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

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Keyboard shortcut in finder to launch >share via>airdrop

I'm for a way to share a group of selected files I have selected in the finder window, via airdrop, with a simple keyboard shortcut. since you can use cmd+c to copy, I thought there had to be a way I ...
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Is there a way to launch application in certain screen region with Automator in Mac Mojave?

I can launch certain applications or open certain files through the Automator, but is it possible to specify the layout they will have on-screen ahead of time?
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Is there a way to signify a wildcard placeholder when recording a workflow with Automator?

I have a task that is very repetitive, with only a few minor caveats. Usually, the caveat is as simple as a name change, but the task jumps between Finder, Xcode, and uploading files via a storage ...
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Applescript - opening file inside app bundle

I have used Automator to create an app bundle that activates an app ("Fuse") within the Resources directory of the bundle, which then opens the file "Exolon.tzx" (also located in Resources). However, ...
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How to fix Automator passed arguments returning empty files?

I'm attempting to create a workflow in Automator that uses jpegtran to convert several hundred album art jpg files from progressive to baseline. I can manually run the script in terminal like so: ...
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Automator: Picking items from a list using characters in name and performing a “find” showing only the results

I regularly make folders filled with lots of items that contain multiple versions of specific files. We often need to view them in very specific ways by version number. i.e.: file_v01.jpg file_v02....
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How can I make Automator run service I made (shell script) and display the output in Terminal?

Hi I'm new to Macs and OSX, I'm using p7zip cli app to compress folders with big files inside (1; 2 GB or more). So I managed to make a Bash script to do it in batch process when I go to bed and I'm ...
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Automate arranging files into folders based on beginning of file name?

Looking to quickly arrange a whole load (talking about multiple thousands) of files into subfolders, and the files come in sets of three (left audio, right audio, video) separate files. Not ...
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AppleScript basic date/time format and filename

I'm trying to wrap my head around AppleScript. I have a simple project to capture screenshots every several seconds and save them to a folder. I found this helpful script on GitHub: https://gist....
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Can’t get “play/pause” of window 1. Access not allowed. - trying to unpause movie through Applescript

I'm trying to pause/unpause QuickTime Player with a little dictation command: on run activate application "QuickTime Player" tell application "System Events" click "play/pause" of ...
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Is there any way to change the mac dock's position with a keyboard shortcut?

I don't think there are default shortcuts for that. But I assume you could make one using AppleScript or other automation programs. I found this post from 2012 asking the same question. I tried ...
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Run Automator service when program cannot access accessibility services

I've read this: How do I assign a keyboard shortcut to an AppleScript I wrote? The app I am trying to add the service to under Accessibility does not allow me to see the service. It's a game running ...
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Automator to remove all text before hyphen ( - )?

I'm trying to create an Apple Automator application that will rename a group of files by removing all text before and including a hyphen ( - ) that will post an error if trying to rename a file with ...
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Cannot pass contents of Chrome address bar to Automator workflow

For some time now, I have been using a keyboard shortcut to grab the selected text inside the address bar in Google Chrome and pass it to a Service (now called a Quick Action): Sometime last week, I ...
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Group Mailer and Attachments

I have created a workflow to create an email message, then add an attachment and then send to all members of a group. Every thing works fine. The front meassage is created with an attachment ready to ...
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Automator - Launch terminal at certain folder

Is there a way in Automator to open the terminal application at a certain folder location with 2 tabs at that location? So for example open terminal with 2 tabs that have already changed directory ...
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How to let user specify name of new screenshot using Automator

I'm trying to understand how to use 'Folder Actions' and/or Automator so that when I take a screenshot, it allows me to type in a name for the file as it stores it in the screenshot folder (which I've ...
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On Mac, is it possible to generate a folder structure in Finder's contextual menu?

For every new project I start, I create a standard folder structure that looks like this: (NUMBER) Client Name: - Subfolder 1 - Subfolder 2 - Subfolder 3 - Subfolder 4 Or like so: Currently, I copy-...
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Applescript - Automator - tomorrow keyboard shortcut

I've been able to successfully create a keyboard shortcut from a "quick action" in Automator based on running AppleScript (inserts current system date). However, I cannot get a similar script to work ...
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Move iPad Screenshots to an album

I have an iPad Pro, and I'm wondering if there is a way to auto save a screenshot from my iPad to an album name e.g.: iPad Pro Is there an automated way in iOS that I can do that for only my iPad? ...
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Automator unfold zip - change to psd

For my work, I need to download a lot of files with images. They often come in as a .zip and go to my downloads file. Then I need to open the .zip and I convert the images inside Adobe Bridge to ...
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Action for images in Safari

I want to add a service to Safari with Automator, which performs a series of actions (e.g. cropping) on a single image from the web. The first step should be to right click an image in Safari, ...
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write a “macro” to launch multiple terminal windows with one icon

I have to send a sales person to a conference, and I have a mack set up with a MEAN app (running mongo and node app in browser), I don't want my sales person to have to know/worry about how to launch ...
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Automator, Show/Hide hidden file

I'm still running El Capitan so I don't have that shortcut for show/hide hidden files. A while ago I've created automator service, which using the keyboard shortcut could show/hide hidden file ...
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Problems creating Automator service using ffmpeg

Hi so I am having problems running ffmpeg on a folder of movie files with Mac's automator. My goal is to select a folder and right click/select service and automatically the Automator script (shell ...
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What causes an automator app from a network share so that normal users can't run it?

I have an application that I made in Automator which is literally just running a shell command. It's stored on a network share and when I copy it to another mac the root account and admin account can ...
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Keynote Automation using Applescript/Java

I'm looking to create an AppleScript to automate my Keynote workflow. Basically, I want to replace a marker in the Presenter Notes with text from a table (Numbers, Excel, or other). I found this ...
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How to remove text services?

I know service workflows created from Automator can be removed from ~/Library/Services, but I cannot see any services related to selected text there. See my screenshots I must have installed apps ...
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Apply automator action to original instead of copy

I'm trying to make a simple action to scale down an image by 50% but keeping an original copy of the file in the same directory. I easily made an action similar to what I want that produces two files: ...
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Possible to Disable Screensaver?

What I'd like to achieve On my Macbook Pro with latest macOS - every X minutes, the screensaver turns on for X seconds, then the screensaver turns off. This application by defaults runs every time ...
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How do I get automator to act on multiple folders?

I have a number of folders in the following format: Folder_Name_1 Converted_Files file1.aiff file2.aiff : : fileX.aiff Folder_Name_2 ...
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OSX Mojave + Automator - run AppleScript as Keyboard Shortcut Service

I am looking to create an AppleScript that allows me to open up a new finder window pointing to Desktop from anywhere in the system, preferably without having to use any thirdparty apps. Ideally the ...
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How to use automator services in Fluid-created apps in Mojave

I was having an issue with Spotlight and an Apple support person had me "upgrade" to Mojave and now I'm pissed off. None of my Automator services work in my Fluid Apps anymore! I have about a half-...
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Play folder with right button with iTunes

This answer to Play folder with right button with VLC explains how playing all the audio tracks within a folder can be accomplished when using VLC. I don't want to install VLC, how can I accomplish ...
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Create a custom Quick Action to create a zip file with password

How to create a custom Quick Action to create a zip file with password. I understand, to create a zip file with password the following command-line can be used: zip -er archive.zip /path/to/...
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Automator: Move files into new subfolder based on file's name

Disclaimer, this may not be something Automator can do. I have a large directory of movie files. In order to use a piece of software, each movie needs to be in it's own folder. I'd like to create ...
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Automatically tag newly shared files?

I'm loosing track of all my shared iCloud files throughout my Mac. Is there a way to automatically tag newly shared files with a tag called Shared for example, then remove the tag when it is no longer ...
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What does “Cache location entry for Photos.app in cache file” error signify in Automator app?

I have written a very basic script to count the number of files in a folder, then if it reaches 16 files, to run an automator workflow, as below: #!/bin/bash cd /Users/barbooths/Projects/...
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How to manually “file” files into folder, quickly, only using the keyboard

I'm working to set up a paperless filing system. Although I've got several pieces in place, one of the parts that slows me down the most is putting a scanned file into the right folder. Find the ...
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Batch Reformat Date in Filenames

I am in need of a solution that will allow me to batch reformat/rename the date appended at the end of a filename and then move the date to the beginning of the filename. I'm adopting the ISO 8601 ...
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Is there a way to reroute files downloaded from a specific domain to a new folder?

This seems like a really simple issue and perhaps I'm overthinking it. My specific use case for this is: I've downloaded a pdf/image/etc. from a website I'd like to take that file and move it from ...
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How to display standard output in Mac application converted from shell script?

It's easy to convert a shell script to a Mac App as suggested here. But I am only able to see the operation result of the script(or the Mac App) after the script finished and there seem to be no easy ...
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Remap eject key to Lock screen

I want to remap my eject key (on a external Apple Keyboard) to a lock screen action from automator. I tried using Karabiner, but when I use the EventViewer i don't see anything logging when i press ...
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Click check buttons via keyboard or script

I'm using Final Cut 7 under El Capitan, and I need to check the following buttons (in fact just the Audio Tracks, but both would be nice) using the keyboard, or maybe a scripted method. I have ...
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Viewing a terminal script as it runs in Automator

I have written an Automator Service that calls ffmpeg, encodes the selected files in Finder, then sends a notification via Growl to Prowl on iOS. It all works, but I'd like to be able to view the ...
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Show a preview of folder in preview column in column view of Finder

I want folders to show up as previews in the right hand preview pane of column view in Finder. Primarily I want this so that I can access some some Automator actions right there in the preview pane. ...
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Automator - automatically copy files/folders when tagged a specific custom label

Being a Mac user, I really enjoy the simple feature of tagging files and folders. Its very useful to filter by tag to quickly access any files which I have tagged regardless of where they are located. ...
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How to batch add folders to Folder Actions

I actively manage a directory of folders that contain images that are organised by modification dates. Due to this, I had made a quick action that used an applescript and bash to help me ensure that ...
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Automator script runs twice on Finder selected files

I'm writing a simple service to open a file in Emacs through selection in Finder. for f in $@ do open -a Emacs "$f" done If a file is selected in Finder (solid blue on the file after ...
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Automator: `command not found` (Python script for command line) [duplicate]

I am trying to create an Automator application, which allows me to convert Python script files .py files to Jupyter Notebook files .ipynb using Python script for command line jupytext. However, the ...