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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some commercial applications are now making it possible to run your Automator workflows using an Apple Remote or other remote control.
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.
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.
For developers, Automator's reach can be significantly expanded by incorporating your own custom AppleScript, Shell script, Python, or Ruby code into any workflow.
If you're like me, then you probably save tons of documents in PDF format via Mac OS X's print window.
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.