The “Copy Documents to Devices” action
The Copy Documents to Devices action is used to copy document files onto connected devices.
The Action View
Because of the security architecture of iOS devices, documents must be associated with specific applications. The “Copy Documents to Devices” action offers two methods for indicating the host application for the listed documents. This choice is indicated by selecting one of two options from the popup menu 1 at the top of the action view: (⬇ see below )
(⬆ see above ) If you’ve chosen to associate the documents to an iOS app whose file is on the host computer 1 then select the app from the second popup list of applications 2 which can be refreshed by click the Update button 3 to the right of popup menu.
Create a list document files 5 to be transfered to the connected devices by using the “Add” and “Remove” buttons 4 at the bottom of the action view.
(⬇ see below ) But if you’ve chosen to identify the associated application by its iOS ID 1 then enter the complete iOS application ID in the provided text field 2 :
TIP: Should you wish to transfer documents for more than one application, add other copies of this action to your workflow, and set their parameters accordingly.
The “Copy Documents to Devices” droplets
Copying files to connected iOS devices doesn’t have to be an involved process. It can be as simple as “Drag and Drop.”
DOWNLOAD a set of AppleScript droplets for copying iWork-related documents to the currently connected iOS devices. To use, simply drag iWork-supported files onto the droplets and approve the transfer in a forthcoming dialog. A progress window will display the status of the file transfers and a notification dialog (⬇ see below ) will appear when the copy process has completed.
NOTE: Be sure that the iWork applications are installed on the iOS devices before attempting to copy iWork-related files.
The “Copy Documents to Devices” services
Here’s an alternate solution for performing a no-fuss copy of a couple dozen documents: contextual system services. Simply right-click the files in the Finder and select the system service for the kind of file you have selected.
You can create these services yourself in Automator using the Copy Documents to All Devices action you can download here.
Install the Automator Action file
NOTE: Automator are very powerful because by installing them, you are granting them your authority to manipulate files and objects in macOS. So…
After downloading the action, double-click the action file in the Finder and interact with these dialogs:
The first time the action is used in a workflow, macOS security will prevent the action from loading. You have the option to approve the action’s installation by clicking the Load button:
Clicking the Load button with summon a security confirmation sheet:
Here is the description for the installed action:
Create Contextual System Services
Creating a contextual system service in Automator is easy. Here’s an example system service that will copy PDF files selected in the Finder, to the iOS devices connected to your computer:
The “Copy Documents to Devices” applet
You can also use the Copy Documents to All Devices action to create an Automator application that you can drag files onto to copy them to the iOS devices connected to your computer.
Here’s an example workflow for creating an applet that can be used to copy PDF and EPUB files to iBooks on your connected iOS devices.
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