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 asking this because I just started researching Automator today, and found in it a lot of actions not only for built-in apps, but also for third-party files like Word documents, which made me wonder: where did those actions come from? Were they added by Office during installation? And if the developer of the program I need to use hasn't enabled Automator support, is there nothing I can do?

  • What is the actual app and file types??
    – markhunte
    Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 18:04
  • I was trying to process a lot of MOVs through MPEG Streamclip, but I'm also curious, generally speaking, about how Automator works. Does the third-party program need to expose support for Automator?
    – PaulJ
    Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 18:12
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    Yes, the application (or a third party) has to provide support for Automator.
    – tubedogg
    Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 19:56
  • @tubedogg Why don't you post this as an answer?
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 18:22

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The application (or a third-party) has to provide support for Automator. It's not automatic.

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