‘Mac OS X Technology Guide to Automator’ book now available

Automated Workflows, LLC has announced the availability of the “Mac OS X Technology Guide to Automator,” written by Benjamin S. Waldie, president of Automated Workflows, LLC.

At the heart of Mac OS X Tiger, Automator is an application that brings the power of automation to the user level, with no programming required! Within Automator, users work with two main types of components, actions and workflows. Actions are built by developers, and each action’s purpose is to perform a single task, such as opening a file, checking your email, or rotating an image. Workflows are designed and constructed by users, by piecing together actions in a sequence, to create a virtual assembly line of automated tasks. Once constructed, workflows may be saved and triggered by a user in a variety of ways. Workflows may be run from within the Automator application, saved and run as an application, as a Folder Action, as an iCal alarm, as a print workflow, and more.

The “Mac OS X Technology Guide to Automator” provides detailed coverage of Automator from the perspective of both a user and a developer. The first section of the book is geared toward users, and covers all aspects of the Automator application itself. Users are guided through the use of the Automator interface, and are taught how to use the application to construct unique automated workflows, which can help users to become more efficient in their daily routines. The second section of the book is geared toward developers, and explains how to extend the power of Automator by creating custom actions. Developers are walked through the process of creating Automator actions in both AppleScript and Objective-C.

The “Mac OS X Technology Guide to Automator” is available in eBook format for $14.95, and in print form for $29.99 from SpiderWorks, LLC (http://www.spiderworks.com). The print version of the book is also available on Amazon.com.

Benjamin S. Waldie is also the author of “AppleScripting the Finder,” an eBook also available from SpiderWorks, LLC. Benjamin writes a regular AppleScript column for MacTECH Magazine and X-Ray Magazine, and is president of Automated Workflows, LLC. Automated Workflows specializes in offering AppleScript and workflow automation consulting services to Macintosh-based businesses.

SpiderWorks, LLC specializes in how-to eBooks and printed books, providing quality content from respected authors at a low price. Where it takes some publishers several months to get new technology-related books into the hands of customers, SpiderWorks is able to bypass traditional print production hurdles by embracing the eBook format and utilizing an advanced print-on-demand publishing system, satisfying the immediate needs of today’s digital lifestyles in a timely, cost-effective manner.

For additional information about the “Mac OS X Technology Guide to Automator,” please visit the Automated Workflows, LLC website at (http://www.automatedworkflows.com).


  1. anybody use Automator yet? I’m guessing it’s kind of like Illustrator Actions at the Finder level, yea? If it works as advertised it sounds very cool indeed.

  2. I’m using Automator. This book has been out for weeks. I downloaded it and I’ve learned a lot so far.

    Most people will get a lot out of the first section. Then the programming difficulty goes up fast until you’re into Cocoa programming. I’ve emailed with the author, and he’s a good guy.

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