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Re: Drag and drop droplets in workflows Brandon Hicks Thu May 14 10:01:40 2009

On 5/14/09, Ben Waldie <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Brandon,
>
> I'm not entirely clear on what you're trying to do, but here are some
> pointers...
>
> 1) In Automator, you can save a workflow as a folder action plug-in
> (select "Save as Plug-in" from the "File" menu).  Once saved, it will
> run whenever items are dropped into the attached folder.  The dropped
> items will be passed as input to the first action in the workflow.
> I've had some issues with folder actions in Leopard, and have written
> an article that provides some steps to help resolve them.  You can
> find it here...
> <http://www.automatedworkflows.com/tips/users/peachpit/peachpit.html
>  >
>
> 2) If you save a workflow as an application, it automatically becomes
> drag-and-droppable.  Any files dropped onto the workflow will be
> passed to the first action in the workflow as input.
>
> 3) Are you trying to have your workflow drop files onto another
> application?  If so, then you can do this using the "Open Finder
> Items" action.  Just set it to open the files using the specified app.
>
> In cases 1 and 2 above, since files will be passed into the workflow
> as input you don't need to include a "Get Selected Finder Items"
> action as the first action in the workflow.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> -Ben
>
> P.S. If you're new to Automator, and you have not done so already, you
> may want to check out my book... "Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:
> Visual QuickStart Guide" (Peachpit Press)
> <http://www.automatedworkflows.com/books/automator_vqs.html
>  >, as well as my video podcast series "Mac Automation Made Simple"
> <http://www.automatedworkflows.com/tips/podcast.html
>  > (and available in iTunes).
>
> Ben Waldie
> President
> Automated Workflows, LLC
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>
>
> On May 14, 2009, at 11:36 AM, Brandon Hicks wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> Unless I did something wrong, putting the droplet just as a folder
>> action didn't even attempt to launch it when I pasted a file into the
>> folder.
>>
>> The main reason I wanted to launch the droplet through a workflow was
>> because I'd be copying audio files into the folder from the network,
>> so I wanted to use the wait for files to copy automator action, then
>> have that somehow fake drag and drop the copied files onto the
>> converter droplet.
>>
>> On 5/14/09, Robert Croy <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>>> Why not make it into a Folder Action?
>>>
>>> On May 14, 2009, at 9:54 AM, Brandon Hicks wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> I'm trying to set up an audio converter that will activate when new
>>>> files are placed in a certain folder and will leave the files in a
>>>> separate folder, not in iTunes.
>>>>
>>>> I have everything set up, but I can't figure out how to pass the
>>>> files
>>>> to the droplet I'm using for audio conversion, Drop A Few My Way.
>>>> I've
>>>> tried get Finder items and get Folder contents, but both ways I get
>>>> the message telling me to drag and drop audio files on its icon. Is
>>>> there another Automator action somewhere that will work for this?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks
>>>> Brandon
>
>
>
>
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