Automating Your System with Automator

For years, one of Apple's most compelling technologies within the Mac OS (even before Mac OS X) has been the AppleScript scripting language. Unfortunately AppleScript is a programming language. It requires at least elementary programming skills and has syntax very different from other programming languages—meaning that even experienced programmers feel like they're starting from scratch.

Starting with Tiger, everything changes. Tiger introduces Apple's new scripting environment designed for end users—Automator (path: /Applications/Automator). Automator enables anyone to create complex applications within minutes of starting the application. As a writer, Automator is a dream come true; it takes only a few ...

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