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    Hi

    Another Newbie!

    I would like to be able to create a Photoshop server for auto-processing of files.

    The idea is that images are dropped into a hot folder and then Photoshop appiles an action to the files. Once finished the input folder is scanned again and new files acted upon....etc.

    I have played with Automator on the mac but have found it to be unreliable (keeps freezing)

    Advice on mac or PC platforms would be most grateful.


    Thanks in advance

    PJ

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    Re: Scripting Photoshop for Total Automation

    I would create an action list in Photoshop, then make a droplet with that action script. Then you should be able to make an alias to, or share that folder that's associated with the droplet, to other machines.

    Don

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    • #3
      Re: Scripting Photoshop for Total Automation

      Applescript coding is what you need to do that. One or two folder actions scripts combined with some Photoshop scripts could do it for you. Photoshop actions alone won't be as powerfull as Photoshop scripting since actions cannot make decisions based on various situations.
      I strongly recommend www.macscripter.net and Adobe Photoshop scripting forum as a reference to help you build such a workflow.

      Hope this helps.
      Better train people and risk they leave - than do nothing and risk they stay.

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      • #4
        Re: Scripting Photoshop for Total Automation

        Colorblind

        Many thanks for your help.

        TIme to dust off the old grey-matter, me thinks!


        Regards

        PJ

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          Re: Scripting Photoshop for Total Automation

          Don

          Thanks for the suggestions.

          Regards

          PJ

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            Re: Scripting Photoshop for Total Automation

            PJ-check out Photoshop Commander(freeware) at http://www.ps-scripts.com. It works using actions that you have created in Photoshop to create the script. There is also plenty of expert advice in the forums. I have tinkered with Commander a bit(for things outside the realm of actions, batches, and droplets,) and it works pretty well. The scripts are lightning fast!
            Regards,
            Todd

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            • #7
              Re: Scripting Photoshop for Total Automation

              Gradual FullSWITCH can quite easily do this as well as automate many other aspects of your workflow. You can easily create various permutations of a workflow or integrate multiple PhotoShop actions into one chain of actions.

              If you're looking towards image corrections then you may want to look into Elpical Claro.

              Let me know if you want some more information.
              Matt Beals
              The views expressed here are my own personal views and are not those of my employer.

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                Re: Scripting Photoshop for Total Automation

                Matt

                Great and many thanks for your help!

                Do you have any experince of Elpical Claro? Is it similar to the Agfa Intellitune product?


                Many thanks

                PJ

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                  Re: Scripting Photoshop for Total Automation

                  Todd

                  Great tip and many thanks.

                  PJ

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