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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Script to copy files to x locations of rules are met

I would like to create an automator script that will ask me for a specified folder, and on selection I would like it to search for the following and do x tasks if files is .mkv and does not contain ...
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Finder not enabling use of Services when changing “Service receives selected” input

I have a Service on automator that applies to Files and Folders in Finder. Initially it was saved as "Text" input. Problem is, Finder won't show this Service to Files and Folders. If I go to ...
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If filesize > X copy to A elseif copy to B in Automator

I would like to create a workflow which on "Ask for Finder Items", once selected and the filtered query is found I want the file to be copied to one of two locations, where it goes depends on size. ...
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Save a webpage on the desktop and label it red using Automator

In Chrome, I use CommandS to save a webpage and another separate shortcut I created using Services (Automator) to label files red on the desktop (does not have specificity for .webloc files). ...
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Automator to find specific file in folder and then delete the folder

I have created an Automator workflow which asks the user for a folder and then it looks for files that meet x requirements. It then copies those files to another location. How can I then make it ...
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OSX script to Check if ffmpeg process has stopped

I have a Automator Workflow that uses Videobox to convert flash videos for multiple devices but cannot tell when it finish a conversion,I know that it uses ffmpeg for its conversion as I can see it in ...
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Keyboard shortcut for Service in OS X doesn't work

I just wrote a script through Automator to make a keyboard shortcut under the title "New Finder Window Home": on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" activate make ...
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How to create a shortcut to toggle Chrome Settings on Mac

In Mac Chrome, I like to switch the default, global Page Zoom settings from 100% to 125%. I'd like a shortcut to do it quickly instead of needing to go to Settings, click Show Advanced Settings, and ...
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Show all services on right click (mac) [closed]

Whenever you have more than 4 services, they are put in a dropdown option "Services" on right click instead of just being added to the right click menu itself. Is this an option somewhere that can ...
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Remember file names -> perform action to files -> save files again with remembered name

I want to send the files to the "Perform OCR" action and save them with their original file name. Is that possible? (maybe rather with an apple script?) it's basically this for Prizmo.
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How to change the appearance of empty folders in finder using Automator?

I'm trying to use Apple Automator to label empty folders in a heirarchy. Basically, I start off a project with a heirarchy of empty folders and fill them as I work. I want a workflow to label all ...
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Applescript in Automator to Service

I'm trying to do this very simple Applescript for text manipulation. It runs from the service menu, in some applications. Questions: What's wrong with my script? Sometimes it shows up in the ...
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MD5 (OSX) and Output

when using MD5 i get a text file output of the full path to the file and file name and then space and the hash. wondering if there's a way omit the path and just have filename = hash using terminal ...
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Where is “shell script” in Automator?

I am trying to add Sublime to right-click in Finder on Mountain Lion. When I open Automator, I do not see any shell script as options. Here is a video frame from the the tutorial: and here is ...
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in automator how can I make a hotkey to insert string

What I want to do seems simple, but all the automator docs cover different functionalities. I have a number of strings that I have to input repeatedly throughout the day and I want to make hotkeys to ...
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How can Automator or Applescript rotate 500,000 images in folders and subfolders?

I have very specific question. I've got 500,000 images that sit in 98 subfolders. Some of the subfolders contain 25,000 images. Is there any script/automator workflow that I can use? I was trying ...
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Apple Automator “New PDF from Images” maintaining same filename

I will potentially have 26k of old legacy PICT images to transfer first to PDF for migration. I am using Apple Automator and also the "Dispense Items Incrementally" to loop through it. However, I ...
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Find running processes created by Mac Automator

Is there any way to view automator process that are running? About a year ago I created a workflow or something similar in Mac's Automator. When I took screenshots mac would place them on the ...
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MacOS Start FireFox via CommandLine in 32 bit

Firefox can be startet via Commandline How can I run an application with command line arguments in Mac OS Is there an argument to make it start in 32 bit ? I know i could select it via finder, but ...
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Use Automator to open shell script, see output in terminal

I have a fun little problem, running on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. I have a script (WebKit's run-safari) which launches Safari in dev mode (it sets some environmental variables and then runs arch ...
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Migrating from cmd to mac

For me it is quite easy to automate a jar file to run on a pc. java -jar "C:\...\mFilePath\myJar.jar" stick this into a cmd file, and schedule it. Now, migrating over to a mac, i am unsure how to ...
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How to schedule Mac Software Updates

I would like to be able to schedule software updates to run during the time when my Internet data usage is free. I have tried to figure out how to use Automator and/or iCal to do this, but I am not ...
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Automator script to do a whois lookup

I'd like to take an IP address from my Terminal, right click, select Services > Whois and get the results back somehow. This doesn't exist so I'm wanting to create a simple Automator script to do ...
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How do I parse file paths separated by a space in a string?

Background: I am working in Automator on a wrapper to a command line utility. I need a way to separate an arbitrary number of file paths delimited by a single space from a single string, so that I may ...
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Applescript to connect to bluetooth device

I'm trying to create an applescript to allow me to connect to a bluetooth device by it's Bluetooth ID. So far, i've managed to get an applescript to turn on bluetooth if it's off. Here's the code: ...
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Shortcut to cleanup folder by name in mac

Is there any shortcut to clean up folder icons in mac? or any automator task ? Update - Got the answer Apple has a shortcut for this. Finder > Clean Up By - name [cmd+opt+1]
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Automating data from an Excel file and interacting with browser

How can I automate copying records from an Excel file or CSV and interacting with a browser? Example Task: Extract or Copy record(s) from an Excel file row Go to a URL (probably using Google ...
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How can I launch Finder in a specific directory, from Automator or AppleScript?

I'm trying to assign a global keyboard shortcut that will launch a new window of Finder, in a specific directory. I can write a script that'll open a new Finder, but not sure how to make it open in a ...
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Mac OS: How can I launch the iTerm terminal, with a specific profile, from Automator or AppleScript?

I'm trying to assign a global keyboard shortcut that will launch a new window of iTerm, with a specific profile. (I managed to do this to launch a new Chrome window with Automator and AppleScript, but ...
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OSX Automator Spotlight Comments

(From OSX 10.6.8) I would like to set up an Automator workflow that adds ( "Archived" + Current Date ) to a root folder/files and all files/subfolders' spotlight comments EXCEPT where an "Archived" ...
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Automator - Crop From Specified Edge

I'm trying to create an Automator folder action to automatically crop images that are added to a specific folder. It works; however, it crops the images towards the center. How can I crop starting ...
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Folder actions on OS X observing all subfolders

I have a folder that I would like to add a folder action to. The action works great when the file is added to the top level. But when a file is added to and sub-folders, the action is not enabled. Is ...
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Resize images via drag and drop on OSX with good quality

I want to be able to drag and drop images on an application(icon) which preferably doesn't run. This application has to resize the images to 600x450px and drop them somewhere. I already created an ...
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Automator exits on launch

When I open Automator, I get: 7/1/12 10:54:26 AM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.jft.PdaNetMac[57449]) Exited with exit code: 1 in console. I would like to know how to fix this.
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How can I most efficiently batch resize images on a Mac? [duplicate]

I've been batch-resizing images through Preview (OS X) through the menu bar, but I want a simpler workflow, since I do this a dozen times a day. What I want: Select a group of image files in finder ...
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Automator workflow that will browse the web

I need Safari to automatically browse the web for me. I want it to grab some random links from, say delicious.com and automatically just open up those links at 30 second intervals. thanks!
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How to program my Mac to automatically type text when pressing a key

How do I program my Mac's F19 key to automatically type a text when I press it?
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Converting a .bat executable to Mac

I need some help converting a .bat executable file that I run on our PC at my job so that it works on a mac. Before we upload tar files to our website we run this script which to the best of my ...
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How can I program the function keys on my MacBook to do a combination of keys (not open an application)?

There are other questions similar to this, but not exactly. What I want to do is to reprogram a function key on the MacBook Pro to do other key combinations. Coming from a Windows background, I ...
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Batch change file extensions in Mac OS X?

I used wget to download a website into a folder. When files have the same names, wget stores the new one as name.extension.# Now I have hundreds of files like 1.jpg, 1.jpg.1, 1.jpg.2, etc. How can I ...
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Add a contact from an email address within email text

I came to Office/Outlook 2011 from Mac Mail, and now I find that I'm unable to do something that I need to do ALL THE TIME. In Mail, if there was an email address within the text of an email message ...
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Sync an iPhoto library with specific folder(s)

My aim is to sync all files that I add to a specific album in iPhoto 11, to a folder on the Mac. I will then use cron & rsync to shovel the files to a gallery server. Now, I did find the How to ...
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How to remove trailing whitespace from file extensions and folders snow?

How can I remove trailing whitespace from file extensions and folders in snow leopard ? Ideally I would be able to run a single command within a directory that would search and remove for all files ...
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How to create a shortcut or automate file in calling a contact in skype

What are the option in creating a quick access to dialing a contact in Skype? and How? Example I want to bind a custom key in calling my friend, let say "cmd" + "0" or cmd + "9" . I'm ...
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How to create a service to zip files in Mac OS X Lion

I have to create services for two different use cases: Mark a folder or file and zip it using an archiver tool such as rar7zip. Mark a text and open a translator app. I've been trying to use ...
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Automate subject in Apple's Mail.app

At the company I work with, we use [client-domain.com] prefixes before the actual subject line of emails as kind of a rough tagging system. Is there any way that one could automate this so when I ...
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How do I set up a OSX service to delete the first page of a PDF?

I frequently receive PDF files where the first page is either empty or is just a cover page for which I have no use. Can you suggest a quick and efficient way (Applescript, Service, or ???) for me to ...
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How can I get Automator to open a URL in the current Safari tab?

My current code involves a "Watch Me Do" block recording a ⌘ W keystroke and then opening the new URL, but that's kind of kludgy. Is there any way I can use Automator to open a URL within the current ...
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Context menu item to lock/unlock files in Finder more quickly

I can change the file locking ("read only") status in a file's context menu: There's no menu item for this. How can I create a Finder (context) menu item to set, remove, or toggle this flag ...
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Creating a shortcut in launcher to run a terminal command with more than one parameter as argument

How do you create a shortcut in launcher that lets you run a terminal command using more than one variable? For example, how do you create a launcher shortcut that will prompt you for varA and varB ...