The Vallery Family website (don’t they sound like a 70s singing group?) has a good write up on using Automator to convert files for the slick new Apple TV. According to the site, the workflow is “a simple drop folder on my desktop that launches quicktime pro and converts the file to an Apple TV viewable format, imports the file into iTunes, and cleans up after itself.”
Power Manager 3.6 includes new Automator actions to cancel, delay, and Quick Schedule events; start and stop the scheduler; get the next pending event; and filter events by name, type, or action.
Power Manager is EU20, and a free 30 day demo is also available.
According to the release notes, the Mac OS X 10.4.9 updater “Addresses an issue in which incorrect encoding could be used for the files created by the New Text File Automator action on Intel-based Macs.”
So for those of you with Intel Macs who use the New Text File action and are having encoding errors, your prayers have been answered!
“Long considered a hidden jewel in Apple’s crown, AppleScript is enjoying yet another renaissance thanks to Automator, a rather nice GUI drag and drop UI for automation languages. While you can create Automator actions in many languages, AppleScript is the one that gives you the most access to not just Mac OS X, but also the applications on the Mac.”
TECSoft announced today its new Automator Workshop hands-on training classes. The one-day hands-on training teaches participants how to quickly be productive with Automator, and builds upon TECSoft’s extensive workflow automation and training expertise.
Participants complete hands-on exercises building powerful, real-world Automator workflows and receive Workshop Kits containing a printed Workshop Guide, along with a CD full of useful Automator actions and resources, including an eBook copy of Hanaan Rosenthal’s outstanding Discovering Automator.
For more information and to register call 800-626-4119/631-267-0700, or visit the website.
Ben Waldie of Automated Workflows, LLC has written a handy freeware application, Automator Multi-Item Processing Utility. This drag-and-drop app converts Automator Workflow applications to AppleScript-based applications that can process dropped files individually, rather than as a single batch.
Waldie will also be at next week’s MacWorld Expo, booth S1538-34 in the Developer Pavilion.
One of the most powerfulâ€“and confusingâ€“uses of Automator is creating workflows in conjunction with Folder Actions. The myriad ways to trigger, turn on and attach scripts to folders is daunting and un-intuitive, to put it kindly. More »
Apple’s freshly released Aperture 1.5 has a slew of new features, bringing a much-needed maturity to the (nearly) year-old application. According to the “What’s New” page, Aperture 1.5 “takes advantage of enhanced AppleScript and Automator support: operate on image selections (in addition to projects and albums); filter for the â€œpickâ€ of each stack; automate the export of master files with associated XMP metadata.”
Via Daring Fireball: “Nifty $15 utility by Brian Cooke; RooSwitch lets you switch between different â€œprofilesâ€ for application data. So, for example, you could create â€œWorkâ€ and â€œHomeâ€ profiles for an app like NetNewsWire â€” switching between RooSwitch profiles would allow you to switch between two entirely different sets of feed subscriptions.”
rooSwitch has Applescript support, and of course Automator, with an included “Switch Profile” action. I’ve seen utilities like this for specific apps before, but a system-wide one is a great idea. The UI is simple and slick, too.
AppleCore Solutions this week released The Complete Book of Mac OS X shortcuts: Desktop Reference Guide. This 125-page eBook contains over 1,500 Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts for 16 Mac OS X applications. It also has a comprehensive list of operating system shortcuts and a table that fully clarifies Mac keyboard symbols and their meaning. It’s available as a downloadable PDF for US$25. This guide is very well designed, and easy to read, search and navigate. If you’re looking for a centralized source for OS X shortcuts, this is a good one. Hopefully it will be updated for Leopard and more applications will be added (such as Automator!).
Apple has posted the winners of the 2006 Apple Design Awards, held last night at WWDC. For automator, the winner was Ben Waldie’s Ultimate Productivity Action Pack 1.0. The runner-up was Lecture Recording Workflow 1.2 (which I can’t seem to find anywhere online).
Apple has released OS X 10.4.7 Update, which has a stack of bug fixes and improvements. On the Automator front, it has these changes:
Fetch Softworks has released Fetch 5.1, which had previously been available as a public beta. Fetch 5.1 includes a Dashboard widget and 11 Automator actions. A single-user license for Fetch is $25 US. Fetch 5.1 is a free upgrade for Fetch 5 users. If you purchased a license for an earlier version of Fetch between January 1, 2001 and March 9, 2005, you can upgrade to Fetch 5.1 for $15.
Complete Digital Photography has release ACR Version Control, a collection of Applescripts and Automator actions for managing multiple versions of Photoshop raw image conversions. The included Automator actions maybe used to create thumbnails and ful-res PSDs of the versions generated by the Applescripts.
Apple is sponsoring its 11th annual Apple Design Awards, with winners to be announced at WWDC 2006 in San Francisco, August 7th-11th. If you have an idea for the “Best Mac OS X Automator Workflow”, you could walk home an indecently cool prize package; but you gotta be in it to win it.