Well..... nothing was working, even the smart folders until I remembered I put that folder of images in the spotlight privacy tab. Took it out and things started to work a little better.
Originally Posted by F1Turbo
I haven't used Automator much, but it looks to me like this might work:
- launch Automator
- Select Finder
- Drag "Find Finder Items" to the workflow
- Drag "Get Selected Finder Items" to workflow
- Drag "Move Finder Items" to workflow (in this order)
Then go into your options for each of the three steps to select the files you want and move them to the location you want. Not sure if you need the middle step (Get) or not.
Try some test runs and see if it's doing what you want it to do.
This does work and I don't need the "get selected finder items" action.
Originally Posted by talksense101
Create a SMART folder that searches for .JPG files from the top level folder. Open the SMART folder and you will see all of the files in there. Move them as you would normally move them via Finder.
This one works too and I think I like it better than the automator solution because I can see the entire list of files which helps me find problems with naming. It doesn't seem to work as nicely when there are duplicate names though. I tried to select 3 files (2 duplicates, 1 not) and the finder refused to copy any of them.
Is there any way to use smart folders to find duplicate file names in that big list of file names I end up with?
Originally Posted by Splinemodel
Half the time it's easier to write a shell script than make an automator script. You could write a recursive script that pulls all jpegs (or whatever) into a target folder, and deletes the source folder if empty.
I like that solution except I can't write the scripts. About all I know is to do ls -R and that's about it. I don't know how to write the script to do it and it's not a user friendly solution because only I would be able to modify it. The other person doing this wouldn't know how to modify or use a shell script and the last thing I need is for them to have a typo in there that messes up everything.
It looks like a Smart Folder or FileBuddy is the way to go. A smart folder is free and gets the job done but file buddy seems to be better at finding and fixing the little problems before I put everything into a single folder.
Speaking of which, I do a search for .jpg in filebuddy and come up with 6208 items. I do a search for creator type of JPEG and come up with 6201. A Smart folder determines there are 6205 files with a name containing (or ending with) .jpg. Who knows where the problem is?