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Automator for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach intermediate Macintosh users how to automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks with the Automator application that is included with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Automator comes with many useful automated routines (called actions) preinstalled, for lots of popular applications, that do things like remove empty playlists from iTunes or add attachments to Mac Mail. The real power of Automator lies in mixing and matching these actions to have them do exactly the job you want. They're put together in a string of actions known as a workflow. Author Ben Waldie introduces readers to how Automator works, and then helps them assemble and use Automator workflows.
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Building Simple Workflows
Chapter 3: Workflow Basics
Chapter 4: Working With Actions
Chapter 5: Types of Workflows
Chapter 6: Recording Manual Events
Chapter 7: Workflow Looping
Chapter 8: Using Variables
Chapter 9: Troubleshooting
Chapter 10: Customizing Automator
Chapter 11: Sharing Actions And Workflows
Chapter 12: Automator Resources
Appendix A: Workflow Creation Step-by-Step Guide
Bonus Online Chapter 13: Workflow Starting Points
Bonus Online Chapter 14: Building Advanced Workflows
Bonus Online Appendix B: Example Workflows
Bonsus Online Appendix C: Developer Resources