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25. Making Your Mac Do the Work for You with Automator

Getting to Know Automator

If there were such a thing as a Most Underrated Player award for Mac OS X utilities, Automator would win it hands down. Most Mac users barely even know the application exists, and the rest shudder at the very thought of actually using it. However, Automator is actually one of the most useful of the Mac OS X utilities. And, as an added bonus, it’s also quite easy to use. In fact, in just a few minutes you’ll have learned enough to have Automator performing tasks that duplicate some fancy utilities from third-party vendors (programs that other less adventuresome folks are shelling out big bucks for). This chapter explores Automator by showing you how to create and ...

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