Mac Automation Made Simple Video Podcast > Getting Started Scripting Applications

Episode 20
Date: 04.28.2009
Duration: 00:09:22
Getting Started Scripting Applications
In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates techniques for getting started writing AppleScripts to control applications in Mac OS X. Learn how to display a Web page in Safari, start the visualizer in iTunes, and more..
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Press Release > Mac Automation Made Simple Video Podcast Episode 20 Announced

Mac Automation Made Simple Video Podcast Episode 20 Announced
Video Podcast Episode Provides an Introduction to AppleScripting Applications in Mac OS X

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - April 28th, 2009 - Automated Workflows, LLC is pleased to announce the availability of Episode 20 of the Mac Automation Made Simple video podcast series.
In this video podcast series, Ben Waldie, author of "Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide" and president of Automated Workflows, LLC, shows you how to simplify your life and have fun doing it with tips and tricks for using AppleScript and Automator in Mac OS X.
In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates techniques for getting started writing AppleScripts to control applications in Mac OS X. Learn how to display a Web page in Safari, start the visualizer in iTunes, and more.
Mac Automation Made Simple is owned by Peachpit TV. Episodes are available for download from the Peachpit Press website, as well as within iTunes.
For additional information, including an episode guide and links to the podcast, visit the >Tips section of the Automated Workflows, LLC's website.

Press Contact:

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

AppleScript and Automator are registered trademarks of Apple Computer. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Peachpit Blog Post > Extending Automator: Running AppleScript, Shell, Python, or Ruby Scripts

04.24.09 - Extending Automator: Running AppleScript, Shell, Python, or Ruby Scripts.

For developers, Automator's reach can be significantly expanded by incorporating your own custom AppleScript, Shell script, Python, or Ruby code into any workflow.

If you're a regular Automator user, you're probably aware that what you can do with Automator is limited by the actions that are available to you. However, for developers, Automator's reach can be significantly expanded by incorporating your own custom code into any workflow. [Read more at Peachpit.com...]

Peachpit Blog Post > Extending Automator: Apple Remote Desktop Action Pack

04.23.09 - Extending Automator: Apple Remote Desktop Action Pack.

If you're a system administrator, then you may already know that Apple Remote Desktop comes with over 30 Automator actions to help you automate things like copying items to remote machines, ejecting disks on remote machines, force quitting applications on remote machines, and more.  But, what you may not know is that you can extend this set of actions even further by installing an additional ARD action pack. [Read more at Peachpit.com...]

Peachpit Blog Post > Extending Automator: Finding More Actions

04.22.09 - Extending Automator: Finding More Actions.

There are literally hundreds of add-on actions available from third-party developers to help extend Automator's capabilities.  To find them, you just need to know where to look.  Start by going to Apple's Mac OS X downloads page, where you'll find a category specifically for Automator actions. [Read more at Peachpit.com...]

Peachpit Blog Post > Extending Automator: Running Workflows with a Remote

04.21.09 - Extending Automator: Running Workflows with a Remote.

Some commercial applications are now making it possible to run your Automator workflows using an Apple Remote or other remote control.  Some commercial applications are now making it possible to run your Automator workflows using an Apple Remote or other remote control. [Read more at Peachpit.com...]

Peachpit Blog Post > Extending Automator: Adding Workflows to the Services Menu

04.20.09 - Extending Automator: Adding Workflows to the Services Menu.

With the help of ThisService, a third-party utility from waffle software, and AppleScript, you can now run Automator workflows from the Services menu in Mac OS X. [Read more at Peachpit.com...]

Press Release > Peachpit Press Automator Blog Series Announced – 4/20/09

Peachpit Press Automator Blog Series Announced
Tips for Extending Automator

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - April 20th, 2009 - Automated Workflows, LLC is pleased to announce a series of entries on the Peachpit Press blog. The series provides tips for extending Automator, and includes the following entries:

  • 04.20.09 - Extending Automator: Running AppleScript, Shell, Python, and Ruby Scripts
  • 04.21.09 - Extending Automator: Apple Remote Desktop Action Pack
  • 04.22.09 - Extending Automator: Finding More Actions
  • 04.23.09 - Extending Automator: Running Workflows with a Remote
  • 04.24.09 - Extending Automator: Adding Workflows to the Services Menu

Links to the entries can be found in the "Tips" section of the Automated Workflows, LLC's website.
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. 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

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