Macworld Article > Latest iWork update is another win for AppleScript

scriptLate last year, Apple generated a wave of negative press after releasing slimmed down Mac versions of the iWork apps—Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. Rewritten from the ground up to focus on ease of use, consistency, and iCloud support, the apps lacked lots of the useful productivity features that Mac users had come to use. One major setback was a significant reduction in AppleScript support, a problem for anyone attempting to automate an iWork-based office workflow.

I’m pleased to say that this week, Apple has delivered!  The iWork apps have received a notable set of AppleScript improvements across the board. [Read more on Macworld.com...]

AppleScript Support Expanded in iWork Update

Apple's latest iWork update provides significant AppleScript improvements across the board. More thoughts to come on this soon. In the meantime, for lots of scripting goodness, visit iworkautomation.com.

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Macworld Article > AppleScript makes a comeback in Numbers 3.1 iWork Update

scriptBack in November, I wrote about the growing concern in the Mac community that Apple might be abandoning AppleScript. The occasion was the virtual removal of AppleScript support from the iWork apps (Keynote, Numbers, and Pages). At the time, I stressed that Mac users should remain calm, that this was nothing new, that the level of AppleScript support in any given app had always ebbed and flowed from release to release.

Looks like we’ve just had another ebb and flow.

[Read more on Macworld.com...]

AppleScript and iWork… it’s baack. Numbers 3.1 supports AppleScript again.

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AppleScript Support Returning to iWork Soon

My recent Macworld article discussed the state of AppleScript in OS X, focusing heavily on scripting changes in iWork '13.  Well, today, Apple posted a tech note discussing features and compatibility with iWork.  In it, they explain that productivity features, including AppleScript support, will begin returning soon.  For more, visit...

Apple promises to restore some iWork features within six months

About the new iWork for Mac: Features and compatibility

Press Release > Text Automator Action Pack Hits Mac App Store

TEXT AUTOMATOR ACTION PACK HITS MAC APP STORE
Automated Workflows, LLC's Productivity App Approved for Mac App Store

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - July 11th, 2011 - Automated Workflows, LLC is pleased to announce that the productivity app Text Automator Action Pack has been approved and is now available in the Mac App Store. This action pack extends the power of Automator with 28 actions for performing text manipulation functions in Mac OS X!

The following actions are included:

  • Add Prefix to Text Paragraphs
  • Add Suffix to Text Paragraphs
  • Balance Paragraphs
  • Change Case of Text
  • Close TextEdit Documents
  • Combine Text Strings
  • Decode URL Encoded Strings
  • Extract URLs from Text
  • Find and Replace in Text
  • Get Characters of Text
  • Get Length of Text
  • Get Opened TextEdit Documents
  • Get Paragraphs of Text
  • Get Words of Text
  • Read Text File
  • Remove Duplicate Paragraphs from Text
  • Remove Empty Paragraphs
  • Remove Leading Characters from Text
  • Remove Markup from Text
  • Remove Prefix from Text Paragraphs
  • Remove Suffix from Text Paragraphs
  • Remove Trailing Characters from Text
  • Save TextEdit Documents
  • Sort Text Paragraphs
  • Split Text
  • Trim Text
  • URL Encode Strings
  • Write Text to File

Press Contact:

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

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

Press Release > Blurb Tally Hits Mac App Store

BLURB TALLY HITS MAC APP STORE
Automated Workflows, LLC's Productivity App Approved for Mac App Store

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - April 27th, 2011 - Automated Workflows, LLC is pleased to announce that the productivity app Blurb Tally has been approved and is now available in the Mac App Store.
Blurb Tally is a writer's utility, designed to help you to quickly and easily calculate the number of characters, words, and paragraphs in a blurb of text. Once launched, Blurb Tally hovers above the other windows and applications on your Mac. Write content directly in Blurb Tally, or simply copy content to the clipboard and paste it in for a quick tally. Possible uses include:

  • Generating text for character-limited fields in web forms. How often have you entered text into a web form field, only to have the form rejected because a field contains too many characters?
  • Identifying the length of articles, documents, blog postings, and more.
  • Preparing concise text for use in press releases, legal documents, emails, Excel workbook cells, and more.
  • Preparing a resume or writing a brief personal biography.
  • Much more!

Blurb Tally also provides the ability to quickly toggle your text blurb between uppercase, lowercase, sentence case, and title case.

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 > Mail To Filemaker Importer Updated For Outlook 2011

MAIL TO FILEMAKER IMPORTER UPDATED FOR OUTLOOK 2011
Outlook 2011 Support Added to Mail to FileMaker Importer

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - February 12th, 2011 - Automated Workflows, LLC is pleased to announce the release of Mail to FileMaker Importer 2.18, now with support for Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac.
Mail to FileMaker Importer is an AppleScript-based application that can be used to automatically import email data from Mac OS X Mail, Microsoft Entourage, or Microsoft Outlook into a FileMaker Pro database. Within the application’s interface, users can easily configure the database and fields to be used for importing. Mail to FileMaker Importer can be configured to import the selected messages in the current mailbox, or all messages in a specified mailbox. If specified, messages will be filed into a destination mailbox after they have been imported. Mail to FileMaker also includes the ability to export an import configuration as an email rule script, which may then be configured to be automatically executed by Mail, Entourage, or Outlook when new email messages matching specified criteria are received.
A sample "FileMaker Pro" database is supplied with the solution for users that do not have a custom database available. Extensive documentation is also provided.
Mail to FileMaker Importer 2.1 is available for $14.99 from the Automated Workflows, LLC website. A trial version is also available for download. For additional information about Mail to FileMaker Importer, to purchase, or to download a trial version, 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 > Macworld Conference & Expo Ipad Content Automation Session Announced

MACWORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO IPAD CONTENT AUTOMATION SESSION ANNOUNCED
Automating the Creation of iPad Content Session

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - January 1st, 2011 - A session on the automation of iPad content will be held at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco on Friday, January 28th, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM. This session will feature Ben Waldie, President of Automated Workflows, LLC, popular AppleScript consultant and columnist, and author of Automator for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide.
As the demand for content for iPad increases, so does the need for tools to create that content. Mac OS X offers integrated automation technologies and tools, including Automator, Services, and AppleScript, ideal for the preparation and generation of content for the iPad. Geared towards professional and non-professionals alike, this session will include hands-on tutorials covering how to use the automation technologies of Mac OS X to create and distribute HTML-based content for iPad.

For additional information about this MacLab, please visit the Macworld website or 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.

Press Release > Macworld Conference & Expo Applescript Workshop Announced

MACWORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO APPLESCRIPT WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED
AppleScript Fundamentals Workshop

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - January 1st, 2011 - An AppleScript workshop will be held at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. This session will feature Ben Waldie, President of Automated Workflows, LLC, popular AppleScript consultant and columnist, and author of Automator for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide.
AppleScript automation capabilities have existed on the Mac for many years, and are widely used today. With AppleScript's growing popularity and ease of use, Mac users everywhere have the flexibility they need to begin automating simple to complex time consuming and repetitive tasks on their machines.
Join us for this exciting look into the world of AppleScript, as we discuss what AppleScript is, what it can do, why you should be using it, and how it differs from other automation technologies in Mac OS X, such as Automator. In this full-day workshop, we will discuss the fundamentals of the AppleScript language, begin writing some scripts, and see demonstrations of AppleScript usage in real-world scenarios.
Anyone interested in using AppleScript to automate a custom workflow and become more productive will not want to miss this hands-on workshop.
For additional information about this MacLab, please visit the Macworld website or 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.