Mac Automation Made Simple Video Podcast > Creating a Microsoft Word 2008 Automator Workflow

Episode 9
Date: 11.11.2008
Duration: 00:07:33
Creating a Microsoft Word 2008 Automator Workflow
In this episode of Mac Automation Made Simple, Ben Waldie demonstrates how to create an Automator workflow that converts Microsoft Word 2008 documents to PDF or HTML format, and uploads them to a Web server via FTP.
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Peachpit Blog Post > Creating a Microsoft Word 2008 Automator Workflow

05.02.08 - Creating a Microsoft Word 2008 Automator Workflow.

The final Office 2008 example Automator workflow this week is for Microsoft Word. This workflow will retrieve a list of selected contacts in Address Book. It will then extract the name and address for each of those contacts, add it to a new Word document, apply bold formatting, and save the document to the desktop. You’ve now got a list of address labels, ready to be printed. [Read more at]

Macworld 2008 Presentation > Office 2008 and Automator

Macworld 2008 - A Day at the Office Series
Office 2008 and Automator: Creating Office workflows with Automator
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MacTech AppleScript Essentials Column > Introduction to Scripting Microsoft Entourage

May, 2007 - Introduction to Scripting Microsoft Entourage.

For some time now, we have been discussing scripting the Microsoft Office applications, partially in preparation for the forthcoming release of Office 2008, in which Microsoft has announced that Visual Basic macros will no longer be supported. So far, we have explored the AppleScript support in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, three applications that currently (in Office 2004) include Visual Basic macro support. This month, we are going to discuss the fourth major Office application, Entourage, a popular email and project management client. [Read more at]

MacTech AppleScript Essentials Column > Introduction to Scripting Microsoft Word

January, 2007 - Introduction to Scripting Microsoft Word.

Lately, there has been a lot of talk in the Macintosh community about Microsoft, and the forthcoming Office 12. One of Microsoft's big announcements is that they will be doing away with support for creating and running Visual Basic macros in the next version of Office. This leaves many people wondering how they will go about automating their Office applications. AppleScript to the rescue. I'm pleased to say that Entourage, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word are all AppleScriptable.

Office has supported AppleScript for some time now, and with the release of Office 11 in 2004, Microsoft actually completely re-implemented much of their AppleScript support, and also added AppleScript support for PowerPoint. Due to these changes, much of the AppleScript terminology in Word and Excel changed from previous versions. If you are currently using Office AppleScripts with a pre-2004 version of Office, then please be aware that you will probably need to make some modifications to your scripts when you decide to upgrade your Office suite. Of course, this should go without saying when upgrading any scriptable application. Any time any application is updated, AppleScript terminology changes may be introduced. This is why it is always a good idea to test your existing scripts with any new application version before implementing it into your live workflow.

This month, we're going to take a look at scripting Microsoft Word. We'll walk through some basic techniques for interacting with Word documents, and the content within those documents. Please note that all code in this month's column was written for and tested with Office 11 (2004). Therefore, if you're using a different version of Office, please be aware that the terminology you need to use may differ from that which I have used.

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