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Chapter 10. Using the Automator to Make ... > Creating Your Own Workflows

Creating Your Own Workflows

Any type of programming, which is what you are doing when you use the Automator, requires that you follow a logical path (well, logical to your Mac anyway) that ends up in the result you want. This isn't always easy to do. For best results, you should tackle any automation project by performing a series of steps, as you will learn about in the following sections.

Designing a Workflow

The first step when creating any workflow is to determine the tasks you want to automate. You need to identify the applications those tasks involve and the specific steps that are required. For best results, you should manually perform each step that is required to complete these tasks and document what you do during each one. Create a list of specific applications the tasks involve and the specific steps performed in that application (see Figure 10.5). This might seem tedious, but creating a workflow that actually does what you expect will be much easier if you take the time to design it before you jump into the Automator and start dragging steps into a workflow.


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