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2007 | OS X Leopard Automator Features

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May 11th, 2012 |.
Automator has a  for OS X Lion.
Sep 6th, 2008 |.
Ben Waldie of  is hosting a  new video  podcast series for Peachpit Press called.
The podcasts focus on  providing  tips and tricks for using Automator and AppleScript in Mac OS X.
The first four episodes are now  available  on Peachpit’s , and in.
New episodes will be posted every couple of weeks.
May 28th, 2008 |.
Apple has released the  allegedly  overdue.
Changes to Automator include:                     Mar 13th, .

2008 |      Waldie Interviewed on Automator
Ben Waldie of  was interviewed about Automator for the weekly MacVoices podcast

In the  interview , Waldie discusses new features in Leopard, give some tips for getting started, and try to dispel some of the misconceptions about Automator (and the difference between AppleScript and Automator).
The interview will also be  available  on iTunes.
Feb 13th, .

2008 | 4      Automator Fixes in OS X 10.5.2 Update

AppleScript  Product Manager  Sal Soghoian was kind enough to drop me an email detailing a number of fixes to Automator that went unmentioned in the release notes of the recent OX 10.5.2 update:   Show When Run issues.
Tiger-based actions  not working  because of File-or-Folder typing.
Tiger-based droplets not responding.
Incorrect Find and Filter action results.
Hopefully these changes will correct issues users have had.
Thanks, Sal.
Oct 17th, 2007 |      OS X Leopard Automator Features.
OS X 10.5 Leopard shipping date has been officially announced as October 26th.
On the new 300+ Features page.

Apple gives us an official list of the new Automator features

including my favorite, workflow variables (dispensing with a host of 3rd party hacks and actions).
Leopard can be pre-ordered for a measly $109 at Amazon (and you help this site with a small kickback in the process).
Oct 4th, 2007 |      Photoshop Action Pack version 3.6.
Ben Long of  has released a maintenance update of the Photoshop Action Pack.
Version 3.6 features improved rendering when using Save for Web, a redesigned Render action that takes up less space in the workflow window, and a new action: Strip Extra Channels, which removes all extra channels from a document.
Sep 25th, 2007 |      Pixelmator Ships.
Pixelmator, the new Core Image-based image editor we mentioned a while ago, is now available.

Pixelmator includes five Automator actions: Add Effects

Change Image Type, Enhance, Resize and Transform.
A demo is available for download at their website, ad costs $49 for a license.
Sep 20th, 2007 |      Cocktail Automates.
Maintain.se has just announced the release of Cocktail 3.8.2 (Tiger Edition).
Version 3.8.2 adds twelve new Automator actions and the Safe (Safe Boot) option to the Startup Mode setting and possibility to show or hide Quit Finder menu item.
Bundled actions include: Clear Caches, Clear Log Files, Delete DS Store Files, Log Out, Put To Sleep, Repair Disk Permissions, Restart, Run Daily/weekly/monthly Scripts, Shut Down, and others.
Cocktail 3.8.2 may be purchased for $14.95 USD for a single user license.
Jul 17th, 2007 | 1      iPhone Mail Rules!.
Yes, that headline can be taken two ways.
I don’t own an iPhone, so I can’t say whether the mail app on it rules.

But I can point you to Automator.us

which has posted a new utilitity for use with the iPhone.
This set of Mail rules interacts between your computer and iPhone using some fun Applescript trickery, doing things such as sending an iPhone photo to your iPhoto library back home.
Macworld has an article detailing how this all works.
Jun 11th, .

2007 | 2      Automator for OS X 10.5 Leopard Revealed

Today at WWDC 07, Apple revealed a host of new features for Leopard (some cool, some sorta stupid– do we really want reflections in our Dock?).
Not mentioned in the keynote but up at the website are a few details on the forthcoming new version of Automator.
The highlights:   UI update.

Automator now sports a cleaner interface

bringing it up to the new consistency promised for the whole OS.
At long last, Automator will record manual steps, as macro recorders have done for years.
QuicKeys, watch your back.
While there are a number of actions and hacks for achieving pseudo variable functionality, the lack of real variable support has been very limiting for Automator users.
No more.
Mostly for newer users, Automator will sport a helper to set up common automation tasks.
Of course most Automator users would trade these features for stability and speed– hopefully that will come to pass, too.
May 30th, .

2007 | 2      Pixelmator 1.0 Integrates Automator

Pixelmator Team has announced a pretty slick looking new image-editing application, Pixelmator.
The entire UI is based on the HUD-style floating palates that have started to crop up in OS X apps, and has a pretty impressive feature-set.

Pixelmator promises fully integrated Automator support

which “allow the user to quickly enhance, resize, or transform images, add any special effects, and even export images to more than 100 different file formats.” It will be available in late-july for $59.
UPDATE: TUAW now has a video of Pixelmator in action.
If this thing is really as fast and slick as presented, it could be a killer platform for Automator image processing (there are lots of great Photoshop Automator actions, but they are all hampered by that app’s sluggish file handling).
May 21st, 2007 | 1      Photoshop Action Pack 3.5 Released.
Ben Long of  has released the long-awaited Photoshop Action Pack 3.5, a major update to his extensive and invaluable (and did I mention free?) suite of Automator actions.
The new version 3.5 adds support for Photoshop CS3, includes a new Auto Color action, and adds a number of new features to older actions.
In addition, a few important bug fixes have been included.
The new version does not include support for any of CS3’s new features, but ports all of the old Action Pack features to CS3.
The package’s 86 actions provide Automator with access to all of Photoshop’s major image editing features.
Note: Due to the size and scope of this release, I am no longer offering it for download at Automator World.
The previous CS2 version is still available, however.
Apr 18th, 2007 |      PackRat Automates Backback.
Backpack from 37Signals is a great PIM, I use it myself.
infiniteNIL has released PackRat 1.1, a desktop client to manage your Backpack data when you’re offline.

This new version includes Applescript support and a handy Automator action

Synchronize with Backpack, allowing you to schedule synchronization when you’re back on the grid.
(via MacMinute).
Mar 27th, 2007 |      Speaking of Apple TV….
It would appear that the obligatory first-week hacking of the Apple TV has revealed that it does, of course, run OS X (albeit stripped down to the skivvies).
Interestingly, the site TechRestore notes that the Apple TV version of OS X contains a number of custom Automator actions, including New Audio Capture and New Video Capture.
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