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#1 2020-04-13 04:04:46 am

Niscors
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Registered: 2020-04-11
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Automator QA works on one file. Can I make it work on several files?

Hi, I am using Automator to extract 3 blocks of text (from a .txt file), using AppleScript it combines the text and displays it in a Dialog Box.  I then manually copy the contents of the Dialog and paste it into Notepad.  Although a bit clunky, this is working ok but I really would like it to loop through several files at once (between 1 & 10). The resulting text may be too long to fit in a dialog box, so perhaps it could all be combined and saved to a variable (or the clipboard?) for later use?

Currently, I select the appropriate file in finder and right click to run the Quick Action.

Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.


"The Workflow Receives Current [Files or Folders] in [Finder]" 

Applescript:


on run {input, parameters}
   
   set theFile to input
   set theFileContents to read theFile as text    
   
   set AddressStartPosition to offset of "Random Company Ltd" in theFileContents
   
   set AddressEndPosition to offset of "Hampshire" in theFileContents
   
   set FirstPosition to offset of "1.31 Comments" in theFileContents
   
   set SecondPosition to offset of "1.32 Recommendations" in theFileContents
   
   set ThirdPosition to offset of "3.31 Comments" in theFileContents
   
   set ForthPosition to offset of "3.32 Recommendations" in theFileContents
   
   set Address to (characters (AddressStartPosition + 28) thru (AddressEndPosition - 1) of theFileContents) as string
   set FirstPageComments to (characters FirstPosition thru (SecondPosition - 1) of theFileContents) as string
   set ThirdPageComments to (characters ThirdPosition thru (ForthPosition - 1) of theFileContents) as string
   
   set FullText to Address & FirstPageComments & ThirdPageComments
   
   display dialog FullText
   return input
end run

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#2 2020-04-14 05:08:08 am

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Re: Automator QA works on one file. Can I make it work on several files?

Made it work!  I have taken it out of Automator and just run it as a script now.  Still clunky but does what I want.:)

Applescript:


tell application "Finder"
   
   set TempFileContents to ""
   set NumberOfFiles to (count of (selection as alias list))
   set ItemNumber to 1
   
   repeat NumberOfFiles times
       
       set theFile to item (ItemNumber) of (get selection)
       set fileRef to open for access (theFile as alias)
       set thefileContents to (read fileRef)
       close access fileRef
       
       set AddressStartPosition to offset of "Random Company Ltd" in thefileContents
       set AddressEndPosition to offset of "Hampshire" in thefileContents
       set FirstPosition to offset of "1.31 Comments" in thefileContents
       set SecondPosition to offset of "1.32 Recommendations" in thefileContents
       set ThirdPosition to offset of "3.31 Comments" in thefileContents
       set ForthPosition to offset of "3.32 Recommendations" in thefileContents
       set Address to (characters (AddressStartPosition + 28) thru (AddressEndPosition - 1) of thefileContents) as string
       set FirstPageComments to (characters FirstPosition thru (SecondPosition - 1) of thefileContents) as string
       set ThirdPageComments to (characters ThirdPosition thru (ForthPosition - 1) of thefileContents) as string
       
       set FullText to Address & FirstPageComments & ThirdPageComments
       
       set ItemNumber to ItemNumber + 1
       
       set TempFileContents to TempFileContents & FullText
   end repeat
   
end tell

set the clipboard to TempFileContents

display dialog "Comments from " & ItemNumber - 1 & " files have been added to the clipboard."

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