Applications :: Create A Automator Workflow To Copy Exact Folders?

Mar 24, 2009

I want to set up a Automator workflow so that whenever I move Photo's to a certain folder, it will automatically copy those files to another folder, how can I do this ?

I have already created one, but after the first ' sync' it has failed and now does not work.

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OS X :: Automator Save-as Plugin Not Working - How To Create A Workflow

Jan 2, 2009

I am new to automator. I'm working on a Powerbook G4, in osx.4.11, and I'm trying to save a workflow as a plug-in in automator. When I click file>save as plug-in, nothing happens. I get no pop-up, and no plug-in is saved. I've tried this with various workflows.

I'm also having trouble adding actions to the workspace (even ones that make sense to add, i.e. I am following a tutorial to create a workflow that others have made before).

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I am using this action in a workflow.  I have downloaded the Auxiliary Tools and put PackageMaker in /bin.  When I run the workflow, it barfs on this action.  The error message is "launch path not accessible."

Mac OS X (10.7), iMacs, MacBook, and iPhone 4

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Applications :: Automator Workflow To Capture Image URL

Apr 22, 2010

Does anyone know of an automator workflow that will create a document or otherwise capture a list of URL's, or associated a URL to each image, when an image is dragged from a webpage to the desktop or to a folder?

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MacBook Pro :: Automator Rsync Workflow With Yes / No Prompt

Feb 21, 2012

I am trying to adapt a workflow that i downloaded from Finished workflow, ready to use zip | 148 kb Sourced from: url...The workflow is a rsync workflow that syncs (mirrors) two folders.At present the Run Shell Script runs rsync -va --delete "$1/" "$2/".However, i would like the script to prompt me with a "Would you like to run a dry run? " dialogue box with a Yes/No answer. The Yes command would run the following script (Dry run) rsync -vaun --delete "$1/" "$2/".The No command would run the following script (Actual run)rsync -vau --delete "$1/" "$2/" set question to display dialog "Would you like to run a Dry Run?" buttons {"Yes", "No"} default button 1 set answer to button returned of question.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Save A Workflow To Automator Library?

Mar 28, 2012

I have a workflow that I use often. Is there a way to add it to the library? I added a folder called My Workflows, but can't save any of them to that folder.

Info:MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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Sep 25, 2009

I've been using Handbrake to rip some of my dvds onto my harddrives for trips, but I want to make some copies so I don't have to bring originals. Is there any way to make an exact copy of the dvd on my macbook (obviously only one disc drive) through Handbrake or antother program?

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OS X V10.4 :: Such A Simple Automator Workflow But It Won't Work (include Subfolders)

Mar 13, 2012

Hi all, here's what I'm trying but failing to achieve in Automator: 

1) When files are added to "foldername" or any of its subfolders

2) Copy that file to "newfolder" 

What is actually happening with my workflow below is it only takes action if something is added directly into "foldername" and ignores files added to subfolders like "foldername/subfolder". 

Macbook Pro, 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 450GB HD

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OS X Mavericks :: Automator - Define Start Folder For Workflow

Aug 27, 2014

What I try to do is pick a photo from a defined folder ("gallery"), scale it and upload it to my Wordpress side. I automatically want to run this workflow every morning at a specific time so that the pictures changes everyday. It may sound strange that almost everything is done but two things are missing: 

a) How do I tell Automator to use a random file from the "gallery" folder? How do I tell it to use the "gallery" folder in the first place?

b) How do I schedule that task? Is there a scheduler function somewhere that I missed? 

Right now I use it manually as a service for images - that's why the first action is the copy action.Once the picture is scaled down to 230px and loaded into the folder "image_upload_temp" Hazel will take the file and upload it. I need to copy the file first to keep the original and scale a copy and then move it to the target folder because Hazel shall not upload the unscaled but only the scaled version. 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 15", 8GB

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Applications :: Does IPhoto Make An Exact Copy Of The Photo When Importing

Aug 7, 2010

When importing photos into iPhoto, does iPhoto make an exact copy of the photo when importing it into the database? Or does it compress the file to a certain degree?

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OS X Technologies :: Automator Workflow Fails With Cryptic Error Message

Mar 14, 2012

I'm updating an Automator workflow for OS X Lion that I initally developed and used, without issue, in OS X Tiger. The workflow asks for a name, creates a folder for the name, takes a digital image with a Nikon D50 connected to the computer, and saves the image to the new folder. This aspect of the workflow works fine. 

I then have a prompt asking if we should take another. If the user says "yes," the script should take another image and save it to the folder. This is where I run into an issue. When I attempt to add another "Take a Picture Action" into the workflow, I get the cryptic (at least to me) error message in the attached screenshot.   

Here's the text: 

"Cannot update for observer <AMWorkflow 0x400458ac0> for the key path "" from <TakePicture 0x403e3b0a0>, most likely because the value for the key "parameters" has changed without an appropriate KVO notification being sent. Check the KVO-compliance of the TakePicture class." 

The language of this error would seem to indicate a bug.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3), White

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Applications :: Automator - Organizing Music Into Folders

May 2, 2010

So I've been tinkering around with Automator lately and have been having some moderate success and fun coming up with different little workflows. I have now completely stumped myself on this one. I feel like it should be relatively simple but I just can't get it to work. Here's what I am looking to do. Within the iTunes Music folder I have all my artists listed alphabetically (I have iTunes set to keep my music organized). As part of my new backup plan I would like Automator create new folders based on the letters of the alphabet and then copy the artists over that belong to each letter so that the end result on my external drive looks like this

-Band of Horses
-Beastie Boys
and so on.

I've been able to do certain things in little pieces but they have all require manual intervention, i.e. filter finder items to items that start with "a" and copy to folder "a" but I have to manually enter the filter criteria and destination criteria. Is there anyway to do this without manually creating the folders and manually selecting the filter criteria and destination folder? I did find an applescript that will create the folders for me, can I add this to the workflow?

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Create A Workflow That Will Monitor A Webpage?

Jun 10, 2012

I am trying to create a workflow that will monitor a webpage and send me email if the page contains a certain keyword. I got it working, I get email; the email contains the keyword, or is an empty message when the keyword is missing.I would rather not get these empty messages is possible. Until I figure this out, I may send these message at some gmail address and create a fiter there to forward only message with that keyword. Not elegant but should work. Anyway, long term I want a more elegant solution. Here is what I have in Automator:

1) Get Specific ULRs

2) Get Text from Webpage

3) Filter Paragraphs (and here is where I check whether the keyword shows up or not)

4) New mail message (which contains they keyword from #3, or is empty)

5) Send outgoing messages.

As I said, the workflow always works, and will send a message with that keyword, or an empty message. How do I make the workflow send email ONLY if they keyword is detected? There is not IF in Automator as far as I can see. This is the first time I try to do something in Automator so maybe I am missing something.

Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X Technologies :: Run The Create Booklet Workflow As A Folder Action?

Jul 2, 2012

Please accept my apologies if I'm posting in the wrong section .  I've been using the fantastic Create Booklet PDF Service (workflow) by Christoph Vogelbusch (his page is on .mac, so it just went bye-bye).  I'd like to turn this worklfow into a folder action so that when a file is added to the folder, a pdf booklet is created automatically.  In particular, I'm interested in doing this in Microsoft Word.  Can anyone tell me if this is even possible, and if so, either point me in the right direction (or, at least, to the best Automator community where I might repost this request)?

2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Automator Workflow To TAR Multiple Files In A Single Directory Into Multiple TAR Archives In Succession?

Jun 12, 2012

I have set up an automator service that TAR's a folder into an archive for me and it works quite nicely. Idealy however, I would like to be able to highlight several folders, right click and have automator tar each folder into it's own TAR archive, but do it one by one.  


I'm not 100% sure so I guess it would be a good time to verify, is there a problem with having the system try to TAR multiple folders at one time? If it is not a problem then I guess this discussion itself is pointless and I can simple right click on each folder and select "TAR Folder" and just wait until they're all finished. I would think that it would be ideal for the system to do each one individually and not try to do them all at one time. 

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Mac Pro :: Can Make An Exact Copy From One Disk To Another

Apr 14, 2009

I have a Mac Pro with two disk drives is there anyway I can make an exact copy from one disk to another? or do I have to make a disk image and then burn it to a new disk?

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Jul 18, 2010

an exact copy of OS X disk which come with my new Mac book pro -just in case the original disk gets damaged (I already had such unpleasant experience with previous Mac). what are the precise steps to do this burning of an exact copy of CD and can it be done with software already installed in my Mac laptop.The laptop is bought 4 months ago with OS X 10.6, no additional (3rd party) disk burning software is installed.

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Applications :: IPhoto 09 - How To Create Sub-folders

May 8, 2010

So if i import my pictures to iPhoto but not copying them to the iPhoto Library what happens if i edit a picture in Photoshop will it corrupt it in iPhoto? Or if i edit a picture by selecting photoshop through iPhoto will it change the image thats in the original location or will iPhoto create a new picture and store it somewhere else?

Can you create sub-folders on iPhoto?

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Applications :: How To Create A Perfect Audio Cd Copy

Jan 16, 2010

I am a music freak so, as many of you may understand, I spent a lot of time with cds, vinyls, itunes and all the beautiful things involving these stuff.

The problem is that:

I want to create a perfect copy of my cds. I use XLD and I encode my cds into .WAV �a single .WAV file with it's .CUE. However, when I burn these .WAV files to an audio cd, there is a tiny problem. When I switch to the next song �for example from track 1 to track 2 or from 3 to 4 etc� track 2 starts a second �lets say� after it should be (like in the original cd). However, if you hear the whole cd, it sounds perfectly �there are no stops between songs etc.

The procedure I follow is this:

1. Open XLD

2. Encode the cd into .WAV as a single file with .CUE

3. Open .CUE file with text edit, and I change the �FILE "01 Unknown Artist - Unknown Title.wav" WAVE� to �FILE "01 Unknown Artist - Unknown Title.bin" BINARY�

4. Open Toast

5. I drag the .CUE file there

6. Burn

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OS X :: Automator - How To Create A Pdf

Nov 26, 2010

When I want to create a pdf, I click print > .pdf > save as PDF. Everything works fine.

Here's the problem though... when I click print > .pdf > Mail PDF... I get the following popup error. "The action "new Mail Message" could not be loaded because it could not be located. Try reinstalling the action."

Im pretty sure these are issues related to Automator, but through my hours of trolling the web, I havn't found anyplace to download automator actions.

Is there a way to restore automator actions and/or filters?

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Jun 6, 2012

Is there a way to create folders on one iPad and sync the folders to multiple iPads? I have 23 iPads and I want to have all the folders match for easier access for students.

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I don't even get the contact sheet working – it always results in a blank PDF. 

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Jun 7, 2012

I have a simple automator sequence that suddenly stopped working for no apparent reason.  Copy Finder Items has started returning an error "the file xxx couldn't be saved to the folder yyy"  Happens for different files and folders. Can't see anythng that's changed. 

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Jun 21, 2010

I've always backed up the DVDs I've purchased for when the originals get scratched. On a PC I had a decent workflow that involved a decrypter, a compressor, and Roxio burning ROM. Now on a Mac I'm a bit lost. I've used handbrake to rip DVDs to be playable in iTunes and have Burn installed, but there seems to be something missing, namely a compression tool and the ability to keep the original DVDs menu structure, etc. I know about Mactheripper but am lost after that. Shed some light on this for me?

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Mar 28, 2012

i tried to see if anyone was able to create something like this and i think that the automator script that i got only created a folder with /todays/ date. what i am hoping for is a script that will /constantly/ update the name of the folder to todays date. the reason i need this is that if i have one of these in my documents folder it allows me to easily see /when/ the last successful backup occurred on my external drives. it is a really nice comfort to see this easily and know quickly that the backup was successful. 

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I have repaired the disk permissions and verified the disk. Verification came back okay. I'm now at a loss as for what to do. I can't download any new files (it tells me that I'm out of disk space, while I have 50 gb's free), so downloading anything to fix the problem won't work.

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Mar 20, 2010

I've never even turned on the genius feature in iTunes, because I was put off by the link to the store. I have no intention whatsoever of buying anything from the iTunes store, though I do have an account cause I had to buy something else online. Here's my strong suspicion about Genius - that it's really there just to sell you crappy tracks from iTunes. And I have no use for that noise.

But, I like to keep an open mind. What if I'm wrong, and what if it's actually a cool feature? I remember not being sure about the shuffle function, since I like to listen to albums, so for the longest time I didn't use it. But one day I gave it a go, and what do you know. I liked it, for the most part! Here's one additional complication - I got like 50,000 songs in my library and I listen to all kinds of genres. Tell me about Genius - how do you use it?

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