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Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Ben Waldie

Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStartGuideuses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach Macintosh users how to automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks with the Automator application that is included with … see full wiki

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Author: Ben Waldie
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: Peachpit Press
1 review about Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual...

Opens new doors into automating a Mac

  • May 14, 2008
Rating:
+5
Like many people who make their living using a computer I perform many repetitive tasks. I've dabbled around in Applescript a bit and have managed to make a few scripts that help me but since I'm not really a programmer that is only worth the time if I'm going to use the same script often. Even then, if the sequence task requires only a few steps it doesn't seem worth the effort to struggle with the programming. Enter Automator.

With OS X.4, Apple offered a tool to make automation easier. With OS X.5 it actually is close enough to easy, or could be easy once getting past the intimidation factor. With this QuickStart guide to hold my hand I've actually gotten to the point where I start to think of Automator whenever I need to perform repetitive tasks. The writing is clear and straightforward. I love the visual cookbook format of the series and it works well here. Walde has chosen some useful examples to teach Automator and make it accessible. The learning progression - from simpler to more complex tasks is well thought out. For an introduction to Automator, this book is excellent and will take you as far as possible without having to learn to script with Applescript or a shell language.

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