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What Automator Can Do For You (Tutorial)

Automator is one of the apps people aren’t using, because they can’t come up with uses for it – until someone shows them. This tutorial covers the basics of creating custom Automator Actions and Workflows.
We discover what Automator can do and how Actions and Services are invoked, so that you can work more efficiently on your Mac.

Example Workflows

Copy Path & Copy Unix Path

My Copy Path or Copy Unix Path Services copy the POSIX paths of selected Finder items to the clipboard. The only difference between them, Copy Unix Path creates a list, which can be used in a programming language (as an array), and Copy Path simply puts all POSIX paths without any additional formatting onto the clipboard.

Source

New Disk Image With Selection

Creates a new disk image containing all selected Finder items. Pretty smart if you want to exchange files quickly using a disk image.

Source

Rename Selected Items

To rename multiple files in a batch no additional software is needed – use Automator instead. Click on some files, Services, and Rename Selected Items in one go.

Source

Share to FTP

Most time during a day we need to share files with others. Most of the time we need to upload images, PDF’s, code, maybe, to our servers. There are already a lot of those “quick sharing services”, but when you have your own server you could consider using Upload to FTP. Where you can decide what is happening to your data.

Source

Share on Dropbox

Someone has written which takes selected files and shares them on your Dropbox. That way you can easily share something using Dropbox, which is similar to Share on FTP.

Source

Lookup in Wikipedia

Quickly look a word up on Wikipedia using this Service.

Source (Look in the Podcast)

Send to Instapaper

This Service takes URL as input and sends those links straight to Instapaper.

Source

Count Words

Counts words in selected text. Can be customized to, for instance, count lines or characters.
Presumes having growlnotify installed.

Filter Text Through Shell Command

As the name implies, this Service filters text through a Shell command – like with TextMate.
Use carefully, only for advanced users.

Source

Download

Download all Services combined into one package, and uploaded automatically with Automator ( ;-) ), from here.

Automator_Services

Automator is one of the apps people aren’t using, because they can’t come up with uses for it – until someone shows them. This tutorial covers the basics of creating custom Automator Actions and Workflows.
We discover what Automator can do and how Actions and Services are invoked, so that you can work more efficiently on your Mac.

Example Workflows

Copy Path & Copy Unix Path

My Copy Path or Copy Unix Path Services copy the POSIX paths of selected Finder items to the clipboard. The only difference between them, Copy Unix Path creates a list, which can be used in a programming language (as an array), and Copy Path simply puts all POSIX paths without any additional formatting onto the clipboard.

Source

New Disk Image With Selection

Creates a new disk image containing all selected Finder items. Pretty smart if you want to exchange files quickly using a disk image.

Source

Rename Selected Items

To rename multiple files in a batch no additional software is needed – use Automator instead. Click on some files, Services, and Rename Selected Items in one go.

Source

Share to FTP

Most time during a day we need to share files with others. Most of the time we need to upload images, PDF’s, code, maybe, to our servers. There are already a lot of those “quick sharing services”, but when you have your own server you could consider using Upload to FTP. Where you can decide what is happening to your data.

Source

Share on Dropbox

Someone has written which takes selected files and shares them on your Dropbox. That way you can easily share something using Dropbox, which is similar to Share on FTP.

Source

Lookup in Wikipedia

Quickly look a word up on Wikipedia using this Service.

Source (Look in the Podcast)

Send to Instapaper

This Service takes URL as input and sends those links straight to Instapaper.

Source

Count Words

Counts words in selected text. Can be customized to, for instance, count lines or characters.
Presumes having growlnotify installed.

Filter Text Through Shell Command

As the name implies, this Service filters text through a Shell command – like with TextMate.
Use carefully, only for advanced users.

Source

Download

Download all Services combined into one package, and uploaded automatically with Automator ( ;-) ), from here.

Automator_Services

Automator is one of the apps people aren’t using, because they can’t come up with uses for it – until someone shows them. This tutorial covers the basics of creating custom Automator Actions and Workflows.
We discover what Automator can do and how Actions and Services are invoked, so that you can work more efficiently on your Mac.

Example Workflows

Copy Path & Copy Unix Path

My Copy Path or Copy Unix Path Services copy the POSIX paths of selected Finder items to the clipboard. The only difference between them, Copy Unix Path creates a list, which can be used in a programming language (as an array), and Copy Path simply puts all POSIX paths without any additional formatting onto the clipboard.

Source

New Disk Image With Selection

Creates a new disk image containing all selected Finder items. Pretty smart if you want to exchange files quickly using a disk image.

Source

Rename Selected Items

To rename multiple files in a batch no additional software is needed – use Automator instead. Click on some files, Services, and Rename Selected Items in one go.

Source

Share to FTP

Most time during a day we need to share files with others. Most of the time we need to upload images, PDF’s, code, maybe, to our servers. There are already a lot of those “quick sharing services”, but when you have your own server you could consider using Upload to FTP. Where you can decide what is happening to your data.

Source

Share on Dropbox

Someone has written which takes selected files and shares them on your Dropbox. That way you can easily share something using Dropbox, which is similar to Share on FTP.

Source

Lookup in Wikipedia

Quickly look a word up on Wikipedia using this Service.

Source (Look in the Podcast)

Send to Instapaper

This Service takes URL as input and sends those links straight to Instapaper.

Source

Count Words

Counts words in selected text. Can be customized to, for instance, count lines or characters.
Presumes having growlnotify installed.

Filter Text Through Shell Command

As the name implies, this Service filters text through a Shell command – like with TextMate.
Use carefully, only for advanced users.

Source

Download

Download all Services combined into one package, and uploaded automatically with Automator ( ;-) ), from here.

Automator_Services

Automator is one of the apps people aren’t using, because they can’t come up with uses for it – until someone shows them. This tutorial covers the basics of creating custom Automator Actions and Workflows.
We discover what Automator can do and how Actions and Services are invoked, so that you can work more efficiently on your Mac.

7 Responses to “What Automator Can Do For You (Tutorial)”

  1. celsius° says:

    Hi Zettt,

    find das Video echt cool.

    Würde im Automator gern folgendes erstellen: Egal wo ich mich im Finder befinde, dort möchte ich ein Text.txt Datei erstellen. Kannst Du mir Helfen. Gruß Celsius°

  2. Zettt says:

    Ich hatte fast befuerchtet, dass alle meinen ich wuerde solche Fragen beantworten. Kann ich leider nicht, hab ich zu wenig Zeit fuer. Kann keinen Support fuer ein Produkt uebernehmen… Google hilft

    BTW Warum willst du das ueberhaupt? Macht aus Usertechnischer Sicht keinen Sinn. Windows: Action driven. Heisst “ich will ne Textdatei erstellen um einen Text zu schreiben.” Ist aber falsch, da dein Gedankengang ja eher “Ich will was aufschreiben ist” ergo “Ich will was aufschreiben! Wo ist das Textprogramm?” Textprogramm oeffnen, schreiben, und dann speichern.

  3. Miysia says:

    Super ! … Danke

  4. fellowweb says:

    Hi Zettt,

    ich bin gerade erst dazu gekommen, endlich diesen Screencast anzusehen. Fantastisch, vielen Dank!

    Ich glaube, das ist der beste Screencast, an den ich mich erinnern kann. :)

  5. Fanboy says:

    Ich brauchte nur den richtigen Anstoß und den hast du mir gegeben.

    Danke dafür!

    Ich habe beim schauen noch, mal ebend ein PDF Shrink Workflow gebastelt. Der hat meine 300 PDF von 1,2 GB in 100 MB verkleinert.

    Super Screencast

  6. Pavel says:

    Hi Zettt,

    this helps me a lot. Great job. Thx.

  7. Enrico says:

    Klasse Screencast, Du hast mir damit sehr geholfen. Ich werde jetzt wohl öfter hier vorbeischauen.

    Liebe Grüße aus München

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