Questions tagged [automator]

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

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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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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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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 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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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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Automatically export new emails to folder?

The manual process: New email arrives in inbox X (Apple Mail) Drag-n-drop to Finder folder Y Delete email in inbox X How can this be done automatically using AppleScript/Automator?
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Can Automator download many generated PDFs from a web page?

I've never used Automator. Is it capable of "clicking" every link on a web age, clicking the download icon on the PDF that appears in a new tab, then closing that tab? And also to go to the next ...
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Automator script not working

I've created a new automator Service. This service executes the following AppleScript: on run {input, parameters} do shell script "open ~/" return input end run If I execute this ...
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Wrap Python3 program as an app

I have a Python3 script that I wrote; this uses tkinter to bring up a window prompting users to connect to shared resources. This all works OK, and I normally run it from a terminal. I want to wrap ...
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Using AppleScript to convert MP3 to WAV via Finder?

How would I use Automator/AppleScript to convert a selected bunch of MP3s to WAVs (from folder1 to folder1 - so retaining original folder), please? I'm running High Sierra and would prefer not to ...
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How do I get Outlook actions to be available in the Automator Library tree?

OS X El Cap 10.11.6 Outlook for Mac 15.39 I'm filtering the Library with the string "outlook" and there are no actions available. Is there something I can do to get Outlook items to show up in here?
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“Ask for Finder items” in automator folder action doesn't show up

In my folder action, I added "Ask for finder items" action (asking for destination folder for move operation) after filtered items from the folder got stored in the variable. Whenever I add file to ...
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AppleScript Automator back-compatibility

I made a little, easy AppleScript and used Automator to launch it on click: tell application "Terminal" do script "myScript" end tell What about back-compatibility? Can I run it on every previous ...
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Execute macros or scripts based on Magic Trackpad 2 Force Touch

I’m looking at getting a Magic Trackpad 2 with Force Touch, but want to know if I can create macros for the Force Touch actions? I’m not taking about the the built in basic Apple support, but full on ...
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Automator PDF contact sheet not using all images

I've used Automator to create a service that creates all selected images into a contact sheet. For some reason, the service doesn't want to use all the images; I have a selection of 42 images but only ...
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Automator action keeps failing

I would like to have a very simple Automator action that watches my photo upload folder in Dropbox and moves every file that it receives into another folder on my desktop. Sometimes it works perfectly,...
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Using automator, sort objects by type into type folders, inside subfolders

long time no ask! Anyway, I've been tasked with a project that involves sorting folders into new folders based on type. I've been working on an Automator action, but I haven't had much success. What I'...
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Why can't Finder pass a single folder to an Automator Action?

I'm trying to create an Automator service which "receives selected files or folders". If I select a single file in Finder, then go to the Finder:Services menu, my service shows up. If I select two ...
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Automator sequential renaming for one file at a time

I have found many tutorials on how to rename some files using a "batch-renaming" type of workflow, but I have a different issue. I'm moving files one at a time into a folder, not all at once, so the ...
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how to pack python package that includes python scripts and bash scripts for OSx as pythonTool.app?

I have made a python tool which I want to share with users. I tried Automator, and it works but in that I used Application > Run Shell Script in which I hard coded the path to my python script, but ...
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Automator: How can I monitor a folder, make items process in a specific app?

I will be feeding images into a folder from my camera as they are taken. When those items enter the folder, I need for them to be opened and processed by an app. How would I go about monitoring the ...
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Automator: How to copy the contents of local folder to a linux smb share?

I use Lion and I'm trying to make a folder action that copies the content of a local folder to a Samba share, but when I execute the action at Automator it copies the folder and not only its contents ...
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Automate highlight text and add note annotations in Preview

When annotating a PDF in Preview I regularly highlight text then add a note to that highlight. This is a frustrating process as I can do the first bit with a keyboard shortcut, but must then right-...
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Zipping bundle via Automator

I am looking for a way to zip a fcpx bundle with an Automator service. Automator won't accept a bundle as an input for a service (zip, rename and copy to two different locations for backup purposes), ...
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Collect results in for loop when run shell script

I try to collect results of "svn info" for selected folders by run shell script,like this: for f in "$@"; do svn info $f | tee -a $log_file done But it's not work. How can I collect each result ...
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How can I use Automator to open a website & log in everyday at a certain time?

I need to set up an auto log in for an Intranet web site so I can get right to work with no delays. I want Automator to open safari, go to the page, input log in and password credentials and hit log ...
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How can I get automator to select the correct already open document?

I should start by mentioning that I have an app that opens on start-up which allows me to set customized shortcuts and gestures. In my case: command+alt+j maximizes the selected window. command+alt+n ...
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How to drag folders from Finder into Final Cut without mouse [automator/applescript]

Hello guys I'm trying to create a Service to do some repetitive tasks that I have to perform every day. Most of the things I figured out how to automate, but there is one move that seems to be ...