Reinstall leopard Automator

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  1. Dispatch88 macrumors newbie

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    Hey, so I have a macbook pro and a while ago I decided to free up unused programs. I deleted Automator because I figured I would never need to use it, Im rather hesitant about running scripts. Anyway, now I find myself needing to run a script to tweak over a thousand pictures; I have the exact script needed but no way to use it. I can't find a download for the actual program, all I get are downloads for scripts for automator; it's really giving me a headache. I read another thread here from way back in 2005 about finding it on the OS disc, unfortunately I do not have the Leopard disc because my MBP was given to me by my school as part of a technology thing. Its summer break now so I can't ask IT for it either.

    So if anyone could post a link to download the actual Automator program I would very much appreciate it.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    There are no legal ways to download Automator: it is a copyrighted program with the copyright being held by Apple. Sorry.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    What exactly do you need to "tweak" ? There are plenty of batch photo tools available. If you are more specific we could recommend some other solutions for you.
     
  4. Mal macrumors 603

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    You can reinstall Automator from the original disks. You may be able to use the "Install Optional Software" package to do so, or if not, you can use Pacifist to do it.

    jW
     
  5. Dispatch88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Again, the leopard disc is not immediately at hand so I can't grab it off there. You would think, even if it is a copyright program, the website would have it for sale or something but nope, no such thing.

    As a last-ditch effort, I copied automator from a co-workers mac, unfortunately he is running tiger so when I tried opening it in leopard it gave me a message saying it isn't the correct version; which got me thinking, suppose I were to find someone with leopard and automator, could I just copy the app over? Or are there certain installation procedures that need to be done?

    What "tweaks" do I need to do? I have these scanned drawings of machine parts, in .tif format, and I need to rename them from scan001 to what ever the drawing number is (ex: 593-2634-A). I had been doing it for a while but I finally got tired of pressing down to get to the end of the name then having to press left 4 times for every single drawing. It would be a much better work flow if I could simply press down and start typing.

    I tried using "NameChanger", which is a decent app, to remove the extension but then the computer doesn't recognize what type of file it is.
    I tried going to Finder>preferences and checking off hide extension but it didnt do anything. Also, Get Info>hide extension works, but only for the individual file, I have over 1200 files.
    I am willing to purchase software since the company would be paying for it, however I would prefer freeware, or ideally to just get automator back!
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Interesting, I hadn't heard of NameChanger before but I'll have to try it out. What I do know is that you should be able to append the extension back onto each file if it has such a feature. If it doesn't, Name Mangler will definitely take care of this for you.
     

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