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Automator for OS X 10.5 Leopard Revealed

Today at WWDC 07, Apple revealed a host of new features for Leopard (some cool, some sorta stupid– do we really want reflections in our Dock?). Not mentioned in the keynote but up at the website are a few details on the forthcoming new version of Automator.

The highlights:

  • UI update. Automator now sports a cleaner interface, bringing it up to the new consistency promised for the whole OS.
  • Recording. At long last, Automator will record manual steps, as macro recorders have done for years. QuicKeys, watch your back.
  • Variables. While there are a number of actions and hacks for achieving pseudo variable functionality, the lack of real variable support has been very limiting for Automator users. No more.
  • Wizardry. Mostly for newer users, Automator will sport a helper to set up common automation tasks.

Of course most Automator users would trade these features for stability and speed– hopefully that will come to pass, too.

Comments

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  1. Automator for Leopard is a significant update and includes: Starting Points templates for assisting those new to Auomator; Streamlined UI with Smart Groups, new inline data views, and a built-in media picker; Workflow Variables for storing, retrieving, and generating data throughout the workdlow; UI Recording for automating applications and situations where built-in automation is not available; Workflow Looping for repeating workflows; dozens of new actions, including RSS, PDF, and Quartz Composer actions; and much, much more. If you like Automator, Leopard is a must have release!

    Comment by Sal Soghoian — June 16, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

  2. Thanks for the additional info, Sal

    Comment by Steve — June 21, 2007 @ 8:09 am


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