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8. Automator and AppleScript > Workflows as Programs and Plug-ins

Workflows as Programs and Plug-ins

Building an Automator workflow is a satisfying intellectual exercise and a delicious talent to acquire. But if the point of all the effort is to create a timesaving, step-saving software robot, there seems to be something missing. Are you really going to open the Automator program just to run a workflow you’ve written?

Fortunately, that’s not necessary. You can save a workflow as a regular, double-clickable application, if you like, or embed it in shortcut menus all over your Mac.

Frequently Asked Question: Checking a Workflow’s Progress

Some of these actions take their sweet time. Is there some progress bar that will tell me how far along my workflow is?

Actually, Automator provides two ways to check on the status of your workflow: the simple way (call it “the Indicator”) and the Action Log.


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