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Old 09-10-2005, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default Photoshop (Mac/Tiger) automation (free)

Ben Long, author of Complete Digital Photography, has been developing a bunch of Photoshop workflow automation plug-ins (Actions) using a new Applescripting tool in Tiger called Automator. Best of all, he is giving them away from his web site.

He began a few months ago, and keeps adding to the list. There are two sets, one for Photoshop CS, another for CS2.

Among the Automator Actions available right now are these, among many more — check the link for the complete list and information on how and whether or when to use them.

Arbitrary Rotate
Unsharp Mask
Gaussian Blur
De-Interlace
Desaturate
Despeckle
Save as TIFF
Do Action
Invert
Assign Color Profile
Resize Image
Unfilter
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Sweet! Thanks for the link, KT.
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Old 09-10-2005, 05:10 PM   #3
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Sweet! Thanks for the link, KT.
Good. Let us know your expert opinion of how well they work. Sure look useful.

   
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Ben Long, author of Complete Digital Photography, has been developing a bunch of Photoshop workflow automation plug-ins (Actions) using a new Applescripting tool in Tiger called Automator. Best of all, he is giving them away from his web site.
Oh dear, all I get when I visit his web site is about 5 pages of:

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Oh dear, all I get when I visit his web site is about 5 pages of [junk].
How very weird — I just got the same thing. However, when I tested the link yesterday it worked.

Furthermore, if you look at the URL I posted, it says this:
http://www.completedigitalphotograph...ndex.php?p=339
which also works (I just pasted it into a new browser window and got right there).

Wonder why we are getting that page of stuff referencing this forum. Makes my head hurt!

   
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KT--I'll be upgrading to Tiger real soon now (been saying that for a while<G>), but I wonder if you can tell me what advantage these Automator actions on PS have over droplets??? I'm making the assumption (so could be false) that these Automator things work on folders--drag and drop--the way droplets work?

I did read his site info, but I'm still more than a bit clueless about why Automator would be preferred to droplets. (I actually run actions within PS or Bridge, not on the desktop with droplets, but I'm open to being convinced there's a better way.)

   
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I wonder if you can tell me what advantage these Automator actions on PS have over droplets??? I'm making the assumption (so could be false) that these Automator things work on folders--drag and drop--the way droplets work?
Dunno, myself. But someone else must — Shane, for example.

It may mostly be to find a good use for Automator, I suppose.

   
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Wonder why we are getting that page of stuff referencing this forum. Makes my head hurt!
I've found it's OK if I visit that page from somewhere else on his website but not if I jump in straight from here (or, presumably, anywhere else).

That's the trouble when people try to do clever things with web pages -- doesn't always work.

   
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It may mostly be to find a good use for Automator, I suppose.
You could be right<BG> I'd gotten it into my head the Automator brought macro to apps, especially the OS, that didn't already have macros. The way to help the rest of us get around learning Apple Script. But I've not seen the light often enough to suspect there could be some advantage I'm blind to.

After I get my W2K machine fixed, I'll be upgrading to Tiger and I'll try out these macros, see if there's an advantage over running them from within PS.

   
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… I'll try out these macros, see if there's an advantage over running them from within PS.
Oh, good. We will await your judgment!

   
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