IN THIS CHAPTER
Creating a basic workflow to process specific files
Converting basic flow to accept any files
Finding files and folders and renaming them
Finding files and folders and trashing them
Creating aliases for files and folders
Filtering Finder items
Connecting to a server
Getting folder contents
Opening files with the proper application
Setting Spotlight comments for files and folders
Welcome to Part III of this Bible, in which you get down to the basics of creating automation projects. In this and upcoming chapters, you're going to walk through a total of fifty automation projects. All of them will feature heavy use of Automator, most of them will also include advanced automation by using AppleScript or shell scripting, and some will feature AppleScript-only alternatives.
In this first chapter, you'll learn how to automate work that is centered on files and folders. All the projects in this section focus on making you productive in this specific area. In some cases, you'll find that what you're learning has already been covered in previous chapters, but that's okay: remember, the chapters in Part 4 are all about practical know-how.
All of the projects in this chapter will focus on one area: files and folders. Working with files and folders is part of the standard Workflow choice on the welcome screen, as seen in Figure 15.1.
Working with files and folders is a large part of the work that you do in AppleScript, ...