The Big Think

May 18, 2005

Automator

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 1:43 pm

One of the great new features of Tiger is “Automator“, a way to automate repetitive tasks that’s more user-friendly than Applescript.

Here’s what I need to do:

once I select multiple .aif files on my desktop, Automator will

1. import them into iTunes
2. convert them to MP3 (I don’t mind setting the bitrate in iTunes manually)
3. move the converted files to the desktop
4. delete the original .aif files

Seems like a brain-dead simple task to do with Automator, since Apple shows it doing much more complicated tasks, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out how. The iTunes library of tasks in Automator seems way to simple for this kind of things.

Sure, I could do it manually in iTunes, but this seems like it’s exactly the kind of job Apple created Automator for. I must be missing something.

I’ll poke around online to see if I can find anything.

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