Here’s a quick screencast I did of how Automator works at a basic level.
Nothing too fancy in this video, just renaming 7 files that could probably have been done manually but I thought I’d use the opportunity to show how Automator works and help you see how you might be able to use this app that’s built-in to OS X to save some time.
I was writing a blog post on Lemon Productions and wanted to include some screenshots of the WordPress theme I was talking about and… well, I don’t want to spoil the ending. Just watch the video. It’s pretty intense.1
The Mac Power Users podcast recently posted an episode on Automator that includes a bunch of helpful tips in audio form as well as a whole bunch of links to resources related to Automator. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Tips from automatedworkflows.com
- File and Folder Automator Action Pack — $14.99 in the Mac App Store and Text Automator Actions Pack — $14.99 in the Mac App Store — two packages of advanced Automator actions from the guy who put together the Automator actions for Microsoft Office
- Mac Automation Made Simple with Ben Waldie — video podcast with plenty of tips and tricks
Leave a comment if you have any questions about Automator or have other resources you like for getting more out of Automator.