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newbie automator question: save file

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Gerben Wierda Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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Aug 14, 2012 4:04 PM

I have created my first Automator workflow. Pretty simple, I have used the PDF to image action. Now, this works, but the file is saved somewhere in /var/folders. What I want is a service that takes the selected PDF files and renders them to JPEG at a certain dpi and quality (so far so good) but that then saves it next to the PDF file already there. I tried getting tthe filename and using that in a follow-up action, but that hasn't worked. I can get the rendered image file in a mail message and I can see it ending up in /var/folders when I just use the PDF to image action.

 

But I can't find an action or combination of actions that gets me the result file in the right location (same as source).

 

Can someone help?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 7:47 PM (in response to Gerben Wierda)

    If you posted your workflow it would be easier to try to help. Guessing at what you are doing isn't going to be of much help.

     

    regards

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Aug 18, 2012 5:10 AM (in response to Gerben Wierda)

    By posting the workflow I meant to post a screen capture of the workflow open in Automator. Just makes it easier and less prone to error if we can see what you have actually done.

     

    But I think in your case try adding a Move Finder Items after the Render PDF Pages as Images. That should allow you to put the files where you like.

     

    Screen Shot 2012-08-18 at 08.08.58.png

     

    Post back if that isn;t what you are looking to do.

     

    regards

  • pjdube Level 3 Level 3 (830 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 12:31 PM (in response to Gerben Wierda)

    I can help you with this, but please post what you have worked out so far as Frank says. It will make it easier for us to see what exactly you are trying to accomplish and where we can help.

  • pjdube Level 3 Level 3 (830 points)
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    Mar 31, 2013 5:14 PM (in response to Gerben Wierda)

    I am still confused with what you want exactly, But I think you should start with this. This will make images of the PDF and file it in the parent folder of where you got the PDF from.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-03-31 at 6.01.48 PM.JPG

    Screen Shot 2013-03-31 at 6.02.02 PM.JPG

  • pjdube Level 3 Level 3 (830 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 8:07 AM (in response to Gerben Wierda)

    Get Parent Folder is a 3rd party action.

     

    You can download it here: http://code.google.com/p/automator-actions/

  • pjdube Level 3 Level 3 (830 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 7:55 PM (in response to Gerben Wierda)

    Did this help you? Otherwise I will try to find another way to go about it and post back.

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