Utilizing an Automator Workflow on a Designated File in the Finder


I am trying to convert .heic images to jpeg's automatically.

I have made this automator script, however, i can't get Keyboard Maestro to get it to find the selected files.

How do i solve that issue?

(I've attached the workflow, (sorry, but in zip))

from_heic_to_jpg.workflow.zip (82.7 KB)

Hi @JensBay, please save your Automator workflow into a folder and link to it in the following KM macro Then simply select the image and start the KM macro:

Heic to jpg <9FFA 201113T170810>.kmmacros (19,2 KB)

Thanks, however, my issue is not running the script, it is to keyboard maestro to set selected item in finder, so i can run it by a path.

@JensBay I do not know if I understand this correctly?

If I have created an Automator workflow, I save it in the document folder.
Then I select the path as follows:

The Keyboard Maestro action will then execute my Automator workflow.

@appleianer Sorry, ill try again.

The automator workflow, is currently able to duplicate and convert a file. However, the workflow takes “Get Selected Finder Items” and i want to set that in Keyboard Maestro - or in automator.

As far i see your macro, it still has the same requirement. I want to avoid that requirement and be able to set selected finder items by path

Hey @JensBay,

You haven't given us any information about what you want to select in the Finder.

In the front window?

By name?

By file extension?


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Hey @ccstone,

Good question, should have been more specific about it.

I want to set the selected file in finder by path. So the automator script is able to duplicate items i select(by clicking), however, i want the script to run regardless of clicks. Does that specify it sufficiently?

[About the articile]
A bit philosophical maybe, but explainging the case is always subject, and, in my opinion i tried to make it obvious, however i can see now that i did not explain my use case sufficently.

Nyet...  :sunglasses:

It looks like you want the Macro to select a given file by its Path, and this path is known in advance and incorporated into the macro.

But -- you also want the Macro to accept any other files that are selected in the Finder.

Or -- do you want a selection in the Finder to override your preset path?


Good question - The file path is incorperated, so the finder should select according to the predefined path, and override/change the selcted file to the file path.

Try this.


Run Automator Workflow on a Pre-Selected File in the Finder.kmmacros (7.3 KB)

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Thank you very much @ccstone, it works!

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