June 09, 2012, 7:30 AM — I recently offered a video that explained how to construct simple Automator workflows that you triggered via applications and iCal calendar events. This week I continue my Automator primer by demonstrating how to build two other kinds of workflows--services and folder actions. In the first part of the video you'll learn how to create a new to-do item with a simple key combination. In the latter portion, I'll show you how to convert images to black and white simply by dragging them to a folder.
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In a recent video I demonstrated a couple of simple Automator workflows--one for creating a workflow application and another for creating a workflow triggered by an iCal event. This time I'd like to show you a couple of other workflow types that I think you'll find helpful. I'll start with a workflow that allows you to easily create a new To Do items, which you can invoke via a service. Launch Automator and from the workflow template that appears, select Service and click Choose.