Automated Workflows has announced the availability of Automator actions for use with QuarkXPress, which can be used to automate time consuming desktop publishing tasks.
Automator is the latest automation technology, developed by Apple Computer, Inc., and released with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Designed for all levels of users, from novice to expert, Automator makes performing time consuming and repetitive tasks easy. The basic unit for automation in Automator is called an action, and each action is responsible for performing a single specific task. Using Automator’s interface, users can link actions together in infinite ways to form a complete workflow that matches their unique needs. Hundreds of actions are included with Automator for performing tasks in Apple applications and the operating system itself. This list can be expanded with actions made available by developers.
Automated Workflows provides users with the ability to extend the power of Automator with new actions that interact directly with QuarkXPress. By extending Automator, users are now able to begin automating repetitive and time consuming desktop publishing tasks that would otherwise need to be performed manually. This means being able to quickly and easily begin automating even the most complex tasks, such as catalog construction.
For example, using Automator actions available from Automated Workflows, a workflow that opens a QuarkXPress template, retrieves product IDs from a FileMaker Pro database, locates photos corresponding to those IDs in iPhoto, imports the found photos into the Quark template, retrieves product text from a FileMaker Pro database, imports the product text into the Quark template, retrieves product pricing from a FileMaker Pro database, and imports the product pricing into the Quark template, can quickly and easily be created without the need for manual processing or programming.
Automated Workflows’s actions are available for purchase, either individually, or in multi-action packs. Pricing varies based on the functionality offered, and demonstration versions of all actions are available for download. The Quark Automator actions, available today, include the following:
• Apply Quark Box Names
• Open Documents in Quark
• Place Images in Quark Document
• Place Text in Quark Document
• Retrieve Quark Box Names
• Save Quark Document
Automated Workflows also offers Automator actions for use with FileMaker Pro, InDesign, iPhoto, and Photoshop. The list of available actions will continue to be expanded as new actions are developed. Automated Workflows offers AppleScript and workflow automation consulting services to Macintosh-based businesses.
Additional information about Automated Workflows’s Automator actions here.