Last week, I wondered aloud how I could check creator codes on a folder full of PDFs without checking them one-by-one.
Zoë Blade wrote in with a Terminal command, but it turns out I could do it in Automator very easily. Here’s the workflow.
Why didn’t I try Automator first? Past experience.
Over the years, I’ve tried doing a dozen things in Automator, only to run into obstacles where it can’t do quite what I need. Often, the breakdown is conditional logic, or the need to transfer a value from one section to the next.1
This is the rare case where Automator does almost exactly what I want. I’ve saved this workflow as an application so I can periodically test batches of files.
- Having played with other building-block environments like Scratch, I know it’s absolutely possible to do logic and variables in a drag-and-drop way, but I have a feeling Automator isn’t getting updated. ↩