Automator is a Mac OS X utility first included with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. It allows the creation and execution of linear workflows composed of basic actions provided by Mac OS X or installed applications. This enables users to automate repetitive tasks to save time and effort when using their Mac.

Automator is able to create:

  • Basic workflows that can be run from Automator,
  • Applications that optionally receive files and folders as arguments,
  • Mac OS X Services optionally acting on selected GUI objects (e.g. files in Finder or selected text),
  • Print Plugins that can be run from any print dialog,
  • iCal alarms that can be executed when an alarm is triggered in iCal,
  • Folder Actions executed whenever a given folder's contents change,
  • and Image Capture plugins for the Image Capture application.


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