I'm pretty new to Automator but it seems like it's possible - I just can't seem to get it to work.
I'd like to be able to take a screenshot and then open it up in Preview for easy annotation. If it's possible I'd then like to copy it to clipboard after saving but that's not 100% needed.
I've tried following a few articles but never received good results. The one that got me closest is here: https://andytaylor.me/2014/05/22/better-os-x-screenshots-with-shell-scripts/
I don't need Dropbox so I edited that part out and I modified it based on some other suggestions - here's what I have:
directoryname="Screenshots" filename="shot_$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').png" path="$HOME/Pictures/$directoryname/" mkdir -p "$path" screencapture -o -i "$path$filename" open -a 'Preview' "$path$filename"
When I run the Automator task it says that it was completed successfully but it just opens up Preview, it doesn't even allow me to do a screencapture. When I copy/paste into Terminal it hangs on the last line - but successfully allows me to do the screencapture.