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An application developed by Apple for macOS that implements the creation of workflows.

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Use the new Siri voices on macOS to render audio files from text [duplicate]

macOS now has a few newer voices that can be chosen in VoiceOver Utility > Speech. I quite like the Siri Male (United States) voice, but neither the command say nor using Automator will let me ...
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Applescript help to open specific pages from separate PDFs in same or different window, via their URL or UUID?

I use a database app called DEVONthink (DT), which stores PDF files. I could use a hand writing a little script which is already partially written. Its use-case is to activate DT, then bring-to-...
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How do I disable all Option+Key shortcuts?

I've used Automator to write a quick action refreshing current tab in Chrome and I've added Option+Z as a global shortcut for it. It works fine, except when the cursor is in a text field, in which ...
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How to always allow any app to do anything / disable Security & Privacy authorization dialogues

Currently on macOS Catalina. I work in sound design and audio development. I use several Automator-scripts and other workflow applications to control various stuff, and for every new project or when I ...
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Run script/automator action from bluetooth event

I've just started using a new pair of wireless headphones, that have some assistant magic integrated. That works great on my phone, but on my Mac it does nothing (or, it tries to do something to Siri, ...
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brew: create install script for all installed packages/casks

I am currently planning to reinstall my OS from scratch. Over the years, I installed a LOT OF packages via brew. Obviously, I'd like to reinstall those after setting up the system again, and I want to ...
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Batch convert BMP to both TIFF and JPEG, then have the converted images moved into respective folders

I'm trying to modernise a film scanning workflow and need some guidance on how to automate my tasks more efficiently. So let me first describe the situation and workflow that I need. The film scanner ...
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Choose from list apple script service execution from Safari opens Firefox to display the dialog with list

Im trying to use following Apple Script to display a choose from list and perform certain actions based on the choice of selection: on run {input, parameters} set selT to "42" set ...
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Applications require accessibility access when using keyboard shortcut created with automator macOS Big Sur

I made a keyboard shortcut through automator. However, using the keyboard shortcut with any other app open in the background requires that application is granted accessibility access in system ...
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App disables and overrides all the keyboard shortcuts

My OS: MacOS Sierra 10.12.6 Name of the app: Ink2Go As the title says, an app that I need to use is disabling and overriding all the keyboard shortcuts. In particular: it sets its own keyboard ...
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Action not re-mapping to new shortcut (Backwards Delete)

I use the option key for symbols I use a lot for work/school and I keep hitting option-delete (which deletes the word to the left of the cursor) on accident, often costing me more time to go back and ...
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Folder Action to Convert Image Format after AirDrop?

I often use AirDrop to move photos from my iPhone to my Mac, and I'd like to automatically convert any HEIC photos to JPEG. I created this folder action in Automator, and it works when a photo is ...
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Using Automator to set Music track as loved

I am new to Automator and AppleScript and I'm trying to do something I thought was fairly simply, using an AppleScript to set a track in Music to loved. Here is the AppleScript I'm trying: tell ...
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Mac Automator: combine images in PDF and resize

I not too familiar with Automator for Mac. I am trying to create a quick action to combine several images in a single PDF file and reduce its size with a quartz filter. The actions does indeed create ...
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Converting my Automator workflow to AppleScript app?

I've configured this Automator workflow that I would like to convert to an AppleScript app: So far I've come up with this AppleScript: tell application "System Events" keystroke command ...
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Is there a simple MacOS Bluetooth Toggle Shell Command?

I have found this answer that shows how to toggle WiFi using a keyboard shortcut: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/194372/406298. I have created a new Action in the automater app to run the shell ...
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Automator application that asks me for a YouTube URL before running the command

I'm trying to make an Automator application that runs this command: youtube-dl -x --audio-format wav -o "~/Downloads/%(title)s.%(ext)s" 'youtube file url' but I’d like for it to ask me for ...
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Script creation of Automator Quick Action and keyboard shortcut

I love the functionality described in How do I assign a keyboard shortcut to an AppleScript I wrote?, i.e. creating a "Quick Action" (a.k.a. "Service") using Automator and mapping ...
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Clear Safari Cache Via Terminal Command (macOS 11.2)

I am looking for an updated terminal command and/or Automator script that I can use to assign to a BetterTouchTool shortcut to clear History, Cache, and Cookies from Safari when run. I have seen that ...
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Logging from AppleScript in Automator

I am writing an AppleScript (Run AppleScript item) from within an application in Apple Automator, but the Log panel at the bottom of the window does not display any logged messages (that is, anything ...
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Creating A Shortcut/desktop Icon To Run dotnet console application

Total newb to macs here... I've got a dotnet application that runs on my macbook. I can manually open a terminal and run dotnet myapp.dll and the application runs. I've put that single command into a ...
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Is there a way to in either Mac programs or third-party programs to click 2 keys repeatedly until I stop it? [duplicate]

Automated key presser is perfect but it doesn't work on mac. Lets say I want to press T and K alternating indefinitely until I stop it. How do I do that?
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automator/applescript keypress repeating until released [duplicate]

script that will continue to send a keypress every 50ms. Here is a script I've used before and looking to create it in automator/applescript #IfWinActive World of Warcraft $r:: GetKeyState, state, r, ...
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How to auto-change all new .webloc files' icons to web page favicon?

I'd love to have all website URL files on the desktop take the favicon of the corresponding web page, rather than the Safari icon. This would mimic the function of adding a page to the home screen of ...
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bulk search and copy files on a mac

So i had previously used a software where i could paste a list of file names and automate it to copy all those files and paste into destination folder. Unfortunately i am unable to find it. So the ...
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How to use `click` in a shortcut? (Run a service when clicking a link)

Is it possible to run an Automator service with an alternate click, e.g. ⌘ + ⇧ + Click? This kind of combination is built into browsers with ⌘ + Click typically opening a link in a new tab. I have a ...
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HTML button not being clicked with applescript

So I have a script that uploads a video to tiktok and then presses the post button. I am trying to automate this process. I have automated up to pressing the post button. For some reason, I cannot get ...
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How to run an AppleScript when Mac starts charging in “AC Power”?

I have an AppleScript that has to run when my Mac switches to AC Power and it has to run at regular intervals till it switches back to Battery Power. I have a sample plist file. <?xml version="...
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How can I create an option in the print PDF pop up menu with Automator?

I tried to create a print plug-in for pdf pop-up menu, where I'd like to open the PDF in messages so I can send as a text or iMessage. After a few trials it did launch the messages app but it didn't ...
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Is it possible to skip an Automator action conditionally?

I have an automator application/workflow that takes a bunch of input from the user and spits out an application that performs some specific functions when run, based on that input. Basically I've ...
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Forward multiple emails?

I am using an online email parser. This selects specific text from an email and transfers it to an Excel spreadsheet which I shall use in CRM. I use Apple Mail and have 7000 emails in an account that ...
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Need help adjusting AppleScript automation for converting .pages to .docx?

How do I adjust this script to allow me to choose files not in a 'pages only' folder, and instead multiple "free" files? Keyword here is 'single'. I'm by no means a coding expert but I've ...
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How can I run homebrew from an automation?

This is my automation script, the commands work fine when I run them from Terminal.
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Build keyboard shortcut for “minimize all windows of current app except the current window”

I'm looking to bind a keyboard shortcut to the action "minimize all windows from the current application except the current window." (The app in question is always Google Chrome.) (Sort of ...
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How to automate Voice Control to manipulate the currently selected text?

Because I have limited use of my hands, I use Voice Control to dictate most of my text. (I'm using it to speak this question.) Voice Control offers the ability to add custom commands, including those ...
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Service only application

I want to build a simple service that will allow me to keep any app window always on top or always on the same screen, when switching desktops. Is there a way to build a global MacOS service-only ...
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Access Fast User Switching from a script in Big Sur

In macOS Mojave, I found that you could make an Automator app that allowed fast user switching by a hot key. The command run was /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/...
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Shortcut to toggle KeyboardViewer with AppleScript on Big Sur

I am trying to create a shortcut that toggles Keyboard Viewer with Automator. I have tried these both ways: this old one and and this one for Sierra For both ways, there is a syntax error "Can't ...
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Need to copy, rename and move file into newly-created subfolder

I am new to automator and could not find an answer to my question! I was able to figure out first-part, but not 2nd. In first part, I have an application that I double-click and I type in client name. ...
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Moving multiple subfolder files to parent folder on Mojave?

I'm trying to move the files of multiple (100+) subfolders to the parent folder, but I don't want to do it manually for each. Is there something I could do to automate that? I've tried solutions for ...
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How to batch convert .docx to .doc using Automator?

I'm looking for a good way to batch convert .docx to .doc, which is necessary as there are many issues when importing more recent Word files into InDesign. I've tried the built in command line tool ...
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Detect whether clipboard item is image data using AppleScript

This started because I wanted to be able to paste screenshots or pictures copied from Safari into Finder folders. Here are the steps to get to where I am: Install pngpaste using brew install pngpaste....
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Apple Automator (or similar): performing workflow triggered by shutdown?

I was thinking about turning my desktop into a git repository that automatically syncs with BitBucket. The idea is that, periodically, the desktop is synced as well as automatically before it shuts ...
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Service on Big Sur to start Terminal doesn't work with Finder, works with other apps

I picked up a new MacBook recently and started customizing it software-wise. After some research, I have managed to set a shortcut for opening Terminal as follows: Open Automator Select New Document, ...
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Connecting AirPlay displays with a keystroke

I have an Apple TV in the living room. I have a Mac mini in my office. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse that can easily reach between the two locations, but am not willing to walk between them to ...
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Can iOS and Mac OS be capable of recognising punctuations in speech-to-text transcription?

I have been using iOS for about nine years, and Mac OS X for about six, though I use dictation a lot more on my iOS device. In any case, it is necessary to say things such as period or full stop, ...
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Script to specify sending account based on recipient email?

I have numerous email accounts, which are matched to my freelance client projects. For instance, any emails relating to my work with Client A are sent from me@ProjectA.com. The Mail app is fairly good ...
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How to create an automator workflow/application to delete jpeg when raw exist

I have approx 1 terabyte of Canon CR2 images in 40 sub-folders, some with matching jpeg and some just jpeg. I want to delete all jpegs that have a matching corresponding raw .cr2 file. I would like to ...
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How to edit Automator .action files

I have an Automator Quick Action that captures a selected screen area to clipboard (I use Screenshot to capture to Preview). For my workflow I need to have both options on hotkeys. It works well but ...
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How to automatically mount network share when iPhone backup screen is opened in Finder?

I would like to trigger a script that mounts a drive when I open the iPhone's device page in Finder (like shown here). Currently, I have the iPhone backups in an APFS volume, which is inside a ...

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