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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue

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Workflows as Programs and Plug-ins

Building an Automator workflow is a satisfying intellectual exercise and a delicious talent to acquire. But if the point of all the effort is to create a timesaving, step-saving software robot, there seems to be something missing. Are you really going to open the Automator program just to run a workflow you've written? Fortunately, that's not necessary. You can save a workflow as a regular, double-clickable application, if you like, or embed it in shortcut menus all over your Mac.

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