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Apple® Automator with AppleScript® Bible by Thomas Myer

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Chapter 19. Ten Custom Automation Projects

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • The projects

  • Finding specific contacts in Address Book

  • Finding people with birthdays

  • Creating a group mailer

  • Finding specific Calendar items

  • Combining Mail messages

  • Adding attachments to messages

  • Extracting text from PDFs

  • Downloading specific URLs using Automator

Now that you've automated files, folders, music files, images, and text files, it's time to spread your wings a bit and take on a few projects that are a bit more challenging. In this chapter, you'll take everything you've learned and start applying it to e-mail messages, PDFs, iCal events, Address Book contacts, and RSS.

The Projects

This chapter will be a bit different. Instead of focusing on a specific type of automation task, it's going to have a range of tasks. One minute you'll be working with contacts in Address Book, and the next you'll be extracting text from PDFs. I'll also cover e-mail messages and RSS feeds.

Think of it as a culmination of everything you've learned so far and an opportunity to see the wider vistas of what's possible with automation.

The ten projects I'm going to cover are:

  1. Finding specific contacts in Address Book

  2. Finding people with birthdays

  3. Creating a group mailer

  4. Finding specific calendar items

  5. Getting new Mail messages

  6. Combining Mail messages

  7. Adding attachments to messages

  8. Extracting text from PDFs

  9. Extracting PDF pages

  10. Downloading specific URLs

Within each project, I'll use a similar framework to help you absorb what's going on — think of it as a series ...

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