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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I join various images next to each other in OS X?

I would like to join various PNG images horizontally in Mac, either using the console or Automator. Is this possible? How? An example: Given these two images: The result would be: The images ...
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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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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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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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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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Create bash script to open URL in Mac OS X

I want to OS X to intelligently open git URLs by first trying to open their repo page on GitHub, and then falling back to something like GitBox.app. I found this question extremely helpful, and I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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How do I run an Automator action, shell script or AppleScript on startup in OS X?

I know you can run applications on startup on a Mac, but can you run an Automator action, a Service, a shell script, or an AppleScript on startup instead? I also know you can save all of these as an ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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How create an OS X service that passes a file's path to a shell script?

I have a shell script that takes two arguments: full file path file name How can I use Automator to add a context menu entry to Finder to run the shell script with a chosen file path and file ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Need an everyday reminder at a specific time of the day on Mac OS X?

Does anyone know how I can create an everyday reminder that pops up every day at a specific time to remind me of doing something? I need to make it remind me everyday at 1:00pm to update my daily ...
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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 ...