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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Applications :: Microsoft Automator Docx Conversion Action

Feb 13, 2010

So I know that bundled with the newer Microsoft Office 2007/2008 is a set of actions that get added into Automator. Among these is a "convert DOCX to DOC" action. Does anyone know - is it at all possible to get just this automator action without installing the whole of MC Office 2008?

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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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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 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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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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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 :: 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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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 :: How To Convert Docx To Doc Files

Sep 10, 2009

At school we use microsoft word 2007. I use office 2003. Can someone explain how I can convert it? I download a converter but it didn't work.

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OS X :: Why MBP Download Docx As Zip Files

Nov 30, 2009

I have Microsoft office 08 and can make .docx files with Word, but when I download an attachment off the internet, it makes a .zip file with lots of random folders.

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OS X :: How To View Docx Files In QuickLook?

Jun 20, 2009

All I see is the icon, ".docx". Any ideas?

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OS X :: How To Set Pages As Default For Opening Docx / Doc Files

Jul 24, 2008

I just got my new iMac 20" last week and iWork '08 with it. I just wanted to know how to set Pages as the default for opening all .docx (MS Word 2007) and .doc (MS Word 2003) files. At the moment TextEdit is the default and whilst I can change the default for individual files, I haven't figured out how to set it for every file.

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Applications :: How To Open Docx Files In MS Word 2004 In SL

Sep 28, 2009

When docx files started floating around, I couldn't figure out how to open them in MS Word for Mac 2004. Then I found out you could download the xml converter from the MS site, and that solved the problem. However, now that I have installed Leopard and reinstalled MS Word 2004 and the requisite xml converter, for some reason, when I double click on a docx file, it does not automatically ask to convert it as it once did.

Instead, it seems to bypass/ignore the double clicked docx file and goes straight to that open document screen where you choose what type of document you want. Anyone know how to get it to automatically open the docx files up in ms word 2004 and convert with the xml converter in leopard?

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Applications :: Docx Document In Pages - Reading And Editing Files?

Sep 11, 2010

I've recently made the move from a PC to a Mac, and so far, everything gone very smoothly. I got iWork with my Mac, and there is one problem that's bugging me; every time I open a word (docx) document in pages, it asks me if I want to keep the changes or discard them, and that is for when I am just reading them. When I edit them, and I go to save it, it keeps bringing up the save as box instead of overwriting the present docx file.

I've already installed any missing fonts I have in my documents. So, to summarize, my two main problems are: If I read a docx file, Pages acts like I made changes to it, despite the fact that I did not. If I edit a docx file, Pages keeps bringing up the save as dialog box when I try to save, instead of overwriting the original docx file. The same thing happens with Numbers and Keynote. I just need a temporary fix 'til I can get a hold of Office 2011.

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

Mar 13, 2010

I have a long list of files to unrar (I use unarchive).

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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 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 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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Applications :: Using Automator To Rename Pictures - Files Out Of Order

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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Applications :: App/Automator Script To Batch Convert Htm Files To Jpg?

Aug 7, 2010

I have a collection of .htm files saved onto my Mac hard drive. I want to convert them to .jpg files--all at once. I found a Windows program that could do it, but when it converted them, it would not retain the original file names. It gave them a sequential file name, i.e. _1.jpg, _2.jpg, _3.jpg ~ _263.jpg. There is no option to retain the original file names...:/

EDIT: (i.e. marketingtable.htm > marketingtable.jpg)

So my question is, is there an Automator process that could batch convert .htm files to .jpg? Or is there an app for Mac that can batch convert .htm files to image (.jpg) files?

I usually am able to find the answer to all my questions with Google, and this time I thought I had as well with the Windows app, but it brought upon too much of a feat for me to handle.

(Also, if there's an Automator process to batch rename files using a .txt file as a reference for the new names of the files, that'd be awesome as well.

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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 V10.4 :: Make Automator Wait Until Files Have Stopped Being Added?

Mar 12, 2012

I have created a simple Automator action which says 'when files are added to folder Dropbox>Camera Uploads, import them to iPhoto'.The problem is that as the files are added to Dropbox one at a time (by the Dropbox servers, after they are taken on my Android phone and the Dropbox app auto-uploads them), this means there is a gap of 30-60 secs between photos, and more for a video.  The end result therefore is iPhoto has each photo imported as a separate 'Event', rather than all the photos imported as one event. 

What I'd like to say is 'wait for 5 minutes after the most recent photo/video was added, before importing all the photos/videos just added in that batch'.  That way instead of iPhoto receiving each file one at a time and importing them separately, Automater will wait until the folder falls silent, indicating the import from the phone has finished, and only then will it import all the photos taken as one event. 

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

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MacBook :: Use Automator To Rename Files Erasing First 3 Digits Of Their Name?

Apr 11, 2012

Actually in the files i am trying to rename the first 2 digits are numbers then space and then there is the file name i want to use.

Automator, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Get An Automator Service To Rename A Bunch Of Files

May 8, 2012

I've able to get an automator service to rename a bunch of files exactly the way I want by having it "Copy Finder Items" and then Make Finder Items Sequential".But it then dumps all the renamed files on the desktop.How do I add an option for it to either create a folder to put it in or dump the files into a pre-existing folder?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Possible To Use Automator To Move Files Based On The File Name?

Jun 21, 2012

I'm kind of new to Automator and I'm trying to come up with a sequence that will severely save me a few hours a day moving files from two larger folders into smaller folders. Basically the setup is that I have two folders, one constantly being populated with images and the other with video files. They each have file names starting with a two digit number (i.e. 12, 11, 10...) or "BG" and then a two digit number (i.e. BG12, BG11, BG10...) with the digits corresponding to a year. Essentially, I'd need to move the files into folders corresponding to the year (i.e. files starting with BG12 and 12 would be moved to 2012, files starting with BG11 and 11 would be moved to 2011, etc). As it stands now, I've only been able to get the 2012 folder populated.

Automator, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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