OS X Technologies :: Automator: Extract Multiple Zip Files?

Mar 11, 2012

I'm trying to create an Automator service for the Finder in Lion. It gives me an "error in shell script". I just created a similar script that uses "imguru" to upload images to [URL] which works great, so i'm thinking that it's must be the line with "unzip" that creates a problem. 

MBP late 2009

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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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OS X :: Extract Files From Multiple Folders?

Jun 19, 2010

I would like to transfer my iTunes library to my phone to use as a secondary/backup iPod. The problem is that I have a lot of music, and iTunes organizes the music by putting music in separate folders via artist, and then more separate folders by album. This means there is no easy way to transfer all of my music over. I'd have to manually click on every folder, and copy songs one by one, which would take a super long time.

Is there a way to like select my iTunes Music folder and be able to get all of my music?

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OS X Technologies :: Automator - How To Batch Import TXT Files Into Excel

Mar 6, 2012

I have been using Automator to import hundreds of text files into one excel workbook using the "Import Text files to Excel Workbook" action. Automator works great for all files that are tab delimited. However I have another set of data that are output with a varying amount of spaces between each column. I cannot change the way they are output.

Automator gives me the option of choosing "space" as a delimiter, but it wont give me the option to "Treat consecutive delimiters as one" that Import within excel does. I also tried to record my actions within excel many times but it didn't work even with just one file. So what I need is a way to get these text files into one excel workbook as separate worksheets with the data separated correctly into columns.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X Technologies :: Sync Files And Folders Between Multiple Macs?

Mar 11, 2012

I currently have a MacBook Pro and I'm considering buying an iMac for home use. I want to keep the files between both computers in sync. It would also be a plus to keep mail, contacts, photos, etc., in sync between both computers, but my main focus is files and documents.

Info:MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Applications :: Batch Extract Multiple Archives With Password?

Dec 22, 2009

I'm trying to batch-extract a large folder of *.rar archives which all have the same password without having to manually enter the password each time. To this end I have managed to install the popular extraction utility 'unrar' and use it via Terminal.

I think I've gotten a handle on using the switches etc, as I have managed to successfully extract one file, without creating a subdirectory, and without having to enter the password (apart from in the single command, obviously...). The next part, applying the 'unrar' command to all 578 files, is proving more difficult..

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OS X Technologies :: Update Re-install An Automator?

Apr 11, 2012

in the past I deleted Automator, can an update re-install an Automator?

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OS X Technologies :: Can't Set Icon View > 128 In Automator

Jun 10, 2012

Trying to set view of all subfolders of a multi-thousand image folder to 180 x 180, and yet Automator (in Snow Lep) doesn't seem to allow anything above 128:

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OS X Technologies :: Automator Perpetually Running On Second Action?

Feb 8, 2012

I had been using automator quite successfully until recently now I'm unable to get automator to step through even the most basic setup. It refuses to step through to the second action and perpetually runs without producing any results as the image below shows.for any of my automator setups I get results for the first step and then an indefinate hang on the second leaving the step icon greyed out. I have tried this with numerous other actions like calendars etc but to no avail. Below are the very basic automator steps I'm using in this example. 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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OS X Technologies :: Older Automator Script Won't Work In Lion

Jun 20, 2012

i have an Automator "application" that i made with the help of people on this very board that worked flawlessly on Snow Leopard and previous OSs but doesn't work in Lion anymore.i was hoping if someone could look at the file (link below) and either tell me what needs to be changed, or go right in and change it for me! (i don't really have much experience with scripting). i have a txt file with a list of filenames. the script references this list, goes to the folder that contains these files (but the folder also has other files in it too) and copies the referenced files into a new folder.url...

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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 "parameters.name" 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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OS X :: How To Extract .RAR Files On A Mac?

May 8, 2010


What do you guys think? I made this.

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Software :: Extract Win - Rar Files In MAC?

Aug 25, 2006

I have downloaded recently a file which contain an archives of files which has the extinon .r01 etc i downloaded win-rar for mac... unfortunatly its a command line file. how to use it. to extract those file. here is the site where i downloaded winRAR from.. [URL] Still new to MAC i don't want to mess up things

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Applications :: Any Freebie Program To Extract .rar Files?

Dec 19, 2007

I have some .rar files that I need extracting but I don't have a clue as to what I can use. back in my PC days I use to use WinRAR but that was then and here I am now with my beloved Mac.

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Applications :: Extract Audio From Dvd / Movie Files?

Oct 15, 2009

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Applications :: Software To Extract Certain Files From RAR Archive?

Jul 16, 2010

When I used a PC there was the WIN RAR program where you could see every file inside a RAR archive, and thus choose which files you wanted to extract. I have RAR Expander and can expand an entire directory just fine, but I would like a little control to be able to choose which files to extract. Is there anything that will let me do this on the Mac?

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Nov 18, 2008

Anyone know of any Mac OS X programs that will allow me to extract/expand/convert floppy .image files?

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Jun 19, 2014

So two months ago my mac's internal hard disk had a problem, it was "ejecting" itself by itself. It was frozen. Problem: I was gonna do a backup the day it happened, so I didn't have a back up. I went to a centre of data recuperation. They managed to get a lot out of the internal hard disk and put it in a new external hard drive. Apple then replaced my SSD, and I restored (from the external hard drive) what had been recuperated back on my computer with a new SSD. Now I realise that a lot of things are missing - especially pictures- which is quite annoying. I do have a very old back up that I did with Time Machine on another external hard drive. My question is: how can I restore only the pictures from that back up? I can't go back on time machine because this is a new SSD, and I don't wanna restore everything from that back up as I have more data on my computer as it is now.

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OS X Technologies :: Run Multiple Copies Of Skype By Launching The .app File

May 8, 2012

I figured out how to run multiple copies of skype by launching the .app file from different osx user accounts in terminal.  What I'm trying to do now is script this or automate opening terminal and typing the line with automator.  The following is the line that I use. 

su user2 -c "/Applications/Skype.app/Contents/MacOS/Skype && exit" 

And I just change user2 to user3 for a third instance of skype and so on. how ot automate this process?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7), 27&quot; / i5 / 8GB RAM

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OS X Technologies :: Running Multiple Folder Actions At Same Time

May 29, 2012

Does anyone have some experience running multiple folder actions at the same time?I've written a Applescript folder action that processes some files. When adding some files, the script starts and all goes well. The processing of each file takes a few minutes, but all files are processed correctly.However, when adding some new files to the dropfolder, while the folder action is all ready processing other files dropped a few minutes earlier, the process that is all ready running immediately aborts and the folder action is relaunched on the new files, leaving the old files for what they are.The same problem occurs with multiple folders, each having a folder action attached. When dropping files in "Folder A", the script starts processing. But if someone droppes files in "Folder B", The script of folder A aborts, and the script of folder B starts processing. When adding more files to the folders, the result is the same. In some casses, when the last dropped files are processed, the os continues where the operation was aborted on the previous files. But this not always happens. To make things worse, when you remove the items from the folders afterwords, the folder actions starts running again on items no longer present in the folder ..Does anyone know how I can prevent the folder action being aborted when new files are dropped and placing the new files in "Hold", until the previous files are processed? How can I prevent a folder action being aborted when a item is dropped into another folder?I've written a small script to test this behaviour. Just create one or more folders and attach the script below. Drop a item into the folder, wait a few seconds and drop another one in the same or another folder. To monitor what happens please check the console. [code]
Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Sep 20, 2009

At first, I tried to upgrade and the upgrade failed to the point of rendering the system useless. I then decided to reformat the drive using disk utility and try a clean install. I then got this error and I'm stuck and have no clue what to do now: "The installer can't extract files from the package for BaseSystem. Contact the software manufacturer for assistance." I have never encountered anything like this before.

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MacBook Pro :: Merge Multiple Files And Multiple File Types Into A Single PDF?

Jun 20, 2012

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I need to combine word docs, .jpgs, .PDFs, .pptx files from multiple sources into a single PDF.  In the past I've used software such as Nuance but I'm wondering if there's something in the MacBook Pro OS or applications that support this function. 

Mac Pro, iOS 5.1.1

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OS X Technologies :: Restore Multiple Partitions Through Disk Utility With Apple-script?

Apr 13, 2012

I need an AppleScript to restore a bunch of partitions from a master drive to a stack of external target drives. I don't mind partitioning them 1st, if necessary.The master drive has 16 partitions, all equally sized, and I'd like a script to run that will have Disk Utility to just go down the list restoring each partition to the matching 16 partitions on one of the target drives.

Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: Is This Possible That Automator To Unrar Many Files

Mar 13, 2010

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OS X :: Automator - How Tmove Music Files

Apr 22, 2010

I am completely new to using Automator so I'm sure I've missed something very basic.

I created an action to automatically move music I download from a music site from the Downloads folder into the folder I want them in so I don't have to do it manually.

Problem is, the action moves everything that gets downloaded into the Downloads folder. What do I need to do to have only music files moved, leaving any other file type alone?

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Applications :: Automator - How To Remove Duplicate Files

Jan 3, 2011

Unlike Windows, this damn-ded MacOS X won't ask what to do when moving several items with the same name to a single location. In Vista and 7, it asks if you want to replace all similarly named items with a single of the items or if you want to put all of the similarly named items in the new location and append an annotation at the end of the file name. (I think Windows appends "Copy #" to duplicates) So, I'm left with, "File, File 2, File 3, file 4" in a single folder. I need an Automator action to sort this out and simply move or delete the duplicates.

The simplest action I can think is: Ask for files>get files>select files with similar filenames, neglecting the last characters if they are numerals>reference the size (with accuracy of 1 byte) of selected files>label files of the same size red>select red files>move red files to a selected folder. How can I get these sort of tools? I need a measuring action and another action that will compare file names...

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OS X Mavericks :: Using Automator To Delete Pesky Files

Jun 25, 2014

I'm required to use a remote management program, by my company, every time I want to remotely login into my business computer. What happens is that it downloads this file as a launcher in order to start my session. If I need to start a session 10 times a day....well you know what happens...I end up with 10 files on my desktop, which in turn creates clutter. 

create a basic automator script that runs every night and deletes all of these files with the addendum at the end? For example 





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Aug 26, 2007

I'm attempting to use Automator to rename picture files. I select "Make Sequential" and put the name in that I want. However, once everything is completed my pictures are not in the same order they were out of the camera. I like how my camera imports the photos in the order that I took them. Now when I look through my pictures my vacation is completely out of chronological order. How do can I set Automator so that this does not happen in the future?

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Applications :: Can Automator Select Files In A Folder Package

Dec 28, 2009

Is it possible to write a workflow that can select files that are contained inside a folder package?

I am trying to automate a file copy of VMWare fusion 3 files to a windows machine on the network but I cannot seem to get any of the finder actions to give me an option to get inside the package.

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Applications :: Automator To Delete Files Based On Date

Apr 27, 2010

I'm new to the Mac world but have been successful in creating a few Automator workflows to simplify certain tasks. However, I'm stuck on the flowing; I'd like to create a workflow that searches a particular folder for items created 30 days before today's date and the delete them. I'm assuming I need to create a variable of today's date and then subtract 30 days from it and so on. Haven't been able to figure this out.

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