Automator "Save File As..."??

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by RaceTripper, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    I'm an Automator newbie, but an experienced developer...

    I have an Automator action that takes a selection of PDF files and combines them. I want the output file of the Combine PDF action to pipe to an Action that will prompt the user to specify a file for the output (i.e. a Save As... dialog). But I don't see how to do that in Automator. The best I've come up with is to move the generated file and rename it, but I want something more dynamic and user driven.

    Here's what I have:
    Get Selected Items =>
    Sort Finder Items =>
    Combine PDF Pages =>
    Move Finder Items =>
    Rename FInder Items

    This is what I really want:
    Get Selected Items =>
    Sort Finder Items =>
    Combine PDF Pages =>
    Get Save As... from User (this could be done anytime up to this point)
    Save Combined PDF

    Am I missing something or do I need to just write an AppleScript for this?
     
  2. bibliophile1974 macrumors newbie

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  3. RaceTripper thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks. IIRC, I tried it it and it didn't work for me the way I wanted. Can't remember why anymore. In any case, a colleague came up with exactly what I wanted.
     
  4. nycaleksey macrumors member

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    Would you mind sharing the solution? I'm looking to achieve exactly the same thing.

    Thank you.
     
  5. RaceTripper thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I had to recompile it for Snow Leopard. I'll see if I can get permission to share it. The person who wrote the action doesn't work for me anymore, so I'll have to track him down. I'm getting ready to leave for vacation so I won't get to it before next month..
     
  6. hotoru macrumors newbie

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    Still Waiting

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    I am looking for this same solution. Actually, I rewrote the same PDF combine workflow in automator. I have it where it will automatically open the combined file in preview but I cannot figure out how to have it just save the file to disk and skip the preview step.
     
  7. zeigerpuppy macrumors member

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    any progress od 'save as...'

    I would also find this script useful... doesn't install on snow leopard
    Any news?
     
  8. RaceTripper thread starter macrumors 68030

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    The person who wrote that for me never replied. I won't share it without permission. Sorry.
     

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