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Ben Waldie

Five Automator Services Tips in Five Days: Preview Selected URL

By Ben WaldieDec 11, 2009

If you're a user of Mac OS X Mail, then you may know that you can use Quick Look to preview image attachments in a message.  To do so, just select an image attachment in a message and press the spacebar, press Command+Y, or click Quick Look at the top of the message.  For today's Automator Service workflow tip, we'll take this concept a bit further, by creating a way for you to quickly preview URLs in Mail messages, TextEdit documents, and more, without the need to open Safari.

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Five Automator Services Tips in Five Days: Merge Selected PDFs

By Ben WaldieDec 10, 2009

Today's Automator Service workflow tip involves something that I do fairly frequently, merging multiple PDF files together.  Fortunately, with Automator Service workflows in Snow Leopard, this is now much easier for me than it used to be.

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Five Automator Services Tips in Five Days: Apply Filter to Selected Images

By Ben WaldieDec 9, 2009

If you’ve used Automator before, then you may know that it includes actions for performing basic image manipulation tasks, such as cropping and resizing. Today’s workflow uses one of these built-in actions to apply a filter to selected image files in the Mac OS X Finder.

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Five Automator Services Tips in Five Days: Merge Selected Images as PDF

By Ben WaldieDec 8, 2009

Today's Automator Service workflow tip involves image files. This workflow will receive selected image files in the Finder, and merge them together to form a multi-page PDF document.

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Five Automator Services Tips in Five Days: Read Summary of Selected Text

By Ben WaldieDec 7, 2009

Each day this week, I'll be providing tips for creating Service workflows with Automator in Mac OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard.  Today’s workflow will receive selected text in an application, summarize it as a single sentence, and speak the summary aloud for you to hear.

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Extending Automator: Adding Workflows to the Services Menu

By Ben WaldieApr 24, 2009

With the help of ThisService, a third-party utility from waffle software, and AppleScript, you can now run Automator workflows from the Services menu in Mac OS X.

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Extending Automator: Running Workflows with a Remote

By Ben WaldieApr 23, 2009

Some commercial applications are now making it possible to run your Automator workflows using an Apple Remote or other remote control.

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Extending Automator: Finding More Actions

By Ben WaldieApr 22, 2009

There are literally hundreds of add-on actions available from third-party developers to help extend Automator's capabilities.  To find them, you just need to know where to look.

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Extending Automator: Apple Remote Desktop Action Pack

By Ben WaldieApr 21, 2009

If you're a system administrator, then you may already know that Apple Remote Desktop comes with over 30 Automator actions.  But, what you may not know is that you can extend this set of actions even further by installing an additional ARD action pack.

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Extending Automator: Running AppleScript, Shell, Python, or Ruby Scripts

By Ben WaldieApr 20, 2009

For developers, Automator's reach can be significantly expanded by incorporating your own custom AppleScript, Shell script, Python, or Ruby code into any workflow.

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Using Automator: Print Workflows, Five Automator Tips in Five Days

By Ben WaldieMar 6, 2009

If you're like me, then you probably save tons of documents in PDF format via Mac OS X's print window. 

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Using Automator: Scheduling Workflows, Five Automator Tips in Five Days

By Ben WaldieMar 5, 2009

Automator workflows are great at saving you time by automating tasks that you'd otherwise have to do manually. Want to become even more efficient? Try scheduling your workflows to run at night, on weekends, or while you're at lunch.

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