Automator is a Mac OS X utility that allows creation and execution of workflows that can be integrated with Mac OS X. This enables users to automate repetitive tasks to save time and effort.

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Simulate keyboard strokes with exact delay as being typed

I am trying to simulate keyboard strokes exactly how its typed with proper delay between strokes. I am trying to achieve this on keyboardmaestro or Automator on OS X, but I cannot figure it out. Is ...
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Automator Script to save every sent email as pdf

I'm new with automator, well I've managed to create 2 little scripts, one resizing pics and the other joins pic to 1 pdf. Now I'm looking for a solution to save every send email as pdf to my document ...
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Mac Automator - delete a file on every login

My machine is attached to a network domain and on every login, a bunch of files get pulled from the server and stored at - /Library/Managed Preferences/ /Library/Managed Preferences/<user name>/...
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Remove All Illegal Characters from All Filenames in a Given Folder and subfolders

I Know this was was basically answered and the automator with the shell script (Sanitize Filenames) works great, but I need it to also do all subfolders as well. And if possible trim the file name ...
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open ssh server file automatically with apple script

Hello respected persons , i am trying to build a apple script which first open terminal login in ssh with details and after login it open a python script which is on ssh server automatically . i ...
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Applescript to upload files to OneDrive

I am wondering if anybody knows how to Upload a file to OneDrive using an applescript. I would connect this applescript to Automator so if the script could include the necessary variable parsings for ...
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Delete all images in a folder except those with defined string in title?

I have around 50,000 images in a folder (I'm using Mac OSX), and I'd like to delete all of them unless they have x300 or 300x in them. I was hoping it's possible using the terminal or automator, but ...
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How to get input with a custom dictation command

I'm trying to write a few scripts to allow me to write code via voice. However, I need a way to specify a way to capitalize a variable name. For example, I want to be able to say, "stud my super ...
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Create a separate zip from many folders

I have a many folders with files for project. I need: Create a zip from folder "X" Move Zip in the folder "X" Name of Zip must be "X" I'm a Mac OS user. How I can automate the process?
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How can I add a comment in the script in Automator in OS X?

How can I add a comment in the script in Automator in OS X? I've tried many variants but they don't work.
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How do I move an Automator app with embedded workflows to a new location?

I have created an automator app for batch resizing and renaming of images. The process is like this: Rename Finder Items Run resize3x.workflow Run resize2x.workflow Run resize1x.workflow Each ...
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Automatic open new browser tab on Mac OS X

Im trying to create a action in Automator, but I am not sure if its possible only use this software or I would need use applescript. I need to create a action for when I set a specific URL in some ...
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OSX/launchctl: How do I open a specific website in a new instance of chrome in the foreground every morning?

Requirements: Specific website Every morning despite laptop being closed overnight (launchctl can handle this) Foreground - must come to my attention, even if I have multiple spaces/desktops ...
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Schedule to Run Workflow Automator

I have created a workflow using Automator to sync some of my local folders to a network drive. I now want to schedule the workflow to run itself daily on a certain time. I have tried to use ical but ...
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Automator app won't open after being copied to another computer - OSX

I created an app in Automator. The app runs fine on the computer with which I created it, but when I copy it to another computer I get: The application “AppX” can’t be opened. If I open it in ...
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Automator: rename files fixing the gaps in numbers 1,2,3,5,6 -> 1,2,3,4,5

I have a huge bunch of scanned files (before OCR) and I want the Automator (Yosemite) to fix the gaps in files numbers: some pages was duplicated and after deletion the duplication there are gaps in ...
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On OS X, Incorporating PDF Tools into a larger Folder Actions workflow

As sort of a continuation from this post: How do I set up a OSX service to delete the first page of a PDF? These shell scripts are very useful. I'm in a similar situation to the OP, and I've gotten ...
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Automator doesn't recognize default paper size when printing

I'm trying to print images via Automator. I've set the default paper size to 4x6, and this works as expected when I open and print an image from Preview. However, when using the 'Print Images' command ...
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How to get file path of selected file in Finder into clipboard? Issue with Jumpcut

I used to be able to get the file path from any selected file in Finder by hitting a keyboard shortcut. I'm running an automated script that takes Files and Folders in Finder and uses the built-in ...
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Write content to file with Automator

I'm building an Automator Service to create an .html file and write some text in it. I've managed to create my .html file by using the New Text File action, but how can I write text in it? I see no ...
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Convert jpeg quality to 80% using automator

I want to make a automator script that goes trough a folder with subfolders and convert all .JPEG (or .JPG) to the same JPEG, but with a quality of 80%. There is no option in Automator it self like ...
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How do I to modify Automator Service ditto command?

Using and Automator Service and an AppleScript that is redly available and exists on this thread of but a "GUI" around ditto. The solution works well, however, I am not getting the behavior I expected....
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Split large PDF into smaller Two-page PDFs [duplicate]

I have several very large PDF files that I need to split into smaller ones by page number. For example: In a 100 page long PDF, I want to have one PDF with pages 1-2, one with 3-4, one with 4-5 and ...
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Removing illegal characters with Automator

I've been trying to write a Mac Automator service to remove illegal characters from filenames. I have it working, but the solution is a little inelegant and I was wondering if anyone would have a ...
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OS X command to make current terminal window full screen

I am trying to make a bash script to open up my working environment. I want 1) Open up Terminal.app and type a command like "time_to_work" 2) This command will: a. open up sublime text open ~/...
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Add “Show in Finder” service to Services sub-menu in OS X

I'd like to create and add a service to the Services sub-menu under the Application menu for applications like Word, Pages etc., where the currently edited file is revealed in Finder. The flow I want ...
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iMac G4: auto playing iTunes music using Automator

I have used Automator and I have successfully set up events using it and iCal before. I would like to play a playlist from my iTunes using Automator, the problem is that there is no "Play Playlist / ...
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How do I automatically print only part of a PDF page in OS X?

I frequently have to crop out the top half of a PDF (it's a shipping label) and only print that on A4 paper, instead of the whole label. I can do this very easily with Adobe Acrobat Pro, by opening ...
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Automator workflow/service or Applescript for looped edits in Preview [closed]

I was originally trying this with Automator, but if someone can guide me to accomplishing this easier with Applescript then feel free, though i haven't worked with it before. I'm trying to get the ...
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Switch between Multiple Customised Lang & Region settings on Mac OS X Mavericks

I need to be able to switch quickly between two or three customised Language & Region prefs on Mac OS X. While there is an advanced tab which allows customisation, there is no way to save this as ...
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How to copy multiple files and move them to multiple folders using terminal for Mac

I have a folder on my Mac's desktop called Bthepics that has 9 images that I want to copy and move to about 500 folders at once. These 500 folders are located in a folder on my Mac's desktop called ...
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save multiple tabs to chrome Pocket extenson

I use the Pocket extension to read pages offine on an Ipad, but it's tedious to click the icon for every page. Most of the time I open multiple tabs on one subject. Does anyone have a piece of ...
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Why calendar automator event not able to launch the app?

I would like to have regular backups of my data, so I've created a calendar event, which start start Automator application (saved locally as Backup.app file). But the start of app fails. The log ...
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Share image from desktop to social

I'm trying to share an image to social (Facebook mainly) every time I add any image to a defined folder on my Mac. I've tried Automator Services for Facebook but it's obsolete and Facebook doesn't ...
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A global shortcut to refresh the current window/tab in chrome

Whilst programming a simple web site, I'm a bit annoyed by the need to switch from my code editor to chrome in order to refresh the page after each modification save. Is there a way to assign a ...
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Automator in Mavericks freezes when creating or opening a Folder Action

Short version: On an older Mac, Automator hangs when trying to create a Folder Action. I have an older Mac being used as a media server. It is a Core 2 Duo iMac with 3 GB of memory, running ...
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Make alias in a folder to be chosen

I want to make an alias of selected files or folder in other folders, which I want to be able to choose each time from a pop-up window. This was something that was available on previous OSX versions ...
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Request help/advice with my automator/applescript service

I created an automator service that runs a very simple applescript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" set theFile to selection set theFolder to choose folder move ...
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OS X Automator Shell Script for custom search with special character not encoded with utf-8

I find a script here Mac OS X (Lion) Chrome: shortcut for "Search With Google" which shows how to do google search using shell script in OS X Automator. The original script is: open "...
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Service doesn't work by shortcut for single selected folder in Mac OS X

I've created a service using Automator in Mac OS X 10.9 (and earlier in 10.8) to copy full path names of selected files and folders in Finder. Also I've assigned shortcut for this service in system ...
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How can I tell Automator to perform a certain action within a software?

I'm trying to create an Automator application to sync my iMac and MacBook. So far I managed to mount the MacBook and open the sync file in Chronosync. Now all I need to do is have Automator actually ...
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Mac OSX Text to Speech Batch

I have 300 English text files that I want to make into mp3 files to listen to as and when. Is there a method, that I could use so that my Mac will batch text to speech the files to mp3 using a ...
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How can I script my MacBook to open Day One every morning when I open my computer?

I have this idea in my mind that every morning, when I first open my computer, all programs are closed except Day One, so that I can start journaling first thing every day without any distractions. I ...
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Eject all disks and dmg's with Automator script in Mac OS X

I have created an Automator Service to eject all disks in Mac OS X. find /dev -name "disk[1-9]" -exec diskutil eject {} \; This works, but I still receive an error message afterwords: "The action “...
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OSX - Copy Automator tasks from one machine to another

Where does OSX save automator tasks? I would like to use my current set of tasks on another machine running OSX.
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How to automatically rotate images based on EXIF data?

I know how to do it manually. Now I would like to automate that based on EXIF data. I already have exiftool installed, but looks like it can only read the data, but can not rotate the image. There is ...
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How can I start a server with Automator? (Mac)

I have a Minecraft Server (kill me, right?) and I have a bash script to go along with it. Basically, right now I do this: Open Terminal cd to /path/to/my/server/ bash start.sh And voila. My ...
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How to set OS X to open several Terminal instances that start at different screen locations?

Whenever I start a workday I need to open 4 terminal sessions (not tabbed), and move these to the four corners of my screen. I would like to use something like Automator to do this automatically ...
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mac osx script - find mounted disc with name, copy file from desktop to it, when copy complete, unmount disc

Is there some kind of mac script which finds a newly mounted disc drive that has the name 'EXAMPLE', then copies a file/folder to it and safely ejects the disc when copy has finished? I don't mind if ...
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Change date scheme of file name with script

I have about 8 years of video files on a server for my work. We want to change the files' date schemes from MMDDYY to YYMMDD for organizational purposes. The filename structure is MMDDYY_Filename.xxx. ...