automator

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by andiwm2003, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

    andiwm2003

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    #1
    ok, this is a question and a rant. sorry, but automator stinks.

    i download automator actions or workflows (e.g. Get Safari Download Manager.workflow or extract files action) and the installer is supposed to install them. where are they when i need them? they don't show up in automator. where are they physically located?

    i have to say i never use automator because it's not intuitive. why don't the downloaded actions/workflow show up in a section "downloaded actions" or so. and why are so many basic functions missing . and why can't i create loops? it's easier to use applescript and do it with that than to get automator to do something useful. adding a song to itunes and changing the computers volume is not useful.

    i hope automator in leopard is either improved or dropped:mad:
     
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    Well just because it doesn't suit you doesn't mean it stinks and should be dropped. If you don't like it then don't use it, life's too short to get mad over a software application.

    Actions as a default get loaded into /Library/Automator. Next time you open Automator they're right there in the list of actions. Workflows can be saved anywhere just like any other document. Leopard does add some useful functionality such as variables, but it's aimed at non-programmers so it's understandable that it may frustrate people who can cut code
     
  3. andiwm2003 thread starter macrumors 601

    andiwm2003

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    i wasn't serious about dropping automator, just frustrated.:eek: it's just that automator could be a great thing. if they just came up with a lot more basic actions.

    seems i have to check my system because the actions simply don't show although they are in the library.
     

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