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Using Automator to perform tasks within an application

I have a folder full of files that I want to open, export to a different file type, and close. I could do this 1 by one, but it seems like a good candidate for batch automation. Is Automator capable of operating within a non-Apple app in this way?

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2024/06/20
17:44 UTC

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What would you do in this scenario?

Just bought a refurb m3 air 16/512 for $1,269. With today’s edu gift card promo it would go down to $1,249 Would u return it for those $20 bucks 🤷‍♂️ (and and new Mac internals instead of used)

1 Comment
2024/06/20
17:39 UTC

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2019 Macbook Pro hard drive failure without Admin password

Hi everyone,

I have a 2019 macbook pro 17 inch with base specs. I was trying to reset it to sell it, but I deleted/corrupted the hard drive the mac booted off of

Currently mac is only booting in internet recovery mode. I can get past this into recovery Assistant but I do not know the apple ID password so I cant get past Activation Lock. I also do not have an MDM key.

There are no startup disks when clicking option to view them. And I am unable to start the computer in recovery mode, safe mode, diagnostic mode, or any mode that uses a keyboard shortcut. I've tried resetting the SIP and resetting the NVRAM and resetting the SMC. No options involving keyboard work, it is not an issue with the keyboard but the startup itself

Anytime I attempt to turn off the mac it automatically turns back on into internet recovery mode. There isnt any startup chime either. The mac isnt turning off or on properly which i think is why none of the keyboard shortcuts are working.

Im not sure if im even able to do an external boot drive because I cant get into recovery mode.

Any time I try to "Erase Mac" from recovery assistant it just puts me back to the initial internet recovery screen.

Im kinda stumped on how to fix this

Any help is appreciated

TLDR:
Mac has corrupted hard drive, is limited to internet recovery/recovery assistant, cant boot into other modes (recovery mode, etc), dont have Apple ID password

0 Comments
2024/06/20
17:34 UTC

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Should I be trying to reduce the storage used on any of these? Memory pressure still low but want to be sure!

5 Comments
2024/06/20
17:18 UTC

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Is there a way to bypass internet recovery screen without Apple ID password after factory reset?

I just factory reset a Mac, and I didn't realize that the last user was signed into their Apple ID, now I'm getting the "Starting Internet Recovery" screen. After connecting to a network, it's asking me to sign in with the previous Apple ID. I have no way of contacting the user that has departed the company. Our local Administrator password isn't working, either. It's now saying that the password has been tried too many times and can't be used. When I shut down, I can no longer boot to disk utility to wipe the drive (Intel Mac, tried Command + R, Command + Option + Shift + R), it always goes back to the internet recovery screen. Is there a way to wipe this thing without having to petition Apple with our original receipt and wait 10 business days?

5 Comments
2024/06/20
16:57 UTC

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Opening links in new tabs

Hello. When I use alfred to search in a random website, it’s opening a new window rather than just a new tab, unless the browser is already opened. It also happens when clicking links like from discord or whatsapp. I’ve tried everything, I even asked chatgpt how to solve that and its solutions didn’t work. I tried with opera GX and Brave, as these 2 browsers would be the best for me to synch with my windows pc, but with safari it does work.

Chatgpt told me that I had to turn on “open links in new tab” on the browser but neither of those have that setting, but safari does which I guess is why it works.

My question is, does anyone have the same problem or did anyone successfully make it so you can open links in new tabs rather than windows in any browser other than safari (hopefully one of these 2 though)? Again, it somehow works if the browser is already open, it only makes a new window if the browser is closed.

I think I worded this as poorly as humanly possible so I’m sorry about that

0 Comments
2024/06/20
16:54 UTC

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Want to buy the MBA M3

The macbook air M3 costs 899 on Amazon, 999 + $150 gift card on apple back to school sale, 1049 in costco.

Amazon has no benefit other than the low price

Can Apple’s gift card be used to buy AppleCare+ after i purchase the device? If yes, sounds like a good option.

Costco’s extended 2nd year extended warranty and 90 day returns sound good, can’t really think of any other reasons.

Can y’all please suggest the best option and your argument/reason for such?

1 Comment
2024/06/20
16:45 UTC

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Need advice on a system... Have not purchased a new Mac in a while.

Hello all,

New to the group, but not new to the Apple ecosystem. Have had iPhones/iPads for the last 10+ years. I have had two MacBooks in the past, but the last one was a MBP 15" 2017 with an i7 which my daughter uses and is still going strong.

I am finally looking to purchase another MBP for my personal use, and ideally would like to get something that would be decent for some gaming.

I am torn between two configurations of 14" MBP

For roughly $2,200 I would be looking at a 14" MBP with the M3
8Core CPU / 10Core GPU / 16Core Neural
24GB Unified Memory / 1TB Storage

My other option is $2,800 for a 14" MBP with the M3 Pro
12Core CPU / 18Core GPU / 16Core Neural
36GB Unified Memory / 1TB Storage

The question is, will I get a considerable performance increase with the extra $600?

I know that Macs are not known to be strong gaming rigs, but I just really like their ecosystem.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

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2024/06/20
16:10 UTC

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Which MacBook would you suggest? Appreciate your help and suggestions!

My requirements:

  1. Will be using it for training AI models for work. I am currently working on my Ph.D. so will be using it for school and writing my dissertation.
  2. I travel so I don't it to be as heavy as my gaming laptop (Weight: 5.00 pounds).
  3. I currently have 64GB of RAM and many times it doesn’t feel like enough.
  4. I am a gamer, however I do have a gaming laptop (17 inch screen) already and I have a gaming desktop. My laptop needs to always be plugged in because it dies quickly. I really need better battery health.

Please let me know if I should include any other information that might help give suggestions.

4 Comments
2024/06/20
16:05 UTC

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Midnight Macbook color

I'm buying a new Mac for school and fell in LOVE with the midnight color. I was just wondering, to anyone that has it would you recommend that color or are there any issues with it? For example, does it scratch easy and look bad, does it smudge an exceptional amount? Things like that. TIA

2 Comments
2024/06/20
16:05 UTC

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Best mouse for Air? Certain Caveats

Hey all,

I'm looking for a mouse to replace my basilisk, although I would like (if possible) -

  1. Programmable Side Buttons (I stream from my windows laptop a lot for gaming, and often like having shift and ctrl on my mouse).
  2. Adjustable DPI (Same as above, although mostly around the 600-800 dpi range.)
  3. Wireless.

Thanks All,

2 Comments
2024/06/20
15:17 UTC

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Why do i have no sound?

I "upgradet" my iMac (early 2009) to windows but now i have no sound, not on the internal speakers and not on the headphine jack

1 Comment
2024/06/20
15:12 UTC

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How to get thin, non content aware lines on preview back?

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised that Preview was able to produce sketch notes that were thin and unmodified, just as I entered them. Today, the lines now become thick, and are often heavily modified to something else with the following text involved: "The content behind this annotation will not be deleted."

How can get the simple sketch entry once again?

https://preview.redd.it/qvc4r9sroq7d1.png?width=1053&format=png&auto=webp&s=629d0b4f5e69343bcd85cadc4503d3843b059ee6

EDIT:

There seems to be an extended line menu that ONLY pops up when you have connected to a graphics tablet.

https://preview.redd.it/3hgi3ha9oq7d1.png?width=1076&format=png&auto=webp&s=20691086759f70ea49b0016b0addc028ca879343

But it still keeps changing my lines with this weird content aware thing, how do I prevent this from happening?

https://preview.redd.it/u5hiomx0oq7d1.png?width=1076&format=png&auto=webp&s=099b2cad524a1fd680c4c66e98ac01e1b451b88a

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2024/06/20
14:29 UTC

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Using a Mac w/o a connected display makes it say it's using a non-existent "Built in display".

5 Comments
2024/06/20
14:09 UTC

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Buying advice needed! Torn between two different MacBooks

Hey everyone,

I’m in need of some help choosing between two new MacBooks. Ideally I wanted a 14” Pro but there aren’t any good offers for those at the moment.

I’m therefore torn between what to me looks like a powerhouse in a MacBook Pro or a cheaper MacBook Air. I’m planning to use Affinity Designer/Photo, Office 365 and possibly some video editing in the future. I’m swaying towards the Pro with the fans, better display and I end up convincing myself it will be a better investment for the long term over a Pro.

That being said, I’m not all that great at understanding laptop specs and from what I’ve read online, the M3 chip can outperform the M2 Pro chip. Again please excuse me if the answer is an obvious one for those who understand all of this but I’m hoping there is going to be a majority calling for one over the other. The two contenders are:

Option 1 for £1,799.98:

Apple MacBook Pro 2023 16” M2 Pro Chip 12-Core CPU 19-Core GPU 16GB RAM 512GB SSD

Option 2 for £1,359.99:

Apple MacBook Air 2024 13.6” M3 Chip 8-Core CPU 10-Core GPU 16GB RAM 512GB SSD

Finally, yes I know one is much more portable than the other but looking at the prices I want to make sure my I’m getting the most value for my money whether that’s spending a little more or not.

Thanks in advance!

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2024/06/20
13:33 UTC

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Am I going to hell for this?

60 Comments
2024/06/20
13:25 UTC

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Since i installed windows with bootcamp, i have this error trying to launch macos

Everything is in title :( in recovery mode, i can mount machintosh hd using disk utility. Is there a way to backup my files from there ? Do i have to reset all my computer ? :( thank you

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2024/06/20
13:22 UTC

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Loss display year recording finder mac music

Good morning, Since the update for Sonoma, my finder no longer displays the "recording year" metadata for my new music. The data still appears for the old ones, I have not changed the software to fill in the metadata and I see them recorded well under iTunes or other software. Do you know where this could come from and how to fix the problem? THANKS

0 Comments
2024/06/20
13:18 UTC

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Robocopy for Mac?

Hello,

I work for my companies' IT department and have been tasked with helping migrate some files from one Storage system to another for various users. When I've been doing it for Windows machine users I've been using Robocopy to migrate the files.

Example :

Robocopy “C:\Users\[username]\OneDrive -” Z:\private\[username] /e /MT:8 /w:5 /r:5

But now I've been tasked with doing the same file migration on someone's Macbook and it doesn't look like the Robocopy command works on non-Windows machines.

I know I'll have to figure out the Directory information, but is there a terminal command that works similar to Robocopy to migrate the files from two mapped folder locations on the same machine? Outside of just Grabbing the folders and Moving them?

8 Comments
2024/06/20
12:47 UTC

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Why did/do people buy Intel Macs? (Read body)

Cuz cpus and all the internal hardware wasn't that special, and obviously the battery and overheating issues, so why did people buy them? Build quality? Macos? Apple logo? Status symbol? Brand loyalty?

25 Comments
2024/06/20
12:38 UTC

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Which Mac Mini should I take?

Hey everybody, i want to use Davinci Resolve mainly for editing short form content, but i love doing creative stuff and doing lots of animations etc., unfortuanetly that currently isn't possible for me since i can't even play a video while the timeline is on Quarter Resolution...
i'm currently using a Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 15IMH05 (16 GB Ram, Intel i7-10750H)

Now i want to upgrade and buy a Mac Mini, but i'm not sure which Chip i should take (10 Core CPU / 16 Core GPU or 12 Core CPU / 19 Core GPU) and if i really need 32 GB RAM since with those options it would be really expensive, but i want to be able to edit videos and create album covers smoothly without Davinci lagging and crashing...so which should i take? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

2 Comments
2024/06/20
12:35 UTC

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Back to School - no ship to address option? Pickup only?

Anyway to get it shipped to home?

1 Comment
2024/06/20
12:07 UTC

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Siri can't hear me

Siri can't hear me. Sometimes, my mic doesn't seem to work. What might be the solution?
I'm using M1 air.

1 Comment
2024/06/20
11:19 UTC

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get chatGPT plus or wait for macOS Sequoia?

so as the title says, should I pay for chatGPT plus and get the desktop app they recently released or should I wait for Sequoia?

on that note, will we get full access to chatGPT 4o with Sequoia without paying for Plus?

did anyone try the new app on their Mac? how is it?

(I have an m3pro MBP)

2 Comments
2024/06/20
11:07 UTC

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iMac M3 External Display Issue

Morning!

I recently purchased a new iMac M3. I primarily use this for work and school, and dual monitors are an absolute necessity.

However, I cannot get this machine to recognize my second display. I've tried two different lightning-to-HDMI adapters, two monitors, three new HDMI cords - nothing works. I've followed all the steps listed on the support page - nothing. I'm about to lose my everloving mind.

It picks up my iPad just fine. It picks up my 85" TV in the downstairs living room. It will not detect a monitor sitting 1.3 inches away. I don't get it. And yes, I've tried 'detect displays' too - also nothing.

Is this a software issue, did I get a faulty Mac, or am I just special?

0 Comments
2024/06/20
11:07 UTC

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2015 iMac - anyway to add thunderbolt?

The iMac doesn’t have TB, anyway to add it?

4 Comments
2024/06/20
11:01 UTC

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Swap always being used, I sometimes I do some memory hungry work but the swap doesn't seem to clear up, I have enough available ram, restart only clears the swap for a short while. What would you suggest?

19 Comments
2024/06/20
10:48 UTC

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Sync of MinimaList & Apple Reminder & Structured

Unfortunately I haven't had any success with my idea yet... Here's the history of GPT..
What is entered in Apple® Reminders is also synchronized with MinimaList. But not with Structured.

https://chatgpt.com/share/bfa06978-9841-4e5f-83d0-3c2fc283d20d

0 Comments
2024/06/20
10:37 UTC

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Which

Starting my CS degree in fall and struggling to pick a laptop. Should i get the M2 Air 16GB/256GB or the M1 Pro 14 16GB/512GB?

3 Comments
2024/06/20
10:19 UTC

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