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Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide
uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach Macintosh users how to automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks with the Automator application that is included with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Automator comes with many useful actions for lots of popular Apple applications. Each action performs a single specific task, such as removing an empty playlist from iTunes, or adding attachments to a Mail message. The real power of Automator lies in mixing and matching these actions to perform exactly the job you need them to, in a string of actions known as a workflow.
Author Ben Waldie introduces readers to how Automator works, and then helps them assemble and use Automator workflows. This book covers the major updates to Automator that are part of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), including a variety of highly anticipated features, such as recording, looping, and the use of variables within workflows. These features make Automator more flexible and powerful than before, greatly increasing its appeal and interest to any Mac user looking to become more efficient.
Both beginning users who want a thorough introduction to Automator and more advanced users looking for a convenient reference will find what they need here in straightforward language, clear steps, and practical tips.
Automator for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach intermediate Macintosh users how to automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks with the Automator application that is included with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Automator comes with many useful automated routines (called actions) preinstalled, for lots of popular applications, that do things like remove empty playlists from iTunes or add attachments to Mac Mail. The real power of Automator lies in mixing and matching these actions to have them do exactly the job you want. They're put together in a string of actions known as a workflow. Author Ben Waldie introduces readers to how Automator works, and then helps them assemble and use Automator workflows.
About the Author
Ben Waldie is president of Automated Workflows, LLC (www.automatedworkflows.com), a company offering AppleScript and workflow automation consulting services to Mac-based businesses. For years, Ben has developed professional automated solutions for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, CNN, NASA, PC World,
. Ben is the author of Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Le
opard: Visual QuickStart Gui
de (Peachpit Press) and AppleScripting the Finder
(SpiderWorks, LLC). He has also written numerous Automator and AppleScript columns for Apple.com, Macworld Magazine
, MacScripter.net, MacTech
magazine, and X-ray Magazine
, and is the author of an AppleScript training CD (Virtual Training Company). Ben is a frequent presenter at Macworld Conference & Expo and other events, and is president of The Philadelphia Area AppleScript Users Group.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Building Simple Workflows
Chapter 3: Workflow Basics
Chapter 4: Working With Actions
Chapter 5: Types of Workflows
Chapter 6: Recording Manual Events
Chapter 7: Workflow Looping
Chapter 8: Using Variables
Chapter 9: Troubleshooting
Chapter 10: Customizing Automator
Chapter 11: Sharing Actions And Workflows
Chapter 12: Automator Resources
Appendix A: Workflow Creation Step-by-Step Guide
Bonus Online Chapter 13: Workflow Starting Points
Bonus Online Chapter 14: Building Advanced Workflows
Bonus Online Appendix B: Example Workflows
Bonsus Online Appendix C: Developer Resources