'Work Less' Workflows; or, Automating Apple

Computers are supposed to make us more productive, and yet we often end up doing their bidding as often as they do ours. We will be looking at the myriad options that Apple offers for automating common or repetitive operations, from graphic tools like Automator to more complex system scripting languages, as well as in-application capabilities (e.g. AppleScript, Services, Adobe Actions, third-party utilities). We will also look at cross-platform network services like IFTTT.

Apple's security model for iOS prevents much in the way of automation on their mobile devices, but we will mention a few exceptions such as text expansion macros.

The discussion is open to all skill levels; no programming expertise is required. For those that want to explore particular solutions in more depth, we can recommend both local and online resources, such as programming groups and online courses. If anyone has a particular project or need, bring it to the group and we can discuss possible approaches.

Hope we will continue to see new members this month!

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  • Gregory R.

    The presentation notes, complete with links to tools and other resources, are (finally) posted at [ http://dotgray.com/apple/SLAP/02/outline.rtf ]

    March 12, 2013

  • Mark

    I'm out for tonight. Something else came up. See you all next month!

    February 26, 2013

  • Jay T.

    Because of the weather I have to pick up my daughter from practice so I'm most likely not going to make it this time.

    February 26, 2013

  • Paul B.

    Can't make 3rd Tue. Can make 4th Tue.

    February 4, 2013

    • Gregory R.

      The date has been moved back, if you want to update your RSVP.

      February 5, 2013

  • Gregory R.

    Update: We've moved the meeting back to the 26th from the 19th, to accommodate members and to match what was listed on the SLUUG calendar.

    February 5, 2013

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