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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.
So, we've seen how to create a simple Workflow. Let's do something else with Automator. I'll launch it one more time, and here again is our template chooser. This time we're going to create an Application. And what an Application does, it allows you to trigger the Workflow just by double-clicking on the Application, or if the Application is configured this way, you can drop things on it and then the Application will kick in and run. The obvious advantage is you don't have to open up Automator every time you want to run an Automation and then click on Run.
Instead you can simply launch the Application. So I've chosen the Application, I'll click on Choose. So, let's string together something we can do with an Application. I'll start with Calendar, and let's say we're going to Get Specified Calendar Items. I'll click on Add, and I'm going to look for a particular calendar I can do something with, and we'll make that our Fun Times! Calendar, and click on Add. Now I'm going to drag in an Event Summary action. So, what this is going to do is take the information from my Fun Times! Calendar and generate a summary of it, but I've got to put that summary somewhere.
I have to see it in some way. So let's make a text file out of it. So I go to Text, and we'll make that New Text File. And I'm going to have it appear on the desktop. Now I will save my Automator workflow. I'll put it on the desktop. I'll call this Summary. The file format is correct, it's going to be an Application, and I click on Save. So we'll go to the desktop. I'll Hide Others, and now I'll double-click on my summary workflow.
It runs the Workflow, and look, I've got an untitled document on my desktop. I wonder what's in it. I'll press the spacebar to bring up the Quick Look, and here it is. So, here is my summary of calendar events from my Fun Times! Calendar, and again, I didn't have to run Automator and then click on the Run button, instead I simply had to double-click on my Summary Application, and that created this text file, And here we are back in Automator, and so I'll close this Automator workflow.
I can get rid of that Quick Look window, and I can dispose of these.
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