Archives for December 2006

Press Release > Automator Multi-item Processing Utility Announced

AUTOMATOR MULTI-ITEM PROCESSING UTILITY ANNOUNCED
MacScripter.net Process Multiple Files Through an Automator Workflow Individually with Automated Workflows, LLC's FREE Automator Multi-Item Processing Utility

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - December 19th, 2006 - Looking for the abilty to process multiple files through an Automator workflow individually, rather than as a single batch? If so, then check out Automated Workflows, LLC's new Automator Multi-Item Processing Utility, available for FREE!
When Automator workflows are built to process files/folders as input, those files/folders will be processed as a batch, through the entire Automator workflow.  In workflows that must open the input files in an application and perform further processing, this can become a problem, as the workflow would open every single file in the application at once, and then proceed to process the entire batch of opened files through each action in the workflow.  For workflows that will be processing potentially hundreds or thousands of files/folders, this method is impractical.
The Automator Multi-Item Processing Utility provides a workaround for this situation.  The Automator Multi-Item Processing Utility will convert an Automator workflow that has been saved as an application into an AppleScript-based application that will loop through dropped files/folders, processing them through the workflow individually.
For additional information, visit Automated Workflows, LLC's website.

Press Contact:

Ben Waldie
President
Automated Workflows, LLC
116 Cold Stream Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

AppleScript is a registered trademark of Apple Computer. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Press Release > Macscripter.Net Scriptwire Applescript Article Announced – 12/4/06

MACSCRIPTER.NET SCRIPTWIRE APPLESCRIPT ARTICLE ANNOUNCED
MacScripter.net Features Article Written by Ben Waldie, President of Automated Workflows, LLC

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - December 4th, 2006 - This week's ScriptWire article, on MacScripter.net, provides an introduction to getting started with displaying progress in AppleScript Studio. This article was written by ScriptWire columnist, Ben Waldie, president of Automated Workflows, LLC.
AppleScript is a scripting language, built into Mac OS X, which allows users to write scripts in order to automate time consuming and repetitive tasks.
Ben Waldie is president and CEO of Automated Workflows, LLC, a firm specializing in AppleScript and workflow automation consulting. For years, Ben has developed professional AppleScript-based solutions for businesses across the globe, including Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, NASA, and TV Guide Magazine.
For additional information, visit Automated Workflows, LLC's website.

Press Contact:

Ben Waldie
President
Automated Workflows, LLC
116 Cold Stream Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

AppleScript is a registered trademark of Apple Computer. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

MacTech AppleScript Essentials Column > AppleScript Code Libraries

December, 2006 - AppleScript Code Libraries.

If you have been reading my columns for a while (prior to my introductory series on scripting different applications), then you may know that I am somewhat of a subroutine handler fanatic. I feel that handlers are an extremely important part of AppleScript development, and that every AppleScripter should be using them quite often. Unfortunately, many AppleScript developers do not.

There are many benefits to using handlers in a script. Let's discuss a few of these briefly. Handlers provide a mechanism for modularizing AppleScript code into generic chunks, which can be called from multiple locations within a script. This can lead to more efficient script writing. Instead of spending time writing virtually the same code over and over again throughout a script, you can instead focus more time on writing a solid and reliable handler, which can be called numerous times throughout the script. Not only does this help to cut down on the total amount of code you need to write in a script, but it also helps to provide a more focused completed script. Because multiple sections of the script call the same handler code, there are typically fewer areas to troubleshoot if problems do occur during execution. Furthermore, if written modularly enough, it may even be possible to extract a handler from a script, and plug it into other scripts, potentially reducing script writing time in the future too. This leads me into the main focus of this month's column, AppleScript code libraries.

[Read more at MacTech.com...]

Apple.com Article > Creating an iWeb Photo Preview Page

The integration among iLife applications can make sharing data between them a breeze. Take iPhoto and iWeb, for example. In iPhoto, you can create a new iWeb photo album with the click of a button. Automator can make this process even simpler by eliminating the need to even launch iPhoto.

The following steps will walk you through the process of creating an iWeb photo album of iPhoto images. The workflow will be saved as a plug-in for the system-wide script menu, allowing you to trigger it at any time, from within any application. When run, the workflow will display a list of images in your iPhoto library. Simply select the ones to include, choose an iWeb template, and the workflow will handle the rest. [Read more...] (pdf)

Apple.com Article > Creating a Photo Slideshow DVD

Creating a photo slideshow DVD is easy enough with iDVD. But Automator can make it even easier. The following steps will walk you through the process of creating an Automator workflow that will scan through a folder structure of files, extracting any JPEG images, and creating an iDVD slideshow containing those images. [Read more...] (pdf)

Apple.com Article > Uploading Aperture Image Previews to an FTP Server

Export presets in Aperture make it easy to quickly export preview versions of selected images in your photo library. But wouldn’t it be great to automatically rename those images and send them to your FTP server at the same time? With Automator, you can.

The following steps will walk you through the process of creating an Automator workflow that will export selected aperture images as previews, rename them sequentially with the current date, and upload them to your FTP server. [Read more...] (pdf)

Apple.com Article > Individually Processing Files Through an Automator Workflow

Automator makes it easy to create drag-and-drop workflow applications to process batches of files all at once. Simply save any Automator workflow as an application, and it will automatically become a drag-and- drop application.

This method of processing may work fine for workflows that process only a handful of files. But what if you need to process hundreds or thousands of files? It may not be practical to process an entire set of files as a single batch. Instead, it may make more sense to process the files through the workflow individually, one after another. The Automator Multi-Item Processing Utility, available for free from Automated Workflows, LLC, makes this type of processing possible.

The following steps will walk you through the process of individually processing files through an Automator workflow using the Automator Multi-Item Processing Utility. This particular workflow will open InDesign documents and export them to an output folder in PDF format. [Read more...] (pdf)

Apple.com Article > Creating a Scheduled Automator Workflow

Automator workflows are a great way to speed up those time-consuming and repetitive manual processes on your Mac. But perhaps it would be even more efficient if you could perform some of those tasks outside of the normal workday. Do you know that you can schedule Automator workflows to run when you are away from your desk?

The following steps will walk you through the process of creating an Automator workflow, which will be saved as an iCal alarm that will be triggered in the middle of the night, allowing you to accomplish tasks even when your office is closed. This particular workflow will be scheduled to run at midnight, and it will generate a summary of the new day’s iCal events in TextEdit, ready for your review first thing in the morning. [Read more...] (pdf)

Apple.com Article > Creating a Folder Watching Workflow

A very powerful automation feature that is often overlooked in Mac OS X is folder watching. Prior to Mac OS X Tiger, folder watching was possible by writing custom AppleScripts and attaching them to folders to process incoming items. Now, with Automator in Mac OS X, it is easier than ever to turn any folder into a watched folder, with no scripting necessary.

The following steps will walk you through the process of using Automator to create a folder watching workflow in Mac OS X. This particular workflow will automatically create padded thumbnail versions of full size image files as they are placed into a watched folder. [Read more...] (pdf)

Press Release > X-ray Magazine Applescript Article Announced – 12/1/06

X-RAY MAGAZINE APPLESCRIPT ARTICLE ANNOUNCED
Current Issue of X-Ray Magazine Features Article Written by Ben Waldie, President of Automated Workflows, LLC

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - December 1st, 2006 - This month's X-Ray Magazine, volume 4 #5, features an "In the Trenches: Scripting" column titled "Giving Your QuarkXPress AppleScripts a Facelift." This article was written by Ben Waldie, president of Automated Workflows, LLC, and discusses ways of constructing interfaces for your QuarkXPress AppleScripts, making them more user frieldly and robust.
Ben Waldie is president and CEO of Automated Workflows, LLC, a firm specializing in AppleScript and workflow automation consulting. For years, Ben has developed professional AppleScript-based solutions for businesses across the globe, including Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, NASA, and TV Guide Magazine.
For additional information, visit Automated Workflows, LLC's website.

Press Contact:

Ben Waldie
President
Automated Workflows, LLC
116 Cold Stream Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

AppleScript is a registered trademark of Apple Computer. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.