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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

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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

[ad name=”Tradedoubler 1 picture”]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

[ad name=”Tradedoubler 1 picture”]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.