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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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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Automator shell script that triggers opening gui apps

So I have a service, I want it to be running on startup. I thought I could use Automator. The problem is - that thing may need to open gui app, and that of course doesn't work. I'm running Vrome ...
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Can One Automatically Set The Speed Of A Youtube Video To 1.25, 1.50, or 2.0?

I can set Youtube videos to automatically play in the large view with 720p enabled using Magic Actions for YouTube. Is there any way to do this with speed? Also, is there a way to control Youtube ...
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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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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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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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How to schedule automator workflow

How can you schedule an automator workflow to run on OSX Mavericks? Everything I have seen on the internet says to schedule with iCal, however iCal is now gone and the new calander does not appear ...
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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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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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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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Automate whois lookup with Automator

I would like to automate a whois query script using automator. And as I have read from a past Q&A, I've already done this: Get Specified Text xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Run Shell Script for x in "$@"; ...
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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 free program or automator script that I could use so that my Mac will batch text to speech the ...
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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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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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Using Automator to convert PPT to Evernote without having to use it as an attachment?

I want to be able to create an editable Evernote note from a PPT presentation, preserving the Speaker Notes at the bottom of each slide, while making that text still editable. Can I use automator to ...
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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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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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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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Automator takes 3 ages to initiate

i recorded my keystrokes on Automator, to copy lines of addresses from one Firefox tab, switch to another tab and paste, and repeat to populate required fields. The script shows up in the services ...
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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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Automator service - deleting last page from PDF

I was reading this post on deleting first page from the PDF. How can I modify the desribed work flow in order to delete the last page from the PDF?
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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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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 automate a printer installation on a Mac

I would like to automate the installation of network printers (shared via Windows print servers - i.e. smb) onto clients' Mac. Since I am new to the Mac world, I would like to get recommendations ...
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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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How can I launch an app, wait for it to exit, then launch another app with AppleScript/Automator?

Without printer drivers on mavericks, I have to launch a headless VM on Fusion to get an AirPrint server but I don't want to keep it on when I start another VM on Parallels, so I want to stop it at ...
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AppleScript - “Close tabs to right of current tab” in Safari 7

I have been using the AppleScript below as an Automator service in order to get Safari to close all tabs to the right of the current tab. However I have updated to Mavericks (10.9) and find that this ...
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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. ...
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Mass Convert .xls and .xlsx to .txt (Tab Delimited) on a Mac

I have about 150 .xls and .xlsx files that I need converting into tab-delimited. I tried using automator, but I was only able to do it one-by-one. It's definitely faster than opening up each one ...
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Automator workflow not running on schedule

I have a workflow set up to download backups of my websites. The workflow itself works fine, but i am having trouble scheduling it with iCal. When the iCal event triggers, the workflow opens in ...
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Can I create a service in Automator that will run without having a file selected?

When creating services in automator, the topmost options is "Service receives selected..." Is there a way to create a service that just works on the currently open finder window, without having a file ...
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OSX Automator App (chrome kiosk/app)

I'm launching chrome, using a shell script in an app window. I use Automator to run this shell script, and create a .app bundle with the result. When it launches it creates a separate chrome window ...
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Opening Apps WIth Automator to a Specific Desktop - OSX

I do a live radio show, with many apps open (Traktor, Ableton, Nicecast, Caffene, RADR + Several web pages). Sometimes I can be in a bit of a hurry so I have set up an Automator app in OSX to get me ...
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Use Automator for handling multiple file inputs through shell command in OS X

I tried to make an Automator drag and drop application but I'm totally lost. The script should use cat to join multiple audio files together. Steps: Read the selected finder files (which I drop ...
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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 - Set Selected Folder Path as Variable

I'm trying to setup an Automator service that would download a list of URLs to the currently selected folder, or wherever the service was ran from. The only problem is I don't see how I would go about ...
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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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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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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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With automator, why does my pdf gets saved twice?

With automator: When I create a pdf from images and save it in a location, then create a new folder in that same location the pdf gets copied to the folder, not moved. I don't even need to add a "move ...
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How do I batch trim images 50% to the left with automator?

I know I can batch trim images with automator for 50% horizontal, but then it get's trimmed on both sides... I need it to get 50% trimmed on just the left/right side.
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AppleScript based Automator service quite unstable (sometimes very slow, sometimes encounter error)

I have some applescript based Automator services, for instance, Launch Emacs With Selected File: tell application "Finder" set selectedDirectory to (quoted form of POSIX path of (target of window ...