Ron Burch figured out how to create an Automator Backup script for me so that I could just click a sidebar button and back up my Feeder files to Dropbox. Here is how he created that Backup Script.
Launch the Automator from your Applications Folder
Choose the Workflow Template
Click Workflow, then Choose.
The Action Pane
Select Files and Folders
Get Specified Finder Items
First we have to tell Automator what files we want to back up, so click on Get Specified Finder Items and then drag it to the pane on the right. It should look like this image when you’re done.
Add Finder Items
We need to tell Automator where the files normally live that we want to back up to Dropbox so click on the Add… button
Navigate to the File Location
Select your file that you want to have backed up. Note that you can add several files or folders to be copied. Click Add. Repeat this process if your files are in different locations.
Copy Finder Items
Next we need to tell Automator what to do with those items. In our example we want the specified files copied to another location. Note that we are copying not moving these files. Again using Files & Folders, select Copy Finder Items and drag to the right pane as the next step.
We have to tell Automator where to put the files when the files are copied, so click on the pulldown next to To: and choose Other.
Navigate to the Destination Folder
In my example I want to copy files to my Feeder folder inside my backup folder inside Dropbox.
Replace Existing Files
Under Copy Finder Items, make sure you select Replacing existing files so that you won’t have to click Replace every time you run your script.
You should now see your Finder items, the place they’re going to be copied to and replace existing files selected. Click Run to test out your Automator Script.
Successful Test Run
If your test run is successful you should see green check marks next to each step. If you don’t get happy check marks, go back through the steps to see where you might have made a mistake.
First we’re going to save your Workflow so if you ever want to edit it you can just reopen it in Automator. Make SURE that Workflow is chosen as the File Format.
Next Save As
We’re going to save again, but this time choose Save As…
This time chose Application from the pulldown and save to your Applications folder.
Add Script to Finder Sidebar
The last step is optional, but I really like to have my script right in my Finder Sidebar so that I can click on it any old time to run it. Now whenever you’ve been working on your file a bit and you want a quick backup to Dropbox, just click your script once in the sidebar and badabing badaboom you’re done!