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Create a reminder on your Mac in an instant

With the help of Automator you can create a reminder on your Mac without ever launching the Reminders app.

Automator workflow: Collect Calendar events in an Excel spreadsheet

With a new year comes a looming tax date and the need to create records of where and how you spent and made money. Automator can help compile records of your whereabouts.

How to batch rename files for free

You've created hundreds of files using one naming convention only to discover that a different convention is required. Don't sweat it. With Automator you can batch rename them with ease.

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Automator workflow of the month: DIY security cam

Care to check in on the area in front of your computer while you're away from home? With Automator and a properly configured Mac, you can.

Automator workflow of the month: An easier way to burn movies to DVD

Ready to make DVDs for the holidays? A little know-how and some help from Automator makes it easier to do with iMovie 10.

Automator workflow of the month: Automate kiosk presentations

There's no reason to let a kiosk presentation run when there's no one there to watch it. With Automator you can trigger and shut down these presentations at appropriate times.

Automator workflow of the month: Automatically file downloaded items

In this month's workflow, Chris Breen shows how to avoid a messy Downloads folder by using an Automator folder action to sort files by type into folders.

Automator workflow of the month: Easily encrypt folders

It's possible to create encrypted disk images with Apple's Disk Utility, but why bother when you can do it faster and more easily with Automator?

Automator workflow of the month: Powerful PDF tricks

Automator has some great tools for combining PDFs as well as extracting text from them. Chris Breen shows you how.

Can't wait for Mavericks' file tagging? Use smart folders

Mavericks' file tagging looking interesting, but you can do something similar with smart folders and Spotlight comments.