Automate Your Action(s) to Do More [Automation]
Automating them will also help you save time on repetitive tasks.
Until now, there hasn’t been too many free universal options for automating anything. Browser extensions are available, Apple pre-installs Automator on their machines and some apps have a way to automate talks within that application.
What about the rest of the time though? Action(s) is a small Java application that lets you automate your mundane tasks.
A while ago I did a how-to post over at Make Tech Easier going over How-to Automate Repetitive Tasks with Action(s). I won’t go over that again here. However, I will talk about some possible uses.
Resize, change format (jpg to png, etc), apply filters and many more options.There are a ton of combinations available.
Composing an email is an option you can add at the end of your workflow. This will open your default email application (ex: Outlook or Thunderbird) and fill in all the information you’ve preloaded.
A nice feature of Action(s) is Variables. Using this in your automation sequence cam make it even more hands off. You can do things like:
- Create a temporary folder for the workflow then delete it after
- Go to a specific URL
- Create a new file or folder to output to
You can use Action(s) to go to a URL, take a screen capture of the page. This is faster than doing it manually. What’s nice is you can run this workflow on several URLs at the same time.
If you have a need to download a full web page, you can also do that too. You could use this for easily comparing 2 sites while offline.
All-in-all, Action(s) is a fantastic and easy to use application for automating many of the mundane, repetitive tasks you likely need to do daily.
How do you automate tasks?