www.automatedworkflows.com

Automated Workflows, LLC specializes in providing AppleScript, Automator, and
    workflow aut...
Table of Contents
Table of Contents .........................................................................................
Set Safari Web Form Text or Popup Field ................................................................................ 4...
Unlock Finder Items .........................................................................................................
Get Text From InDesign Documents....................................................................................... 12...
Open Camera Raw Images in Photoshop ................................................................................ 177	
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Change Case of Text..........................................................................................................
Version History .............................................................................................................
About Automated Workflows, LLC
Our Mission

Automated Workflows, LLC's mission is to enhance essential workflows by develo...
Our Services

Automated Workflows, LLC offers a wide range of professional AppleScript, Automator,
and workflow automation...
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Learning Automator




Automato...
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Software Requirements
Automated ...
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Installing an Action Pack
To inst...
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   •   After reviewing the licens...
Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation                             15



       PLEASE NOTE: Do not la...
Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation                          16

       When you purchase an action...
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Uninstalling Older Action Versi...
Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation                      18



PLEASE NOTE: You can also check for ...
Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation                             19


Demonstration Mode Limitations...
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Registering an Action Pack
When y...
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Checking For Action Pack Updat...
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                    Action Upd...
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Scheduling Update Checks

An actio...
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Determining the Version of an ...
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         Viewing Action Version Number...
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         Viewing an Action’s Vers...
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Automator Extension Action Pack
Thi...
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Add Finder Items as Login Item




Overview
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Ask for Password




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Bring Workflow Back to Front

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Choose List Items




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Click Safari Web Form Button




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   •   N/A

Output Types/Result:

   •   N/A
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Click Safari Web Form Checkbox




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Acceptable Input Types:

   •   N/A

Output Types/Result:...
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   •   N/A
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Disable Mail Account




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Enable Mail Account




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Filter ICC Profile Images


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   •   Image Files with color profiles applied
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Find iPhoto Photo Paths




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Get Clipboard Contents




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Log Out Current User




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Put Computer to Sleep




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Restart Computer




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Run JavaScript in Front Safa...
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Send Contents of Safari Page to...
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Set Safari Web Form Text or...
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Acceptable Input Types:

   •   Text

Output Types/Resu...
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Shut Down Computer




Overvie...
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Type Keystroke




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   •   Anything
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FileMaker Pro Action Pack
This actio...
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Close FileMaker Databases




Overv...
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Extract Field Data From Found ...
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Find All Records in FileMaker Database




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Find Records in FileMaker Database...
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Insert Picture Reference i...
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Acceptable Input Types:

   •   Files/Folders

Output Typ...
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Make New Record in FileMaker Databa...
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Open FileMaker Database




Over...
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   •   Files/Folders

Output Types/Result:

   •   N/A
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Run FileMaker Script




Overview

Th...
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Set Field Values in FileMaker...
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Sort Records of FileMaker Da...
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   •   N/A
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Finder Action Pack
This action pack ...
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Add Finder Item Names to Spotlight Co...
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Batch Create Folders from List o...
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Batch Create Sequential Folders



...
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Create Internet Location File




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Empty Trash




Overview

This action will...
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Filter Finder Items by Size




Ove...
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Get Names of Finder Items




Overvie...
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Get Originals of Aliases




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Get Parent Folders of Finde...
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Get Spotlight Comments of Fin...
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Hide Extension of Finder Items




Overvie...
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Lock Finder Items




Overview

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New Subfolder




Overview

This ...
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Quit Application




Overview
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Set Creator Type of Files




Ov...
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Set File Type of Files




Overview...
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Set Modification Date of Fi...
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Show Extension of Finder Items




Overv...
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Unlock Finder Items




Overview

Thi...
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Wait for Finder Items




Overvie...
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Illustrator Action Pack
This action ...
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Close Illustrator Documents




Ov...
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Delete Empty Text Frames from ...
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Filter Illustrator Documents by Co...
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Get All Opened Illustrator Do...
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Get Front Illustrator Document...
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Get Names of Illustrator Docume...
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Get Paths of Illustrator Do...
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Make New Ellipse in Illustr...
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Make New Line in Illustrator...
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Make New Rectangle in Illus...
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New Illustrator Document




Overview

This action will ...
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Open Documents in Illustrator

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Place Images in Illustrator D...
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Place Text in Illustrator D...
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Acceptable Input Types:

   •   Text

Output Types/Resul...
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Print Illustrator Documents

...
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Save Illustrator Documents




Overv...
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Save Illustrator Documents as EP...
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Acceptable Input Types:

   •   Opened Illustrator d...
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Save Illustrator Documents as PD...
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Set Ruler Origin of Docume...
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  1. 1. www.automatedworkflows.com Automated Workflows, LLC specializes in providing AppleScript, Automator, and workflow automation consulting services to Macintosh-based businesses. Automator Actions for Leopard User Guide Last Revision Date: 05.18.2010
  2. 2. Table of Contents Table of Contents ............................................................................................................... 2   About Automated Workflows, LLC ................................................................................... 9   Learning Automator ........................................................................................................ 11   Software Requirements .................................................................................................... 12   Installing an Action Pack ................................................................................................ 13   Uninstalling Older Action Versions ................................................................................ 17   Demonstration Mode Limitations.................................................................................... 19   Registering an Action Pack ............................................................................................. 20   Checking For Action Pack Updates ................................................................................ 21   Scheduling Update Checks ........................................................................................................ 23   Determining the Version of an Action Pack.............................................................................. 24   Determining the Version of an Individual Action ..................................................................... 24   Action Version History .............................................................................................................. 26   Automator Extension Action Pack .................................................................................. 27   Add Finder Items as Login Item ................................................................................................ 28   Ask for Password ....................................................................................................................... 29   Bring Workflow Back to Front.................................................................................................. 30   Choose List Items ...................................................................................................................... 31   Click Safari Web Form Button .................................................................................................. 32   Click Safari Web Form Checkbox............................................................................................. 34   Click Safari Web Form Radio Button........................................................................................ 36   Disable Mail Account ................................................................................................................ 38   Enable Mail Account ................................................................................................................. 39   Filter ICC Profile Images........................................................................................................... 40   Find iPhoto Photo Paths............................................................................................................. 42   Get Clipboard Contents ............................................................................................................. 43   Log Out Current User ................................................................................................................ 44   Put Computer to Sleep ............................................................................................................... 45   Restart Computer ....................................................................................................................... 46   Run JavaScript in Front Safari Window .................................................................................... 47   Send Contents of Safari Page to Mail........................................................................................ 48  
  3. 3. Set Safari Web Form Text or Popup Field ................................................................................ 49   Shut Down Computer ................................................................................................................ 51   Type Keystroke.......................................................................................................................... 52   FileMaker Pro Action Pack............................................................................................. 54   Close FileMaker Databases ....................................................................................................... 55   Extract Field Data From Found Set ........................................................................................... 56   Find All Records in FileMaker Database .................................................................................. 57   Find Records in FileMaker Database......................................................................................... 58   Insert Picture Reference in Container Field of FileMaker Database ......................................... 59   Make New Record in FileMaker Database................................................................................ 61   Open FileMaker Database ......................................................................................................... 62   Run FileMaker Script................................................................................................................. 64   Set Field Values in FileMaker Database.................................................................................... 65   Sort Records of FileMaker Database ......................................................................................... 66   Finder Action Pack .......................................................................................................... 68   Add Finder Item Names to Spotlight Comments....................................................................... 69   Batch Create Folders from List of Names ................................................................................. 70   Batch Create Sequential Folders................................................................................................ 71   Create Internet Location File ..................................................................................................... 72   Empty Trash............................................................................................................................... 73   Filter Finder Items by Size......................................................................................................... 74   Get Names of Finder Items........................................................................................................ 75   Get Originals of Aliases............................................................................................................. 76   Get Parent Folders of Finder Items............................................................................................ 77   Get Spotlight Comments of Finder Items .................................................................................. 78   Hide Extension of Finder Items ................................................................................................. 79   Lock Finder Items...................................................................................................................... 80   New Subfolder ........................................................................................................................... 81   Quit Application ........................................................................................................................ 82   Set Creator Type of Files ........................................................................................................... 83   Set File Type of Files................................................................................................................. 84   Set Modification Date of Finder Items ...................................................................................... 85   Show Extension of Finder Items................................................................................................ 86  
  4. 4. Unlock Finder Items .................................................................................................................. 87   Wait for Finder Items................................................................................................................. 88   Illustrator Action Pack .................................................................................................... 89   Close Illustrator Documents ...................................................................................................... 90   Delete Empty Text Frames from Illustrator Documents ........................................................... 91   Filter Illustrator Documents by Color Mode ............................................................................. 92   Get All Opened Illustrator Documents ...................................................................................... 93   Get Front Illustrator Document.................................................................................................. 94   Get Names of Illustrator Documents ......................................................................................... 95   Get Paths of Illustrator Documents............................................................................................ 96   Make New Ellipse in Illustrator Documents.............................................................................. 97   Make New Line in Illustrator Documents ................................................................................. 98   Make New Rectangle in Illustrator Documents......................................................................... 99   New Illustrator Document ....................................................................................................... 100   Open Documents in Illustrator................................................................................................. 101   Place Images in Illustrator Documents .................................................................................... 102   Place Text in Illustrator Documents ........................................................................................ 103   Print Illustrator Documents...................................................................................................... 105   Save Illustrator Documents...................................................................................................... 106   Save Illustrator Documents as EPS ......................................................................................... 107   Save Illustrator Documents as PDF ......................................................................................... 109   Set Ruler Origin of Documents ............................................................................................... 110   Trigger Illustrator Action......................................................................................................... 111   InDesign Action Pack .................................................................................................... 113   Add Pages to InDesign Documents ......................................................................................... 114   Close InDesign Documents ..................................................................................................... 115   Export InDesign Documents to PDF ....................................................................................... 116   Find and Change Text in InDesign Documents....................................................................... 118   Get All Opened InDesign Documents ..................................................................................... 120   Get Front InDesign Document................................................................................................. 121   Get Linked Images from InDesign Documents ....................................................................... 122   Get Names of InDesign Documents ........................................................................................ 123   Get Paths of InDesign Documents........................................................................................... 124  
  5. 5. Get Text From InDesign Documents....................................................................................... 125   Merge InDesign Documents .................................................................................................... 127   New InDesign Document......................................................................................................... 128   Open Documents in InDesign.................................................................................................. 129   Package InDesign Documents ................................................................................................. 130   Place Images In InDesign Document....................................................................................... 131   Place Text In InDesign Document........................................................................................... 135   Print InDesign Documents....................................................................................................... 139   Save InDesign Documents....................................................................................................... 140   Save InDesign Document as Single Page Documents............................................................. 142   Update Modified Links in InDesign Documents..................................................................... 144   Photoshop Actions ......................................................................................................... 145   Add IPTC Captions to Photoshop Documents ........................................................................ 146   Apply Gaussian Blur to Photoshop Documents ...................................................................... 149   Apply Pinch to Photoshop Documents .................................................................................... 150   Apply Sharpen to Photoshop Documents ................................................................................ 151   Apply Sharpen Edges to Photoshop Documents ..................................................................... 152   Apply Sharpen More to Photoshop Documents ...................................................................... 153   Apply Smart Blur to Photoshop Documents............................................................................ 154   Apply Twirl to Photoshop Documents .................................................................................... 155   Apply Unsharp Mask to Photoshop Documents...................................................................... 156   Apply Watermark to Photoshop Documents ........................................................................... 158   Assign Color Profile to Photoshop Documents ....................................................................... 160   Change Mode of Photoshop Documents ................................................................................. 162   Close Photoshop Documents ................................................................................................... 163   Extract IPTC Captions from Photoshop Documents ............................................................... 165   Flatten Photoshop Documents ................................................................................................. 168   Flip Photoshop Documents...................................................................................................... 169   Get All Opened Photoshop Documents ................................................................................... 171   Get Front Photoshop Document .............................................................................................. 172   Get Names of Photoshop Documents ...................................................................................... 173   Get Paths of Photoshop Documents......................................................................................... 174   New Photoshop Documents..................................................................................................... 175  
  6. 6. Open Camera Raw Images in Photoshop ................................................................................ 177   Open Images in Photoshop ...................................................................................................... 183   Resize Photoshop Documents.................................................................................................. 184   Rotate Photoshop Documents.................................................................................................. 186   Save Photoshop Documents..................................................................................................... 188   Save Photoshop Documents as JPEG ...................................................................................... 190   Save Photoshop Documents for Web ...................................................................................... 192   Trigger Photoshop Action........................................................................................................ 194   Trim Photoshop Documents .................................................................................................... 196   QuarkXPress Actions..................................................................................................... 198   Add Pages to Quark Documents .............................................................................................. 199   Apply Quark Box Names......................................................................................................... 200   Close Quark Documents .......................................................................................................... 203   Find and Change Text in Quark Documents ........................................................................... 204   Get All Opened Quark Documents.......................................................................................... 205   Get Front Quark Document ..................................................................................................... 206   Get Linked Images from Quark Documents............................................................................ 207   Get Names of Quark Documents ............................................................................................. 208   Get Paths of Quark Documents ............................................................................................... 209   Get Text from Quark Documents ............................................................................................ 210   Merge Quark Documents......................................................................................................... 212   New Quark Document ............................................................................................................. 213   Open Documents In Quark ...................................................................................................... 214   Place Images In Quark Document ........................................................................................... 216   Place Text In Quark Document ............................................................................................... 219   Print Quark Documents ........................................................................................................... 222   Print Quark Documents to PostScript...................................................................................... 223   Retrieve Quark Box Names ..................................................................................................... 225   Save Quark Documents ........................................................................................................... 227   Save Quark Pages to EPS ........................................................................................................ 229   TextEdit Action Pack ..................................................................................................... 231   Add Prefix to Text Paragraphs................................................................................................. 232   Add Suffix to Text Paragraphs ................................................................................................ 233  
  7. 7. Change Case of Text................................................................................................................ 234   Combine Text Strings .............................................................................................................. 235   Extract URLs from Text .......................................................................................................... 236   Find and Replace in Text ......................................................................................................... 237   Get Characters of Text............................................................................................................. 238   Get Length of Text................................................................................................................... 239   Get Paragraphs of Text ............................................................................................................ 240   Get Words of Text ................................................................................................................... 241   Read Text File.......................................................................................................................... 242   Remove Duplicate Paragraphs from Text................................................................................ 243   Remove Empty Paragraphs...................................................................................................... 244   Remove Markup from Text ..................................................................................................... 245   Remove Prefix from Text Paragraphs ..................................................................................... 246   Remove Suffix from Text Paragraphs ..................................................................................... 247   Sort Text Paragraphs................................................................................................................ 248   Split Text.................................................................................................................................. 249   Trim Text ................................................................................................................................. 250   Write Text to File..................................................................................................................... 251   Twitter Action Pack........................................................................................................ 253   Get Current Tweet from Tweep............................................................................................... 254   Get Recent Direct Messages .................................................................................................... 255   Get Recent Public Tweets........................................................................................................ 257   Get Recent Replies................................................................................................................... 258   Get Recent Tweets from Tweep .............................................................................................. 260   Get Recent Tweets from Tweeps I’m Following..................................................................... 261   Get Tweep Information............................................................................................................ 263   Get Tweeps .............................................................................................................................. 265   Post a Tweet............................................................................................................................. 267   Send Direct Message ............................................................................................................... 269   Support ........................................................................................................................... 271   Reporting Bugs ........................................................................................................................ 271   Troubleshooting ............................................................................................................. 272   Contact Information ...................................................................................................... 273  
  8. 8. Version History .............................................................................................................. 274   Automator Extension Action Pack History ............................................................................. 274   FileMaker Pro Action Pack History......................................................................................... 279   Finder Action Pack History ..................................................................................................... 281   Illustrator Action Pack History ................................................................................................ 285   InDesign Action Pack History ................................................................................................. 288   Photoshop Action Pack History ............................................................................................... 295   QuarkXPress Action Pack History .......................................................................................... 306   TextEdit Action Pack History.................................................................................................. 311   Twitter Action Pack History .................................................................................................... 316   License and Terms ......................................................................................................... 318  
  9. 9. About Automated Workflows, LLC Our Mission Automated Workflows, LLC's mission is to enhance essential workflows by developing powerful, effective, and efficient solutions that are designed to ensure consistency and accuracy while reducing redundancy and expenditure. Our Experience "Automated Workflows did not just meet my expectations, they exceeded them! The project was finished ahead of schedule and under budget. The script works flawlessly and has saved my staff considerable time and effort." - Doug Pierce, Piermed, Inc. “Thanks a million for your help. I can see from the script that you have lots of experience at this stuff... You have saved us a lot of time... I am beginning to realize/appreciate how much time this will save me." - David B. Wolff, NASA “We've been nothing but extremely satisfied with everything about your process. Your skill as a systems integrator is truly a gift... Thank you very much for bringing this in on schedule and under budget." - Ken Howard, Irvin Simon Photographers Our developers have had the opportunity to work with many companies in the past, including the following: Abercrombie & Fitch G&R Publishing PC World Adobe Systems, Inc. Garden State Laboratories Piermed, Inc. Apple Inc. Irvin Simon Photographers Prestwick House Avatar Data Publishing Johns Hopkins University Sosmetal Products, Inc. Solutions Press Signature Vacations Beezwax Datatools Journal Sentinel, Inc. The Merchandiser BowTie, Inc. Managing Editor, Inc. Newspapers CNI Corporation Media Supply The Virtual Training CNN Mills Fleet Farm Company Crain Communications Micah Diamond Time Magazine Digital Casting Studios Photography U.S. Balloon DMiNTERACTIVE Microsoft Corporation Manufacturing Co. Draper Associates NASA U.S. Marine Corps Foundation for Brain Norwood Promotional Research Products
  10. 10. Our Services Automated Workflows, LLC offers a wide range of professional AppleScript, Automator, and workflow automation consulting services to Macintosh-based businesses across the globe. Our solutions help companies to achieve a more efficient use of time and resources. Our primary service areas include: • Workflow Analysis and Planning • Custom AppleScript and Automator Solution Development • Custom AppleScript and Automator Training • Seminars and Presentations • Developer Services and Assistance Professional Memberships Automated Workflows, LLC is Apple Help Desk Certified, and holds memberships in the following professional organizations: • Apple Consultants Network • Apple Developer Connection • Dantz Partner Network • FileMaker Solutions Alliance • Netopia Partner Program • MacDeveloper • Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia • QuarkAlliance For client testimonials, success stories, and other general information about Automated Workflows, LLC, please visit our web site at www.automatedworkflows.com. Additional Information Please continue to visit the Automated Workflows, LLC web site at www.automatedworkflows.com for new product announcements and services as they become available.
  11. 11. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 11 Learning Automator Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide By Ben Waldie Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach Macintosh users how to automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks with the Automator application that is included with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Automator comes with many useful actions for lots of popular Apple applications. Each action performs a single specific task, such as removing an empty playlist from iTunes, or adding attachments to a Mail message. The real power of Automator lies in mixing and matching these actions to perform exactly the job you need them to, in a string of actions known as a workflow. Author Ben Waldie introduces readers to how Automator works, and then helps them assemble and use Automator workflows. This book covers the major updates to Automator that are part of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), including a variety of highly anticipated features, such as recording, looping, and the use of variables within workflows. These features make Automator more flexible and powerful than before, greatly increasing its appeal and interest to any Mac user looking to become more efficient. Both beginning users who want a thorough introduction to Automator and more advanced users looking for a convenient reference will find what they need here in straightforward language, clear steps, and practical tips. www.automatedworkflows.com/books/automator_vqs.html
  12. 12. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 12 Software Requirements Automated Workflows, LLC’s Automator actions for Leopard require that the following software be installed: All Actions: Preview Actions: • Mac OS X 10.5.x Leopard – 10.6.x Snow Leopard • Preview Mail Actions: InDesign Actions: • Mail • Adobe InDesign CS2, CS3, or CS4 FileMaker Actions: QuarkXPress Actions: • FileMaker Pro 7.x through 10.x • QuarkXPress 7.x through 8.x Photoshop Actions: iPhoto Actions: • Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3, or CS4 • iPhoto '06 or '08 Illustrator Actions: Safari Actions: • Adobe Illustrator CS2, CS3, or • Safari 3.x (with JavaScript CS4 enabled) PLEASE NOTE: Our Automator actions are built with AppleScript. Since the AppleScript terminology in an application can change from version to version, a code update may be required if you upgrade your software in the future. Prior to performing an upgrade, we recommend conducting a parallel test with your solution to determine whether changes will be required. If changes are required, please consult our website at www.automatedworkflows.com for information about obtaining a potential updated version.
  13. 13. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 13 Installing an Action Pack To install a set of our Automator actions, perform the following steps: • Download the desired Automator action pack disk image from our website. Download links are included on the action product web pages. A Downloaded Action Pack Disk Image File • Double click on the action pack disk image. You will be prompted to agree to the license and terms of usage. Licensing and Terms of Usage
  14. 14. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 14 • After reviewing the license and terms of use, click the Agree button to continue. The action pack disk image will then become mounted, and will appear on your Desktop. An Action Pack Disk Image, Mounted on the Desktop The disk image should open before you in a new window. If it does not, double click on the action pack disk that is mounted on your Desktop. An Action Pack Disk Image Window • Select the action pack application from the disk image window, and copy it to the desired location on your hard drive, such as the Applications folder. • Double click on the action pack application that you copied on your hard drive. This is necessary in order for the action pack to become registered with Automator.
  15. 15. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 15 PLEASE NOTE: Do not launch the action pack application on the disk image itself. Make sure you launch the action pack application that you’ve copied to your hard drive. Also, please be aware that you will need to repeat this process each time you download and install an action pack, even if you’re replacing an existing action pack on your machine. Otherwise, Automator will not see the action pack, and the actions will not appear within Automator. • When launched, the action pack will display a splash screen while it loads the set of included actions. Action Pack Splash Screen PLEASE NOTE: For action packs that include a large number of actions, this process may take a few moments to complete. • Once the process is complete, a window will be displayed, showing a list of included actions, along with their version numbers. In addition, if this is a new installation, you will be prompted to register the action pack by entering a serial number. Main Action Pack Window with Registration Prompt
  16. 16. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 16 When you purchase an action pack through our eStore, you will be provided with a serial number. To register your action pack, enter your name and serial number into the fields provided. When you’re done, click the Register Button. You may optionally click the Purchase button in this window. If you do this, you will be taken to our website, where you may purchase the action pack. You may also choose to run the action pack in demonstration mode, for evaluation purposes. To do this, click the Demo Mode button. When running in demonstration mode, our actions will display periodic alerts, to notify you that they are running in demonstration mode. In addition, the actions will be limited to processing a maximum of five items. Main Action Pack Window PLEASE NOTE: When the action pack is running in demonstration mode, you may enter a serial number at any time by launching the action pack application and clicking the Register button in the main action pack window, or selecting Registration… from the action pack menu in the menu bar. You may now quit the action pack application, and may begin using the actions within Automator. If Automator is already running, then you will need to quit Automator and re-launch it in order for the actions to appear.
  17. 17. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 17 Uninstalling Older Action Versions If you are a previous user of Automated Workflows, LLC’s Automator actions, then you may have previous actions installed on your machine in one of the following locations: • /Library/Automator/ • ~/Library/Automator/ Actions Installed in the /Library/Automator/ Folder Previously installed action versions can conflict with our new action packs, and can be inadvertently loaded by Automator, instead of the newer versions. To reduce the possibility of this occurring, our new Automator action packs, when launched, will attempt to check for previously installed actions. If detected, you will be notified that existing actions were detected, and asked if you’d like them to be removed. Previously Installed Action Alert If you choose to remove the previously installed actions, then they will be not be removed from your hard drive permanently. They will be moved to a dated folder on your Desktop.
  18. 18. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 18 PLEASE NOTE: You can also check for previously installed actions by selecting Check for Previously Installed Actions… from the action menu in the menu bar. Checking for Previously Installed Actions
  19. 19. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 19 Demonstration Mode Limitations All of our Automator action packs may be run in demonstration mode, for evaluation purposes, allowing you to try them out before you decide whether or not you want to purchase them. Demo versions of our actions include all of the functionality of the full versions of the actions, with the following limitations: Action Demonstration Notification • Actions will display a demo-version notification when dragged into a workflow • Actions will display a demo-version notification when run within a workflow • Actions will be limited to process a maximum of 5 items at a time These limitations are removed automatically, once a valid serial number has been entered into an action pack.
  20. 20. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 20 Registering an Action Pack When you purchase an Automator action pack, you will be provided with a serial number. This serial number will appear in your order confirmation receipt, as well as your order confirmation email. Once you’ve received a serial number, to register your action pack, perform the following steps: • Launch the main action pack application • When prompted, enter your name and serial number into the registration window Main Action Pack Window with Registration Prompt • Click the Register button PLEASE NOTE: The registration window may also be displayed by clicking the Register button in the main action pack window, or by selecting Registration… from the action pack menu in the menu bar. Registering an Action Pack
  21. 21. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 21 Checking For Action Pack Updates Our actions are sometimes updated, to fix problems that are reported to us, or to add new functionality. When a new version of an action pack is released, it will be posted on our website, and will replace previous versions, and may be downloaded using the original action pack’s download link. Our action packs are also configured with the ability to check for updates, and download them for you. This may be done by clicking the Check for Updates button within the main Automator action pack application. Check for Updates Button When you click the Check for Updates button, the action pack will attempt to check our website for a newer version of the action pack. You will be notified whether a new version is available. No Action Updates Available Message
  22. 22. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 22 Action Update Available for Purchase Message If you choose to upgrade now, the updated action pack will be downloaded to your Desktop as a disk image, and mounted for you. You may then manually copy the new version of the action pack to your hard drive, replacing the previous version. Please be sure to launch the new action pack, so it is registered with Automator, and its actions appear within Automator. You may also click the Check for Updates button within any individual action within an Automator workflow to launch the action pack application. Once launched, simply click the Check for Updates button within the main action pack window, as previously discussed Check for Updates Button within an Individual Action within an Automator Workflow An Action Pack Launch Notification is Displayed when Clicking the Check for Updates Button within an Individual Action within an Automator Workflow
  23. 23. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 23 Scheduling Update Checks An action pack may be set to automatically check for updates daily, weekly, or monthly when the action pack is launched. You can disable or change these settings from the Preferences window in the action pack. Check for Updates Scheduling Preferences To display the Preferences window, select Preferences from the action pack menu in the menu bar. Display the Preferences Window PLEASE NOTE: Automatic update checks occur only when the action pack is launched, or when the user clicks the Check for Updates button in the main action pack window. Action update checks do not occur in the background while the action pack is quit or opened.
  24. 24. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 24 Determining the Version of an Action Pack Our action pack applications have a version number, which is incremented whenever actions within that action pack are updated. This version number is displayed in the splash screen when the action pack application is launched. An Action Pack Version Appears on the Splash Screen PLEASE NOTE: You can also display the splash screen at any time by selecting About Action Pack from the action pack menu in the menu bar. Viewing an Action Pack’s Splash Screen Determining the Version of an Individual Action Action versions can be viewed in the main action pack window, or within an individual action’s description area in Automator.
  25. 25. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 25 Viewing Action Version Numbers in the Main Action Pack Window Viewing an Action’s Version Number in Automator’s Description Area
  26. 26. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 26 Viewing an Action’s Version Number in an Action’s Description Area in an Automator Workflow Action Version History This document includes a version history section, which is updated whenever an action changes. This section includes a complete history of all action version numbers and changes.
  27. 27. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 27 Automator Extension Action Pack This action pack contains the following actions, which are described throughout this section: • Add Finder Items as Login Item • Ask for Password • Bring Workflow Back to Front • Choose List Items • Click Safari Web Form Button • Click Safari Web Form Checkbox • Click Safari Web Form Radio Button • Disable Mail Account • Enable Mail Account • Filter ICC Profile Images • Find iPhoto Photo Paths • Get Clipboard Contents • Log Out Current User • Put Computer to Sleep • Restart Computer • Run JavaScript in Front Safari Window • Send Contents of Safari Page to Mail • Set Safari Web Form Text or Popup Field • Shut Down Computer • Type Keystroke PLEASE NOTE: A version history of changes to the actions above can be found at the end of this document.
  28. 28. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 28 Add Finder Items as Login Item Overview This action will add the Finder items received as input as login items. Categories • File & Folders • System • Utilities Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  29. 29. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 29 Ask for Password Overview When inserted into a workflow, this action may be configured with a specified password. Once configured, when run within a workflow, the action will prompt the user to enter the password to continue running the workflow. This action should be used primarily in workflows run as applications or plug-ins. Categories • Utilities Alert Please note that when this action is configured with a password, that password is stored within the workflow file, which is not a secure environment. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  30. 30. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 30 Bring Workflow Back to Front Overview This action will bring the workflow to the front, if another application has become frontmost. Categories • Utilities Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • Any value passed to this action as input will be passed from this action as output.
  31. 31. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 31 Choose List Items Overview This action will prompt the user to select from a list of passed values. Categories • System • Text Modifiable Action Settings • Display Prompt; Allow multiple selections; allow empty selections Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • A list of values that may be dynamically converted to text format. For example, numbers, text values, file/folder paths, etc. Output Types/Result: • The chosen list items
  32. 32. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 32 Click Safari Web Form Button Overview This action will click a form button in the front Safari window. Categories • Internet Note For this action to work, you must specify the form name or index number, and button name or index number. You can find this information in the source HTML of the page. Please note that form and button names are case sensitive. This action may be unable to work for non-standard/non-basic form buttons. Modifiable Action Settings • Form name or index number, button name or index number, checkbox value Requirements • A valid form name or index number, a valid button name or index number, an opened Safari window containing an accessible form checkbox. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  33. 33. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 33 • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  34. 34. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 34 Click Safari Web Form Checkbox Overview This action will click a form checkbox in the front Safari window. Categories • Internet Note For this action to work, you must specify the form name or index number, and checkbox name or index number. You can find this information in the source HTML of the page. Please note that form and checkbox names are case sensitive. This action may be unable to work for non-standard/non-basic form checkboxes. Modifiable Action Settings • Form name or index number, checkbox name or index number, checkbox value Requirements • A valid form name or index number, a valid checkbox name or index number, an opened Safari window containing an accessible form checkbox. Action Input and Output
  35. 35. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 35 Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  36. 36. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 36 Click Safari Web Form Radio Button Overview This action will click a form radio button in the front Safari window. Categories • Internet Note For this action to work, you must specify the form name or index number, and radio button name or index number. You can find this information in the source HTML of the page. Please note that form and radio button names are case sensitive. This action may be unable to work for non-standard/non-basic form radio buttons. Modifiable Action Settings • Form name or index number, radio button name or index number Requirements • A valid form name or index number, a valid radio button name or index number, an opened Safari window containing an accessible form radio button. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  37. 37. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 37 • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  38. 38. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 38 Disable Mail Account Overview This action will disable the specified Mail account, if it is currently enabled. Categories • Mail Note Enabled Mail accounts that are disabled with this action will revert to enabled the next time Mail is launched. Modifiable Action Settings • Account to disable. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  39. 39. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 39 Enable Mail Account Overview This action will enable the specified Mail account, if it is currently disabled. Categories • Mail Note Disabled Mail accounts that are enabled with this action will revert to disabled the next time Mail is launched. Modifiable Action Settings • Account to enable. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  40. 40. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 40 Filter ICC Profile Images Overview This action will filter an incoming list of image files for images with a color profile applied. The action may be configured to filter images with a specific color profile, or with any color profile. Categories • Photos Note If the desired color profile does not appear in the action's 'Profile' list, then you may choose 'Other...' from the list, and then enter the name of the profile. Modifiable Action Settings • The color profile for which to filter, whether to return images matching the specified profile, or not matching the specified profile. Requirements • Files of type .bmp, .eps, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .pict, .png, .psd, .tiff., and .tif Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Files Output Types/Result:
  41. 41. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 41 • Image Files with color profiles applied
  42. 42. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 42 Find iPhoto Photo Paths Overview This action will search for iPhoto images using a list of image names, and retrieve their paths. Categories • Photos Modifiable Action Settings • The name of the album to search, and whether to return the first instance of a found item, or all instances. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text (The names of the photos to locate) Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders (The found photos)
  43. 43. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 43 Get Clipboard Contents Overview This action will retrieve the contents of the clipboard, and pass it to the next action in the workflow. Categories • System Requirements • Data must exist on the clipboard Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • The contents of the clipboard
  44. 44. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 44 Log Out Current User Overview This action will log out the current user. Categories • System Alert This action will be unable to proceed if any unsaved documents are opened in launched applications. You may want to insert a 'Quit All Applications' action prior to this action. Additional actions should not be inserted into a workflow after this action is used. Note When this action is run, the operating system will display a confirmation that the user will be logged out in 60 seconds. The user will have the ability to cancel logout at this point, if desired. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  45. 45. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 45 Put Computer to Sleep Overview This action will put the computer to sleep. Categories • System Note Other actions may be inserted after this action, to continue running when the computer is woken. It may take several seconds for the computer to go to sleep. Therefore, if you find that your workflow is continuing with additional actions prior to sleeping, then you may need to insert a 'Pause' action after this action. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  46. 46. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 46 Restart Computer Overview This action will restart the computer. Categories • System Alert This action will be unable to proceed if any unsaved documents are opened in launched applications. You may want to insert a 'Quit All Applications' action prior to this action. Additional actions should not be inserted into a workflow after this action is used. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  47. 47. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 47 Run JavaScript in Front Safari Window Overview This action will run the specified JavaScript on the front Safari window. Categories • Internet Note This action will bring Safari to the front when running the specified JavaScript. If no Safari document is opened, then this action will not do anything. Modifiable Action Settings • JavaScript to run, and whether to return the result of the JavaScript, or the action's input, as the result of the action. Requirements • JavaScript must be enabled in Safari, and an opened Safari window is required. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  48. 48. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 48 Send Contents of Safari Page to Mail Overview This action will send the contents of the front opened Safari web page to Mail. Categories • Internet • Mail Note Due to limitations in Safari and Mail, this action cannot currently address the message in Mail. Therefore, once the content has been sent to Mail, the message will need to be manually addressed. Requirements • An opened web page in Safari. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  49. 49. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 49 Set Safari Web Form Text or Popup Field Overview This action will set the value of a text or popup form field in the front Safari window. Categories • Internet Note For this action to work, you must specify the form name or index number, and field name or index number. You can find this information in the source HTML of the page. Please note that form and field names are case sensitive. This action may be unable to specify values for non-standard/non-basic form fields. Modifiable Action Settings • Form name or index number, field name or index number, value Requirements • A valid form name or index number, a valid field name or index number, an opened Safari window containing an accessible form text or popup field. Action Input and Output
  50. 50. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 50 Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • N/A
  51. 51. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 51 Shut Down Computer Overview This action will shut down the computer. Categories • System Alert This action will be unable to proceed if any unsaved documents are opened in launched applications. You may want to insert a 'Quit All Applications' action prior to this action. Additional actions should not be inserted into a workflow after this action is used. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  52. 52. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 52 Type Keystroke Overview This action will simulate user interaction by typing the specified keystroke text, while optionally holding down specified modifier keys. Categories • System Alert Depending on the keystroke being performed, this action may produce undesirable results in the frontmost application. Note Make sure that the desired target application is in the front when this action is triggered in a workflow. To type a return character, enter /r, to type a tab character, enter /t. Modifiable Action Settings • Text to enter as keystrokes, whether or not to hold down the command, control, option, or shift keys Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Anything Output Types/Result:
  53. 53. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 53 • Anything
  54. 54. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 54 FileMaker Pro Action Pack This action pack contains the following actions, which are described throughout this section: • Close FileMaker Databases • Extract Field Data From Found Set • Find All Records in FileMaker Database • Find Records in FileMaker Database • Insert Picture Reference in Container Field of FileMaker Database • Make New Record in FileMaker Database • Open FileMaker Database • Run FileMaker Script • Set Field Values in FileMaker Database • Sort Records of FileMaker Database PLEASE NOTE: A version history of changes to the actions above can be found at the end of this document.
  55. 55. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 55 Close FileMaker Databases Overview This action will close a specified FileMaker Pro database, the frontmost FileMaker Pro database, or all opened FileMaker Pro databases. Categories • Utilities Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  56. 56. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 56 Extract Field Data From Found Set Overview This action will extract data from a specified field in the current record, or in all found records of a FileMaker Pro database. Categories • Utilities Modifiable Action Settings • Database name, layout name, field name, and whether to extract from all records or the current record. Requirements • An opened database in FileMaker Pro, with the specified field visible on the layout. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • The extracted field data.
  57. 57. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 57 Find All Records in FileMaker Database Overview This action will find all records in a specified FileMaker Pro database. Categories • Utilities Modifiable Action Settings • Database name, layout name. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  58. 58. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 58 Find Records in FileMaker Database Overview This action will search for records matching a specified field value in a FileMaker Pro database. Categories • Utilities Modifiable Action Settings • Database name, layout name, field name, field value, omit value. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  59. 59. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 59 Insert Picture Reference in Container Field of FileMaker Database Overview This action will set the value of specified container fields in a FileMaker Pro database to references to picture files received as input. Categories • Utilities Alert This action will set the value of a field in a FileMaker database. This cannot be undone. It is recommended that you conduct thorough testing before using this action with live data. Note This action inserts picture files into container fields as references. The actual files are not embedded into the database by this action. Modifiable Action Settings • Database name, layout name, field name, and whether to set the value of the field in the current record only, all found records, or new records. Requirements • Files of type BMP (.bmp), EPS (.eps), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg), Photoshop (.psd), PICT (.pct or .pict), PNG (.png), TIFF (.tif or .tiff), or PDF (.pdf). Action Input and Output
  60. 60. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 60 Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • N/A
  61. 61. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 61 Make New Record in FileMaker Database Overview This action will create a new record in a FileMaker database. Categories • Utilities Modifiable Action Settings • Database name, layout name, and whether to show the newly created record. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  62. 62. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 62 Open FileMaker Database Overview This action will open the database files received as input, or a remote database from a FileMaker Server. Categories • Utilities Alert A password entered into this action is not stored securely when saved within a workflow. Note The username and password fields may be left empty if your database does not require a username and password, or if you would like the user to be prompted to enter a username and password when the action runs. Modifiable Action Settings • Whether to open database files or a remote database, username and password Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  63. 63. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 63 • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • N/A
  64. 64. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 64 Run FileMaker Script Overview This action will run a specified FileMaker script in a FileMaker Pro database. Categories • Utilities Modifiable Action Settings • Database name, FileMaker script name. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  65. 65. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 65 Set Field Values in FileMaker Database Overview This action will set the value of a specified field in a FileMaker Pro database to the text received as input. Categories • Utilities Alert This action will set the value of a field in a FileMaker database. This cannot be undone. It is recommended that you conduct thorough testing before using this action with live data. Modifiable Action Settings • Database name, layout name, field name, and whether to set the value of the field in the current record only, all found records, or new records. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • N/A
  66. 66. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 66 Sort Records of FileMaker Database Overview This action will sort a FileMaker Pro database layout using the specified criteria. Categories • Utilities Note Due to limitations in FileMaker's scripting support, a second field's sort order is only supported in FileMaker 9 and higher. For older versions of FileMaker, if a second sort field is specified, then the sort order of the first field will be used for the second field. Modifiable Action Settings • Database name, layout name, field name, sort order. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result:
  67. 67. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 67 • N/A
  68. 68. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 68 Finder Action Pack This action pack contains the following actions, which are described throughout this section: • Add Finder Item Names to Spotlight Comments • Batch Create Folders from List of Names • Batch Create Sequential Folders • Create Internet Location File • Empty Trash • Filter Finder Items by Size • Get Names of Finder Items • Get Originals of Aliases • Get Parent Folders of Finder Items • Get Spotlight Comments of Finder Items • Hide Extension of Finder Items • Lock Finder Items • New Subfolder • Quit Application • Set Creator Type of Files • Set File Type of Files • Set Modification Date of Finder Items • Show Extension of Finder Items • Unlock Finder Items • Wait for Finder Items PLEASE NOTE: A version history of changes to the actions above can be found at the end of this document.
  69. 69. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 69 Add Finder Item Names to Spotlight Comments Overview This action will add the names of the files/folders passed as input to the Spotlight comments of those files/folders. Categories • File & Folders Modifiable Action Settings • The option to append the name to, or replace existing comments. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  70. 70. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 70 Batch Create Folders from List of Names Overview This action will create new folders in a specified output folder, named using the list of names received as input. Categories • File & Folders Modifiable Action Settings • Output folder. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • A list of folder names. Output Types/Result: • The newly created folders.
  71. 71. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 71 Batch Create Sequential Folders Overview This action will create a specified number of folders, named sequentially, within a specified output folder. The action also allows for the creation of sequentially named subfolders. Categories • File & Folders Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • Paths to the main folders created. NOTE: Subfolders created are not included in the result.
  72. 72. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 72 Create Internet Location File Overview This action will create Internet location files using any URLs received as input. Categories • File & Folders • Internet Note An Internet location file is a file that, when clicked, will open a URL. Requirements • Valid URLs must be received as input. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • URLs Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  73. 73. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 73 Empty Trash Overview This action will empty the Trash. Categories • File & Folders Alert Emptying the Trash will permanently remove Finder items from your machine. This action may fail if there are items in the Trash that are opened or locked. Modifiable Action Settings • Warn before emptying the Trash Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Anything Output Types/Result: • Anything
  74. 74. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 74 Filter Finder Items by Size Overview This action will scan through the Finder items passed as input. Any items matching the specified size will be passed as output to the next action in the workflow for further processing. Categories • File & Folders Note This action will round KB to 0 decimal places, MB to 1 decimal place, GB to 2 decimal places. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  75. 75. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 75 Get Names of Finder Items Overview This action will retrieve the names of any Finder items received as input. Categories • File & Folders Modifiable Action Settings • You may optionally choose to include the extension, if present, in the output Finder Item names. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Text
  76. 76. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 76 Get Originals of Aliases Overview This action will locate and output the originals of any aliases passed as input. If any non- aliases are passed as input, they will also be included in the output. Categories • File & Folders Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  77. 77. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 77 Get Parent Folders of Finder Items Overview This action will retrieve the parent folders of any files/folders passed as input. Categories • File & Folders Note If an item is a disk, and has no parent folder, then no parent folder will be returned for the disk. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • The parent folders of the files/folders passed as input.
  78. 78. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 78 Get Spotlight Comments of Finder Items Overview This action will retrieve the Spotlight comments of the files and folders received as input, and pass them as text to the next action in the workflow. Categories • File & Folders Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Text
  79. 79. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 79 Hide Extension of Finder Items Overview This action will hide the extensions of any Finder items passed as input. Categories • File & Folders Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  80. 80. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 80 Lock Finder Items Overview This action will lock Finder items passed as input. Categories • File & Folders Note Locking Finder items is different than restricting the permissions of Finder items. Locking a file prevents the file from being changed or deleted. Locking a folder prevents the folder from being deleted. Locking a folder does not lock items within the folder. Each folder item must be locked individually. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  81. 81. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 81 New Subfolder Overview This action will create a subfolder inside of the passed folder path. Categories • File & Folders Modifiable Action Settings • The name of the subfolder, the type of date prefix, if desired, and whether to create the folder with a unique numeric suffix, if an existing subfolder with the same name is already present. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  82. 82. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 82 Quit Application Overview This action will attempt to quit the specified application. Categories • File & Folders Alert This action will attempt to quit the specified application without saving any unsaved data. If unsaved data exists, then the application may display a dialog prompting you to save. Modifiable Action Settings • The desired application to quit Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Anything Output Types/Result: • Anything
  83. 83. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 83 Set Creator Type of Files Overview This action will change the creator type of files passed as input. Categories • File & Folders Alert This action will modify the creator types of files. This can sometimes prevent files from being recognized by certain applications and processes. Requirements • A 4 character creator type. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  84. 84. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 84 Set File Type of Files Overview This action will change the file type of files passed as input. Categories • File & Folders Alert This action will modify the file types of files. This can sometimes prevent files from being recognized by certain applications and processes. Requirements • A 4 character file type. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  85. 85. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 85 Set Modification Date of Finder Items Overview This action will set the modification date of the files/folders passed as input to a specified date. Categories • File & Folders Alert This action will change the modification date of items in the Finder. This cannot be undone. Note If the specified modification date is older than the Finder item's creation date, then the Finder item's creation date will also be changed to the specified modification date. Modifiable Action Settings • Modification date. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  86. 86. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 86 Show Extension of Finder Items Overview This action will unhide the extensions of any Finder items passed as input. Categories • File & Folders Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  87. 87. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 87 Unlock Finder Items Overview This action will unlock Finder items passed as input. Categories • File & Folders Note Unlocking Finder items is different than reducing the permissions of Finder items. Unlocking a locked file allows the file to be changed or deleted. Unlocking a folder allows the folder to be deleted. Unlocking a folder does not unlock items within the folder. Each folder item must be unlocked individually. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  88. 88. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 88 Wait for Finder Items Overview This action will wait for any passed Finder items to finish writing, before allowing the workflow to continue. This is done by monitoring the size of each Finder item until its’ size remains constant. Categories • File & Folders Modifiable Action Settings • You may specify the maximum amount of time the action should wait for an item before timing out. You may also specify the amount of time the action will wait before re-checking a Finder item's size. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  89. 89. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 89 Illustrator Action Pack This action pack contains the following actions, which are described throughout this section: • Close Illustrator Documents • Delete Empty Text Frames from Illustrator Documents • Filter Illustrator Documents by Color Mode • Get All Opened Illustrator Documents • Get Front Illustrator Document • Get Names of Illustrator Documents • Get Paths of Illustrator Documents • Make New Ellipse in Illustrator Documents • Make New Line in Illustrator Documents • Make New Rectangle in Illustrator Documents • New Illustrator Document • Open Documents in Illustrator • Place Images in Illustrator Documents • Place Text in Illustrator Documents • Print Illustrator Documents • Save Illustrator Documents • Save Illustrator Documents as EPS • Save Illustrator Documents as PDF • Set Ruler Origin of Documents • Trigger Illustrator Action PLEASE NOTE: A version history of changes to the actions above can be found at the end of this document.
  90. 90. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 90 Close Illustrator Documents Overview This action will close opened Illustrator images. Categories • Documents Alert This action may modify Illustrator documents. Note When performing a save and close, save options are unavailable, and all documents will be saved in Illustrator format. Documents that have not been previously saved cannot be saved and closed. Modifiable Action Settings • The option to save and close the documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  91. 91. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 91 Delete Empty Text Frames from Illustrator Documents Overview This action will delete empty text frames from the Illustrator documents passed as input. Categories • Documents Alert This action will modify Illustrator documents. In some cases, this cannot be undone. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  92. 92. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 92 Filter Illustrator Documents by Color Mode Overview This action will filter the input Illustrator documents for documents matching the specified color mode, either CMYK or RGB. Categories • Documents Alert This action may modify Illustrator documents when performing a save and close. Note When performing a save and close, save options are unavailable, and all documents will be saved in Illustrator format. Documents that have not been previously saved cannot be saved and closed. Modifiable Action Settings • The color mode for which to filter, and the option to save and close documents that don't match the specified criteria. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  93. 93. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 93 Get All Opened Illustrator Documents Overview This action will retrieve a list of opened Illustrator documents, and pass them as output to the next action in the workflow. Categories • Documents Note If Illustrator documents are received as input, then this action will append the remaining opened Illustrator document to the documents received as input. Requirements • One or more opened Illustrator documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  94. 94. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 94 Get Front Illustrator Document Overview This action will locate the front opened Illustrator document, and pass it as output to the next action in the workflow. Categories • Documents Note If Illustrator documents are received as input, then this action will append the front opened Illustrator document to the documents received as input. If the input contains the front document, then the front document will not be appended a second time. You may optionally configure this action to ignore its input, to prevent this from occurring. Requirements • An opened Illustrator document. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  95. 95. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 95 Get Names of Illustrator Documents Overview This action will retrieve the names of the Illustrator documents received as input. If no documents are received as input, or input is ignored, then the action will attempt to retrieve the name of the frontmost opened Illustrator document. Once retrieved, the names will be passed as output to the next action in the workflow (any action that accepts text as input) for further processing. Categories • Documents Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • The names of the Illustrator documents.
  96. 96. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 96 Get Paths of Illustrator Documents Overview This action will retrieve the file paths of the Illustrator documents received as input. If no documents are received as input, or input is ignored, then the action will attempt to retrieve the file path of the frontmost opened Illustrator document. Once retrieved, the file paths will be passed as output to the next action in the workflow (any action that accepts files/folders as input) for further processing. Categories • Documents Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • The file paths of the Illustrator documents.
  97. 97. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 97 Make New Ellipse in Illustrator Documents Overview This action will create an ellipse at the specified position in the Illustrator documents passed as input. If no Illustrator documents are passed as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Illustrator document. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Ellipse name, left position, right position, top position, bottom position, fill color, stroke color, and stroke weight. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  98. 98. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 98 Make New Line in Illustrator Documents Overview This action will create a line at the specified position in the Illustrator documents passed as input. If no Illustrator documents are passed as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Illustrator document. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Line name, left position, right position, top position, bottom position, stroke color, and stroke weight. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  99. 99. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 99 Make New Rectangle in Illustrator Documents Overview This action will create a rectangle at the specified position in the Illustrator documents passed as input. If no Illustrator documents are passed as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Illustrator document. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Rectangle name, left position, right position, top position, bottom position, fill color, stroke color, and stroke weight. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  100. 100. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 100 New Illustrator Document Overview This action will create a new document in Illustrator. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Document size and color mode. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents
  101. 101. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 101 Open Documents in Illustrator Overview This action will open documents in Illustrator. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • The ability to suppress warning dialogs, the ability to preserve spot colors in the gradient mesh for legacy documents, and the ability to update text in legacy documents. Requirements • Files of type Adobe Illustrator (.ai), AutoCAD Drawing (.dwg), AutoCAD Interchange File (.dxf), BMP (.bmp), Corel Draw (.cdr), Enhanced Metafile (.emf), EPS (.eps), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg), Photoshop (.psd), PICT (.pct or .pict), PNG (.png), TIFF (.tif or .tiff), PDF (.pdf), SVG (.svg), SVG Compressed (.svgz), Targa (.tga), Text (.txt), DWG (.dwg) or Windows Metafile (.wmf). Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents
  102. 102. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 102 Place Images in Illustrator Documents Overview This action will place the image files passed as input into the frontmost opened Illustrator document, or into all opened Illustrator documents. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Whether the images should be placed into the frontmost opened Illustrator document, or all opened Illustrator documents. Requirements • Files of type BMP (.bmp), EPS (.eps), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg), Photoshop (.psd), PICT (.pct or .pict), PNG (.png), TIFF (.tif or .tiff), or PDF (.pdf). Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image files. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  103. 103. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 103 Place Text in Illustrator Documents Overview This action will place text received as input into specified text boxes in the frontmost opened Illustrator document, or into all opened Illustrator documents. Categories • Documents Note When targeting a text frame by name, please ensure that you have manually entered a unique name for the text frame. You can enter a name for a text frame by navigating to, and double clicking on the text frame in Illustrator's 'Layers' palette. If targeting multiple text frames, those text frames should have the same prefix, but unique numeric suffixes, i.e. MyTextFrame1, MyTextFrame2, MyTextFrame3, etc. If a specified text frame cannot be found in a document, then the text will be placed in a new text frame. If a specified paragraph style sheet cannot be found, then no style sheet will be applied. Modifiable Action Settings • Target Illustrator document, text placement options. Action Input and Output
  104. 104. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 104 Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  105. 105. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 105 Print Illustrator Documents Overview This action will print the Illustrator documents passed as input to the default printer, using a specified print preset. If no documents are passed as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Illustrator document. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • A print preset Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  106. 106. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 106 Save Illustrator Documents Overview This action will save Illustrator documents to an output folder in Adobe Illustrator format, using a specified name. If necessary, a unique suffix will be automatically appended to the saved document name so that existing files with the same name are not overwritten. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Save file name, output folder, and whether the document should be closed after the save. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Saved document paths or opened Illustrator documents.
  107. 107. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 107 Save Illustrator Documents as EPS Overview This action will save Illustrator documents to an output folder in EPS format, using a specified name. If necessary, a unique suffix will be automatically appended to the saved document name so that existing files with the same name are not overwritten. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Save file name, output folder, whether the document should be closed after the save, whether to overwrite existing files, preview format, whether to embed fonts, whether to include linked files, whether to include document thumbnails, whether to include CMYK PostScript in RGB files, compatible gradient and gradient mesh printing, and Adobe PostScript level. Action Input and Output
  108. 108. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 108 Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Saved EPS file paths or opened Illustrator documents.
  109. 109. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 109 Save Illustrator Documents as PDF Overview This action will save Illustrator documents to an output folder in PDF format, using a specified name. If necessary, a unique suffix will be automatically appended to the saved document name so that existing files with the same name are not overwritten. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Adobe PDF preset, save file name, output folder, and whether the document should be closed after the save. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Saved PDF file paths or opened Illustrator documents.
  110. 110. Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 110 Set Ruler Origin of Documents Overview This action will set the ruler origin (the left, bottom corner) of the Illustrator documents passed as input to a specified position. If no documents are received as input, or input is ignored, then the action will attempt to reset the ruler origin of the frontmost opened Illustrator document. Categories • Documents Note Despite the units visible in Illustrator, the ruler origin values must be specified in points. Modifiable Action Settings • The across and down position of the ruler. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.

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