default, you can create a new folder using CMD+Shift+N. Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a ...
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What are some useful ways to use Automator?

I've been using OS X for 3 generations of the OS already (Tiger --> Leopard --> SL) but haven't really ventured in using Automator much. What are the best ways to use Automator? (Best uses, time ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Location of services created in Automator

Long-time ago i created a service in Automator, which still works. But i want to change the code and it isn't located in either /Library/Services/ nor ~/Library/Services/ as they are both empty Have ...
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How do I delete a Service?

If I created a service using Automator, how can I delete it if I no longer want it?
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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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Automator app with a menubar icon

I've created an application with Automator. I want to have a new icon in the menubar like this: Which starts the app when I click on it. Is it possible? (without using Xcode) PS: I don't ...
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How can I keep settings consistent between Macs?

I use multiple Macs (OS X Lion). There are a lot of settings, apps, and files I'd like to keep synced up between them. Files are the easiest of the lot -- Dropbox + symlinks, Mercurial repositories, ...
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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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Is Automator suitable for complex folder based workflows?

I have a rather puzzling scenario for you, one that I would like to solve with Automator: We're a startup that creates HD music video content that is streamed online; we've got a custom-programmed ...
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Script to create iPhone Contacts

Does anyone know of a way to create a Contact list with a defined amount of contacts? They can be dummy entries, but I just need to create an address book with > 2000 entries. An Automator script is ...
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Automating ffmpeg using Automator Service

I often use ffmpeg off the command line to convert video files into mp4 on my Mac (running Mavericks). Do note, however, that I am NOT re-encoding my videos; am just changing the container from an avi ...
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How to set a folder view as default for all folders in Finder?

I'd like to get the same folder view for every folder, that means, to have my stuff being sorted always by type and then by name. is that possible with automator? Till yet, I set my view via cmd+j ...
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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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How can I use an Applescript from within a program?

This question Is there a way to add all of the recipients of an email to a group/folder in contacts from Mail? seems to have an answer that would be useful for me, but I don't actually know how to use ...
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Automate taking a screenshot of specified area

I am trying to use automator to take a screen shot of a specified area. Though I can only find the option of taking a screenshot of a windows or the entire screen. Is there a option to to this with ...
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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 ...
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Variable not defined not sure why

For some reason "the name of thePath" comes up as not defined by my automator workflow. on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" set thePath to the (first item of the input) ...
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How to customize Finder's Share menu?

Is there a way to add custom services to Finder's Share menu? I have created an automator service to copy selected files to my Dropbox directory (similar to this). I enabled this service in the ...
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How to batch rename images, in reverse numerical order?

My camera names its images IMG_0001.jpg, IMG_0002.jpg, IMG_0003.jpg, etc. I have about a thousand images and would like to rename them without having to do it manually if possible. Is there a good ...
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How to make an existing AppleScript file to work as a service?

I made an AppleScript, saved it as a file in a specific folder on my hard drive. Now I want to assign a shortcut to it and looks like I have to make a Service via Automator, but the Run AppleScript ...
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Is “Quit others” possible?

If one holds down Option and Control whilst clicking an icon in the Dock, the resulting menu contains a Hide Others command, such that only the clicked application is visible on screen. This is ...
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Firing up Terminal from an Automator Workflow?

I quite often use the python -m SimpleHTTPServer command in the Terminal to fire up a webserver for testing apps. Having just learned the basics of the Automator, I figured this would be a great use ...
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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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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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Show all services on right click

Whenever you have more than 4 services, they are put in a dropdown option "Services" on right click instead of just being added to the right click menu itself. Is this an option somewhere that can be ...
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How do I print a selected email to PDF using Automator?

I can't for the life of me figure out how to print a selected email to PDF using Automator. Example - iTunes invoice arrives as email text (not an attachment) and I want to save it as a PDF to a ...
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Is Automator intended to create distributable stand-alone apps?

I have a series of executables which I would like to wrap into a stand-alone .app. A bit like ffmpegx does for the executables contained under its /Resources folder. I've noticed that Automator allows ...
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How can I debug an Automator workflow?

I have a very simple automator action consisting on a shell script that should be executed in a selected folder in the finder. When I execute the action I get the message: "The action "Run Shell ...
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What are the storage locations of the various types of Automator workflows

The purpose of this question is to create a reference for the various default storage locations where Automator stores the files it creates and saves. I've found a few from searching, but have yet ...
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Is there an Automator action to create Keynote presentation from text file?

I need to import a text file (consisting of subtitles) into a Keynote presentation. I need to turn each subtitle into a single slide, interspersed with blank (black) slides. I'd like to create an ...
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Find a specific file with automator

The basic question is: How can I pass a filename to the Spotlight search module in Automator? The essential problem: I have hundreds of broken aliases scattered throughout a particular ...
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How can I remove leading/trailing whitespace from filenames in Automator?

My wife tediously renames files all the time when storing on her backup external storage, so I investigated using automator to do this for her. I now have an automator folder where she just drops the ...
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OS X Automator “Take Screenshot” Issue

I need to automate a screenshot task, so I thought why not use automator? I found the "Take Screenshot" Action and started to play with it. The problem is is that is sets the file name and when the ...
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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 command-shift-left, then command-U, then right, etc. I ...
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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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Trigger an Automator action with a sound

Is there any way to trigger an Automator action with a sound? I'd like to be able to record a sound and trigger an action every time my computer's microphone receives the sound.
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How to execute a Folder Action or another Automator script when I make changes to a folder?

How to execute a Folder Action or another Automator script when I make changes to a folder? And by changes I mean not just deleting or inserting new file, the most important for me is when the content ...
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Remove services from context menus (but leave them in the app's Services menu)

I created a few services with Automator and it seems OS X automatically adds these to the context menu of files/folders that they apply to. Is it possible to remove the services from the context menu ...