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Can't get Automator to do what you need? Sure, you could try looking for third-party actions to help.
Or you could try recording some manual tasks and playing them back as part of your workflow.
1. Click the Record button in Automator's toolbar to begin recording.
While not as efficient as using actions that talk directly to an application, recording can certainly come in handy in a pinch. When recording manual tasks, take it slow and do things carefully, so that Automator picks up the things you do. Sometimes, it may take a few tries to get it just right.
For more on Automator, check out my book Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide, as well as my video podcast series Mac Automation Made Simple.
And be sure to check back here each day this week for more Automator tips.