Create a Folder Action Using Automator

by Bakari Chavanu Nov 11, 2009

It's really too bad that Automator is probably one of the most underused of Apple's applications. Because it is very useful for non-developers who don't know a bit of AppleScript or Objective-C code. 

The newest version of Automator in Snow Leopard makes it a little easier to create automated workflows. In this video tutorial, I show you how to create a folder action: when you drop a file into a specified folder, it will do something to that file. In this case, our folder action will be used to scale image files dropped into it. But you’re not limited to this idea. You might create a folder action that re-names files or one that copies files to another specified folder.

I've written other articles (e.g. Renaming Files and Folders the Automator Way) for creating automated workflows, but this is my first tutorial using the latest version of the application.

Write any questions or suggestions you have for creating workflows in the comment section below.



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  • I’m still on Lepoard (my Automator is 2.04) and I’m having insane trouble getting Folder Actions, or even Plug-Ins to work. Maybe I need to upgrade. hire a programmer

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