One of the little known tools available in macOS that can save you lots of time is Automator. This app allows you to create workflows , which you can use to — as its name suggests — automate certain tasks on your Mac. You can then run these routines in the Automator app, as services via a contextual menu, or in applets that you can save and run by double-clicking or by dragging and dropping files on them. Launch it, and you see an open dialog. To create a new Automator workflow, click New Document.
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Maybe you have a folder full of JPEG images that you want to re-compress so that they aren't taking up so much room on your disk, or maybe you're delivering them over the web and you don't want to use up all of your bandwidth.
If there are tens or hundreds of images, wouldn't it be great to automate the process? You can do this using Automator and Acorn! Open up the Automator application it's located in your Applications folder , and make a new Workflow.
If you need help finding the action, you can quickly search for it in the search field. Use the Add… button on the Finder action to select your images.
You can also drag and drop them all into the table. Finally, save your workflow. Your workflow should look like this:. And your images will be written into the same folder as the originals, with "-exported. The direct version of Acorn does not have these issues. Automator Warning : If Automator gives you some sort of warning about the Action not working correctly, save your action and try again.
Acorn 6. Using Automator and AppleScript to compress a folder full of JPEG files Maybe you have a folder full of JPEG images that you want to re-compress so that they aren't taking up so much room on your disk, or maybe you're delivering them over the web and you don't want to use up all of your bandwidth.
Your workflow should look like this: And your images will be written into the same folder as the originals, with "-exported.
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This enables you to create simple and complex workflows out of functions within a drag and drop interface. Embarrassingly, we did this for quite some time before we got sick of dragging individual images into our editor, resizing them and then exporting them as. This is when we turned to Automator, to try and create a new solution that would cut down on this time and allow us to spend longer on the website design aspects. By following this guide you can create an application that does all of this for you and take your new found knowledge further by applying it to other repetitive tasks you face during your website design or other projects. This solution allows us to create an Application on our desktop. This in turn allows us to click and drag any number of images into the app and the application will automatically scale them to a maximum of pixels wide, convert each image to a. As we said above, this is really useful if you download a bunch of stock images that are over pixels wide and in.
Quickly compress images with Automator (Mac)
Jeff Benjamin. Step 9: Find an image file in Finder, right click, select Services, and choose the name of the service that you just created. The image will be automatically resized with no prompts or fanfare. You can even select multiple images at once, and resize them all in one fell swoop. Super handy for my workflow. Automator is a very powerful app, and there are tons of ways to achieve the same end result. You can get really fancy with Automator, but I like to keep it simple and straight to the point with minimal user interaction.