MacScripter has a comprehensive article, “Dispelling the Automator myth: Get the Facts on Automator”. It gives a good overview of Job’s WWDC session, and goes on to ruminate how Automator might fit within existing Applescript environments:
“Automator gives AppleScript even more reach, depth, and validity. It will make more people recognize the importance of automation. It will drive adoption of AppleScript in applications. It will bring AppleScript to people who never would have used it before. Because they’re so light-weight and portable, AppleScript scripts will continue to be written, shared, and used. Automator just provides another means for scripters to deliver the power of AppleScript.”
At Apple’s 2004 World Wide Developer’s Conference, CEO Steve Jobs gave a preview of OS X 10.4, Tiger. One of the most exciting new features of Tiger is Automator, (currently code-named Pipeline) “an innovative personal automation assistant that will help you streamline the most challenging repetitive manual tasks without programming. It works like a robot inside your computer.” Asimovian robotic imagery aside, Automator is in my opinion the coolest new tool in the Mac arsenal, and thus is born AutomatorWorld.
For now, AutomatorWorld will be focused on bringing you the latest news on Automator development and functionality as it trickles out of the developer community. When Automator is released to the wild next year, we plan to build-up our library of Workflows, both homegrown and contributed by users.
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EWeek has a good overview of core Automator technologies and functionality, including a number of good screenshots. They do have a word of caution, noting “the current lack of conditionals gives scripts no way of handling error conditions other than to simply abort the script. Developers creating custom workflows for customers in the Mac’s professional content creation or scientific and technical markets will need the more complex scripting capabilities offered in the current tools”.
Macworld makes the insightful observation, “Will everyone use Automator? Probably not. But those that do will save so much time, they’ll be way ahead of people who don’t.”