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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Play video files in VLC media player from behind HTTP basic authentication URLs without a password

I regularly open HTTP URLs and play them directly in VLC media player, using the "Open Network..." option. Unfortunately, the URLs are behind HTTP basic authentication (they require a username and ...
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Automate sequence of key strokes in Mac

I want to automate a long sequence of keystrokes that I have to type every time I use a specific web site. How can I do it in Mac OS X. I've tried the Automator. I record the sequence, but when I run ...
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OS X Lion Inverted Scrolling Automation Shortcut

As everyone will know (who has Mac OS X Lion), by default, scrolling is inverted to make it a bit like the iPhone. Problem: There is no way to have "normal scrolling" for a USB mouse, and ...
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Automated Interaction with Google Chrome

All right SU, I have a fun nut to crack. I have 8 screens set up in a line, all hooked into one beefy G5 running Snow Leopard (yes, 4 graphics cards; about 15,000 pixels wide!). I am setting up a ...
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Adjust Mac OS X workflow to recursively scan directory

Hi the image below is a screenshot of a workflow i have set up to use Handbrake. The problem is that it only acts on AVI's that are in the root of Movies, it doesn't say, grab an AVI inside ...
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Batch-Resizing images in OS X to a certain height

How can I resize a batch of images using Automator, so that all images will have a fixed height, e.g. I want to resize all images to be 60px high while width can be anything.
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Automatic PDF renaming based on title

I have thousands of scientific PDFs that i need to rename, many do not have metadata. I would like to be able to create an automator action that could open a folder then open each PDF, copy the title ...
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Explore the steps to create & run scheduled task

I am newbie to Mac OS X 10.8. I need something like Windows Scheduler to schedule a command line program that takes parameters to run. Can you explore the steps to schedule a task & run it at a ...
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Encode mp3 from Finder in OS X

I'd like to convert a WAV or AIFF to MP3 with a right click in Finder. Not seeing any actions in automator I could use. I don't want to add it to iTunes to do it (and also duplicate it). I ...
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How to use Automator to give a GUI to ditto?

How do I create an Automator workflow, service or folder action to use ditto. The intention here is to use ditto to merge folders and/or files avoiding the unacceptable Finder's behavior of replacing ...
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In OSX, can I launch, position and scale an application using applescript/automator?

I am looking to automate the launching of my workspace. I use several applications, carefully positioned across two monitors, and I would like to be able to launch my prefered layouts with a single ...
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How to record a “macro” that saves web pages as PDF in OSX

I frequently save pages as PDF from Chrome on OSX. The page is apple-P then click the PDF button and the "Save as PDF.." menu item. I always use the pre-filled filename and save in the default ...
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Automating telnet login and commands on a Mac

Currently I do something like this: telnet 192.168.0.3 23 username password cd /dir/ programname -s -g dosomething I want to do this with one step, the coolest would be to compile a program for ...
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Mac Automator Save to Current Directory

I am creating a basic Automator service so that I can select a group of images and resize them for our CMS. The thing that keeps messing me up is that I can't find a good way to make the resized ...
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How to show specific hidden file in file browser dialog - Mac OS X

I need to use Automator to backup some of config files in my Mac. But I don't know how to get a hidden file in the file browser dialog. I chose "Get Specified Finder Items" task then click Add, but ...
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How to I use Apple Script to change the keyboard layout on Snow Leopard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Switch TO specific input source I want to do something like: set keyboard layout to 'QWERTY' or something like that.
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Is Automator's “Filter Finder Items” action broken?

I've been trying to make an Automator droplet that removes files of a particular extension from a directory. My Workflow has 3 actions (when I'm not debugging): Get Folder Contents (Repeating for ...
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Mac Automator — mount a network volume

I am writing an Automator "script" that rsyncs media on my 10.6.3 MacBook Pro to my Ubuntu 10.10 HTPC. I can make Automator run my shell script for rsync commands, but I can't make Automator mount the ...
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OS X Automator action for url in Safari

I have created an automator workflow for urls in Safari. The workflow is available when I select the url in the toolbar and right-click on it. However, when I right-click on an anchor tag anywhere on ...
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Is there a way to change may keyboard layout before a program opens, and then change it back when the program exits?

All without me telling it to do anything after I invoke the fist thing. I have a mac. And an automator service that changes from dvorak to qwerty before starcraft 2 launches... but is there a way to ...
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Mac OS X: how do I change to Qwerty / Dvorak with a terminal command?

I want to use Automator to change to Qwerty before it opens StarCraft2. Any suggestions?
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Automator for Vista [closed]

Is a there a similar program for Vista like the Mac application Automator? Specifically I'm looking for a Vista app that can control timed clicks. For example, in Automator, I can specify which ...
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Running an Automator task at night

I've just created an Automator workflow and I'm using crontab to execute it at night. The problem is that, after a while, the machine is going to sleep and a password is required (this is the intended ...
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OS X Automator empty, blank or null value

I have some data files mostly excel, word and pdf files most of the files have no extension on them. So they are missing the .doc .xls. This data needs to be used in a Windows environment now. I ...
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What is the best way to make Calculate SHA1 as a context menu option in Mac OS X?

In order to calculate the SHA1 checksum of a downloaded file, I could type /usr/bin/openssl sha1 in Terminal and then drag there the file which I want check. To make it simpler, one could enable a ...
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Send files to Automator in Snow Leopard

I remember in Tiger, you could always select a bunch of files in Finder and right click them, there was an option to open the selection in Automator. However, it seems that option has been lost ...
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Automator, display all search results in one window

I have created an automator application that searches a shared folder on another mac within the network. I want to show all the results in one window. I have tried using Reveal Find Items, but it ...
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Excel; exporting/importing different columns to different csv files

Is there a way to batch export different columns to different csv files in excel on an OSX, I'm thinking something along the lines of possibly automator, applescript or bash. I've had a look play ...
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How do I automate the adding of hidden photos to iPhoto using a folder action?

I'm trying to find away to create an automator action that puts photos into iPhoto but also adds the hidden tag to them. I've started with the folder action template because I'd like to save the files ...
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Can Automator or Applescript copy the number of items in a folder to the clipboard?

In Automator or Applescript, is there a way to get the number items in a folder and save result to the Clipboard or Automator Variable so I can use it in the next Action?
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OS X Snow Leopard: Finder automator item for creating a new text file

how can I create a Finder automaton item that appears in 'Services' for creating a new text file inside a file folder? I use TextMate, so better if the solution is editor-agnostic (rather than using ...
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Automatically empty a folder on Mac OS X

I'd like to find a way to automatically move all the files from the Downloads folder to the trash. Ideally I'd like to trigger this with a keyboard short cut. How should I try this - Automator ...
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How can I schedule a daily task with automator on os x 10.6? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: User friendly way to schedule jobs in Mac OS X I have a script that I want to run once every day. I know I can do this with cron but it also seems there should be a way ...
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Can Automator branch based on the value of a variable or the result of a step?

I am editing an Automator workflow that currently takes several stored spreadsheets and emails them to different individuals. The spreadsheets are stored on a Windows server and are created by a ...
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Is there an easy way to keep iPhoto '09 from importing JPEGs that are duplicates of RAW photos?

I know, I should just bite the bullet and use Aperture. But short of that, when I connect my Canon G10 to my computer, iPhoto helpfully offers to import all my photos...which include the RAW files I ...
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Why is Automator crashing on launch?

I've run into an odd problem where Automtor.app on Snow Leopard crashes on launch. At some point in the past, I put a copy of iPhoto.app into my public directory to copy over to another machine. Now, ...
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Open a PDF from within Preview in another Application using Services

I've started using Papers for organizing my pdfs. All I'd like to do is to add a Service that I can access from Preview that will automatically open the pdf in Papers. From there, I'll either read it, ...
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Automator workflow save as

(first time automator user) I created an Automator workflow (Folder Action) that watches a certain folder for certain file types and moves them to another folder.. I've tested it via Step and Run and ...
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How can I program the function keys on my MacBook?

I'd like to assign basic tasks to the function keys (or other keys if it's easier) on my MacBook. For example I'd like the following to happen when F1 (or whatever key) is pressed: Launch Safari ...
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Ruby script step in Mac Automator workflow does not exit

I have created an Automator workflow in Mac OS X 10.5.8. The workflow is supposed to run a Ruby script and then shutdown the computer. The Ruby script copies files between several computers and then ...
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Is it possible to run an Automator workflow when a USB device is connected?

I would like to run an Automator workflow every time I connect a certain thumbdrive to my OS X Snow Leopard system. This workflow will copy certain files from my hard drive onto the thumb drive. I ...
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Automator apps with different icons that persist upon saving

Automator allows to save a workflow as an application bundle. It uses an Automator specific icon for doing this. I want to change this icon (using different icons for different workflows). I can do ...
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OS X (Unix) shell command: possible to get last opened date of file?

when you use the following command find /Users/someUser/someFolder/* -type f -mtime +90 you'll get all the files that have a modification date that is bigger than 90 days. If you open however the ...
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How find photos < 240px wide in iPhoto?

Is there a way to use Smart Albums or Automator or something else to find all photos that have a width or height of less than 240 pixels?
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Snow Leopard: Who Owns /Library/Services?

Context for the Problem I've been downloading the new services and automator actions for the new Snow Leopard services menu, but I haven't been able to access them from the user profile I normally ...