Easily batch-process photos
Resize, rename and organise your photos in no time at all with Automator
Many of the things you do on your Mac will be routine. You’ll log in to your Mac user account, check your Mail, launch Safari and go to your favourite websites, then open Pages or Word to start your day’s work. If you’ve got Mail set to show your latest emails or Safari set to a certain homepage you’ve already saved time.
Other tasks can also be set to run automatically using the Automator scripts built into Mac OS X. You can use it to create lists of actions that your Mac runs through in response to a trigger or when you tell them to begin.
The Automator utility has been available in since OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and it received a useful update in Yosemite, with some more user-friendly actions.
Since many of us like to take photos and store them on our Macs for safekeeping, setting up a script to help organise and batch-edit them seems like a worthy timesaver. Here, we look at how to resize, rename and archive photos, and to get Automator to perform these tasks without you having to manually do each and every one. Rosie Hattersley