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Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger: Visual QuickStart Guide by Maria Langer

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Automator

Automator is a brand new Mac OS X application. With it, you can automate tasks with drag-and-drop simplicity.

Here’s how it works. You use Automator to create a workflow. A workflow is a series of steps, called actions, each of which work with a specific application. For example, a Finder action might connect to a server or create an archive. A Mail action might check for new mail or send messages. You drag actions from a list to a workflow window, where you can set options, if necessary.

There are two related concepts you must keep in mind when working with actions:

  • Input is information required for an action to complete. Input can be something you provide, such as a selection of items in a window, or it can be the result of another ...

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