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Automator at the Olympics

A number of blogs have reported on the use of Apple technology at the recently completed 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. New York Times photographer Vincent Laforet is featured in a Pro/Photo profile, which details how Automator played a part:

“Image Capture and Automator scripts automatically copied and moved high-res images (for eventual transmission to the Times) and corresponding low-res images (for immediate transfer to his photo editor over an unexpectedly slow ADSL connection) into separate files on Laforet’s PowerBook.”

Granted this isn’t the most complex workflow one can create, but it does illustrate that Automator is up to the task for critical, high volume work. Laforet is also part of a free traveling lecture series, Aperture in Depth.



  1. I think we can see that there script was a bit more complex than the impression you get from the pro report on the apple page.

    This link on Laforets page gives you an indication:


    Comment by Kevin Meaney — March 9, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

  2. Thanks for the link. The URL at Laforet’s site doesn’t work, so I can’t see the script itself, but it definitely is a bit involved.

    Edit: this is the correct one for the working download: http://www.laforetvisuals.com/resources/script.html

    Comment by Steve — March 10, 2006 @ 7:42 am

  3. FYI, the link to the Aperture Hot Folder script is:


    Comment by Nyhthawk — March 29, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

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