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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Extracting a value from a list of URL's inside a password protected area

I have a list of several hundred URL's, within one password protected account, and having the following format: https://somesite.com/somescript.php?nameA https://somesite.com/somescript.php?nameB ...
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Mac OS: Automator-script for saving mails to auto-generated folders

I am looking into automator and need it to help me out with the following simple task: I need to have the attachments of a number of messages, which are sorted in a folder in Mail, downloaded and ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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share url and webpage title using Automator

I would like to know how to share url and webpage title by doing the following step. Select URL in Safari Right click and choose Share via Email Automator will open the email program, put 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Save and restore the current workflow

I'm looking for ways to reduce the wasted time spent to open all the applications needed, position windows, open URLs/files/change directories/etc., before actual coding starts. In the perfect world ...
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Automator service to label files containing letters

I've been trying to make a service that will scan the selected Finder items for any filenames containing a character that isn't a numerical number or an underscore. Currently have tried: Get ...
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How to use Mac Automator to append clipboard text to a given document

I understand how to link a service to a keyboard short cut. Here is what I've tried: Services selected text in any application Get contents of clipboard Get Specified Finder items (and I choose the ...
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OS X Automator to create a set of folders based on list in a text file

I'm a Terminal and Automator novice. I have found a terminal command that allows me to create a bunch of folders from a text file formatted as following: "Folder Name" "folder Name Two" "Another ...
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OSX Automator Workflow Not Running

I have created a very simple Automator workflow that finds .torrent filetypes in my downloads folder, and then moves them to a dropbox folder to be downloaded offsite. The workflow runs flawlessly ...
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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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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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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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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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Mac OSX Text to Speech Batch from text doc as separate mp3 files

I have a text doc that looks like: Q_1392_6933_Q56327.mp3 What was the main issue between Frank and Bobby? Q_1392_6933_A210477.mp3 Frank picks on Sherri a lot. etc.... I am looking to take ...