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Can I make Automator wait until files have stopped being added?

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Mar 12, 2012 7:48 AM

Hi, I have created a simple Automator action which says 'when files are added to folder Dropbox>Camera Uploads, import them to iPhoto'.

 

The problem is that as the files are added to Dropbox one at a time (by the Dropbox servers, after they are taken on my Android phone and the Dropbox app auto-uploads them), this means there is a gap of 30-60 secs between photos, and more for a video.  The end result therefore is iPhoto has each photo imported as a separate 'Event', rather than all the photos imported as one event.

 

What I'd like to say is 'wait for 5 minutes after the most recent photo/video was added, before importing all the photos/videos just added in that batch'.  That way instead of iPhoto receiving each file one at a time and importing them separately, Automater will wait until the folder falls silent, indicating the import from the phone has finished, and only then will it import all the photos taken as one event.

 

Is this possible?

Macbook Pro, 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 450GB HD

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