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Can Automator be used to do a repetitive tasks within Pages.

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May 9, 2013 4:06 AM

That is changing the font of the first line of 2,390 paragraphs to 'small caps,' altering text bullet alignment, and altering text bullet indent?


Upon first glance at the workflow options available, Automator seems to be for doing indecipherable tasks other than what I presently need. Yet, the menu list is rich and varied with unfamiliar terms. If it can be done then I'm willing to learn Automator and dig down into the morass of functions. If not then stop me now and I'll go on plodding along one line at a time in the subject document.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Bernard Harte Level 4 Level 4 (3,025 points)

    I am not sure about Automator (since I don't use it), but on the face of it you can do what you want with AppleScript.


    It would be helpful, however, if you could give an example of the precise structure of the paragraphs.  (Are they all the same?)


    You say that you want to alter the capitalization of the "first line" of each paragraph.  I don't believe there is a concept of a line in Pages (it will be a number of words or characters as the contents comprising a line could change according to the capitalization/font/font size etc).


    So far as list indents go, these should be straightforward enough.

  • Bernard Harte Level 4 Level 4 (3,025 points)

    I am glad you found a solution that works for you.


    For future reference, what you want to do is perfectly possible using AppleScript, but I suspect (I am no Pages whizz myself) you are modifying a Style which then gets applied globally.  As that's using Styles in the manner intended, it's probably the most efficient way.


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