Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger’s ‘Automator’ feature alone could be worth upgrade price

“You may not know a lot about it yet, but trust me — Tiger’s new Automator feature will save you a lot of time. A huge amount of time. And it’ll do it by preventing you from performing dull, repetitive tasks on your Mac. Instead, the Automator will take care of those tasks for you,” Jason Snell writes for Macworld.

“In some ways, Automator is AppleScript for people who can’t even see the word AppleScript without having their eyes roll back up into the backs of their heads. AppleScript has always been a fantastic way to create little programs that perform repetitive tasks–say, downloading a gallery of images off the Web and using them to generate a DVD slideshow, or converting a bunch of image files to JPEG format and saving them with a standard series of file names. But to benefit from that automation, you had to write AppleScript code–too much to ask of most users,” Snell writes.

“With the Automator, you don’t have to write a single line of code; instead, you build a flow chart. On the left side of the Automator’s window, you can pick from a large collection of “actions” organized into 16 categories–Apple is supplying more than 100 actions, and developers can add even more for their own apps–which you drag into the Workflow area. As you drag items in, they connect to one another. By building up a series of actions, you can create a complex series of tasks that incorporate several different Mac programs,” Snell writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We can see the word AppleScript and our eyes don’t even twitch – not even a little bit – and we’re as excited about Automator’s promise as Steve Ballmer at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

We… love… this… company! (Apple, that is.) Come ON! GIVE IT UP!!! (Sorry. For some reason, we just watched MonkeyBoy dance again – compelled to do so by an uncontrollable urge to view complete and total idiocy wrapped in fat, drenched with sweat, and in serious need of about half a case of Ronco GLH Formula Number 9. And did you ever see this?)

Anyway, Automator might just be the fulfillment of AppleScript’s original promise and could, all by itself, justify the price of Mac OS X ‘Tiger.’

Find out more about Automator here.

35 Comments

  1. OMG, thanks for the Monkey Boy link — I hadn’t seen it. That is just the saddest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s like STEVE JOBS – SEX = MONKEY BOY. Who could get that excited about Microsoft?

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