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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 Folder Action workflow to copy a file to one folder and then move it to another folder

I need an Automator Folder Action workflow that when files are dropped into the folder the workflow is assigned to, it will first make a copy of the dropped files to one different folder, and then ...
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How can I install this script as a folder action?

I'm trying to setup a script as a folder action that will identify and change unwanted characters in the name of a file added to a target folder. The intent is to have this automation run as a ...
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Applescript to return name of new file added to folder

This is mostly a test so that I can work up to the function that I want to create down the line. I'm very new to AppleScript so bear with me! I wrote this as an attempt to test a folder action that ...
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Watch folder that only processes one item at a time?

I need to set up a watch folder that runs a script on each item added. But the script could take 10 mins or more to process a single item. What I've done is put this code at the top of my script that ...
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How to combine “Choose folder command” with “adding folder items” function with Applescript

I'm using a folder action to create a "hot" folder, which immediately duplicates the files placed in this folder to a specific backup folder. This is the script I'm using as folder action and it ...
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Automator Folder Action opens FineReader before it's meant to

I have a bit of a curious problem and since a wide variety of Google searches led to no conclusion I figured I might ask here. I have a Folder Action set up using Automator that is meant to check if ...
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Folder Actions missing in High Sierra?

I've been using folder actions for years. Ever since upgrading to High Sierra, my folder actions still work but the ability to add new ones is missing. When right clicking on a folder, there used to ...
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User input in Automator's “Run Shell Script”

I have a Folder Action on a /Volumes folder. I'm checking when a specific disk is mounted (folder in /Volumes created), checking ssh to remote computer. If all present I run rsync there. It was OK ...
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Folder Action for automatic file name cleanup

I want to build a folder action that cleans up the filenames of my downloaded files. For example Youtube_MyVideofile_(1080p_30fps_H264-128kbit_AAC).mp4 should be stripped by "Youtube" "30fps" "...
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Alias multiple folders into one

Here's the thing: I'm organizing my document (for example to organize papers). I divide them into subsections, (ex: astrophysics & quantum physics) and all those sections have a "Read", "Reading" ...
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Triggering Folder action with size check

I'm trying to set up a folder action that triggers only when a new file is less than a certain size. With my limited understanding I haven't been able to figure out a way to do this. Can anyone help? ...
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Folder Action to Import Files into iTunes doesn't work

I'm downloading a large number of mp3 files to a folder using wget (which is very fast). I want to add each new file to an iTunes playlist, and therefore set up a Folder Action in Automator to do ...
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Folder action with Automator file search

Since a couple of years, I used the folder action successfully which is shown in the screenshot: A file is added to "Downloads" "Find Finder Items" with the shown criteria is executed If the filename ...
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Automatically convert a file whenever it is saved?

Is it possible to automatically convert a file to another format every time it is saved? Some context: I have a Numbers file which needs to be converted to csv for processing by various shell ...
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Automator: Get filename

I'm creating a folder action to display a notification when a new file is downloaded and would like the notification to display the filename. I can't figure out how to extract the filename of the ...
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Applescript to hide print queue

Running a Processing sketch which saves .txt files to a folder. Have a folder action attached that prints new files in this folder to a thermal receipt printer. However, I had to update to Yosemite, ...
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Wanting help creating an applescript that is run when the contents of a folder changes

I would greatly appreciate some assistance with the following. My scenario: I have a Mac app that generates RTF files. I have an Android app that deals with MultiMarkdown/Markdown files. The Mac ...
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Folder Action for hiding files according to type

Here's what I need. I need a folder action that hides files according to their extensions. (I do not need a folder action that hides extensions for visible files.) This action needs to apply to every ...
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Folder action acts on files not specified in the workflow

I just started using Automator for the first time. My folder action gets two Finder items: say 'foobar1.pdf' and 'foobar2.pdf' files, and copies them to another folder. It works but there is a side-...
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How do I make automator only perform an operation on one file at a time?

I have with 'Folder Action' that automatically runs a Photoshop script on each file that is added to the folder. The folder action has two steps: Open this file with Adobe Photoshop CC Run the ...
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Can folder actions be inherited?

If I set up folder actions on a folder, is there a way to ensure that those actions would be also there for all subfolders of that one? In other words, if folder actions are set for ~/bar, is there a ...
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softlink to Network Location

does anyone know a trick how to generate a Softlink to a Network folder (smb or nfs) the idea is that there are some network folders i use regulary, but they usally not mounted .. the soflink i made ...
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Applescript for moving recently added files (not created or modified) to another folder?

I would like to get a recent downloaded pdf file ( !: it corresponds to the Finder sort method Date Added, not Date Created nor Date Modified) and either just moving to one another folder (if using ...
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AppleScript and Finder - How to detect an “empty” selection when copying paths to the clipboard (Expanded Question)

I'm trying to build a Service that does the following: If some folder/files are selected in Finder, copy (all) the paths to the clipboard If nothing is selected, copy the "Path" of the window. ...
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Folder actions has stopped importing photos into iPhoto

I have had a problem for the past week where a folder action created in Automator has stopped importing photos from a folder into iPhoto. I have tried: Repairing disk permissions. Deleting the script ...
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Enabling Folder Actions Within OS X?

There is an element to OS X known as Folder Actions, which causes certain actions or events to occur when items are either added or removed from user specific folders. How can I enable this ? (I am ...
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Why aren't any of my Folder Actions triggering?

I'm running Mountain Lion (10.8.3). I have three or four folder actions set up which stopped working some time ago, and I can't figure out why. Thinking it could be a problem with the scripts, I ...
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How to show git files in Finder?

This may be too close to a duplicate for Git plug-in for Finder?, but I'm after a tool that will merely show me whether there is a repo in the current directory, and the state of the files within. I ...
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Organizing skype downloads in subfolders with contact names

I always wondered why skype don't put all my accepted downloads in subfolders with the name of my contacts! If anybody have own solutions, share)
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Would it be possible to create a folder action that can push timed Notifications?

Specifically I'd like to attach a folder action that would pass to the Notification center a timed alert that would go off after 60 days... possible?
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Repeating FolderActions log messages

I'm getting these log messages repeatedly: Sep 14 11:52:17 paulbook com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[288] (com.apple.FolderActions.folders): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds Sep 14 11:52:17 ...
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What's the difference between launchd and folder actions?

Could someone please briefly explain to me the difference between launchd and folder actions? Do folder actions use launchd? Is one more efficient than the other? Is one more powerful than the ...
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How to add Folder Actions in Mountain Lion

I'm trying to add an Apple Script to my Download directory. From what I read on the Internet I need to copy the script to Macintosh HD -> Libraries -> Scripts -> Folder Action Scripts - however, I don'...
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Any way to trigger Folder Action when adding file to any subfolder?

I've created a Folder Action in Automator and applied it to a folder. But it only gets triggered when a file is added to the root of that folder, not to one of its subfolders. Is there any way to get ...
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How to execute a Folder Action or another Automator script when I make changes to a folder?

How to execute a Folder Action or another Automator script when I make changes to a folder? And by changes I mean not just deleting or inserting new file, the most important for me is when the content ...
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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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Copy folder & files with labeled files but strip the label?

Is there an easier way to copy a folder that contains files with (colored) labels applied and strip those labels than making an Automator droplet/application? So perfect would be having this to ...
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Unreliable Folder Action

I have a folder on my Computer, "Markdown Source" with a folder action applied to it through Automator. The folder action applies a shell script, and then writes output to a different folder, "...
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Automator folder action questions

As I asked in this post, I could make it that a file in a directory can be renamed automatically, but I have some questions about this action. Where to the workflow files are copied? When I run 'save ...