updated 07:05 pm EDT, Fri July 9, 2004
Automator in Tiger
Automator, expected to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger next year, offers a simple, graphical environment for building complex scripts. It combines AppleScript and other Mac OS X technology to interface with AppleScript Studio, Apple's Xcode, and Apple's object-oriented Cocoa framework, according to eWEEK: "However, Automator is not simply a new front end to AppleScript. Although it's capable of running AppleScripts as well as Unix shell scripts, Automator Actions are compiled C++ code. Third-party developers wanting to let customers use their applications in the Automator environment will need to write their own set of Actions, in addition to opening them up to AppleScript." The article notes that lack of conditionals and the inability to link together two items that don't match may be potential pitfalls for the new technology.