5692 Views 17 Replies Latest reply: Mar 23, 2013 12:43 PM by otherworldman
Currently Being ModeratedSep 15, 2008 10:41 AM (in response to CICROCKETS)I am having the same problem. I am using Automator to stagger my startup items so my computer doesn't get bogged down on every login. It works great except for two things: First of all when the workflow is running and it gets to the point where it launches an application, it moves the focus to the Finder which interrupts any typing I am doing in another application. Second, the status of the workflow runs in the menubar and when finished leaves my startup applications (that run in the menu bar) in the middle of the menubar--not right aligned like they should be. This is kind of annoying... I just want to remove the status of the workflow completely. Don't want it in the menubar or the dock. I've removed it from the dock, but cannot figure out how to remove it from the menubar.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 2.4Ghz, 160GB HD, 4GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2008 4:36 AM (in response to CICROCKETS)Same problem here. What I want is to create a workflow that takes a picture using isight, takes a screenshot, scales the images and uploads them to ftp. (it's sort of like a thief-protection thing hence the need for an aplication that seems invisible)
I've tried LSUIElement and LSBackgroundOnly in Info.plist file. Both of them seem to hide the dock icon but NOT the workflow status in the menu bar. I've tried moving the app and restarting in order to clear cache, it doesn't seem to work.
I'm open to any kind of suggestions that would let me create an "invisible" application: tweaking automator, wrapping app in something else, running from command-line or whatever (as long as it doesn't mean I have to learn Java or something like that...)iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2008 5:11 AM (in response to CICROCKETS)What you can do, is save your Automator workflow as .workflow. Open info-window and change +open with+ to +Automator Runner+.
This will cause the workflow to run instead open with Automator. No status in menu bar will be shown.
SpażekMBP, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 24, 2008 4:41 AM (in response to spazek)No, opening workflow directly using "Automator Runner" doesn't seem to remove the menu status.
The thing is, I was already saving it as an application, so Automator wasn't starting anyway. But still I got the menu status.
What I know is that this is not related to my specific workflow. I created a new simple workflow in automator and tried everything again, and still, no way to get rid of the status...iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2008 8:20 PM (in response to CICROCKETS)Hi,
Just add this applescript to the top of your workflow/application:
property Thereis : false
tell application "System Events"
set TheList to get name of every process
repeat with i from 1 to the count of TheList
if item i of TheList contains "Automator Launcher" then
set Thereis to true
if Thereis is true then
tell application "Automator Launcher" to quit
set Thereis to false
The menu bar status thing is just a different process that can be quit.
Hope this helpsMacBook Black Intel 2.2 GHz Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2007
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2008 9:18 PM (in response to CICROCKETS)I have made my previous post into an automator action. It can be downloaded here:
http://www.theprojectshop.biz/downloads/HideStatus_on_MenuBar.actionMacBook Black Intel 2.2 GHz Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2007
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2009 12:19 AM (in response to MatthewXonk)Unfortunately this code quits the process that runs the automator workflow. As such, after this action runs in the workflow all others following it will not run.PowerMac G5 dual 2.5GHz, PowerBook G4 1GHz DVI, MacBook Pro 17" 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Computers are....yummeh!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2009 1:01 AM (in response to Topher Kessler)It works perfectly fine on my computer. All the actions continue after Automator Launcher. You must be making it quit BEFORE the actual workflow starts. I will upload a new copy to my website at the same address with a .zip an the end of it.MacBook Black Intel 2.2 GHz Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2007
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2009 4:29 AM (in response to MatthewXonk)I have used "set Thereis to false" instead of "property Thereis : false" and it works but it will still show the status in menu-bar for a little time (until the app will read all script). Is there any possibility to eliminate that status totally?MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2009 11:06 AM (in response to katovski)It's my understanding that this "Automator Launcher" application is required to run workflows without Automator being open. I believe if you quit it half-way through a workflow then the workflow will quit as well.PowerMac G5 dual 2.5GHz, PowerBook G4 1GHz DVI, MacBook Pro 17" 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Computers are....yummeh!