Is there a way to insert a pause into an action to wait for a batch operation? I have a script set up to take the selection from an image and stick it on a white backdrop, and wanted to set it up so that I can stick all the folders that need work into a folder and batch them. In order to do so, I would need it to take a break after opening each new file to allow the user to create a selection. I tried inserting a stop command but if I stop the script, then when I play the rest of the action, the batch operation has ceased.
You can only stop exection. See this link.
Insert a stop
You can include stops in an action that let you perform a task that cannot be recorded (for example, using a painting tool). After you complete the task, click the Play button in the Actions panel to complete the action.
You can also display a short message when the action reaches the stop as a reminder of what needs to be done before continuing with the action. You can include a Continue button in the message box in case no other task needs to be done.
- Choose where to insert the stop by doing one of the following:
- Select an action’s name to insert a stop at the end of the action.
- Select a command to insert a stop after the command.
- Choose Insert Stop from the Actions panel menu.
- Type the message you want to appear.
- If you want the option to continue the action without stopping, select Allow Continue.
- Click OK.
As of PS CS3 (I know, I know) the "Stop" command is the best thing you've got. I have several actions that would be awesome if I could build in one pause that, once my intervention was executed, would finish the action and activate the next file. I've looked high and low and can not find anything like this.
My advice is re-think your workflow. Maybe batch the first portion of your script for all images, then create a second action for the second half of the operation.
Another idea: since you're talking about folder structures, take a look at a browser automation like Apple's "Automater."