Automator has been a big topic on Mac OS X Screencasts already. Last time we took a more general look at Automator and its functions. This time, though, we take one special problem and solve it using Automator.
As creatives in the media or computer business, we often have to set up a client folder in a pre-defined way. There are always template files and folders we have to create and copy before we can begin with a project. The obvious downsides of doing this manually are having to remember where all the files are, which one should go where and lastly how to keep the structure consistent. e.g. “Did I call this folder Exports or Finals last time?”
Automator has, since Leopard, variables. These variables can hold any information. In our case, though, we use variables to temporarily store folder paths of folders that aren’t existing prior to running the workflow. This way we can refer to non-existent items that are being created in the future.
The example workflow used in the screencast: