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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.

Automator workflow of the month: Automatically copy Photo Stream images

Frequent contributor Jeff Carlson had complained that Photo Stream images are difficult to access without opening iPhoto or Aperture. Chris Breen provides a solution.

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.

How to automate FTP uploads

With a little Automator drag-and-drop folder action you can easily upload new folders to an FTP server.

Automator workflow of the month: Quick media manipulation

Sure, you can perform tweaks of media files in one application or another, but Automator allows you to do them more quickly without leaving the Finder.

Automator workflow of the month: April Fools' Day pranks

Seriously powerful utility though it may be, Automator can also be used for office hijinks. Chris Breen offers some ways you can prepare for April Fools' Day.