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Automator for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide [Kindle Edition]

Ben Waldie
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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.

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  • File Size: 20845 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YYWEH2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Automator Rocks March 13, 2010
PRO: Excellent tutorial and reference for both Automator. Online extras is a bonus
CON: none
Moose Rating: 1-5 (5 highest) 5

With each evolution of Mac OS X, Apple keeps improving Automator, although I wonder how many people really use it. It really is a jewel in the rough as it can make routine redundant tasks very easy to accomplish. I have been discovering ways to use my Mac and make my tasks easier using Automator. From scaling and changing formats of graphic files to batch renaming to thinking of ideas of how to use the image capture plugin to make a useful Automator action for better photo management. Ben Waldie first wrote this book for Leopard and this one is expanded to cover the latest information. In this edition, a beginner to Automator will learn how to start making workflows ( or recording them), saving them as workflows, applications or plug-ins. All the information is here, he explores the standard actions available and includes some of the applications that have Automator support. Fetch FTP is an application not listed that has AppleScript and Automator support.

Early in the book, you are shown some simple Automator workflows. Chapter Three builds on the complexity of workflows. Whether you need to use variables (user defined) or system or add AppleScript to overcome an Automator limitation it is covered in the book. I have found trying to build my own workflows is the best way to learn. You can also use the record process or find existing examples to use or glean from. Chapter 12 provides automator resources.

I have in the past contacted Ben Waldie by email asking questions about how to do something. He has always been very generous with his time and assistance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid February 12, 2010
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Automator is a wonderful tool built into OS X, and I think most people skip right over it. It is unfortunately, not an incredibly intuitive program, and the QuickStart Guide is very helpful. It gives a few examples of how it can be used and that would be my only think keeping from giving it a full five stars is that it could use a few more real life day to day examples of how Automator might be used. I recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and work with September 13, 2012
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Simply fantastic. Easy to read,with a lot of step-by-step exercises. An excelent book. Recommended for those who want to use the Automator for every repetitive task.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginner May 18, 2014
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I love this book

- Automator has very limited resources, this book make sure you know most of the functions.
- it has resource for you to download and test
- it has example for you to study.

I hope Ben have more actions to release in the future, so we all can benefit. I especially like the set safari function.
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More About the Author

Ben Waldie is president of Automated Workflows, LLC, a company offering AppleScript, Automator, and workflow consulting services to Mac-based businesses. For years, Ben has developed professional automated solutions for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Adobe Systems, Apple Inc., CNN, Microsoft, NASA, PC World, and Time Magazine. Ben is the author of "Automator for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide" (Peachpit Press), "Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide" (Peachpit Press), and "AppleScripting the Finder" (Automated Workflows, LLC), has written AppleScript and Automator content for, Macworld, MacTech,, and more, and is the host of the "Mac Automation Made Simple" video podcast (Peachpit Press). Ben is also the author of an AppleScript training CD for the Virtual Training Company, is a frequent presenter at Macworld Expo and other industry events, and is president of The Philadelphia Area AppleScript Users Group.

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