Press Release > Peachpit Press Article Announced

Peachpit Press Article Announced
Fixing Automator Workflow Folder Action Plug-Ins in Leopard

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - May 27th, 2008 - Automated Workflows, LLC is pleased to announce the release of a new Automator article, which has been published on the Peachpit Press website. In this article, Ben Waldie, president of Automated Workflows, LLC, shares tips and recommendations to help you resolve Automator Folder Action plug-in workflow issues in Mac OS X Leopard. Read the article here.
Automator, developed by Apple Inc., is designed for all levels of users, from novice to expert. Automator makes performing time consuming and repetitive tasks in Mac OS X a snap! The basic unit for automation in Automator is called an action, and each action is responsible for performing a single specific task. Using Automator's interface, users can link actions together in infinite ways to form a complete workflow that matches their unique needs. Hundreds of actions are included with Automator for performing tasks in Apple applications and the operating system itself. This list can be expanded with actions made available by developers.
Ben Waldie is president of Automated Workflows, LLC, a company offering AppleScript and workflow automation consulting services to Mac-based businesses. For years, Ben has developed professional automated solutions for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, CNN, Microsoft Corporation, NASA, PC World, and Time Magazine. Ben is the author of Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide (Peachpit Press) and AppleScripting the Finder (SpiderWorks, LLC). He has also written numerous Automator and AppleScript columns for Apple.com, Macworld Magazine, MacScripter.net, MacTech magazine, and X-ray Magazine, and is the author of an AppleScript training CD (Virtual Training Company). Ben is a frequent presenter at Macworld Conference & Expo and other events, and is president of The Philadelphia Area AppleScript Users Group.

Press Contact:

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

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