Cre­ate sim­ple email short­cuts

Use Au­toma­tor and Pre­view to cre­ate email short­cuts for your friends

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Au­toma­tor is one of those apps that, for most Mac users, lurks in Ap­pli­ca­tions and never gets used. It has a cool ro­bot icon, but as soon as you launch the app, it im­me­di­ately asks you which type of doc­u­ment you want to start with (from a se­lec­tion of eight). What­ever you click, you’re then faced with a col­umn fea­tur­ing dozens of ac­tions, from a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories. It’s not got that in­tu­itive, wel­com­ing feel of the rather more popular Ap­ple apps, and so it’s no won­der peo­ple tend to avoid it.

The thing is, Au­toma­tor is as cool as its icon. Once you get the hang of it, you can use the app for cre­at­ing work­flows and minia­ture apps, which can save you time when per­form­ing repet­i­tive tasks. In this walk­through we’ll show you how to use it to quickly cre­ate an app that sets up a new email to a friend, which can be stashed in your Dock, ready for click­ing at a mo­ment’s no­tice. We’ll also show you how to use Ap­ple’s Pre­view to cre­ate an icon from a photo that will fit right in with your other icons.

Once you’re done, try ex­per­i­ment­ing

Once you get the hang of it, you can use the app for cre­at­ing work­flows and mini apps

Au­toma­tor’s one of those apps that looks pretty daunt­ing, but it’s ac­tu­ally very easy to work with.

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