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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.

Automator workflow of the month: Easy email replies

You have a message that contains multiple email addresses in the message body and you'd like to compose a message to those individuals. Here's a way to automate this chore.

Automatically mount an AirPort-attached USB drive

Having a drive attached to an AirPort Base Station is mighty convenient for shared storage, but mounting such a drive time and again is a bore. Chris Breen shows you how to avoid such a tiresome chore.

Automator workflow of the month: Sending holiday greetings

If, like many of us, you're frantic because of the holidays, we can make one chore a bit easier--sending holiday email. Chris Breen shows you how to automate the process.