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03.16.09 - AppleScript and Automator: What's the Difference?

For many Mac users, AppleScript and Automator are terms that bring about a sense of confusion. This is unfortunate, considering that both technologies are generally targeted at typical users (non-programmers, in other words) and designed to make life easier through automation.

Much of the confusion centers on the similarities between these two applications:

  • Both automate time-consuming or repetitive tasks.
  • Both interact with Mac applications.
  • Both are targeted toward everyday Mac users.

But AppleScript and Automator are actually quite different. This article will attempt to clear up some of the confusion surrounding these technologies. [Read more at]