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  • 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
  • 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  
  • 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  
  • 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  
  • 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  
  • 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  
  • 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  
  • 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  
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 33 • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  • 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
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 35 Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  • 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:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 37 • N/A Output Types/Result: • N/A
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 41 • Image Files with color profiles applied
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 50 Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • N/A
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 53 • Anything
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 60 Acceptable Input Types: • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • N/A
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 63 • Files/Folders Output Types/Result: • N/A
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 67 • N/A
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 104 Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 108 Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Saved EPS file paths or opened Illustrator documents.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 111 Trigger Illustrator Action Overview This action will trigger a specified Illustrator action. Categories • Documents Alert This action may modify Illustrator documents. Note Some Illustrator actions may take some time to run, and Illustrator may release control to the Automator action prior to the action completing, potentially causing unanticipated results. If this occurs, increase the amount of time the action will delay within the Automator action's settings. Modifiable Action Settings • Name of the Illustrator action, name of the set to which the action belongs, amount of time to delay after triggering action. Requirements • The action can not be triggered if it is selected in Illustrator's 'Actions' palette. Please ensure that the action is de-selected in Illustrator's 'Actions' palette prior to running this Automator action. In addition, the action name and set are case sensitive, and must EXACTLY match their names as they appear in Illustrator. If the reference to the document is changed by the action, such as saving the
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 112 document as a different name, then the modified document will not be included in out output of the action. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Illustrator documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Illustrator documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 113 InDesign Action Pack This action pack contains the following actions, which are described throughout this section: • Add Pages to InDesign Documents • Close InDesign Documents • Export InDesign Documents to PDF • Find and Change Text in InDesign Documents • Get All Opened InDesign Documents • Get Front InDesign Document • Get Linked Images from InDesign Documents • Get Names of InDesign Documents • Get Paths of InDesign Documents • Get Text From InDesign Documents • Merge InDesign Documents • New InDesign Document • Open Documents in InDesign • Package InDesign Documents • Place Images in InDesign Document • Place Text in InDesign Document • Print InDesign Documents • Save InDesign Documents • Save InDesign Document as Single Page Documents • Update Modified Links in InDesign Documents PLEASE NOTE: A version history of changes to the actions above can be found at the end of this document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 114 Add Pages to InDesign Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for adding the specified number of pages to InDesign documents, using blank pages, or a specified master. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Number of pages to add • The type of page to add. Options include either a blank page or a specific master. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • InDesign documents Output Types/Result: • InDesign documents NOTE: Optionally, this action may be configured to ignore its input. If this is done, then the action will attempt to save the front opened document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 115 Close InDesign Documents Overview This action will close opened InDesign documents. Categories • Documents Alert This action may modify InDesign documents. Note When performing a save and close, save options are unavailable. 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 InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 116 Export InDesign Documents to PDF Overview This action will export InDesign documents in PDF format into a specified output folder. It may optionally be configured to export single-page PDF files. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • PDF Export Preset • Output folder • Exported PDF naming – You may choose to export documents to PDF, using the original document’s name, or a new name. • Export individual pages • Save and close the document once the export is complete • Overwrite existing PDF files in the output folder, with the same name. If this checkbox is deselected, then a unique numeric suffix will be added to the exported file’s name, if necessary, so that existing files with the same name are not overwritten.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 117 Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened InDesign documents Output Types/Result: • Exported PDF paths NOTE: Optionally, this action may be configured to ignore its input. If this is done, then the action will attempt to save the front opened document in InDesign.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 118 Find and Change Text in InDesign Documents Overview This action will perform a find/change in the InDesign documents received as input. If no documents are received as input, or input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened InDesign document. Categories • Documents Note Text frame labels are case sensitive. PLEASE NOTE: The options to include hidden layers, master pages, and footnotes are only supported in InDesign CS3 and higher. Modifiable Action Settings • Find/change text, whether to search the entire document or a specified text frame, find/change options. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 119 • Opened InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened InDesign documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 120 Get All Opened InDesign Documents Overview This action will retrieve a list of opened InDesign documents, and pass them as output to the next action in the workflow. Categories • Documents Note If InDesign documents are received as input, then this action will append the remaining opened InDesign document to the documents passed as input. Requirements • One or more opened InDesign documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened InDesign documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 121 Get Front InDesign Document Overview This action will locate the front opened InDesign document, and pass it as output to the next action in the workflow. Categories • Documents Note If InDesign documents are received as input, then this action will append the front opened InDesign document to the documents passed 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 InDesign document. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened InDesign documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 122 Get Linked Images from InDesign Documents Overview This action will retrieve a list of linked images from the InDesign documents passed as input, and output them to the next action in the workflow. If no InDesign documents are received as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened InDesign document. Categories • Documents Note Images passed as output from this action can be processed by an action that accepts files/folders as input. This action will not return missing images, but it will return modified images. It will not return duplicate instances of the same image, if detected. Modifiable Action Settings • Whether to get linked images from all pages, or from a specific page. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Image files.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 123 Get Names of InDesign Documents Overview This action will retrieve the names of the InDesign documents passed 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 InDesign 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 InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • The names of the InDesign documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 124 Get Paths of InDesign Documents Overview This action will retrieve the file paths of the InDesign documents passed 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 InDesign 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 InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • The file paths of the InDesign documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 125 Get Text From InDesign Documents Overview This action will retrieve text from the InDesign documents passed as input, and output it to the next action in the workflow. If no InDesign documents are received as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened InDesign document. Categories • Documents Note Text passed as output from this action can be processed by an action that accepts text as input. Script labels may be applied to text frames using InDesign's 'Script Label' palette. Script labels are case sensitive. Be sure to match the label or label prefix exactly when specifying them. Modifiable Action Settings • Whether to get text from the document (as a whole), the document (one page at a time), or a specific page, and whether to get text from all text frames, a single text frame with a specific script label applied, or multiple text frames with a specific script label prefix applied.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 126 Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 127 Merge InDesign Documents Overview This action will merge the InDesign documents received as input. Documents may be merged into the first document received as input, or into a new InDesign document. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Whether to merge into the first input document, or a new document, and whether the result of the action should be the input documents and the merged document, or just the merged document. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened InDesign documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 128 New InDesign Document Overview This action will create a new document in InDesign. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Document size and facing pages Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • The newly created InDesign document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 129 Open Documents in InDesign Overview This Automator action is responsible for opening each of the document files received as input in Adobe InDesign. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • The option to suppress warnings, such as notifications about missing fonts, when opening documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • InDesign document file paths or QuarkXPress 4 document file paths Output Types/Result: • References to the opened InDesign documents Note Adobe InDesign can be used to open QuarkXPress 4 documents. Therefore, this action will accept QuarkXPress 4 documents as input, as well as InDesign documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 130 Package InDesign Documents Overview This action will package the InDesign documents received as input, and output them into the specified location. If no InDesign documents are received as input, or input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened InDesign document. Categories • Documents Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Packaged document folders
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 131 Place Images In InDesign Document Overview This Automator action is responsible for placing passed images into image frames in an Adobe InDesign document. For example, this action could be used to place product images into a catalog template. Categories • Documents Note This action will import the following types of images - BMP, EPS, GIF, JPEG, PDF, PICT, PNG, PSD, and TIFF. Unacceptable paths will be ignored. Document Preparation In order for images to be imported into image frames in the specified InDesign document, the document must be pre-configured with labeled image frames.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 132 First, create the desired number of image frames. Create one image frame for every image you want the Automator action to place into the document. Next, you need to assign labels to the image frames. Labels are necessary in order to allow the Automator action to differentiate between frames in the document, and to ensure that data is placed in the proper locations during processing. Labels are assigned using the Script Label palette in InDesign. The Script Label palette is accessible via the Window > Automation > Script Label menu in InDesign. InDesign Script Label Palette To assign a label to a page item, select the page item in the layout, type a name into the Script Label palette, and press the ENTER key. Do not press the RETURN key, as it will add a carriage return to the end of the page item’s label. To verify that a label has been applied to a page item, select the desired page item, and observe the name in the Script Label palette. Labels may be applied to any type of page item, including rectangles, text frames, groups, etc. PLEASE NOTE: After assigning labels to page items, be sure to save the document in order to ensure that all applied labels are retained. It is recommended to save the document each time a label is applied to ensure that labels are not lost, should an application crash occur. If an image will only be placed into a single frame within the document, then you may label the frame in any manner that you wish. However, if multiple images will be placed into multiple frames, then those frames should be labeled in a sequential manner. Label each frame using the same label prefix, followed by a sequential number suffix. Do not add leading zeros to this sequential number. For example, MyImage1, MyImage2, MyImage3… MyImage100. Images will be placed into the frames in the order in which the frames are named. Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Import Into: – Use this area to specify the document into which you want images to be placed. You may choose to place images in the current document, or a specific document file. If you choose to place images in a document file, you must choose an InDesign document, which will be opened by the action during processing.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 133 • Place Images In: – Use this area to specify the label for the image frame into which you want images to be placed. To place an image in a single frame, select the A Single Image Frame Labeled radio button, and specify the label of the frame in which you would like the image to be placed, i.e. MyImage. The label you enter should EXACTLY match the label that has been applied to the frame. So, if you have added a sequential suffix to the end of the label, then you must enter that here too. For example, MyImage1. To place images in multiple frames, select the Multiple Image Frames Labeled with Prefix, and specify the label prefix of the frames in which you would like the images to be placed. For example, if your frames are labeled MyImage1, MyImage2, MyImage3… MyImage100, then you would enter a label prefix of MyImage, leaving off the numeric suffix. • Process Image Frames on: - Use this area to specify how you would like the action to process the image frames within the document. You may choose to process image frames in the document, as a whole. If you choose this option, the action will look at properly labeled frames across the entire document at once. This is useful if you want, for example, the first passed image to be placed in a frame on page 1, the second image to be placed in a frame on page 3, and the third image to be placed in a frame on page 1 again. With this option selected, when placing multiple images, the action will place images into frames sequentially, regardless of the pages on which they reside. You may choose to process image frames on each page of the document. If you choose this option, the action will loop through the pages of the document, and place the images on one page at a time. For example, it would start with page 1 in the document, scan through, locate properly labeled frames, and place images into those frames. Once done processing page 1, it would move on to the next page, and perform the same process. This is useful if you want, for example, images to be placed on page 1, then page 2, then page 3, and so forth. When processing in this manner, if multiple images will be placed, the frames on each page may be labeled the same, so long as they are sequential within each page. You may choose to process image frames on a specified page of the document. If you choose this option, then only labeled frames on that page would be processed. The remainder of the document would remain untouched. • Fit images proportionally Action Input and Output
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 134 Acceptable Input Types: • Image file paths, in the order in which they should be placed Output Types/Result: • A reference to the opened InDesign document
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 135 Place Text In InDesign Document Overview This Automator action is responsible for placing a list of passed text strings into text frames in a specified Adobe InDesign document. For example, this action could be used to place product descriptions or prices into a catalog template. Categories • Documents Requirements • The specified InDesign document must contain pre-existing text frames with script labels applied. Script labels may be applied to text frames using InDesign's 'Script Label' palette. Document Preparation
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 136 In order for text to be imported into text frames in the specified InDesign document, the document must be pre-configured with labeled text frames. First, create the desired number of text frames. Create one text frame for every text string you want the Automator action to place into the document. Next, you need to assign labels to the text frames. Labels are necessary in order to allow the Automator action to differentiate between frames in the document, and to ensure that data is placed in the proper locations during processing. Labels are assigned using the Script Label palette in InDesign. The Script Label palette is accessible via the Window > Automation > Script Label menu in Adobe InDesign. InDesign Script Label Palette To assign a label to a page item, select the page item in the layout, type a name into the Script Label palette, and press the ENTER key. Do not press the RETURN key, as it will add a carriage return to the end of the page item’s label. To verify that a label has been applied to a page item, select the desired page item, and observe the name in the Script Label palette. Labels may be applied to any type of page item, including rectangles, text frames, groups, etc. PLEASE NOTE: After assigning labels to page items, be sure to save the document in order to ensure that all applied labels are retained. It is recommended to save the document each time a label is applied to ensure that labels are not lost, should an application crash occur. If a text string will only be placed into a single text frame within the document, then you may label the frame in any manner that you wish. However, if multiple text strings will be placed into multiple frames, then those frames should be labeled in a sequential manner. Label each frame using the same label prefix, followed by a sequential number suffix. Do not add leading zeros to this sequential number. For example, MyText1, MyText2, MyText3… MyText100. Text strings will be placed into the frames in the order in which the frames are named. Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Import Into: – Use this area to specify the document into which you want text strings to be placed. You may choose to place text strings in the current
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 137 document, or a specific document file. If you choose to place text strings in a document file, you must choose an InDesign document, which will be opened by the action during processing. • Place Text In: – Use this area to specify the label for the text frame into which you want text strings to be placed. To place text into a single frame, select the A Single Text Frame Labeled radio button, and specify the label of the frame in which you would like the text string to be placed, i.e. MyText. The label you enter should EXACTLY match the label that has been applied to the frame. So, if you have added a sequential suffix to the end of the label, then you must enter that here too. For example, MyText1. To place text in multiple frames, select the Multiple Text Frames Labeled with Prefix, and specify the label prefix of the frames in which you would like the text strings to be placed. For example, if your frames are labeled MyText1, MyText2, MyText3… MyText100, then you would enter a label prefix of MyText, leaving off the numeric suffix. • Process Text Frames on: - Use this area to specify how you would like the action to process the text frames within the document. You may choose to process text frames in the document, as a whole. If you choose this option, the action will look at properly labeled frames across the entire document at once. This is useful if you want, for example, the first passed text string to be placed in a frame on page 1, the second text string to be placed in a frame on page 3, and the third text string to be placed in a frame on page 1 again. With this option selected, when placing multiple text strings, the action will place text into frames sequentially, regardless of the pages on which they reside. You may choose to process text frames on each page of the document. If you choose this option, the action will loop through the pages of the document, and place the text strings on one page at a time. For example, it would start with page 1 in the document, scan through, locate properly labeled frames, and place text into those frames. Once done processing page 1, it would move on to the next page, and perform the same process. This is useful if you want, for example, images to be placed on page 1, then page 2, then page 3, and so forth. When processing in this manner, if multiple text strings will be placed, the frames on each page may be labeled the same, so long as they are sequential within each page. You may choose to process text frames on a specified page of the document. If you choose this option, then only labeled frames on that page would be processed. The remainder of the document would remain untouched.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 138 • Append Text to Existing Content – Select this checkbox if you would like to retain any existing text in the text frames in which text is being placed. Leaving this checkbox unchecked will cause the placed text to overwrite existing text in the text frames in which it is being placed, if existing text is present. • Apply Paragraph Style to Frame – Select this checkbox and enter the name of a paragraph style sheet, if you would like a paragraph style to be applied to the text of the text frame once text has been placed. Please note that selecting this checkbox will cause ALL text within the box to have the paragraph style applied. Leaving this checkbox unchecked will cause text to be placed, using the existing styles applied to the text frame. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text strings, in the order in which they should be placed Output Types/Result: • A reference to the opened InDesign document
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 139 Print InDesign Documents Overview This action will print the InDesign documents passed as input, 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 InDesign document. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • A print preset Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened InDesign documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 140 Save InDesign Documents Overview This action will save InDesign documents to an output folder 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 This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Save Name (a unique numeric suffix will be automatically applied to saved documents, if multiple documents are passed as input) • Output folder • Overwrite existing files in the output folder, with the same name. If this checkbox is deselected, then a unique numeric suffix will be added to the saved file’s name, if necessary, so that existing files with the same name are not overwritten. • Close the document once the save is complete Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 141 • Opened InDesign document references Output Types/Result: • Document paths (if the documents are closed after processing) • References to the opened InDesign documents (if the documents are not closed after processing) NOTE: Optionally, this action may be configured to ignore its input. If this is done, then the action will attempt to save the front opened document in InDesign.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 142 Save InDesign Document as Single Page Documents Overview This action will save each page of the InDesign document files received as input into a specified output folder as input as a single-page InDesign document. If no InDesign document files are received as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened InDesign document. Categories • Documents Alert PLEASE NOTE: This action will open the InDesign files received as input, extract their pages, and then close them. During the extraction process, any page items connected to master pages must be detached. The action will close the original document without saving, so these detachments should not be retained in the original document files. However, if an error occurs, and the process is halted, please be aware that some page items in the opened document may be detached from their master pages. Therefore, you should revert the document to its original state, or close it without saving, to prevent these detachments from being retained. Note Saved single-page documents will include a suffix, indicating their page number, i.e. fileName_01.indd, fileName_02.indd, fileName_03.indd, etc. PLEASE NOTE: Automatic page numbering and text frames linked across multiple pages may not translate properly into single-page documents. Modifiable Action Settings
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 143 • Save file name, output folder, and whether to overwrite existing files with the same name. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • The InDesign document files you want to separate into single-page documents. Output Types/Result: • The separated single-page InDesign document files.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 144 Update Modified Links in InDesign Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for updating modified links in InDesign documents passed as input, or in the frontmost InDesign document. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • N/A Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened InDesign documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened InDesign documents. NOTE: Optionally, this action may be configured to ignore its input. If this is done, then the action will attempt to save the front opened document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 145 Photoshop Actions This action pack contains the following actions, which are described throughout this section: • Add IPTC Captions to Photoshop Documents • Apply Gaussian Blur to Photoshop Documents • Apply Pinch to Photoshop Documents • Apply Sharpen to Photoshop Documents • Apply Sharpen Edges to Photoshop Documents • Apply Sharpen More to Photoshop Documents • Apply Smart Blur to Photoshop Documents • Apply Twirl to Photoshop Documents • Apply Unsharp Mask to Photoshop Documents • Apply Watermark to Photoshop Documents • Assign Color Profile to Photoshop Documents • Change Mode of Photoshop Documents • Close Photoshop Documents • Extract IPTC Captions from Photoshop Documents • Flatten Photoshop Documents • Flip Photoshop Documents • Get All Opened Photoshop Documents • Get Front Photoshop Document • Get Names of Photoshop Documents • Get Paths of Photoshop Documents • New Photoshop Document • Open Camera Raw Images in Photoshop • Open Images in Photoshop • Resize Photoshop Documents • Rotate Photoshop Documents • Save Photoshop Documents • Save Photoshop Documents as JPEG • Save Photoshop Documents for Web • Trigger Photoshop Action • Trim Photoshop Documents PLEASE NOTE: A version history of changes to the actions above can be found at the end of this document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 146 Add IPTC Captions to Photoshop Documents NOTE: This action will modify your Photoshop documents. Overview This Automator action is responsible for adding IPTC caption information to Photoshop documents. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. Categories • Photos
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 147 Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Requirements • If image paths are passed, then the action will handle opening image 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), PDF (.pdf). Unacceptable paths will be ignored. • Keyword and supplemental categories should be separated by commas. Modifiable Action Settings This action supports adding any of the following IPTC captions: • Author Name • Author Title • Description • Keywords (must be separated by commas) • Category • Supplemental Categories (must be separated by commas) • Copyright Status (Unknown, Copyrighted, Public Domain) • Copyright Notice • Copyright URL • City
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 148 • State/Province • Country This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved and closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 149 Apply Gaussian Blur to Photoshop Documents Overview This action will apply the 'Gaussian Blur' filter to the Photoshop documents received as input. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Modifiable Action Settings • Radius Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 150 Apply Pinch to Photoshop Documents Overview This action will apply the 'Pinch' filter to the Photoshop documents received as input. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Modifiable Action Settings • Amount Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 151 Apply Sharpen to Photoshop Documents Overview This action will apply the 'Sharpen Edges' filter to the Photoshop documents received as input. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 152 Apply Sharpen Edges to Photoshop Documents Overview This action will apply the 'Sharpen More' filter to the Photoshop documents received as input. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 153 Apply Sharpen More to Photoshop Documents Overview This action will apply the 'Sharpen' filter to the Photoshop documents received as input. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 154 Apply Smart Blur to Photoshop Documents Overview This action will apply the 'Smart Blur' filter to the Photoshop documents received as input. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Modifiable Action Settings • Radius, threshold, quality, and mode. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 155 Apply Twirl to Photoshop Documents Overview This action will apply the 'Twirl' filter to the Photoshop documents received as input. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Modifiable Action Settings • Angle Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 156 Apply Unsharp Mask to Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for applying an Unsharp Mask filter to the current layer in Photoshop documents. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Requirements • If image paths are passed, then the action will handle opening image 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), PDF (.pdf). Unacceptable paths will be ignored. Modifiable Action Settings
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 157 This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Amount • Radius • Threshold This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved and closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 158 Apply Watermark to Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for applying a watermark image to Photoshop documents. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. Please note that due to AppleScript limitations in Photoshop, this Action will not apply a watermark using Photoshop’s built-in watermark capabilities. Rather, it will open a specified watermark image, and copy and paste it onto each of the passed photos. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Requirements • If image paths are passed, then the action will handle opening image 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), PDF (.pdf). A valid image file must also be specified for the watermark. Unacceptable paths will be ignored.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 159 • A valid image file must also be specified for the watermark. Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Watermark file (Ideally, this should be an image file with transparency applied) This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved and closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 160 Assign Color Profile to Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for assigning a specified color profile to Photoshop documents. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Requirements • If image paths are passed, then the action will handle opening image files of type BMP (.bmp), EPS (.eps), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg), Photoshop (.psd), PICT
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 161 (.pct or .pict), PNG (.png), TIFF (.tif or .tiff), PDF (.pdf). Unacceptable paths will be ignored. Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Color profile type, i.e. none, working, custom • RGB image profile • CMYK image profile • Grayscale image profile This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved and closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 162 Change Mode of Photoshop Documents Overview This action will change the mode of the Photoshop documents received as input. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note The documents being processed must support a change to the specified mode. For example, a CMYK document cannot be converted to bitmap. In addition, some mode changes may present dialogs in Photoshop, such as for flattening layers. Modifiable Action Settings • Mode, Bits per Channel Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 163 Close Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for closing opened Photoshop documents. Categories • Photos Alert This action may modify Photoshop images. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Modifiable Action Settings This action may be configured to save the Photoshop documents prior to closing them. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved)
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 164 Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 165 Extract IPTC Captions from Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for extracting IPTC caption information, i.e. file info, from Photoshop documents. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. Categories • Photos Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. Unacceptable paths will be ignored. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 166 Requirements • Image 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). In order to use the save and close features with JPEG images, those images must have been previously saved with Photoshop. Modifiable Action Settings This action supports extracting any of the following IPTC captions: • Author • Author Title • Category • City • Copyright Notice • Copyright Status • Copyright URL • Country • Creation Date • Credit • Description • Description Writer • Document Title • EXIF Data • Headline • Instructions • Keywords • Source
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 167 • State/Province • Supplemental Categories • Transmission Reference • Urgency This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Text - A list of extracted text strings Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 168 Flatten Photoshop Documents Overview This action will flatten the Photoshop documents received as input. If no documents are received as input, or input is ignored, then the action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 169 Flip Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for flipping each of the passed Photoshop documents horizontally and/or vertically. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. Unacceptable paths will be ignored. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Requirements • Image 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). In order to use the save and close features with JPEG images, those images must have been previously saved with Photoshop.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 170 Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Flip direction (options include Horizontally, Vertically, or Both) This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved and closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 171 Get All Opened Photoshop Documents Overview This action will retrieve a list of opened Photoshop documents, and pass them as output to the next action in the workflow. Categories • Photos Note If Photoshop documents are received as input, then this action will append the remaining opened Photoshop document to the documents passed as input. Requirements • One or more opened Photoshop documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 172 Get Front Photoshop Document Overview This action will locate the front opened Photoshop document, and pass it as output to the next action in the workflow. Categories • Photos Note If Photoshop documents are received as input, then this action will append the front opened Photoshop document to the documents passed 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 Photoshop document. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 173 Get Names of Photoshop Documents Overview This action will retrieve the names of the Photoshop documents passed 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 Photoshop 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 • Photos Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • The names of the Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 174 Get Paths of Photoshop Documents Overview This action will retrieve the file paths of the Photoshop documents passed 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 Photoshop 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 • Photos Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • The file paths of the Photoshop documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 175 New Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for creating a new Photoshop document of a specified width, height, mode, and background. Categories • Photos Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Name • Height • Width • Units of measurement • Color mode • Background Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 176 • N/A Output Types/Result: • A Reference to the Opened Photoshop Document
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 177 Open Camera Raw Images in Photoshop Overview This action will open Camera Raw images in Photoshop. Categories • Photos
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 178 Note RAW open options can only be specified for Photoshop CS3 and higher. If CS2 is being used, then RAW images will be opened using Photoshop's default open settings. Modifiable Action Settings • The ability to use camera, image, or custom Camera raw settings. NOTE: All modifiable settings will become enabled when the Custom checkbox is selected. Requirements • Camera Raw image files must be passed to this action as input. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Camera Raw image files. Output Types/Result: • Opened Photoshop documents. Additional screenshots of this action’s tabs can be found on the following pages:
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  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 183 Open Images in Photoshop Overview This Automator action is responsible for opening passed images in Photoshop. Categories • Photos Requirements • If image paths are passed, then the action will handle opening image 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), PDF (.pdf). Unacceptable paths will be ignored. Modifiable Action Settings • N/A Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths Output Types/Result: • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 184 Resize Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for resizing Photoshop documents to a specified width, height, and resolution. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Requirements • If image paths are passed, then the action will handle opening image files of type BMP (.bmp), EPS (.eps), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg), Photoshop (.psd), PICT
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 185 (.pct or .pict), PNG (.png), TIFF (.tif or .tiff), PDF (.pdf). Unacceptable paths will be ignored. Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Height • Width • Unit type (allows scaling by percentage) • Resample method • Constrain type (allows images to be scaled proportionally) This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved and closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 186 Rotate Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for rotating Photoshop documents a specified amount. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Requirements • If image paths are passed, then the action will handle opening image 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), PDF (.pdf). Unacceptable paths will be ignored.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 187 Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Rotation amount (options include 90º, 180º, or arbitrary) • Rotation direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise) This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved and closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 188 Save Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for saving Photoshop documents in their original format into a specified folder, using a specified name. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Save name • Output location • Whether existing files should be overwritten
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 189 This action may also be configured to close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 190 Save Photoshop Documents as JPEG Overview This action will save the Photoshop documents received as input in JPEG format, using the specified settings. If no documents are received as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Note This action will save a copy of each Photoshop document. If you choose to close the document after saving, the original document will be closed without saving. Modifiable Action Settings
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 191 • Output folder, output file name, matte, image quality, format options, embed color profile, whether to overwrite existing files, and whether to close the documents after saving. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • The saved JPEG files.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 192 Save Photoshop Documents for Web Overview This action will save the Photoshop documents received as input for the web, using a specified save for web preset. If no documents are received as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Photoshop document. Categories • Photos Note Due to a scripting limitation in Photoshop, if the preset 'GIF Restricted' is chosen, 256 colors will be included in the saved file, rather than automatic colors. This may reduce the saved file size slightly. This action will save a copy of each Photoshop document. If you choose to close the document after saving, the original document will be closed without saving. Modifiable Action Settings • Output folder, output file name, whether to overwrite existing files, and save for web preset. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 193 • Opened Photoshop documents. Output Types/Result: • The saved image files.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 194 Trigger Photoshop Action Overview This Automator action is responsible for triggering a specified Photoshop action on each of the passed Photoshop documents. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. If no input is received, then the script will attempt to trigger the Photoshop action, assuming that there is a document opened. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Requirements • If image paths are passed, then the action will handle opening image 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), PDF (.pdf). Unacceptable paths will be ignored.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 195 Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Action set name (this is case sensitive, and must EXACTLY match the set name, as it appears in Photoshop) • Action name (this is case sensitive, and must EXACTLY match the action name, as it appears in Photoshop) This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved and closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 196 Trim Photoshop Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for trimming Photoshop documents. This action will accept image paths or Photoshop documents as input. If image paths are passed to the action, then those image paths will be automatically opened in Photoshop in order to be processed by the action. Categories • Photos Alert This action will modify Photoshop documents. Note Compression options are not available when performing a save and close. When saving and closing a PDF, you may be prompted by Photoshop to manually specify settings. In order to use the save and close option with JPEG images, then those JPEG images must have previously been created with Photoshop. If this has not been done, then Photoshop will display a dialog during the save process, which cannot be automatically dismissed. Requirements • If image paths are passed, then the action will handle opening image 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), PDF (.pdf). Unacceptable paths will be ignored. Modifiable Action Settings
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 197 This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Trim options This action may also be configured to save and close the Photoshop documents, once processing is complete. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image Paths • References to Opened Photoshop Documents Output Types/Result: • Image Paths (if the documents are saved and closed after processing) • References to the Opened Photoshop Documents (if the documents are not saved and closed after processing) Optionally, input may be ignored for this action. If input is ignored, then the action will process on the frontmost opened Photoshop document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 198 QuarkXPress Actions This action pack contains the following actions, which are described throughout this section: • Add Pages to Quark Documents • Apply Quark Box Names • Close Quark Documents • Find and Change Text in Quark Documents • Get All Opened Quark Documents • Get Front Quark Document • Get Linked Images from Quark Documents • Get Names of Quark Documents • Get Paths of Quark Documents • Get Text from Quark Documents • Merge Quark Documents • New Quark Document • Open Documents in Quark • Place Images in Quark Document • Place Text in Quark Document • Print Quark Documents • Print Quark Documents to PostScript • Retrieve Quark Box Names • Save Quark Documents • Save Quark Pages to EPS PLEASE NOTE: A version history of changes to the actions above can be found at the end of this document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 199 Add Pages to Quark Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for adding the specified number of pages to QuarkXPress documents, using blank pages, or a specified master. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Number of pages to add • The type of page to add. Options include either a blank page or a specific master. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • QuarkXPress documents Output Types/Result: • QuarkXPress documents NOTE: Optionally, this action may be configured to ignore its input. If this is done, then the action will attempt to save the front opened document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 200 Apply Quark Box Names Overview This Automator action is responsible for assigning AppleScript names to text or picture boxes in a QuarkXPress document. When implementing automation in a Quark-based workflow, scripts and Automator workflows need a way to differentiate between boxes in a document. This is necessary in order to ensure that the appropriate box in a document is processed at the appropriate time. For example, if you are building a catalog, you might want to ensure that your product prices are placed into specific boxes in your catalog. Without box naming, boxes are typically processed by a script or Automator workflow in order, from front to back. While this method may work for some, it is not always recommended, as re-ordering of boxes can break an automated workflow. To allow for more robust automation, boxes in a document to be processed should be assigned names, instead. Some of our Automator actions that will place data in QuarkXPress documents require that you assign names to boxes in Quark. This action has been provided to give you a way to assign those names. Once boxes have been named in a QuarkXPress document, you may copy them from one document to another, or from one page to another, and the box names should still be retained.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 201 Please be aware that box names, once applied, are not visible in Quark. To retrieve a list of box names that have been applied by this action, to ensure that proper naming has occurred, you may run our Retrieve Quark Box Names action. Categories • Documents Requirements • An opened Quark document containing text or picture boxes. Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Box Name Prefix – The prefix of a box name to be applied, for example, MyText or MyImage. • Numeric Suffix Type – This action will allow you to assign box names to multiple boxes at once. In doing so, a numeric suffix will be automatically applied to each box being named, in sequential order. This option allows you to specify the type of numeric suffix to be applied. To automatically number boxes in sequence, beginning with 1, you may choose the Automatic numeric suffix type. For example, boxes named with this option might be named MyImage1, MyImage2, MyImage3, and so forth. To number boxes in sequence, beginning with any specified number, you may choose the Beginning with numeric suffix type, and specify a starting number. To prevent numeric suffixes from being added, you may choose the No Suffix option. • Application Type – Whether to apply the box name to the currently selected box in the frontmost QuarkXPress document, all text or picture boxes in the frontmost QuarkXPress document, or all text or picture boxes on the current page of the frontmost QuarkXPress document. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result:
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  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 203 Close Quark Documents Overview This action will close opened Quark documents. Categories • Documents Alert This action may modify Quark documents. Note When performing a save and close, save options are unavailable. 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 Quark documents. Output Types/Result: • Files/Folders
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 204 Find and Change Text in Quark Documents Overview This action will perform a find/change in the Quark documents received as input. If no documents are received as input, or input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Quark document. Categories • Documents Note Text box names are case sensitive. Modifiable Action Settings • Find/change text, whether to search the entire document or a specified text box. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Quark documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Quark documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 205 Get All Opened Quark Documents Overview This action will retrieve a list of opened Quark documents, and pass them as output to the next action in the workflow. Categories • Documents Note If Quark documents are received as input, then this action will append the remaining opened Quark document to the documents passed as input. Requirements • One or more opened Quark documents. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Quark documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Quark documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 206 Get Front Quark Document Overview This action will locate the front opened Quark document, and pass it as output to the next action in the workflow. Categories • Documents Note If Quark documents are received as input, then this action will append the front opened Quark document to the documents passed 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 Quark document. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened QuarkXPress documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened QuarkXPress documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 207 Get Linked Images from Quark Documents Overview This action will retrieve a list of linked images from the Quark documents passed as input, and output them to the next action in the workflow. If no Quark documents are received as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Quark document. Categories • Documents Note Images passed as output from this action can be processed by an action that accepts files/folders as input. This action will not return missing images, but it will return modified images. It will not return duplicate instances of the same image, if detected. Modifiable Action Settings • Whether to get linked images from all pages, or from a specific page. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Quark documents. Output Types/Result: • Image files.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 208 Get Names of Quark Documents Overview This action will retrieve the names of the QuarkXPress documents passed 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 QuarkXPress 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 QuarkXPress documents. Output Types/Result: • The names of the QuarkXPress documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 209 Get Paths of Quark Documents Overview This action will retrieve the file paths of the QuarkXPress documents passed 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 QuarkXPress 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 QuarkXPress documents. Output Types/Result: • The file paths of the QuarkXPress documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 210 Get Text from Quark Documents Overview This action will retrieve text from the Quark documents passed as input, and output it to the next action in the workflow. If no Quark documents are received as input, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Quark document. Categories • Documents Note Text passed as output from this action can be processed by an action that accepts text as input. Script names may be applied to text boxes using the 'Apply Quark Box Names' Automator action. Modifiable Action Settings • Whether to get text from the document (as a whole), the document (one page at a time), or a specific page, and whether to get text from all text boxes, a single text box with a specific script Name applied, or multiple text boxes with a specific script name prefix applied. Action Input and Output
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 211 Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Quark documents. Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 212 Merge Quark Documents Overview This action will merge the Quark documents received as input. Documents may be merged into the first document received as input, or into a new Quark document. Categories • Documents Note This action will not merge style sheets. Modifiable Action Settings • Whether to merge into the first input document, or a new document, and whether the result of the action should be the input documents and the merged document, or just the merged document. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Quark documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Quark documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 213 New Quark Document Overview This action will create a new document in Quark. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings • Document size, automatic text box, and facing pages Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • The newly created Quark document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 214 Open Documents In Quark Overview This Automator action is responsible for opening each of the passed Quark documents in QuarkXPress. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Use Document Preferences – Indicates whether the document or application preferences should be used when opening the document • Prompt for Missing Fonts – Indicates whether the user should be prompted to locate any missing fonts, or whether missing fonts should simply be ignored • Auto Update Modified Pictures – Indicates whether modified pictures should be automatically updated. Requires that the “auto update pictures” preference for the document be set to “On” or “Verify”. • Allow Reflow – Indicates whether the flow version of the document should be updated, if necessary. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Quark document file paths Output Types/Result:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 215 • References to the opened Quark documents
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 216 Place Images In Quark Document Overview This Automator action is responsible for placing passed images into picture boxes in a specified QuarkXPress document. For example, this action could be used to place product images into a catalog template. Document Preparation In order for images to be placed into the specified Quark document, the document must be pre-configured with existing picture boxes, with AppleScript names applied. First, create the desired number of picture boxes. Create one picture box for every image you want the Automator action to place into the document. Next, you need to assign AppleScript names to the picture boxes. Names are necessary in order to allow the Automator action to differentiate between boxes in the document, and to ensure that data is placed in the proper locations during processing. Names may be applied to boxes using our Apply Quark Box Names action, explained earlier in this document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 217 PLEASE NOTE: After assigning names to boxes to a document using the Apply Quark Box Names action, be sure to save the document in order to ensure that all applied names are retained. It is recommended to save the document each time a name is applied to ensure that names are not lost, should an application crash occur. If an image will only be placed into a single picture box within the document, then you may name the picture box in any manner that you wish. However, if multiple images will be placed into multiple picture boxes, then those picture boxes should be named in a sequential manner. Name each text box using the same name prefix, followed by a sequential number suffix. Do not add leading zeros to this sequential number. For example, MyImage1, MyImage2, MyImage3… MyImage100. Images will be placed into the picture boxes in the order in which the picture boxes are named. • Import Into: – Use this area to specify the document into which you want images to be placed. You may choose to place images in the current document, or a specific document file. If you choose to place images in a document file, you must choose a QuarkXPress document, which will be opened by the action during processing. • Place Images In: – Use this area to specify the AppleScript name for the picture box into which you want images to be placed. To place an image in a single picture box, select the A Single Picture Box Named radio button, and specify the name of the picture box in which you would like the image to be placed, i.e. MyImage. The name you enter should EXACTLY match the name that has been applied to the picture box. So, if you have added a sequential suffix to the end of the name, then you must enter that here too. For example, MyImage1. To place images in multiple picture boxes, select the Multiple Picture Boxes Named with Prefix, and specify the name prefix of the picture boxes in which you would like the images to be placed. For example, if your picture boxes are named MyImage1, MyImage2, MyImage3… MyImage100, then you would enter a name prefix of MyImage, leaving off the numeric suffix. • Process Picture Boxes on: - Use this area to specify how you would like the action to process the picture boxes within the document. You may choose to process picture boxes in the document, as a whole. If you choose this option, the action will look at properly named picture boxes across the entire document at once. This is useful if you want, for example, the first passed image to be placed in a picture box on page 1, the second image to be placed in a picture box on page 3, and the third image to be placed in a picture box on page 1 again. With this option selected, when placing multiple images, the action will place images into picture boxes sequentially, regardless of the pages on which they reside.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 218 You may choose to process picture boxes on each page of the document. If you choose this option, the action will loop through the pages of the document, and place the images on one page at a time. For example, it would start with page 1 in the document, scan through, locate properly named picture boxes, and place images into those picture boxes. Once done processing page 1, it would move on to the next page, and perform the same process. This is useful if you want, for example, images to be placed on page 1, then page 2, then page 3, and so forth. When processing in this manner, if multiple images will be placed, the picture boxes on each page may be named the same, so long as they are sequential within each page. You may choose to process picture boxes on a specified page of the document. If you choose this option, then only named picture boxes on that page would be processed. The remainder of the document would remain untouched. • Fit images proportionally Categories • Documents Requirements • The specified Quark document must contain pre-existing picture boxes with AppleScript names applied. This action will import the following types of images - BMP, EPS, GIF, JPEG, PDF, PNG, and TIFF. Unacceptable paths will be ignored. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Image file paths, in the order in which they should be placed Output Types/Result: • A reference to the opened Quark document
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 219 Place Text In Quark Document Overview This Automator action is responsible for placing a list of passed text strings into text frames in a specified QuarkXPress document. For example, this action could be used to place product descriptions or prices into a catalog template. Document Preparation In order for text to be placed into the specified Quark document, the document must be pre-configured with existing text boxes, with AppleScript names applied. First, create the desired number of text boxes. Create one text box for every text string you want the Automator action to place into the document. Next, you need to assign AppleScript names to the text boxes. Names are necessary in order to allow the Automator action to differentiate between boxes in the document, and to ensure that data is placed in the proper locations during processing. Names may be
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 220 applied to boxes using our Apply Quark Box Names action, explained earlier in this document. PLEASE NOTE: After assigning names to boxes to a document using the Apply Quark Box Names action, be sure to save the document in order to ensure that all applied names are retained. It is recommended to save the document each time a name is applied to ensure that names are not lost, should an application crash occur. If a text string will only be placed into a single text box within the document, then you may name the text box in any manner that you wish. However, if multiple images will be placed into multiple text boxes, then those text boxes should be named in a sequential manner. Name each frame using the same name prefix, followed by a sequential number suffix. Do not add leading zeros to this sequential number. For example, MyImage1, MyImage2, MyImage3… MyImage100. Images will be placed into the text boxes in the order in which the text boxes are named. • Import Into: – Use this area to specify the document into which you want text to be placed. You may choose to place text in the current document, or a specific document file. If you choose to place text in a document file, you must choose a QuarkXPress document, which will be opened by the action during processing. • Place Text In: – Use this area to specify the AppleScript name for the text box into which you want text to be placed. To place text into a single text box, select the A Single Text Box Named radio button, and specify the name of the text box in which you would like the text to be placed, i.e. MyText. The name you enter should EXACTLY match the name that has been applied to the text box. So, if you have added a sequential suffix to the end of the name, then you must enter that here too. For example, MyText1. To place text in multiple text boxes, select the Multiple Text Boxes Named with Prefix, and specify the name prefix of the text boxes in which you would like the text to be placed. For example, if your text boxes are named MyText1, MyText2, MyText3… MyText100, then you would enter a name prefix of MyText, leaving off the numeric suffix. • Process Text Boxes on: - Use this area to specify how you would like the action to process the text boxes within the document. You may choose to process text boxes in the document, as a whole. If you choose this option, the action will look at properly named text boxes across the entire document at once. This is useful if you want, for example, the first passed text string to be placed in a text box on page 1, the second text string to be placed in a text box on page 3, and the third text string to be placed in a text box on page 1 again. With this option selected, when placing multiple text strings, the action will
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 221 place text into picture boxes sequentially, regardless of the pages on which they reside. You may choose to process text boxes on each page of the document. If you choose this option, the action will loop through the pages of the document, and place the text on one page at a time. For example, it would start with page 1 in the document, scan through, locate properly named text boxes, and place text into those text boxes. Once done processing page 1, it would move on to the next page, and perform the same process. This is useful if you want, for example, text to be placed on page 1, then page 2, then page 3, and so forth. When processing in this manner, if multiple text strings will be placed, the text boxes on each page may be named the same, so long as they are sequential within each page. You may choose to process text boxes on a specified page of the document. If you choose this option, then only named text boxes on that page would be processed. The remainder of the document would remain untouched. Categories • Documents Requirements • The specified Quark document must contain pre-existing text boxes with AppleScript names applied. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text strings, in the order in which they should be placed Output Types/Result: • A reference to the opened Quark document
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 222 Print Quark Documents Overview This action will print the Quark documents received as input. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Quark document. Categories • Documents Note This action will print using the default print settings in Quark. To specify custom print settings, open Quark's print dialog, specify the desired settings, and click the 'Capture Settings' button. Modifiable Action Settings • Number of copies. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Quark documents. Output Types/Result: • Opened Quark documents.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 223 Print Quark Documents to PostScript Overview This action will print the Quark documents received as input as PostScript files to a specified output folder. If no input is received, or if input is ignored, then this action will attempt to process the frontmost opened Quark document. Categories • Documents Note This action will print using the default print settings in Quark. To specify custom print settings, open Quark's print dialog, specify the desired settings, and click the 'Capture Settings' button. Please note that, in order to print a PostScript file, a PostScript printer, or a virtual PostScript printer must be selected as the default printer. If one is not, then the action may receive an error, or may send the file to the printer, rather than printing as a PostScript file. Modifiable Action Settings • PostScript file name and output folder. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Quark documents. Output Types/Result:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 224 • PostScript file paths.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 225 Retrieve Quark Box Names Overview This Automator action is responsible for retrieving names of text or picture boxes in a QuarkXPress document. When implementing automation in a Quark-based workflow, scripts and Automator workflows need a way to differentiate between boxes in a document. This is necessary in order to ensure that the appropriate box in a document is processed at the appropriate time. For example, if you are building a catalog, you might want to ensure that your product prices are placed into specific boxes in your catalog. Without box naming, boxes are typically processed by a script or Automator workflow in order, from front to back. While this method may work for some, it is not always recommended, as re-ordering of boxes can break an automated workflow. To allow for more robust automation, boxes in a document to be processed should be assigned names, instead. Some of our Automator actions that will place data in QuarkXPress documents require that you assign names to boxes in Quark. You may use our Apply Quark Box Names action to name boxes in your Quark documents. Please be aware that box names, once applied, are not visible in Quark. Instead, box names are invisible to the user. This action has been provided to give you a way to retrieve box names, in order to ensure that they have been properly applied within a QuarkXPress document. When used in a workflow, this action should be followed by the View Results action. This will allow you to view the result of this action when this action is run from within Automator. The following is an example of this action, when used in a workflow, followed by a View Results action. Categories
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 226 • Documents Requirements • An opened Quark document containing text or picture boxes with AppleScript names applied. Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Retrieval Type – Whether to retrieve the box name from the selected box in the frontmost QuarkXPress document, all text or picture boxes in the frontmost QuarkXPress document, or all text or picture boxes on the current page of the frontmost QuarkXPress document. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • N/A Output Types/Result: • Text strings (A list of applied box names)
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 227 Save Quark Documents Overview This Automator action is responsible for saving each of the passed Quark documents, or the front Quark document, into a specified output folder, using a specified name. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Save Name (a unique numeric suffix will be applied to saved documents, if necessary, so that existing documents are not overwritten) • Output folder • Overwrite existing files in the output folder, with the same name. If this checkbox is deselected, then a unique numeric suffix will be added to the saved file’s name, if necessary, so that existing files with the same name are not overwritten. • Close the document once the save is complete Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 228 • Opened Quark document references Output Types/Result: • Document paths (if the documents are closed after processing) • References to the opened Quark documents (if the documents are not closed after processing) NOTE: Optionally, this action may be configured to ignore its input. If this is done, then the action will attempt to save the front opened document in Quark.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 229 Save Quark Pages to EPS Overview This Automator action is responsible for saving pages from QuarkXPress documents into the specified output folder in EPS format. Categories • Documents Modifiable Action Settings This action will allow the following settings to be configured: • Pages to save (Options include saving all pages, or a specified page number) • Output folder • Save Name (a unique numeric suffix will be applied to saved documents, if necessary, so that existing documents are not overwritten) • Save and close the documents once processing is complete • Overwrite existing files in the output folder, with the same name. If this checkbox is deselected, then a unique numeric suffix will be added to the saved file’s name, if necessary, so that existing files with the same name are not overwritten.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 230 Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Opened Quark document references Output Types/Result: • Saved EPS file paths NOTE: Optionally, this action may be configured to ignore its input. If this is done, then the action will attempt to save the front opened document in Quark.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 231 TextEdit Action Pack This action pack contains the following actions, which are described throughout this section: • Add Prefix to Text Paragraphs • Add Suffix to Text Paragraphs • Change Case of Text • Combine Text Strings • Extract URLs from Text • Find and Replace in Text • Get Characters of Text • Get Length of Text • Get Paragraphs of Text • Get Words of Text • Read Text File • Remove Duplicate Paragraphs from Text • Remove Empty Paragraphs • Remove Markup from Text • Remove Prefix from Text Paragraphs • Remove Suffix from Text Paragraphs • Sort Text Paragraphs • Split Text • Trim Text • Write Text to File PLEASE NOTE: A version history of changes to the actions above can be found at the end of this document.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 232 Add Prefix to Text Paragraphs Overview This Automator action is responsible for adding a specified prefix to each paragraph of the text passed as input. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The prefix to add to each paragraph • Whether or not to add the prefix to empty paragraphs Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 233 Add Suffix to Text Paragraphs Overview This Automator action is responsible for adding a specified suffix to each paragraph of the text passed as input. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The suffix to add to each paragraph • Whether or not to add the suffix to empty paragraphs Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 234 Change Case of Text Overview This Automator action is responsible for changing the case of the text passed as input to uppercase, lowercase, sentence case, or title case. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The desired case Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 235 Combine Text Strings Overview This action will combine the text strings received as input into a single text string, optionally using a specified delimiter. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The option to include a specified delimiter between the joined strings. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 236 Extract URLs from Text Overview This action will extract URLs from the text received as input. Categories • Text • Internet Note This action will search for URLs beginning with the following prefixes: http, www, mailto, and ftp. Custom search prefixes may be specified, if desired. Modifiable Action Settings • Custom URL search prefixes Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • URLs
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 237 Find and Replace in Text Overview This Automator action is responsible for performing a find and replace in the text passed as input. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The find text • The replacement text NOTE: To find/replace a return character, enter the text /r To find/replace a tab character, enter the text /t To find/replace the string /t, enter the text //t To find/replace the string /r, enter the text //r Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 238 Get Characters of Text Overview This action will extract the individual characters of the text passed as input. Categories • Text Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 239 Get Length of Text Overview This action will retrieve the length of the text passed as input. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The option to get the length of the input text in characters, words, or paragraphs. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 240 Get Paragraphs of Text Overview This action will extract the individual paragraphs of the text passed as input. Categories • Text Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 241 Get Words of Text Overview This action will extract the individual words of the text passed as input. Categories • Text Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 242 Read Text File Overview This Automator action is responsible for reading the contents of text files passed as input. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • N/A Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text files Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 243 Remove Duplicate Paragraphs from Text Overview This action will remove any duplicate paragraphs from the text received as input. Categories • Text Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 244 Remove Empty Paragraphs Overview This action will remove empty paragraphs from the text received as input. Categories • Text Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 245 Remove Markup from Text Overview This action will remove tagged markup from the text received as input, passing only the extracted text as output. Categories • Text Note If the input text includes extensive markup, this action may take a little while to remove the markup. Modifiable Action Settings • The starting and ending markup tag characters, whether to remove leading tabs and spaces from paragraphs, and whether to remove empty paragraphs. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 246 Remove Prefix from Text Paragraphs Overview This Automator action is responsible for removing a prefix from each paragraph of the text passed as input. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The prefix to remove from each paragraph Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 247 Remove Suffix from Text Paragraphs Overview This Automator action is responsible for removing a suffix from each paragraph of the text passed as input. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The suffix to remove from each paragraph Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 248 Sort Text Paragraphs Overview This Automator action is responsible for alphabetically sorting the paragraphs of the text passed as input. Text may be sorted in either ascending or descending order. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • Sort order Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 249 Split Text Overview This action will split the text strings received as input into a multiple text strings, using a specified delimiter. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The delimiter to use when splitting the text. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 250 Trim Text Overview This Automator action is responsible for trimming the text passed as input to a specified number of characters. Categories • Text Modifiable Action Settings • The number of characters to which the text should be trimmed Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 251 Write Text to File Overview This Automator action is responsible for writing text to a specified file. Categories • Text Alert If the 'overwrite' option is chosen in this action's settings, existing files may be overwritten. This cannot be undone. Please take care if selecting this option. Modifiable Action Settings • The output file name • The output folder • Automatically append a .txt extension to the output file name • Overwrite existing files (A unique numeric suffix will be added to the file name if necessary, to prevent existing files from being overwritten) Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 252 Output Types/Result: • Paths of the files to which the text is written
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 253 Twitter Action Pack This action pack contains the following actions, which are described throughout this section: • Get Current Tweet from Tweep • Get Recent Direct Messages • Get Recent Public Tweets • Get Recent Replies • Get Recent Tweets from Tweep • Get Recent Tweets from Tweeps I'm Following • Get Tweep Information • Get Tweeps • Post a Tweet • Send Direct Message PLEASE NOTE: A version history of changes to the actions above can be found at the end of this document. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 254 Get Current Tweet from Tweep Overview This action will retrieve the most recent tweet (aka status) for the specified tweep (aka user), or from any tweeps received as input. To prevent input text from being processed, choose to ignore input for this action from the 'Action' menu. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • Tweep name • Whether to include the tweep name in the result. Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text - Most recent tweet from the specified tweep
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 255 Get Recent Direct Messages Overview This action will retrieve a list of direct messages for your Twitter account. Any text received as input will be appended to the retrieved messages. To prevent this, choose to ignore input for this action from the 'Action' menu. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. This action can be configured to retrieve multiple pages of direct messages. Please note that a separate request is sent for each requested page, each of which will count toward your total requests. Each page will include up to 20 direct messages. Please note: When included in a saved workflow, this action does not store passwords securely. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • Your Twitter username and password • Whether to include the tweep name in the retrieved messages • Number of pages of messages to retrieve Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 256 Output Types/Result: • Text - A list of direct messages.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 257 Get Recent Public Tweets Overview This action will retrieve the 20 most recent tweets (aka statuses) from non-protected tweeps (aka users) who have set a custom user icon. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • N/A Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text - Tweep names and/or tweets.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 258 Get Recent Replies Overview This action will retrieve a list of replies for your Twitter account. Any text received as input will be appended to the retrieved replies. To prevent this, choose to ignore input for this action from the 'Action' menu. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. This action can be configured to retrieve multiple pages of replies. Please note that a separate request is sent for each requested page, each of which will count toward your total requests. Each page will include up to 20 replies. Please note: When included in a saved workflow, this action does not store passwords securely. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • Your Twitter username and password • Whether to include the tweep name in the retrieved replies • Number of pages of replies to retrieve Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 259 Output Types/Result: • Text - Tweep names and/or tweets
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 260 Get Recent Tweets from Tweep Overview This action will retrieve a list of tweets (aka statuses) for a specified Tweep (aka user). Any text received as input will be appended to the retrieved tweets. To prevent this, choose to ignore input for this action from the 'Action' menu. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. This action can be configured to retrieve multiple pages of tweets. Please note that a separate request is sent for each requested page, each of which will count toward your total requests. Each page will include up to 20 tweets. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • Tweep name • Whether to include the tweep name in the retrieved tweets • Number of pages of tweets to retrieve Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text - Tweep name and/or tweets
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 261 Get Recent Tweets from Tweeps I’m Following Overview This action will retrieve a list of tweets (aka statuses) from tweeps (aka friends) you're following on your Twitter account. Any text received as input will be appended to the retrieved tweets. To prevent this, choose to ignore input for this action from the 'Action' menu. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. This action can be configured to retrieve multiple pages of tweets. Please note that a separate request is sent for each requested page, each of which will count toward your total requests. Each page will include up to 20 tweets. Please note: When included in a saved workflow, this action does not store passwords securely. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • Your Twitter username and password • Whether to include the tweep name in the retrieved tweets • Number of pages of tweets to retrieve Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 262 • Text Output Types/Result: • Text - Tweep names and/or tweets
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 263 Get Tweep Information Overview This action will retrieve profile information for a specified tweep (aka user), or from any tweeps received as input. To prevent input text from being processed, choose to ignore input for this action from the 'Action' menu. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • Tweep name • Types of information to retrieve • Whether to include field names in the returned information Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 264 Output Types/Result: • Text - Tweep information
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 265 Get Tweeps Overview This action will retrieve a list of tweeps that you are following, or that are following you. Any text received as input will be appended to the retrieved tweeps. To prevent this, choose to ignore input for this action from the 'Action' menu. PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. This action can be configured to retrieve multiple pages of replies. Please note that a separate request is sent for each requested page, each of which will count toward your total requests. Each page will include up to 20 tweep names. Please note: When included in a saved workflow, this action does not store passwords securely. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • Your Twitter username and password • Whether to retrieve tweeps you're following or tweeps following you • Number of pages of tweeps to retrieve Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 266 • Text Output Types/Result: • Text - Tweep names
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 267 Post a Tweet Overview This action will post a specified tweet, or each text item received as input, to your Twitter account. To prevent input text from being processed, choose to ignore input for this action from the 'Action' menu. PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of 140 characters is permitted per tweet. Any longer text will be automatically trimmed to 140 characters. There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. Please note: When included in a saved workflow, this action does not store passwords securely. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • Your Twitter username and password • Text to tweet Action Input and Output Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result:
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 268 • Text - Tweeted text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 269 Send Direct Message Overview This action will send a specified direct message, or each text item received as input, to a specified tweep (aka user). To prevent input text from being processed, choose to ignore input for this action from the 'Action' menu. PLEASE NOTE: The targeted tweep must be someone that is following you. A maximum of 140 characters is permitted per direct message. Any longer text will be automatically trimmed to 140 characters. There is a limit on the number of requests that can be sent to Twitter. That limit is 100 per 60 minute period. Please note: When included in a saved workflow, this action does not store passwords securely. Categories • Internet Modifiable Action Settings • Your Twitter username and password • Recipient tweep • Message to send Action Input and Output
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 270 Acceptable Input Types: • Text Output Types/Result: • Text – Message text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 271 Support Automated Workflows, LLC offers complimentary support through our online forum. Our forum provides answers to frequently asked questions about our products, and allows an opportunity for user discussion of our products. Paid support is available upon request. To report product bugs, or suggest product features, please contact us directly. NOTE: Please be sure to check the frequently asked questions section of the online forum before reporting bugs. Reporting Bugs If you experience a bug with our Automator actions, please try to make notes of what was occurring at the time the problem occurred. For example, please write down which file was processing, was a certain application in the front, did any dialog messages appear, etc. In addition, we recommend taking screen shots of any error messages or problems that arise. Errors encountered during processing may be logged into the Library > Logs > Automated Workflows, LLC folder within your user folder. If you have encountered a bug, please email us at support@automatedworkflows.com with a description of the error and any relevant details, including notes, screen shots, and log files. This will aid us in troubleshooting the problem. You may also submit bug reports from our website at www.automatedworkflows.com/contact/.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 272 Troubleshooting To troubleshoot problems with our Automator actions, please begin by consulting Automator’s log viewer. The log will often indicate the nature of a problem that has been encountered, such as invalid action input, incorrect action settings, etc. You can view the log by selecting View > Log from Automator’s menu bar. If problems are still encountered, please ensure that data is being passed through the workflow. You can do this by running the workflow from within Automator, and viewing the result area for each action. If you are still unable to resolve a problem in Automator, please consult our online support forum for frequently asked questions and user-to-user support. www.automatedworkflows.com/forum/ Learning More About Automator Automator can take time and practice to master. To learn all the ins and outs of Automator, including more on troubleshooting, please consult Ben Waldie’s Automator for Mac OS X Visual QuickStart Guide (Peachpit Press). www.automatedworkflows.com/books/automator_vqs.html Need More User-to-User Help? Apple’s Automator User’s Mailing List is a great way to ask questions and learn about Automator. You can subscribe to this mailing list, as well as dozens of others, at http://lists.apple.com.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 273 Contact Information Office Mailing Address Automated Workflows, LLC 116 Cold Stream Road Phoenixville, PA 19460 For additional information about Automated Workflows, LLC’s products and services, please visit www.automatedworkflows.com.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 274 Version History Automator Extension Action Pack History Main Action Pack – View Action Versions Below for Details of Changes 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 11.18.08 – Version 3.01 03.06.09 – Version 3.02 08.27.09 – Version 3.03 03.14.10 – Version 3.04 Add Finder Items as Login Items 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release Ask for Password 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Bring Workflow Back to Front 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Choose List Items 06.11.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Updated prompt field to support the use of variables Click Safari Web Form Button 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 275 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Click Safari Web Form Checkbox 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Click Safari Web Form Radio Button 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release Disable Mail Account 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Enable Mail Account 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Filter Images by ICC Profile 06.12.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 12.21.07 – Version 1.01 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 04.30.08 – Version 1.02 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Changed name from Filter ICC Profile Images
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 276 • Updated to allow an "Other" profile to be specified Find iPhoto Photo Paths 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 10.26.07 – Version 1.02 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard • Updated for compatibility with iPhoto 08 04.30.08 – Version 1.03 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Renamed from Find iPhoto Item Paths • Updated to allow returning only the first found instance of an item, or all instances Get Clipboard Contents 06.12.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template Log Out Current User 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Put Computer to Sleep 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 11.18.08 – Version 1.01 • Updated to fix a problem when deleting action from a workflow
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 277 08.27.09 – Version 1.02 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Restart Computer 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Run JavaScript in Front Safari Window 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 03.06.09 – Version 1.01 • Updated to return the action’s input as the result, if no result is provided from Safari after executing the specified JavaScript 08.27.09 – Version 1.02 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Send Contents of Safari Page to Mail 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Set Safari Web Form Text or Popup Field 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release 03.14.10 – Version 1.01 • Updated to fix an issue when attempting to process input text in a service workflow Shut Down Computer 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial release
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 278 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Type Keystroke 06.12.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 10.02.06 – Version 1.01 • Updated to allow return and tab characters to be keystroked 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template 08.27.09 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 279 FileMaker Pro Action Pack History Main Action Pack – View Action Versions Below for Details of Changes 09.06.08 – Version 3.0 10.01.08 – Version 3.01 04.28.09 – Version 3.02 08.27.09 – Version 3.03 Close FileMaker Databases 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 03.30.08 – Version 1.01 • Fixed an issue when attempting to close the front or all databases, when no database name has been specified Extract Field Data From Found Set 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.1 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated for use with FileMaker Pro version 8 10.02.06 – Version 1.11 • Updated to remove FileMaker app version check to display this action in Automator 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to handle file specifications • Updated database, layout, and field name fields to support the use of variables • Updated for new action pack 10.01.08 – Version 2.01 • Improved support for networked databases 04.28.09 – Version 2.02 • Updated to fix an issue when retrieving record values when only one record is present in the found set Find All Records in FileMaker Database 09.24.08 – Version 1.0
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 280 • Initial Release 10.01.08 – Version 1.01 • Improved support for networked databases Find Records in FileMaker Database 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Insert Picture Reference in Container Field of FileMaker Database 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Make New Record in FileMaker Database 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Open FileMaker Database 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 08.27.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a compatibility issue in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Run FileMaker Script 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Set Field Values in FileMaker Database 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Sort Records of FileMaker Database 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 281 Finder Action Pack History Main Action Pack – View Action Versions Below for Details of Changes 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 08.27.09 – Version 3.01 Add Finder Item Names to Spotlight Comments 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Batch Create Folders from List of Names 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Batch Create Sequential Folders 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Create Internet Location File 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Empty Trash 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Filter Finder Items By Size 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Names of Finder Items 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Originals of Aliases 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 282 Get Parent Folders of Finder Items 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Spotlight Comments of Finder Items 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Hide Extension of Finder Items 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Lock Finder Items 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release New Subfolder 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 10.26.07 – Version 1.01 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 04.30.08 – Version 1.02 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Updated subfolder name field to support the use of variables in Leopard Quit Application 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 04.30.08 – Version 1.01 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 283 Set Creator Type of Files 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Set File Type of Files 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Set Modification Date of Finder Items 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Show Extension of Finder Items 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Unlock Finder Items 09.06.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Wait for Finder Items 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 10.26.07 – Version 1.01 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.02 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 04.30.08 – Version 1.03 • Made some improvements to file handling 07.08.08 – Version 1.04 • Updated to assume that items remaining at a size of 0 for longer than the specified number of seconds are finished writing 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 284 • Updated to fix a problem when processing an empty folder
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 285 Illustrator Action Pack History Main Action Pack – View Action Versions Below for Details of Changes 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 10.17.08 – Version 1.01 01.28.09 – Version 1.02 08.27.09 – Version 1.03 09.06.09 – Version 1.04 12.01.09 – Version 1.05 05.18.10 – Version 1.06 Close Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Delete Empty Text Frames from Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Filter Illustrator Documents by Color Mode 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 10.17.08 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a typo in the action’s interface Get All Opened Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Front Illustrator Document 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Names of Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Paths of Illustrator Documents
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 286 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Make New Ellipse in Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Make New Line in Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Make New Rectangle in Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release New Illustrator Document 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 10.17.08 – Version 1.01 • Updated to bring Illustrator to the front when creating a new document, to work around an issue with Illustrator CS4 if Illustrator is hidden Open Documents in Illustrator 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.06.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed an incompatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard 12.01.09 – Version 1.02 • Added additional error logging, due to reports of issues in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard 05.18.10 – Version 1.03 • Added support for opening .dwg files. Place Images in Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 287 • Initial Release Place Text in Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 01.28.09 – Version 1.01 • Fixed an issue with the demo functionality of this action Print Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Save Illustrator Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Save Illustrator Documents as EPS 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Save Illustrator Documents as PDF 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Set Ruler Origin of Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Trigger Illustrator Action 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 288 InDesign Action Pack History Main Action Pack – View Action Versions Below for Details of Changes 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 10.17.08 – Version 3.01 03.06.09 – Version 3.02 08.27.09 – Version 3.03 12.01.09 – Version 3.04 Add Pages to InDesign Documents 06.13.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 12.21.07 – Version 1.11 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Updated master page field to support the use of variables Close InDesign Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Export InDesign Documents to PDF 06.13.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 07.10.06 – Version 1.01 • Updated to fix an issue with retaining the chosen output directory 09.05.06 – Version 1.02 • Updated to not auto-apply a unique numeric suffix when exporting using the original InDesign document name, unless existing files are present and are not to be overwritten. 11.09.06 – Version 1.03 • Updated to fix a timeout issue when exporting PDF files
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 289 04.02.07 – Version 1.04 • Updated to increase timeout when exporting from 10 minutes to 20 minutes • Updated to work around InDesign problem when exporting PDF files with names of more than 31 characters in length 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 12.21.07 – Version 1.11 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Updated to allow exporting into same directory as document • Fixed an issue when attempting to save a previously unsaved document • Updated file name field to support the use of variables • Updated to allow exporting individual pages in PDF format 12.01.08 – Version 2.02 • Updated to fix an issue detecting newly generated PDF files in Snow Leopard • Added additional error logging, due to reports of issues in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Find and Change Text in InDesign Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get All Opened InDesign Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Front InDesign Document 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Linked Images from InDesign Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Names of InDesign Documents
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 290 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Paths of InDesign Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Text from InDesign Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Merge InDesign Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 10.17.08 – Version 1.01 • Updated merge process to fix an issue with pages being merged in reverse order New InDesign Document 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Open Documents in InDesign 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to handle .indd, .indt, and .indb extensions 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 291 • Added the ability to accept QuarkXPress 4 documents as input, to be opened in InDesign 04.30.08 – Version 1.13 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Updated to allow Quark documents to be passed as input • Updated to allow user to specify whether open dialogs should be displayed Package InDesign Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 10.17.08 – Version 1.01 • Added support for Adobe InDesign CS4 03.06.09 – Version 1.02 • Increased timeout when packaging documents from 2 minutes to 15 minutes Place Images in InDesign Document 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 2.0 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to allow the user to import into the current document, or a specified file • Updated to allow the user to import into an individual frame, or multiple frames • Updated to allow the user to process the entire document as a whole, each page individually, or a specific page number 10.02.06 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a bug when using action with InDesign CS 11.28.06 – Version 2.02 • Fixed a bug when placing images on a specific page number 04.02.07 – Version 2.03 • Fixed a bug when placing images in frames on individual pages 04.19.07 – Version 2.1
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 292 • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 2.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 2.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 04.30.08 – Version 2.13 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Update to fix a problem when opening documents on the desktop • Improved detection of frame labels • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Updated label and label prefix fields to support the use of variables Place Text in InDesign Document 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 2.0 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to allow the user to import into the current document, or a specified file • Updated to allow the user to import into an individual frame, or multiple frames • Updated to allow the user to process the entire document as a whole, each page individually, or a specific page number 10.02.06 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a bug when using action with InDesign CS 11.28.06 – Version 2.02 • Fixed a bug when placing text on a specific page number 04.02.07 – Version 2.03 • Fixed a bug when placing text in frames on individual pages 04.19.07 – Version 2.1 • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 293 12.21.07 – Version 2.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 04.30.08 – Version 2.13 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Update to fix a problem when opening documents on the desktop • Improved detection of frame labels • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Updated label and label prefix fields to support the use of variables Print InDesign Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Save InDesign Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to include an option for overwriting existing files 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 12.21.07 – Version 1.11 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Updated to allow using the original item name when saving • Updated to allow saving into the same directory as the document • Updated save name field to support the use of variables Save InDesign Documents as Single Page Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Update Modified Links in InDesign Documents
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 294 06.13.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 12.21.07 – Version 1.11 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 04.30.08 – Version 1.12 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 295 Photoshop Action Pack History Main Action Pack – View Action Versions Below for Details of Changes 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 01.08.09 – Version 3.01 08.27.09 – Version 3.02 03.14.10 – Version 3.03 Add IPTC Captions to Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.1 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to include a description field 04.19.07 – Version 1.2 • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.21 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.22 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files • Updated document title, author title, keywords, category, copyright notice, copyright URL, city, state/province, and country fields to support the use of variables 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Apply Gaussian Blur to Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Apply Pinch to Photoshop Documents
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 296 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Apply Sharpen Edges to Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Apply Sharpen More to Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Apply Sharpen to Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Apply Smart Blur to Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Apply Twirl to Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Apply Unsharp Mask to Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 297 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Apply Watermark to Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 03.17.08 – Version 1.13 • Continued improving Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files • Make more robust, allow user to specify location for watermark 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Assign Color Profile to Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 298 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files • Disabled the ability to show selected items when run. Still supports showing entire interface. 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Change Mode of Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Close Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 12.21.07 – Version 1.11 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 299 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Extract IPTC Captions from Photoshop Documents 06.11.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 10.26.07 – Version 1.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files • Updated to fix a problem when retrieving the author title caption 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Flatten Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Flip Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 300 10.26.07 – Version 1.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files Get All Opened Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Front Photoshop Document 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Names of Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Paths of Photoshop Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release New Photoshop Document 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 301 • Updated document name field to support the use of variables Open Camera Raw Images in Photoshop 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 03.14.10 – Version 1.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Open Images in Photoshop 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 04.30.08 – Version 1.13 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files Resize Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.1 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Updated to allow changing resolution only • Updated to allow for proportional resizing
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 302 06.11.06 – Version 1.11 • Fixed a bug when not resizing by percentage 08.11.06 – Version 1.12 • Fixed a bug when not resizing proportionally 04.02.07 – Version 1.2 • Fixed a number of issues when resizing using units other than pixels, to work around a Photoshop scripting bug 04.19.07 – Version 1.3 • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.31 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.32 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files • Improved action interface behavior 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Rotate Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 303 12.21.07 – Version 1.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Save Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 12.21.07 – Version 1.11 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Revised interface design for consistency with other save actions • Updated save name field to support the use of variables 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Save Photoshop Documents as JPEG 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 03.14.10 – Version 1.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 304 Save Photoshop Documents for Web 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 01.08.09 – Version 1.01 • Updated to handle images with names longer than 31 characters • Updated to handle images with names containing a leading space character 03.14.10 – Version 1.02 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Trigger Photoshop Action 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to allow input to be ignored 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Made minor interface adjustments • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.12 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files • Updated action and set fields to support the use of variables 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard Trim Photoshop Documents 04.29.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 305 04.19.07 – Version 1.1 • Updated to allow input to be ignored • Updated for InDesign CS3 compatibility 10.26.07 – Version 1.11 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.12 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Added basic support for opening PDF files 03.14.10 – Version 2.01 • Updated to resolve an issue when running the action in a Service workflow in Snow Leopard
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 306 QuarkXPress Action Pack History Main Action Pack – View Action Versions Below for Details of Changes 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 08.27.09 – Version 3.01 Add Pages to Quark Documents 06.13.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 12.21.07 – Version 1.01 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Fixed a problem when attempting to add blank master pages • Updated master page name field to support the use of variables • Improved action interface behavior • Updated for new action pack Apply Quark Box Names 05.30.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.1 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to allow the user to specify the numeric suffix type • Updated to allow more flexibility for naming boxes • Updated for use with QuarkXPress 7 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated box name prefix field to support the use of variables • Improved action interface behavior • Updated for new action pack Close Quark Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Find and Change Text in Quark Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 307 Get All Opened Quark Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Front Quark Document 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Linked Images from Quark Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Names of Quark Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Paths of Quark Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Text from Quark Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Merge Quark Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release New Quark Document 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Open Documents in Quark 05.30.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 308 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated for use with QuarkXPress 7 10.26.07 – Version 1.02 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 1.03 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 04.30.08 – Version 1.04 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated for new action pack Place Images in Quark Document 05.30.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 2.0 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated for use with QuarkXPress 7 10.26.07 – Version 2.01 • Updated for compatibility with Leopard 12.21.07 – Version 2.03 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 04.30.08 – Version 2.04 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Updated name and name prefix fields to support the use of variables • Improved action interface behavior • Updated for new action pack Place Text in Quark Document 05.30.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 2.0
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 309 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to allow the user to import into the current document, or a specified file • Updated to allow the user to import into an individual box, or multiple boxes • Updated to allow the user to process the entire document as a whole, each page individually, or a specific page number • Updated for use with QuarkXPress 7 12.21.07 – Version 2.02 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 04.30.08 – Version 2.03 • Made some improvements to file handling 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 • Improved detection of acceptable image file types • Updated name, name prefix, and style sheet fields to support the use • Updated for new action pack Print Quark Documents 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Print Quark Documents to PostScript 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Retrieve Quark Box Names 05.30.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to allow the user to import into the current document, or a specified file • Updated to allow the user to import into an individual box, or multiple boxes • Updated to allow the user to process the entire document as a whole, each page individually, or a specific page number • Updated for use with QuarkXPress 7 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Improved action interface behavior • Updated for new action pack
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 310 Save Quark Documents 05.30.05 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 06.11.06 – Version 1.01 • Compiled as Universal Binary • Updated to include an option for overwriting existing files • Updated for use with QuarkXPress 7 12.21.07 – Version 1.02 • Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Improved action interface behavior • Revised interface design for consistency with other save actions • Updated to allow using the original item name when saving • Updated to allow saving into the same directory as the document • Updated save name field to support the use of variables • Updated for new action pack Save Quark Pages to EPS 06.13.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 07.28.06 – Version 1.01 • Updated to fix an issue when converting multiple Quark documents to EPS format with the “Save and Close” option selected 04.02.07 – Version 1.02 • Updated description to list the correct version number for the action 07.10.08 – Version 1.03 • Fixed a compatibility issue when using the action with Quark 7.3.1 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Improved action interface behavior • Updated to allow saving into the same directory as the document • Updated EPS name field to support the use of variables • Updated for new action pack
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 311 TextEdit Action Pack History Main Action Pack – View Action Versions Below for Details of Changes 09.24.08 – Version 3.0 11.18.08 – Version 3.01 08.27.09 – Version 3.02 Add Prefix to Text Paragraphs 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template Add Suffix to Text Paragraphs 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template Change Case of Text 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template Extract URLs from Text 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Combine Text Strings 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Find and Replace in Text 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 312 10.02.06 – Version 1.01 • Updated to allow for finding/replacing return and tab characters 10.17.06 – Version 1.02 • Updated to fix a problem with finding and replacing larger text strings 08.01.07 – Version 1.03 • Updated to fix allow find/replace strings /t and /r to be escaped, so that they don’t translate to tabs and returns, i.e. //t, //r 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template 11.18.08 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Get Characters of Text 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 11.18.08 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Get Words of Text 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 11.18.08 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Get Length of Text 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 11.18.08 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Get Paragraphs of Text
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 313 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 11.18.08 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Read Text File 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template 11.18.08 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Remove Duplicate Paragraphs from Text 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 11.18.08 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Remove Empty Paragraphs 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 11.18.08 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Remove Markup from Text 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 11.18.08 – Version 1.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 314 Remove Prefix from Text Paragraphs 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template 11.18.08 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Remove Suffix from Text Paragraphs 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template 11.18.08 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Sort Text Paragraphs 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template 11.18.08 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Split Text 09.24.08 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 11.18.08 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 315 Trim Text 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template 11.18.08 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension Write Text to File 06.14.06 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 12.18.06 – Version 1.01 • Updated to allow the specification of any output folder, rather than only specific output folders 09.24.08 – Version 2.0 • Updated to new action pack template • Updated file name field to support the use of variables • Updated to allow text to be appended to the end of an existing file, rather than simply overwriting it 11.18.08 – Version 2.01 • Fixed a problem that occurred when action pack application was set to display its file extension
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 316 Twitter Action Pack History Main Action Pack – View Action Versions Below for Details of Changes 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 04.01.09 – Version 1.01 08.27.09 – Version 1.02 Get Current Tweet from Tweep 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Recent Direct Messages 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Recent Public Tweets 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Recent Replies 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Recent Tweets from Tweep 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Recent Tweets from Tweeps I'm Following 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Tweep Information 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release Get Tweeps 03.22.09 – Version 1.0
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 317 • Initial Release Post a Tweet 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 04.01.09 – Version 1.01 • Corrected a typo in the description field • Improved text encoding when posting a tweet Send Direct Message 03.22.09 – Version 1.0 • Initial Release 04.01.09 – Version 1.01 • Improved text encoding when posting a tweet
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 318 License and Terms NOTICE TO USER: PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. BY INSTALLING OR USING THIS SOFTWARE, YOU ACCEPT ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH BELOW. License This solution is delivered as a single user license. This means that you may install the solution on a single user’s machine within a single organization only. If you wish to install the solution for additional users, offices and/or departments within a single organization, additional licenses must be purchased. This product is to be used only by the purchaser, and is not to be distributed, in whole or in part, to other users, offices, departments, and/or parties without prior written permission by Automated Workflows, LLC. Running the delivered solution in a server-based environment to process data from multiple organizations or individuals is strictly prohibited, unless otherwise agreed upon in writing, or unless a license is purchased for each organization or person whose data is being processed. While some of the settings within this solution may be accessible and modifiable by you, the actual code used to create the solution is delivered as locked. Any attempt to extract, use, or reverse engineer this code is strictly prohibited. Solution Delivery All solutions are delivered "as-is", and should be thoroughly tested prior to integration into any live workflows. In addition, we recommend that backups be made of all important information, data, and systems that may be affected by the solutions, prior to use of this solution. While we perform a high level of offsite testing at our offices, we make no guarantees that our solutions will perform without fail in a complex and demanding workflow. There may be scenarios or situations that occur in a live workflow that were not anticipated during development. Live Testing While we perform offsite testing of our solutions prior to delivery, we recommend that you perform rigorous testing prior to implementing your solution in a live workflow. We strongly recommend that you perform this testing prior to disabling any existing processes.
  • Automated Workflows, LLC. > Automator Action Documentation 319 Third Party Software and Hardware Automated Workflows, LLC cannot be held responsible for problems with third party software or hardware that may arise during the use of any solution. Disclaimer All terms are subject to change without notice. © 2010 Automated Workflows, LLC