Workshop Session Summary

Congratulations. You’ve completed the process of creating, setting up, and using custom automation tools for OS X.


  1. Using Automator, you created service workflows that use text selected in documents or windows as input for the built-in text-to-speech abilities of OS X.
  2. In addition, you enabled these services to be easily accessible throughout the system by assigning them keyboard shortcuts.
  3. And you incorporated the use of the new services in the process of constructing a media presentation.

In short, you’ve discovered that the power and abilities of automation in OS X is available for you use. If you find yourself thinking “I wonder if there’s a better way to do this?” then it’s time to consider using automation.

What’s Next?

If you found this workshop useful, and want to learn more about Automator, AppleScript, Services, and the automation abilities of OS X, you can:

  1. Sign up for another workshop!
  2. Try out the Mac 101 Automator tutorial
  3. Watch this short movie about Automator.
  4. Watch this short movie about Services.
  5. Visit MACOSXAUTOMATION.COM, a website dedicated to information about the automation technologies of OS X.