The Automator app on your Mac makes it easy to automate tedious tasks. Here are Do you often combine multiple PDFs into one file?. When you create a new Automator workflow you'll be asked what type . This will prompt the user to select the files that we want to combine. Even the built-in AppleScript and Automator have their uses. Mixing and All the different automation apps can be combined in different ways.
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Save 45% on books, eBooks, and Web Editions*—use code JULY4 Five Automator Services Tips in Five Days: Merge Selected Images as. I've dug up about Photos as I've been writing my ebook about the app. Apple provides Automator actions for iPhoto and Aperture, but sadly not Photos! I've heard from a lot of people who want to merge multiple iPhoto. PDFCombo, new free app for Mac OS X, combines PDFs and preserves the table of contents. It can also add a TOC entry based . Calibre E-Book Management.
You can also drag it to the Dock for easy access. You can do this automatically in your default browser by creating an application in Automator. The Apple homepage may automatically add itself to the Address list.
But you can create a service using Automator that allows you to easily combine multiple PDF files into one. Follow these steps to create a service that appears in Finder: Open Automator and create a new Service document. Select files or folders from the Service receives selected dropdown list and Finder.
Drag the Get Selected Finder Items action from the middle column to the workflow on the right. Go back to the Library on the left and click PDFs. Drag the Move Finder Items action from the middle column to the bottom of the workflow. Select the folder you want to move the resulting PDF file to from the To dropdown list. To replace an existing file with the one you create, check the Replacing existing files box in the Move Finder Items action box.
Your new service is automatically put in the correct place and added to the Services menu. Now you can select multiple PDF files, right-click on them, and select your new service from the Services menu to combine them.
Drag the Get Contents of Clipboard action from the middle column to the workflow on the right. Go back to the Library on the left and click Text. Drag the New Text File action from the middle column to the bottom of the workflow. Modify the settings for your new text file in the action box, like choosing the File Format, entering the default file name Save as , and Where to save the file.
Automator actions, geotags, and more advanced tricks for Photos for OS X
To use it, select the text you want to save in a text file, then run your new Automator app. Convert Text to an Audio File If you have a lot of text to read, you might want your Mac to read it to you. You can create a service using Automator that converts selected text to an audio file.
Follow these steps: Open Automator and create a new Service document. Select text from the Service receives selected dropdown list. Leave the default of any application selected in the in dropdown list at the top of the pane.
Select Actions on the far left. Drag the Text to Audio action from the middle column to the workflow on the right. Select the System Voice you want. Use the Play button to listen to the selected voice and see what you like.
Enter a file name for the audio file in the Save As box.
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Now you can select text in any program, right-click on the selected text, and select your new service from the Services menu to convert the text to an audio file. The service automatically saves the audio as an AIFF file. The icon on the file includes a Play button in the middle.
Using RSS feeds and Automator, you can make an application that when you run it seeks out the RSS feed for NASA picture of the day, downloads all the pictures from the feed and sets the top one as your desktop image. The desktop image settings you have will remain, so set the image to cycle through all the images in your new directory every thirty minutes for a background slideshow.
Save it to the desktop and run it. The folder will fill with fresh NASA pictures and begin cycling through them as you work.
This creates an icon you can drop files onto and convert them to jpeg, even resize them. Create an Application workflow.
Now click the variables button on the left-hand side next to actions, and you get some variables to drag in. This will not be tolerated by the file system. This prepares the file for processing. Save the Application to your Applications folder, then locate it in the finder and drag it to the Dock. Now when you run it by dragging any kind of file to it, a folder will be created on the desktop, and a JPEG version of the file will be saved to it.
Batch Rename And finally a trivial but laborious task, renaming multiple files. Obviously this is something that should be approached carefully, but with a bit of clever coding, we can make this job a lot easier than it has been before.
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This time create a new Workflow workflow. Yes, there is a workflow called Workflow.Then select the type of document you want to create.
This time create a new Workflow workflow. Essentially, the photos in your iPhoto library and your Photos library are using the same space on your drive.
Repeat this for each app you want to keep open. If you want to see a confirmation box to save open documents before they close, check the Ask to save changes box at the top of the Quit All Applications action box.
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