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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!