Greg Klebus suggested using WebDAV to mount repository directories on the file system. Doing this, he said, the end user has access to file system directories on which CQ can automatically run workflows.
A quick example of this is mounting the DAM directory as WebDAV. When content is added or changed within the DAM directory of CQ, a workflow process will run automatically.
These are the steps I go through for using WebDAV with Windows 7 to do that very thing.
I mount the CRX repository as a mapped drive within Windows 7 by right-clicking on the computer and selecting the Map Network Drive menu item. I pick the drive letter and, for my local installation, use the CRX WebDAV URL for my server .
Windows 7, out of the box, may not support WebDAV. To use WebDAV on a computer with Windows 7 you may need to install an update from Microsoft: Software Update for Web Folders . You may want to see if it works without this update. It is an old software update and only lists Windows 2003 and Vista specifically. For instructions on how to get Windows 7 64bit, specifically, to work with WebDAV go to .
Within CQ 5.4, you can set the permissions of a directory under /var/dam to allow read/write or write privileges for the end user. When they drop an image into this folder there is a workflow that explodes the image, generates thumbnails, and creates the dam:asset for that image. The result of the process can be seen in the /content/dam directory. For CQ 5.5, images placed into /content/dam and its sub-directories will trigger the workflow.