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Automaton is four tools in one program, each of which is indispensable. It includes AutoNotes, AutoClips, AutoTyper and AutoFiler. These four tools are also available separately.
AutoTyper is a classic typing saver application. It can replace what you've typed into any other application with some different text and/or images. There is support for dates, times, plain text, rich text, cursor positioning, images, and more. Save keystrokes by making abbreviations for common text. Spice up your emails or documents with signatures, pictures, logos, smilies, etc that are expanded from a simple keyword. Expand entire form letters from abbreviations. Correct common spelling errors. Programmers can make code templates. Advanced users can generate the expansion using Apple Script or a shell script. Variables can be substituted into templates at expansion time with the user filling in the blanks. Dates and other tokens can be inserted into expansions. The cursor can be moved in the resulting expansion. Expansions can be limited to particular applications. Hotkeys can be set up to quickly create new abbreviations. Supports import of TextExpander files.
AutoFiler uses a simple rule interface, similar to Apple Mail to organize your files for you in the background. Filter on name, type, date, tags and Spotlight attributes. Move or copy files, set color labels, import into iTunes or iPhoto, archive and backup, and more. Rename or sort files with powerful naming rules. Let AutoFiler work silently in the background while you get some real work done. AutoFiler can also manage your Trash, emptying it according to your own rules, and it can even clean up after deleted applications by discarding the support files. Advanced users can extend the functionality by calling Applescript, shell scripts or Automator workflows. AutoFiler supports OpenMeta tagging and Growl.
AutoClips records a history of the items you have cut and copied to the Mac Pasteboard, You can get back older items organised chronologically, or by application, or by Spaces workspace. Get them back either with a hotkey popup window, or from a status bar menu. You can also create your own permanent lists of commonly used clips.
AutoNotes is notepad unlike any other. You can activate it with a hotkey, and automatically save notes into your "repository", for lightning fast quick notes. Your documents are all linked together like a wiki for fast navigating between pages. You can add tags to group your documents. But best of all, the "repository" is just a plain folder of text and RTF files. So you're not tied down to any proprietary file formats, and you can open existing folders of documents already linked like a Wiki with no work on your part! Then if you want, export your entire repository as a web site. A fast and powerful way of brainstorming, making knowledge databases, or simply jotting down quick notes. You can think of AutoNotes as a quick editor, or your own personal wiki, or a way of organising your life and your thoughts!
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Quite useful - The developer has fixed the issue with the app license expiring, so I'm modifying my review. While other apps exist for most of the functionality provided by Automaton, it's nice having these all under a single menubar item. Too, it can co-exist with other apps like TextExpander, so you can use it for the functionality that makes sense for your needs. My favorite feature is Filer, which is a VERY powerful rules-based automated file management utility. The possibilities are endless. One example would be keeping your Desktop clean by every so often automatically moving files you've dragged there into one or more folders. Say, moving .pdf files into Documents/old_pfd and text files into Documents/old_text, etc. You can even have Automaton notify you, via Growl, when it moves files. Hopefully now that the license issues are fixed, this app will get more love on the App Store :-)
Garbage - Not sure about the other three apps, but Typer is garbage. The "Remove this abbreviation(s)?" dialog box that comes up when trying to delete an abbreviation will not go away if you click OK. It'll go away if you click Cancel, but only if you haven't clicked OK first. Which in essence makes deleting abbreviations impossible.
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Could be better - Not quite a "WOW" application -yet? The user interface, though not particularly aesthetically pleasing, is easy enough to browse. Filer works great, but so far typer has been really buggy (so much so, in fact, that I can't really use it). For some reason it crashes unexpectedly, after which I have to quit the whole program. Great potential for this app, it just could be improved significantly (user interface, fix bugs). The help manual does NOT work!!!!!! "The selected topic is currently not available"…