Automator for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide

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Pearson Education, Dec 9, 2009 - Computers - 99998 pages
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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Contents

Getting Started
1-4
Customizing Automator
1-21
Types of Workflows
1-26
Building Simple Workflows
2-1
Workflow Basics
3-4
Locating Actions to Do What You Want
4-9
Viewing an Actions Description
4-20
Action Options
4-26
Collapsing Actions
4-45
Recording Manual Events
5-151
Workflow Looping
5-164
Using Variables
5-186
Troubleshooting
9-1
Sharing Actions and Workflows
9-60
Workflow Creation StepbyStep Guide
9-96
Bonus Chapters on the Companion Website
9-118

Deleting Actions
4-32
Copying Actions
4-39
Building Advanced Workflows
9-175
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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, "and"Time Magazin""e," Ben is the author of "Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Le"opard: "Visual QuickStart """Gui"de" (Peachpit Press) and "AppleScripting" "the Finde""r" (SpiderWorks, LLC). He has also written numerous Automator and AppleScript columns for Apple.com, "Macworld Maga""zine," MacScripter.net, "MacTe""ch" magazine, and "X-ray Magazi""ne," 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.

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