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  • ds store Level 7 (30,325 points)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:


    hi. thanks also for the nice automator links. i hope to get very friendly with it one of these days.


    I'm sorry I don't know enough about Automator to solve your issue, but I believe it's along that track because that's why Apple designed it.


    Perhaps another tactic would be to ask a AppleScript/Automator guru.


    Sometimes a post here with the heading


    "Any Automator guru's?, I need help"


    and then tell them what your trying to do and perhaps they can outline a simple script (drag and drop simplicity) that will perform your required actions.


    Perhaps they will even have a direct link


    I could do it, but it's going to take me longer as I'm not very experienced with it.




    Good Luck, if I find something else I'll post back.

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks as always.

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi f.


    thanks. i know i asked this before and i think i mentioned this in the original post. i hope you don't mind the post as things sometimes don't get solved on the first post for me all times.


    the problem i have with your suggestions is that i know they are great but they all look like they involve terminal or some kind of computer coding. and i just don't have the time or the brainpower to get into a new language at the moment. if i was going to learn a new language i would do it for scripting in a different program. it is just too much for me to take on at the moment.


    right now i need to focus on getting the MBP in to the genius bar to fix my keys that are popping loose and i have to figure out why my dock icons still jump around (like the Pages icon, when i put it somewhere it doesn't "want" to be).


    anyway, i guess the point here is that I am trying to see if there is something like Araxis Merge that will have other "pre-packaged" tools that will help me step up my mac game.


    as much as I would like to, studying unix or mac or terminal or even Automator at the moment is not going to happen for me. /loading/ and automator script OTOH /is/ something I could handle...



  • ds store Level 7 (30,325 points)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:


    /loading/ and automator script OTOH /is/ something I could handle...


    I'll post a link in the Lounge area we have, perhaps someone more expereinced there will pop in here and show you how easy it is and put us all to shame.

  • etresoft Level 7 (27,445 points)

    ds store wrote:


    So now your saying, (because I posted the Roaring Apps link), that I'm not lying after all right?


    No. You are definitely lying. I didn't pay any attention to any link you posted.


    How about other programs that the OP may be using that hasn't gotten a Lion capable working update yet, your just going to disable their functionality so they can merge a couple of folders once?


    I don't know. Perhaps if the original poster says something about wanting "industrial strength" folder-merging, I assume it is more than a couple of folders.


    Not so, you recommend Lion, they upgrade and then come back here to complain you gave them faulty advice and now they can't use X, Y or Z anymore and need to return to 10.6 to get their $40000 mega printer to work as there are no drivers for 10.7 or their several thousand dollar investment in software just disappeared in a puff of smoke.


    You obviously never worked in the graphics industry.



    What is this "graphics" industry? Do you mean the print industry that I worked in circa 1994?


    Considering your statements, I have a question for you: have you ever worked in the computer industry?

  • fane_j Level 4 (3,660 points)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:


    i hope you don't mind the post

    Of course not, don't worry about stuff like that.

    i just don't have the time

    Understood, but you have to realise it's a bit like this.


    "I want industrial-strength transportation."

    "OK, here's a Mack truck."

    "Oh, thanks, but I don't have the time to learn to drive a truck."


    Your options really are, learn to drive a truck, or pay someone else to drive the truck for you,… or pile up everything on top of the Mini and hope for the best.

    I am trying to see if there is something like Araxis Merge

    By all means; but, IIRC from our previous conversations, your workflows and requirements are somewhat unorthodox, so the best way to find out if such tools work for you is simply to download them and give them a run.

    /loading/ and automator script OTOH /is/ something I could handle

    Automator doesn't have scripts in the usual sense; anyway, often enough the problem with scripts is not so much what they do, but tailoring them (and how they fail) to a specific user style.


    Take, for instance, this one. It merges folder A into folder B using ditto (as in the link I mentioned above). The actual work is being done by a single line. Everything else is choosing the folders and checking the correct selection; and even so, it's not complete -- it only checks that the source and target are not the same, but it doesn't check if either is a subfolder of the other, which is just as important.



    --script begins


    on run


              set mySource to myChoice("Select source folder:")

              set myTarget to myChoice("Select target folder:")


              if myTarget = mySource then

                        repeat until myTargetmySource

                                  set myTarget to myChoice("Sorry, source and target folders must be different. Please select another target folder:")

                        end repeat

              end if


              set {sourceName, targetName} to {myName(mySource), myName(myTarget)}


              display dialog "OK to merge contents of " & sourceName & " into " & targetName & "?" buttons {"OK", "Cancel"} default button 1



      do shell script "ditto " & quoted form of POSIX path of mySource & " " & quoted form of POSIX path of myTarget

              on error number errNum

                        display dialog "Sorry, an error has occurred." & return & return & "Error: " & errNum

              end try


    end run


    on myChoice(thePrompt)

      choose folder with prompt thePrompt without invisibles and multiple selections allowed

              return result

    end myChoice


    on myName(theName)

              do shell script "basename " & quoted form of POSIX path of theName

              return result

    end myName


    --script ends

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi fane_j




    can you please remind me if there were other software's recommended in this or in previous posts that /don't/ involve scripting? i mean, i have this Araxis Merge which I am probably just going to buy and start using because I need something that has a user interface that doesn't require my understanding any code but instead has some kind of visual user interface.


    It would help to know before I take the plunge with Araxis.




    - Jon

  • etresoft Level 7 (27,445 points)

    Did you check your other similar topic? I gave you a list of Mac App Store suggestions a few days ago.


  • pjdube Level 3 (830 points)

    Why don't you use Automator and sync both folders. Once done delete one of them.


    Here is an example of a workflow:


    Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 4.30.48 PM.JPG

  • pjdube Level 3 (830 points)

    Why don't you use Automator for this.


    Run a workflow like this:



    Screen Shot 2013-03-25 at 3.44.19 PM.JPG

  • pjdube Level 3 (830 points)

    You should use Automator for this. There is an action called sync (3rd party action) which you can sync two folders together, and then delete one of them.

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