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 Mac Os X Automation Session Announced

MACWORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO MAC OS X AUTOMATION SESSION ANNOUNCED
Introduction to Mac OS X Automation Session

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - January 1st, 2011 - An introductory Mac automation session will be held at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 from 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM. 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.
The "hidden gem" of Mac OS X is its suite of incredible automation technologies, including AppleScript, Automator, and Services. Unrivaled in power and abilities, these built-in tools are ready to save you time and toil. Take a few moments to finally learn how to take advantage of these unique technologies in a relaxed "learn-by-doing" class. A great opportunity, don't miss it!
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 Iphone/ipad Productivity Session Announced

MACWORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO IPHONE/IPAD PRODUCTIVITY SESSION ANNOUNCED
Increasing iPad and iPhone Productivity Session

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - January 1st, 2011 - An iPad and iPhone productivity workshop will be held at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco on Friday, January 28th, 2011 from 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM. 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.
The iPad and iPhone have heralded significant changes to mobile computing as we know it. Whether you're a business professional or a user, with the right apps, these devices can improve your productivity. With hundreds of thousands of available apps, however, it's often difficult to find the right ones. In this session, we'll explore some popular, powerful, and useful apps that can help you get things done on the go. From shopping assistants and to-do lists, to remote desktop and file sharing apps, we'll cover all the bases. Any iPad or iPhone user interested in learning how to use their device more effectively and increase mobile productivity will not want to miss this session.
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.