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Peachpit Press Blog Series Announced
Automator and Microsoft Office 2008

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - April 28th, 2008 - Automated Workflows, LLC is pleased to announce a series of entries on the Peachpit Press blog. The series focuses on Automator and Microsoft Office 2008, and includes the following entries:

  • 04.28.08 - Getting to know Microsoft Office 2008's Automator support
  • 04.29.08 - Creating a Microsoft Entourage 2008 Automator Workflow
  • 04.30.08 - Creating a Microsoft Excel 2008 Automator Workflow
  • 05.01.08 - Creating a Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 Automator Workflow
  • 05.02.08 - Creating a Microsoft Word 2008 Automator Workflow

Links to the entries can be found in the "Tips" section of the Automated Workflows, LLC's website.
In January of 2008, Microsoft Corporation released a much anticipated update to Office for the Mac. Optimized for both Intel and PowerPC-based Macs, Office 2008 introduced loads of new and improved features. Support for Open XML file formats, suite-wide interface consistency with a more Mac-like look and feel, Excel ledger sheets, new templates and themes, a publishing layout view in Word, and the ability to directly save Excel workbooks, PowerPoint presentations, and Word documents as PDF's are just some of the many reasons for users to upgrade. Another new feature in Office 2008 is support for Automator.
Automator, developed by Apple Inc., is designed for all levels of users, from novice to expert. Automator makes performing time consuming and repetitive tasks in Mac OS X 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.
Ben Waldie is president of Automated Workflows, LLC, a company offering AppleScript and workflow automation consulting services to Mac-based businesses. For years, Ben has developed professional automated solutions for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, CNN, Microsoft Corporation, NASA, PC World, and Time Magazine. Ben is the author of Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide (Peachpit Press) and AppleScripting the Finder (SpiderWorks, LLC). He has also written numerous Automator and AppleScript columns for, Macworld Magazine,, MacTech magazine, and X-ray Magazine, and is the author of an AppleScript training CD (Virtual Training Company). Ben is a frequent presenter at Macworld Conference & Expo and other events, and is president of The Philadelphia Area AppleScript Users Group.

Press Contact:

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

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