Is Automator extremely CPU intensive?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Malfoy, May 8, 2006.

  1. Malfoy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    I was trying to make a small automator script to download pictures off of a website and rename them. Nothing to heavy I'd presume. But everytime I tried to move any of the 'steps' my cpu would spike and I could feel the slowdown(The only other time I feel the slow down is with Safari and its cpu spiking). Is my automater just not up to snuff or is Automator a beast in disguise? I'm not doing too much else aside form websurfing so memory is pretty empty. Any advice? Oh and I'm doing this on my PM not my MBP.
  2. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Automator isn't know for its responsiveness. Apple will probably improve the performance in the next version. But once your action is made, they seem to run quickly enough, as a Finder plugin, for example.
  3. XNine macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2005
    Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
    At the specs of your machine, something is definitely, definitely, wrong. lol

    Not sure man, but I don't think Automator was originally intended to work with 4 processors. But the 4.5 Gigs of ram should be enough by itself to run the entire app. That's a sweet rig.
  4. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I am disappointed with Automator's performance also. I set up a simple scirpt to download my photos from my digicam, sort them according to date, prompt me to rename them and then import them to iPhoto. It seemed to choke when adding several hundred photos, but in groups of 10-15 at a time.

    I have a 20" iMac 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM. Neither one of us should see any issues whatsoever.

    I am optimistic of the potential, but not happy with the execution at this point. We'll see what Leopard brings.

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