Apple Automator with AppleScript Bible

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9780470525869: Apple Automator with AppleScript Bible

One-stop reference helps you get the most out of AppleScript and Automator

One of the handiest ways to streamline your workload is to automate some of your most routine computer tasks. Mac users are lucky in that they have AppleScript and Automator automation tools built right in. This comprehensive guide shows you how to tap both these useful Mac features for Mac OS X and regularly perform such tasks as extracting unread e-mails from your Mail, scheduling workflows, and manually recording actions to create new automated routines.

  • Brings you up to speed on Apple's built-in automation tools for Mac OS X, including a more thorough look at Automator than in many books, and shows you how you can automate many of your most repetitive or error-prone tasks
  • Explains how to automate aspects of some of your favorite Mac features, such as iCal, Mail, iPhoto, iTunes, and iDVD
  • Covers how to manipulate files and folders; work with PDFs, emails, and Web pages; schedule workflows; set up watch folders; create and use variables; manually record actions; and create AppleScripts that further automate functions

The instruction in this detailed guide will help you increase your productivity using Automator and AppleScript.

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If you use a Mac, you'll be amazed at what you can automate

Save time when using your Mac with Apple's powerful AppleScript and Automator automation tools, which come standard with Mac OS X. This comprehensive guide shows you how to tap both these handy features to streamline your workflows. Learn how to launch your e-mail every day at a set time, or extract data for analysis on a regular schedule, or dozens of other useful ways to automate routine computer tasks, avoid errors, and save yourself time.

  • Explore the most current Automator tricks for Snow Leopard

  • Learn essential Automator concepts, such as actions, workflows, plugins, and Apple events

  • Create a droplet and simple scripts while mastering AppleScript's syntax, variables, objects, and properties

  • Automate routines you do all the time, such as opening iTunes® to a random track or making slideshows

  • Manipulate files and e-mails, convert PDFs to images, find Calendar items, and discover other functions to automate

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Visit www.wiley.com/go/applescriptbible for the author's code samples from the book.

About the Author:

Thomas Myer is a consultant, technical author, and speaker. He owns Triple Dog Dare Media and specializes in many aspects of Linux- and Mac-based development, including Web content management systems, blogs, wikis, dashboard widgets, iPhone applications, UNIX systems programming, and Applescripting. He is the author of five books, including Professional CodeIgniter and Mac OS X UNIX Toolbox.

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