Angst with record­ing ac­tions

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I some­times use Au­toma­tor to record the process of me com­plet­ing com­plex di­alogs that are repet­i­tive. In Mo­jave, Au­toma­tor now won’t let me record with­out us­ing ‘ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures’. What has this got to do with ac­ces­si­bil­ity?

This is part of Mo­jave’s new pri­vacy pro­tec­tion sys­tem, which here is pre­vent­ing apps from record­ing your ac­tions when they are con­trol­ling other apps or macOS it­self. This ca­pa­bil­ity is part of the suite of fea­tures in­tended to make the Mac more ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with im­paired move­ment, and other spe­cial needs.

When you give your con­sent to Au­toma­tor to record your ac­tions, it is added to the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity list in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Se­cu­rity & Pri­vacy > Pri­vacy, and you won’t be asked again by Au­toma­tor so long as that per­mis­sion re­mains in place.

If you save your work­flow as an app and open that, you’ll be asked to give con­sent to it be­ing added to the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity list too, so it can re­play the recorded ac­tions. Once granted, the app should just get on with its job as per usual.

When shown this dia­log, click Open Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, au­then­ti­cate as an ad­min, then tick Au­toma­tor.

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