Automator advice finding a document and printing it.

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  1. Steveatesh macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2014
    North east England
    I receive emails from various clients each with a questionnaire on it. the questionnaire is saved with their name in a folder with their name and organisation on it too.

    When i see the client I have to navigate to their folder, open the document and print it.

    Not too bad in the grand scheme of things but I'm curious as to whether Automator could help with this.

    So I have to navigate or find a named document in named folders in documents (presumably thorough Finder) then print it.

    I tried one script and ended printing dozens of documents - obviously going wrong somewhere!
    Any suggestions welcome. thanks.
  2. blackboxideas macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2012
    Can you tell us a little more about your folder / file name structure?

    Here's a sample workflow you could save an a service or application to run quickly: dropbox link

    You'll probably need to expand on this if it fits your needs, but essentially what it does is:
    • Asks you for the 'client' name
    • Sets this name as a variable
    • Searches a specified* folder for a file containing a certain word in it's file name
    • Gets this item, then prints it via your default printer
    * The specified folder in this case is also a variable, in my example I have a folder called 'test' on my desktop, with a client folder within this.

    Now, once run the workflow will ask for the client name (which happens to be the same as my sub folder), it will then search the test/clientname folder for a file called survey and send this off to print.

    Any use?

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