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Automated Workflows, LLC Announces Automator Actions for FileMaker, InDesign, Photoshop, and More!

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - April 29th, 2005 - Automated Workflows, LLC is pleased to announce the availability of Automator actions for use with third-party applications, including FileMaker, InDesign, Photoshop, and more!
Automator is the latest and greatest automation technology, developed by Apple Computer, Inc., and released with Mac OS X Tiger. Designed for all levels of users, from novice to expert, Automator makes performing time consuming and repetitive tasks a snap! The basic unit for automation in Automator is called an action, and each action is responsible for performing a single specific task. Using Automator's interface, users can link actions together in infinite ways to form a complete workflow that matches their unique needs. Hundreds of actions are included with Automator for performing tasks in Apple applications and the operating system itself. This list can be expanded with actions made available by developers.
Automated Workflows, LLC now provides users with the ability to extend the immense power of Automator with new actions that interact directly with their favorite third-party applications. By extending Automator in this manner, users are now able to begin automating repetitive and time consuming tasks in applications including FileMaker Pro, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. For Photographers, this includes the ability to add IPTC captions, apply an Unsharp Mask filter, apply a watermark , assign a color profile, trigger a Photoshop Action, and much more! For desktop publishers, this means being able to begin automating even the most complex tasks, such as catalog construction!
For example, using Automator actions available from Automated Workflows, LLC, a workflow that opens an InDesign template, retrieves product IDs from a FileMaker Pro database, locates photos corresponding to those IDs in iPhoto, imports the found photos into the InDesign template, retrieves product text from a FileMaker Pro database, imports the product text into the InDesign template, retrieves product pricing from a FileMaker Pro database, and imports the product pricing into the InDesign template, can quickly and easily be created. All of this without the need for manual processing or programming!
Automated Workflows, LLC's actions are available for purchase, either individually, or in multi-action packs. Pricing varies based on the functionality offered, and demonstration versions of all actions are available for download. The initial release of actions, available today, includes the following:
Photoshop Actions

  • Add IPTC Captions to Photoshop Documents
  • Apply Unsharp Mask to Photoshop Documents
  • Apply Watermark to Photoshop Documents
  • Assign Color Profile to Photoshop Documents
  • Close Photoshop Documents
  • Flip Photoshop Documents
  • New Photoshop Document
  • Open Images in Photoshop
  • Resize Photoshop Documents
  • Rotate Photoshop Documents
  • Save Photoshop Documents
  • Trigger Photoshop Action
  • Trim Photoshop Documents

InDesign Actions

  • Open Documents in InDesign
  • Place Images in InDesign Document
  • Place Text in InDesign Document
  • Save InDesign Document

FileMaker Pro Actions

  • Extract Field Data From Found Set

iPhoto Actions

  • Find iPhoto Item Paths

The list of available actions will continue to be expanded as new actions are developed. Current plans include the creation of additional FileMaker Pro, InDesign, and Photoshop actions, and the addition of QuarkXPress actions.
Automated Workflows, LLC offers AppleScript and workflow automation consulting services to Macintosh-based businesses. For additional information about Automated Workflows, LLC's Automator actions, or to inquire about custom development of a solution, visit Automated Workflows, LLC's website.

Press Contact:

Ben Waldie
Automated Workflows, LLC
116 Cold Stream Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

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