Learn by Example

The best way to learn how to use Automator is by constructing and running the following example workflows yourself. Each example is described in step-by-step detail with related illustrations. You can do it, and... it's fun!

The following workflows and actions are Automator-based solutions for creativly solving common problems and tasks, and are posted here as editable examples of Automator’s many abilities and uses.

Tutorial • Rename Finder Items

Ever had to rename a lot of files? Going to the dentist can be less stressful. Here's a one-click solution that makes reanaming files and folders easy! In this step-by-step tutorial, you'll use Automator to create a Finder contextual menu tool that will rename selected items in a multitude of ways.

Welcome to the Party!

In this example, you'll use Automator to create a party photo station that generates and displays snapshots of guests on your computer and TV!

Applying Image Effects

Here's a simple workflow that expands Preview's image processing abilities to include applying image effects.

New Disk Image

Make the process of creating disk images with selected Finder items a breeze.

Automated Database Publishing

An example of how to transfer and format text and images between FileMaker Pro and Pages.

Text to Audio File

Take any text file with you on your iPod or iPhone—but as a spoken audio file!

Accessing RSS Feeds

Three example workflows demonstrating how to access and utilize the information from RSS feeds.

Creating Podcast Narration Tracks

How to use Automator and the built-in Text-to-Speech abilities of Mac OS X to generate high-quality narration tracks for your photo podcasts.

New Mail Message with Video Snapshot

Here's a simple workflow for personalizing your electronic correspondence. Using Automator, Mail's new HTML template feature, and your computer's built-in iSight camera, you can add your likeness to a new stylized mail message.