If your workflow involves repetitive tasks and uploading files, you may be able to automate your workflow on a Mac. Even better, you can tie this automation to a folder easily found on your desktop. As soon as you drop a file in the folder, the automation kicks off and processes your pre-defined workflow. Saving you or your end user time.
FIRST: Before starting, create a folder on your desktop and name it something easy to remember like “Upload to FTP”.
You can create an automator folder action tied to a folder using Automator. You’ll find Automator in the Applications folder of your Mac. Open Automator and create a new Folder Action.
Choose a folder to apply this action to:
Under the Library list in the first column, choose Other. In the second column choose Upload to FTP. Enter in the FTP server name, user, password, and the folder path of the upload directory if you need to upload to a specific folder.
NOTE: If you have Transmit installed, you’ll want the Internet-> Upload action instead.
Save the workflow in automator and test it out by placing a file in the desktop folder you created. You’ll see a gear icon in the icon area of the top menu bar (to the left of the clock/time). If you are having difficulties make sure your user/password details are correct.
The neat thing about automator is that you can add things before the Upload to FTP space. Drag over some other actions to automatically rename files, resize images, convert a file to a PDF, etc. Your workflow will automatically execute each step. It may take some testing and tweaking. Once you have it perfected, something repetitive that took a few minutes can be done by simply dragging and dropping files.