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Mac Automation Made Simple (Video)

In this podcast series, "Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide" author Ben Waldie shows you how to simplify your life and have fun doing it with tips and tricks for using AppleScript and Automator in Mac OS X.

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Creating Branching Automator Workflows with AppleScript

By Ben Waldie

One of Automator's key limitations is its inability to perform branching. In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how AppleScript can be used to work around this limitation and create a branching Automator workflow.

10:34Feb 23, 2010Video MP4

Creating Scheduled AppleScripts

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie discusses how to create AppleScripts that run at scheduled intervals. Learn to write scripts that back up your music library at night and automatically reconnect to server volumes.

8:39Jan 26, 2010Video MP4

Creating Drop Scripts in AppleScript

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie discusses how to drop scripts in AppleScript. Learn how to write a simple image processing AppleScript application that processes dropped files and folders.

7:49Dec 30, 2009Video MP4

Getting Started with Handlers in AppleScript

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to write AppleScripts more efficiently through the use of handlers. Learn how to modularize your scripts, making them more expandable, easier to update, and more.

10:57Nov 25, 2009Video MP4

Building Automator Service Workflows in Snow Leopard

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to build Service workflows with Automator in Snow Leopard. Become more efficient by creating workflows that process files, folders, and text, and even ones that run AppleScripts!

9:44Oct 27, 2009Video MP4

Getting Started Providing Feedback in AppleScript

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to provide a basic level of feedback, such as dialog messages, audio alerts, and speech alerts in AppleScript. Providing feedback is essential to building user friendly scripts.

11:18Sep 29, 2009Video MP4

Getting Started with Error Handling in AppleScript

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie discusses implementing basic error handling techniques in AppleScript. Learn how to catch errors in your scripts and handle them gracefully by taking different courses of action.

7:52Sep 3, 2009Video MP4

Using Repeat Loops in AppleScript

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie continues discussing AppleScript's core language, with a focus on adding branching logic and decision making to scripts. Learn how to implement simple, compound, and nested if/then statements.

9:14Jul 22, 2009Video MP4

Adding Branching Logic to Your AppleScripts (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie continues discussing AppleScript's core language, which a focus on adding branching logic and decision making to scripts. Learn how to implement simple, compound, and nested if/then statements.

6:54Jun 29, 2009Video MP4

Getting Started with Variables in AppleScript (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie continues discussing AppleScript's core language, with a focus on variables. Watch as Ben demonstrates how to use variables to store values from Address Book, and create a new message in Mail.

9:05May 26, 2009Video MP4

Getting Started Scripting Applications (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates techniques for getting started writing AppleScripts to control applications in Mac OS X. Learn how to display a Web page in Safari, start the visualizer in iTunes, and more.

9:22Apr 28, 2009Video MP4

Introduction to AppleScript Dictionaries: Part 2: Classes and Properties (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie continues discussing how to navigate application AppleScript dictionaries in Mac OS X. This episode focuses on understanding elements and attributes, also known as classes and properties.

10:00Mar 31, 2009Video MP4

Introduction to AppleScript Dictionaries: Part 1: Commands (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie begins discussing AppleScripting applications in Mac OS X by exploring how to open and navigate application AppleScript dictionaries. Ben reviews both application commands and parameters.

7:47Mar 17, 2009Video MP4

Introducing AppleScript and Script Editor (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie provides an introduction to the primary AppleScript components in Mac OS X, including the AppleScript Utility, Folder Actions Setup application, example scripts, and Script Editor.

9:06Mar 3, 2009Video MP4

Extending Automator with Third-Party Actions (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to extend the power of Automator with third-party actions, allowing you to build Web photo galleries, a birthday calendar in iCal, a photo contacts sheet in InDesign, and more.

8:48Feb 17, 2009Video MP4

Creating a Looping Automator Workflow (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to create a simple looping Automator workflow, using the 'Loop' action, to download current weather satellite images and use them as your Desktop wallpaper.

8:39Feb 3, 2009Video MP4

Advanced Use of Automator Workflow Variables (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates advanced usage of workflow variables in Automator, for the purpose of storing action results, and referencing them later. Variables are a powerful feature of Automator in Leopard.

6:04Jan 20, 2009Video MP4

Getting Started with Variables in Automator (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to get started using variables to incorporate dynamic content into Automator workflows. Variables are a powerful feature of Automator in Leopard.

8:44Jan 6, 2009Video MP4

Creating a Microsoft Entourage 2008 Automator Workflow (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to use Automator to perform tasks in Microsoft Entourage 2008, including attaching PDF versions of documents to outgoing messages, and importing attachments into Aperture.

6:50Dec 23, 2008Video MP4

Creating a Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 Automator Workflow (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to use Automator to perform tasks in Microsoft PowerPoint 2008, including converting a presentation to image files for import into iPhoto, and converting to a QuickTime movie.

7:56Dec 9, 2008Video MP4

Creating a Microsoft Excel 2008 Automator Workflow (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to use Automator to perform tasks in Microsoft Excel 2008. Ben shows you a workflow to batch convert Excel workbooks to .csv format and one that builds address labels in Excel.

7:17Nov 25, 2008Video MP4

Creating a Microsoft Word 2008 Automator Workflow (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to create an Automator workflow that converts Microsoft Word 2008 documents to PDF or HTML format, and uploads them to a Web server via FTP.

7:33Nov 11, 2008Video MP4

Creating an Aperture Automator Workflow (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to create an Automator workflow for Aperture that allows you to review specified photos, import approved photos into an Aperture project, and assign metadata to the photos.

6:24Oct 28, 2008Video MP4

Creating an Automator PDF Workflow (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to save Automator workflows as print workflow plug-ins. Once saved, these workflows appear in Mac OS X's print dialog, and can be triggered to process printed PDF documents.

7:25Oct 14, 2008Video MP4

Scheduling Automator Workflows (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to save Automator workflows as iCal alarm plug-ins, allowing them to be scheduled to run during downtime, such as at night or while you're away from your desk.

4:16Sep 30, 2008Video MP4

Automating Manual Tasks with QuicKeys (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how QuicKeys, a third-party automation utility, can be used to perform manual events in Mac OS X. QuicKey shortcuts can be run from menus, key commands, and even Automator workflows.

8:11Sep 16, 2008Video MP4

Automating Manual Tasks with iKey (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how iKey, a third-party automation utility, can be used to perform manual events in Mac OS X. iKey shortcuts can be run from menus, key commands, and even larger automated workflows.

7:03Sep 2, 2008Video MP4

Recording Manual Events in AppleScript (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how even the novice Mac user can get started with AppleScript by recording manual events in the Mac OS X Finder, or other recordable application, as a script, and playing them back.

5:35Aug 26, 2008Video MP4

Recording Manual Events in Automator (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to use Automator in Leopard to record your manual mouse clicks and keystrokes, and play them back as part of your workflow. Use recording to expand Automator's capabilities.

7:41Aug 6, 2008Video MP4

Creating an Image Processing Automator Workflow (video)

By Ben Waldie

In this first episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to create a simple image processing workflow using Automator in Mac OS X Leopard. Learn how to create a workflow that manipulates images from directly within the Finder.

7:09Jul 29, 2008Video MP4