Ben WaldieMacworld

Ben Waldie is president of Automated Workflows, LLC, a company offering AppleScript, Automator, workflow, and productivity consulting services to Mac-based businesses. He is also the author of Automator for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide (Peachpit Press, 2008) and AppleScripting the Finder (Automated Workflows, LLC).

Power tools: Make events on your Mac trigger iOS notifications

Combining If This Then That with OS X's Automator means you can notify yourself whenever something important happens on your Mac.

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Latest iWork update is another win for AppleScript

This week's updates to iWork significantly bolster the suite's AppleScript capabilities, which automation expert Ben Waldie says is a great thing for users.

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AppleScript makes a comeback in Numbers

Many power-users cried foul when Apple removed support for AppleScript from its Numbers spreadsheet app. Well, they can all calm down: AppleScript in Numbers is back.

The state of AppleScript: Let's not panic ... yet

Does the removal of AppleScript support from the new iWork apps herald the scripting solution's doom? Ben Waldie argues that the future is far from clear.

5 Automator workflows everyone should have

Wrap text in quotation marks, count words in selected text, create new folders, add dates to filenames, and toggle hidden files.

Ask the Script Doctor: Deduping Contacts and more

Getting rid of duplicates in Contacts, showing the hidden Library folder, and how to get started with AppleScript.

Ask the Script Doctor: Working with text

Whether we're drafting novels or just dashing off an email, we all work with text in one way or another. Here are some quick tips to make common text chores more efficient.

Ask the Script Doctor: Solving Mail problems

Automation and scripting expert Ben Waldie explains how to mark tons of messages as read at once, to save messages as PDFs, and to reposition Mail's window when you plug in an external monitor.

8 great Automator downloads

You don't have to stick with the Automator actions that came with OS X. Ben Waldie lists his favorite third-party Automator downloads.

Automator Power: Variables and looping

Automator includes dozens of built-in variables, such as dates, times, and system information. With looping, you can repeat actions or groups of actions a set number of times.

Automator for travelers

Travel has a way of magnifying even the smallest mistakes. The fewer details you have to remember (or, as the case may be, forget) before, during, and after your trip, the better off you’ll be. This is why Automator, Tiger’s new automation tool, can be such a valuable traveler’s aid.