OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Set Up Automator Folder Actions

May 8, 2012

I have set up and sucessfully tested a workflow which sends any file found in a particular folder to the "paperless" app, then moves all files to a different folder called "Archived attachments".HOWEVER as a folder action, nothing happens when a file is put into the folder. The file just sits there in the folder. To create a folder action I opened "new folder action" in Automator, then dragged and dropped the working workflow file into the workspace, then set "Folder Action recieves files and folders added to" the appropriate folder, let's call it "Attachments".Just to complicate things, the files are placed into the "Attachments" folder using an applescript that captures all pdf mail attachments. This applescript works succesfully. [code]

Mac OS X (10.7.1)

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OS X :: Automator Applications - Folder Actions

Oct 5, 2009

I understand when I make an automator 'application', it appears and can be drug to the applications folder. But when I make a folder action, or a service or whatever, where does the action go (so I can edit it again, later) or delete it?

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OS X :: Automator Folder Actions - Delete / Remove Them?

Mar 31, 2010

I managed to fumble my way through my first Automator actions today and after some trial and error, came up with a folder action that does exactly what I want, very simply to move music from my downloads folder to a different location. I also created an Automator application to do the same thing as I wasn't aware my folder action will now do this automatically (so cool). Here's my question: I have a few folder actions that were created during my trial and error process. Where are these and how do I delete/remove them? I did a Spotlight search and nothing came up.

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Applications :: Remove Automator Services And Folder Actions

Dec 16, 2009

I've been fooling around with Automator for a few hours trying to look for little ways it can handle my repetitive stuff. I've figured out some pretty neat tricks, but I also have a slew of unwanted folder actions and services in my context menus and for the life of my I can't figure out how to get rid of them. The folder actions are especially problematic since they mess with my files automatically. Googling it isn't turning up anything nor can I seem to find anything in Apple's help documents. Is this some kind of huge joke being played on me here or something? Has no one ever wanted to disable their automator tasks before or something?

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Applications :: Automator Won't Delete Actions

Jan 20, 2010

I move an action into the workflow space. Now, I realize that I made a mistake (God forbid) and I want to remove that action. PLEASE tell me how in the world do I do that. I click on the 'x' in the top right corner and nothing happens. I click on it and press delete key. Zilch. I even drag it to the trash (out of desperation). Perhaps my Automator.app is corrupt. I can't think of any other reason I'm not able to delete an action from the workflow. How do I reinstall in Snow Leopard? I can't using the install disk because Automator is not one of the apps designated. Can I download it (the app)? I seem to be the only person in the universe that has this problem (not being able to delete an action). I've googled my fingers raw.

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Applications :: Automator Actions Not Working In ITunes 10?

Sep 2, 2010

I really like iTunes 10. Clean, uncluttered, easily usable. BUT I have an automator action set for 7:30am every day as an alarm to wake me. This action plays a playlist in iTunes called "morning alarm" and has worked for months beautifully. When I loaded the action in Automator I got an error to say that the "play iTunes playlist" action, the auto iPhone sync action and set iTune volume actions we no longer valid. Those actions appear not to exist any longer in iTunes 10. Has anyone else had similar problems? Did you get a work-around?

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Applications :: Automator Actions - System Preferences

Jan 18, 2006

Does anyone know of any Automator Actions to modify System Preferences? Specifically I have the bottom right screen corner set to do Desktop Exposé when I point the cursor there, and I want to make a workflow to toggle this on and off. I've never used Automator before so I don't know a whole lot about it.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Why Have Folder Actions Stopped Working

Feb 9, 2012

I set up a few automated workflows with automator to take certain actions if different types of file are dropped into a folder (Downloaded etc) 

I had 4 working perfectly but for an unknown reason they all suddenly stopped working and i can't work out why.? 

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Software :: Roll Automator Actions - Drop .doc / .docx Files

Aug 27, 2010

I've been scouring Google for an Automator action that will allow me to drop .doc or .docx files into a directory and convert them to .odt, but so far I've had no luck. Can this easily be done or does it require a lot of programming knowledge to pull off? I really hope someone can help as this is a repetitive task that would save me a great deal of time.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Delete A Folder Action Made In Automator?

Jun 11, 2012

I created a folder action in Automator and can't find it to edit it or delete it.  I've looked everywhere I could think of and ran a spotlight search but I can't find the .workflow document.  All I want to do is delete the workflow. 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Folder Actions Not Working - "The Action “Scale Images” Was Not Supplied With The Required Data"

Apr 11, 2012

I had a simple folder action created in Automator that scaled images to 800 pixels whenever i added files to a specific folder. It does not work anymore. I have tried recreating the action in a new folder and all i get is a warning:  "The action “Scale Images” was not supplied with the required data."

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: Keep Getting Folder Actions Alert?

Mar 5, 2010

Every time I add something to my Dropbox, I get a pop-up saying "3 items have been added to your folder...would you like to view them?" I didn't enable anything on the computer.

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OS X :: Folder Actions That Keep Desktop Clean?

Mar 25, 2009

Like it would move anything immediately to the downloads folder. Would love to have something like this cause the wife has the desktop like whoa.

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OS X :: Folder Actions - Drag And Drop Wav / Mp4 / Ogg

Mar 30, 2009

has anyone achieved/know how to achieve this? drag and drop a wav, mp4, ogg, etc onto a folder and have it covert to an mp3. is there a audio converter app that plays nice with folder actions?

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OS X :: Specific Folder Requires Authentication For Some Actions?

Apr 3, 2010

I'm new here but hoping I can find some helpful information for a new problem I have with OS X. Earlier today, I noticed that my Transmission was failing to download some torrents I was snatching. Transmission couldn't create the folders I was telling it to create for new CDs in my MUSIC folder. When I looked into the problem, I noticed that I no longer had the option to create new folders and several other modification options. I created a new folder on the desktop and dragged it into the misbehaving MUSIC folder and my MacBook asked me for my password to "authenticate". What's going on? I have not encountered this issue before and it is only effecting the MUSIC folder; all of the sub-folders are functioning correctly.

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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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OS X :: Saving To Original Folder In Automator

Feb 1, 2010

I'm working on an automator actions in Snow Leopard to convert a bunch of small groups of images that i have to single PDF files with multiple pages. What is want it to do exactly is take an input of several files, turn them into pages of a PDF, then give that PDF the name of the first file and then save it in the same folder as the first file, or something to that effect. Essentially I need the output to go to the same location as the source and to have the same name as any one of the files. It seems really simple, but I've googled and dug around Automator to no avail; I've managed to get every step except saving the output file where I want it.

The other ideal thing would be for it to run through a folder and go into all of its subfolders and combine each group of images into a different PDF file. In other worlds, if folders B and C are inside folder A, I can select folder A and it will go into folder B and make a PDF out of all of the images inside folder B and then go into folder C and create a PDF out of all of the images in folder C, etc.

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OS X Technologies :: Handle IPhoto's "import Duplicates" Prompt When Using AppleScript Folder Actions?

Jun 1, 2012

I'm traveling tomorrow to Europe and am only taking my iPad and camera.  I'm planning on using an SD card reader to upload my photos/videos to my iPad, then use Dropbox on the iPad to copy my daily shots to my Dropbox account. I'm thinking that I'll have an AppleScript on my home computer's  /Dropbox/europe/  folder to look for newly added data and then auto import that into iPhoto. What's the best way to handle this? I got it working with a couple of test images but when iPhoto sees photos that it's already imported it asks me if I want to import in the duplicates or skip them.  I'd like to skip them or write the AppleScript in a way that handles this. I'm also fine with copying the photos out of the Dropbox folder into a separate folder elsewhere and not using iPhoto. I'm just trying to theft proof my data in case my iPad gets stolen or if my Dropbox goes goofy and deletes the photos.  Maybe copy newly added data to a designated directory outside of the Dropbox folder?  How can I do this? 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Applications :: Automator Erroring When Copying A Big Folder

Jan 22, 2009

I have automator running a weekly task of making a copy of a 10gb folder (database) and into copying 2 (120 seconds) minutes of the 10 minutes it is going to take automator comes back with an error "Finder got an error" Connection is invalid. I know its the size of the folder as i ran it on a different folder and ran successfully. How can i extent the "timeout" period of when it is copying a folder? it needs at least 10 minutes to copy 10gb.

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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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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 :: Automatically Print And Delete The Files In A Folder With Automator?

Oct 1, 2009

I am new to Automator, and even though I have been tinkering around with it for about an hour, I can't seem to create an action.

What I want to do is have Automator automatically take the contents of a specific folder on my hard drive, print the contents of the folder (usually PDFs), then delete the files. I use dropbox, so when I place a pdf into this folder from my laptop on the go, it would be nice to come home to it printed, and no longer in the folder taking up space.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Automator - Moving Files To A Newly Created Folder

May 18, 2012

I am trying to set up a folder action to do the following... When a file is added to the "images" folder a new dated subfolder would automatically be created, and the file would be moved to this new dated subfolder. 

Here's what I have so far (which I'm sure is way off base) 

1) Folder action receives files and folders added to "Images"

2) Filter finder items - Find files where ALL of the following is true: Kind is ANY

3) New Folder - Name is "_" Where: "Images"

4) Add Date or Time to Finder Item Names: Add Date to folder name

5) Move Finder Items: This is the step that I'm stuck on. I don't know how indicate the newly created folder in step 3 

Another question I have is how to make automator check to see if there's already a subfolder with the current date and put the file in that subfolder instead of creating a new subfolder with a duplicate name. 

MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Stop System From Attaching Past Actions To Pointer

Apr 16, 2012

Lion keeps attaching past actions to my pointer that I dont need or want. Can I stop this.

Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Safari :: (Lion) Can't Connect To Certain Sites, Firefox Can, Actions Taken:(1) Cleared Cache

Feb 10, 2012

Safari (Lion-OS 10.7.3) can't connect to certain sites. Firefox can. Actions taken:(1) cleared cache & restarted. No help (2) booted in safe mode. same error. What do I do now?

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Automator Script To Create A "today's" /dated/ Folder?

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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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Automator Rar To PDF Name File

Jun 10, 2012

I'm working on an Automator Application which would expand a Rar-archive full of pictures, and turn those into a PDF.This I got working, but now I want the output PDF to be named as the rar-archive's filename that I use as Application input. I tried around with some variables, but just couldn't manage to get the Application working in the end.How do I get the Application to name the output PDF like the input?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Automator Clean My Desktop?

Mar 25, 2012

On the App Store I saw an item CleanMyDesktop but folks complained it didn't get all file types. So I thought I'd try it with my modest Automator abilities: FIND, FILTER, MOVE TO FOLDER...BUT...but it only works if there are files of that type on the desktop, so if there happens to be no pics, the application stops right there, or if there are no docs, it stops there, etc.But if I put an item of each file type on the Desktop, sure enough it runs all the way to the conclusion. So how can I fix this?  Tell it to move on even if there are no items of that type of MOVE. 'Cause right now it ain't good. I tried this to clean my Desktop and now I'm tossing junk all over the Desktop so the app can finish.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 4GB RAM; Wacom, Powermate, MagicTrackpad, iControl

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Change .dat Extension To .csv With Automator

May 28, 2012

I get datalogger files every night that come in the .dat format.I need to process them in OpenOffice.calc to show the results. OO.calc will not read a .dat file, but if I manually change the .dat to .csv it works fine.I don't know enough about Automator to write the script.Doing it by record doesn't work.

MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), I7, 8GB, 750GB, Lion

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Automator Does Not Work On Loop Automatically

Mar 20, 2012

I've got an Automator loop that is stopping at the first iteration while set on "loop automatically" but if I set it on "ask to continue" it prompts me every time but continues to loop correctly if I have selected multiple items in Finder.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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