Download VOTD OSX Automator Script

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Bobby Bosler | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, May 16 2015 6:52 AM

I love the verse of the day images offered by Logos, but I wanted a way to download them and set them as my desktop wallpaper automatically every day. I've worked through about a half a dozen different ways to accomplish this, but I finally settled on this one using OS X Automator. Here is the automator action I am currently using to accomplish this:

1. I created an automator "Calendar Alarm" as seen in the image:

2. Then I put in these actions with the following criteria within them. (Note that the filter URL starts with Make sure you select an appropriate folder to store your VOTD images in.

3. Once you save and name this calendar alarm, it will open the Calendar app and create a new event. Whenever the event arrives, your script will run. If you want it to repeat every day, you will need to edit the repeating options for the event. I set this script to be run every day at 8am and placed it in an "Automator" calendar so that I can hide it if I want. See screenshot below:

There it is! Hope this helps. Feel free to post any tweaks that might make this run better.

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Reuben Helmuth | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 18 2015 1:25 AM

Thanks for this neat tip!

Robert Bosler:
3. Once you save and name this calendar alarm, it will open the Calendar app and create a new event.

This step is not working for me. Any idea what might be wrong? The workflow runs beautifully when I simply hit "Run" in Automator, but no calendar event gets created by simply saving the alarm. I tried manually creating a calendar event, but was unsuccessful in "triggering" the workflow.


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Bobby Bosler | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 26 2015 6:08 AM


Sorry for the long delay. I am not sure what you are doing differently, but I am using the latest version of OSX Yosemite (10.10.4). Make sure you complete step one properly by selecting a "Calendar Alarm" in the New Document screen.

One minor tweak that has allowed this to work infallibly: I had to create a local, "On My Mac" calendar on which to put this "Calendar Alarm"—otherwise the notifications would show up on my iPhone and it would not trigger on my desktop.

To create a local "On My Mac" calendar in the Calendar app, you need to temporarily disable iCloud, Gmail, and any other calendar "Accounts" in the Calendar app, and then select "File/New Calendar/On My Mac".

The automator "Calendar Alarm" needs to go on the local calendar to work properly.

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