Built in to OS X is AppleScript; a structured command language somewhat akin to Unix shell scripts; a way to automate complex tasks. Apple’s Automator app attempts to automate task workflows for the masses who still fail to automate many tasks. Here’s another way to automate tasks on a Mac.
3 Mints In One
Mac users have long wanted to automate certain tasks, but the tools are just to complex to be adopted by the masses.
Task3 is a Mac utility which attempts to break down tasks into a simple three step process; Trigger, Action, and Condition.
Add the various operations assigned to Trigger, Action and Condition and you can automate certain tasks which may be unique to you and your Mac.
For example, you could start up your Mac at 3:00 AM, connect to a remote server or another Mac, then run a backup app. That’s an automated workflow.
You could download specific episodes of a Podcast overnight and have them synchronized and waiting for you when you wake up.
Or, press a few hotkey combos which would automatically open a Mac app and run an AppleScript. The uses are almost endless. Almost.
I say almost for a reason. Task3 is useful even to the common Mac user, integrates with almost any Mac app, including AppleScript, and that makes it a very powerful utility.
Here’s the problem.
Automated workflows or processes have to be thought through, from beginning to end because multiple steps and actions are required. That differs from the typical utility app is somewhat limited. Even though it may do some of what you want to do, most apps are not necessarily adept at customization or personalization; hence the growing number of utility apps on the Mac.
Task3 can do more, but requires the user to walk through the workflow step by step, which is a more complicated procedure than most Mac users want.