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automator loop option

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Lil Tom Calculating status...
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Dec 21, 2010 11:06 AM
Ive created a custom group of 5 actions. When automator has completed the tasks it finishes and stops, I can't seem to find an option to put it on loop so it keeps doing it over and over. Any hel with how to do that?
iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,670 points)
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    Dec 21, 2010 12:08 PM (in response to Lil Tom)
    There is a 'loop' action in the Utilities section. You can loop indefinitely, a preset number of times, or for a set duration.

    To run a multiple actions in your loop, save the workflow as a standalone action and add a 'Run Workflow' action to your loop.
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  • pjdube Level 3 Level 3 (830 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 12:36 AM (in response to Lil Tom)

    What are you looping through? Images? Are the files big?


    Have the problem with Automator is that if the files are really big, then it won't acutally process all of them before moving onto the next action in the workflow.


    To handle this there is a 3rd party action called "Wait for Finder Items". Place this right after the retrieval of the file.


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