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Hello forum members,
Just joined this great forum. Look guys I am stuck with something.
I have the following issue :

* I have ( let's say) 9000 items with a .jpg extension with the name 0000
Now I want to use "Automator" to copy that single .jpg 9000 times and rename it to 0001 as first, 0002 as second file name, 0003 as third file name etc. until 9000.
This needs to be done automatically in Automator, I just can't figure it out how.

* All the 9000 photo's needs to be sized to 190 * 190
DPI : 72
And the background needs to be filled up with white.

I tried it with Automator but I can't get it worked out. Hopefully anyone has the solution for me.
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Welcome to the forums.

Take a look at THIS thread and pay particular attention to post #8 by McYukon. I hope this is what you are looking for. If not he might pop in and have a answer.

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Thank you tattooedMac, but unfortunately I have tried this.. but it isn't working.. any other solutions ?
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MAte i havnt any suggestions. What McYukon posted in that other thread works so thats the best i can offer as i dont know the correct questions to ask you to nut it down and see why yours isnt workin. lol
Do you get any errors ??
What Mac do you have?
What OS is it running ?
is it up to date ?
What .v Automator is it ?

Just a few specs to add so the next person that pops in has somewhere to start with you
Good luck with it, as its a lot of pictures to do individually

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OS : Mac OS X ( 10.6.8 )
Automator ( 1.3)

Let's try to focus on the first issue :
I simply have 1 .jpg file and I want Automator to copy that 9000 times.
During this process it's needs to rename all the file names to 0001 - 0002 - 0003 - etc. so every thing is ordered up.
But I get stuck at the 2nd copy no errors it's just copying and not renaming.
If I rename I get it like : 0001 - 0001 2 - 0001 3 - etc.. so there is somewhere a problem.
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Ok I am on the right way but still not working properly.
What I have done in Automator is this :

- Get Specified Finder Items
- Copy Finder Items
- Loop
- Make Finder Items Names Sequential

What I wanted it like file 1 is 001, file 2 is 002 I only could have done that if I put text in front of it. So for example I named it IMG (image) img 001, img 002 etc. So now I need something to keep this script but removing the IMG.
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Never used it personally but take a look at A Better Finder Rename 8: The Batch File Renamer for Mac OS X

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Ok I am on the right way but still not working properly.
What I have done in Automator is this :

- Get Specified Finder Items
- Copy Finder Items
- Loop
- Make Finder Items Names Sequential

What I wanted it like file 1 is 001, file 2 is 002 I only could have done that if I put text in front of it. So for example I named it IMG (image) img 001, img 002 etc. So now I need something to keep this script but removing the IMG.
If you do not need to leave the original file unnamed and can save the copies into the folder that the original is in now, here are the steps:
  1. Get Specified Finder Items (add your original file)
  2. Duplicate Finder Items
  3. Loop (Loop auto, stop after 8999 times, Use Original Input)
  4. Get Specified Finder Items (add the folder containing the original file)
  5. Get Folder Contents
  6. Rename Finder Items (Make Sequential)

You will now have 8,999 copies of the same file plus the original. If you want the duplicates saved to a different folder, the process will be much more complex because the "Loop" command cannot be set to go back to a certain step. It's from the top, or nothing. It can be done, but it'll require a bit more experimentation. This could probably be set as a Folder Action. Copy the file to a working folder and this will run automatically. Actually I'll test it while I'm thinking about it…

EDIT: Confirmed. Works GREAT as a folder action. Same steps as above, you just eliminate the first action and set your working folder as the folder the action will receive files/folders when added.
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