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See "How do I automate this repetitive task?" I'm posting here so I can show some screenshots of the work in progress. I'm very new to both StackExchange and also Automator. Don't yet know my way around and am stuck.

I'm told to create it as a Service. I start a new Automator file and choose the "Service" option.

Automator screenshot

Another Automator screenshot

Save and close the file using the name "ConvertTiffForOCR.workflow. I reopen the file and am given the option of installing it in the Services menu. I say yes to the install.

I go to the Finder's Services menu, choose my new script and nothing happens. No error messages.

  • Are your sure bash script is correct? Does it work outside Automator like in a shell script. If it runs since its just a bash script it wouldn't produce any output. – Scott Walter May 21 '14 at 2:11
  • Yes the bash script is correct. It is from another question. This service is one I gave as an answer. The problem is the OP did not know about services. Hence this question. Once saved. The "ConvertTiffForOCR" will appear in the services contextual menu that appears when you right click on a files/folders. You do not need to open the workflow file directly. Automator should have already save the file to the correct services folder in the user library. This workflow does not have any feed back when finished. Have you checked the files – markhunte May 21 '14 at 9:41
  • Other question. apple.stackexchange.com/questions/130185/… – markhunte May 21 '14 at 9:48
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    You can use the loggercommand to get a bit more information. In the bash script, put in a logger "$f" in the loop body (between do and done). The output should show up in the Console App in /Applications/Utilities/. Report back. – Percival Ulysses May 21 '14 at 10:17
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    No Action? So ADD an action that you can detect. Something like the script: say "hello world" That'll at least tell you whether the thing is running. – Wayfaring Stranger May 21 '14 at 18:04
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While bash is cool, doesn't the image manipulation module in Automator accomplish what you are trying to achieve?

Instead of your last stage in the Automator workflow add the Photo Format module twice ( Automator Library>Photos>Change Type Of Images), the only option is target image type, where you'd presumably select jpeg for the first one and then tiff for the second one.

This article in MacObserver explains how to use the module in general.

  • @chanaelb you make a good point and I have added it to the answer on the question about how to do the task with instructions – markhunte May 21 '14 at 16:59

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