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Automator Book Announced

Mac OS X Technology Guide to Automator Available From SpiderWorks, LLC

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania — May 23rd, 2005 — Automated Workflows, LLC is
pleased to announce 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
( The print version of the book is also
available on

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
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SpiderWorks, LLC and other exciting books, visit the SpiderWorks, LLC
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