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Automation makes your life easier and everyone can do it. We tell you how. Hosted by David Sparks and Rosemary Orchard.

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60: Cloud Automation Check-In
Changes are afoot in the cloud automation space. IFTTT now has a pro tier. Zapier continues to improve. There's a new player on our radar, Integromat. In this episode, Rose and David break down the current state of cloud automation.
Oct 09, 2020
59: iOS 14 Shortcuts
In this episode, David and Rosemary dive into the iOS 14 update to Shortcuts and what it brings to all of us - as well as how they're using it.
Sep 25, 2020
58: Automating with TJ Luoma
TJ Luoma joins the Automators to talk about some of his favorite automations and all of the crazy things he is doing with his Stream Deck.
Sep 11, 2020
57: Automating Meetings
In this episode, David and Rosemary talk about how you can automate various aspects of meetings - from invitations to notes, and more!
Aug 29, 2020
56: Document Automation
Strap in gang! Rose and David are digging in this time on document automation. Whether you assemble your words with text, the Web, or Microsoft Word, we've got ideas and automations. Our hosts also tackle stacking shortcuts in iOS, email automation, and scripting OmniFocus.
Aug 14, 2020
55: Drafts with Agile Tortoise
In this episode, David and Rosemary are joined by Greg Pierce of Agile Tortoise to talk about Drafts and how they're using it and text-based automations to improve their lives with everything from dinner alerts to complex project templates.
Jul 31, 2020
54: Scripting Time with Dr Drang
In this episode, Dr. Drang returns to the show to talk about scripting - why it's beneficial, and above all, why everyone can do it!
Jul 17, 2020
53: WWDC 2020 Automation News
Rose and David bring all the automation news from Apple's 2020 Developer Conference.
Jul 03, 2020
52: Charty with Rodrigo Araujo
Charty developer Rodrigo Araujo joins us to talk about using Charty with Shortcuts and share some of his favorite personal automations.
Jun 19, 2020
51: Ken Case and Omni Automation
In this episode Ken Case, CEO of the Omni Group joins us to talk about adding automation in the form of Shortcuts and JavaScript scripting to the Omni Group apps, as well as his first, and favorite automations.
Jun 05, 2020
50: Some Favorite Automations
David and Rose celebrate episode 50 buy looking at the different flavors of automation and sharing some of their favorite automations for Shortcurts and Keyboard Maestro.
May 22, 2020
49: Reusable Shortcuts with Scotty Jackson
In this episode, David and Rosemary are joined by Scotty Jackson to talk about his Shortcuts based automations which cross into the web and beyond.
May 08, 2020
48: Automating Music
David and Rose tackle the best ways to automate your music. They also talk about automating calendars and email attachments.
Apr 24, 2020
47: The Daily Brief
In this episode, Rosemary and David dive into how they do a daily brief with Shortcuts on their devices.
Apr 10, 2020
46: Automating Dark Noise with Charlie Chapman
Dark Noise Developer Charlie Chapman joins the Automators to talk about his automation story and how he implemented automation in his Dark Noise application.
Mar 27, 2020
45: LaunchCuts, Feedback, and More!
In this week Rosemary and David dive headfirst into the feedback pile and look at Launchcuts as well as the new Pushcut automation server feature - and eye up some beta apps too!
Mar 13, 2020
44: Automating with Doug Adams from Doug's AppleScripts
Doug Adams from Doug's AppleScripts joins us to explain how he got started with AppleScripts, some of his favorites, and scripting areas of interest outside of AppleScript.
Feb 28, 2020
43: Capture and Review
In this episode, David and Rosemary look at their automations surrounding capture and review. Between Shortcuts and web based automations, Drafts and URL schemes there's plenty you can automate.
Feb 14, 2020
42: Toolbox Pro with Alex Hay
Toolbox Pro developer (and documentary film editor) Alex Hay joins us to explain how he stumbled from scratching his own itch to making a powerful Siri Shortcuts utility app, Toolbox Pro.
Jan 31, 2020
41: Automated Health Tracking
In this episode, Rosemary and David tackle health tracking and how we can automate it to get all of the pluses with as few negatives as possible. From "smartifying" health devices, to building habits and accountability, it's all covered.
Jan 17, 2020
40: Automating with Tim Stringer
Tim Stringer from joins the Automators to talk about his Mac, iOS, and web-based automation.
Jan 03, 2020
39: Automating iBeacons
In this episode, David and Rosemary try all sorts of iBeacons and look at why, where, when, and how you use these little devices.
Dec 20, 2019
38: Simon Leeb and Pushcut
App developer Simon Leeb joins us to talk about his automation journey that turned into building an automation app, Pushcut. We also stray into the world of iBeacon and automation.
Dec 06, 2019
37: Mac Maintenance & Management Magic
In this episide, David and Rosemary set their sights on Mac maintenance and how to automate it, from clearing your trash to managing duplicates and even handling those pesky .ics files, nothing is safe from their automation!
Nov 22, 2019
36: Sal Soghoian's Control Panel
Sal Saghoian returns to the Automators to share his ingenious Mac control panel built with an iPad, a Luna display connector, and some clever automation. Sal also updates us on the Omni Javascript automation project.
Nov 08, 2019
35: Automating Business with Don McAllister
In this episode David and Rosemary are joined by Don McAllister, founder of ScreenCastsOnline, to talk about the automations he has set up to make running a small business easier for everyone!
Oct 25, 2019
34: Getting Cozy with Regular Expressions
Roll up your sleeves Automators. This week Rose and David tackle regular expressions. What are they? How do you make them? Where do you use them? All those questions get answered in this episode. Regex isn't as daunting as it may first seem.
Oct 11, 2019
33: Packing List Extravaganza
Sep 27, 2019
32: Shortcuts iOS 13 Release and the Shortcuts Field Guide
Rose and David break down where Shortcuts is with respect to the 13.0 and 13.1 iOS updates. They also share some of their favorite new shortcuts with the new programming model. Also, David has a new Shortcuts Field Guide arriving next week.
Sep 13, 2019
31: Making Your ScreenFlow Flow and More with J.F. Brissette
In this episode, Rosemary and David get to talk to J.F. Brissette who really loves to automate. From automating Screenflow with Keyboard Maestro to using the Terminal as a launcher, as well as regular expressions and looking into combining Dropbox and Chronosync this episode will definitely teach you something - even if it's only about finding opportunities for automation!
Aug 30, 2019
30: Some Favorite Automations
Rose and David share some of their favorite recently created automations ranging from email, to meetings, to Rose's experiments on her new Mac mini.
Aug 16, 2019
29: The Dark Dungeon with Adam Tow
In this episode David and Rose talk to Adam Tow, creator of MsgFiler, automator, and Shortcuts creator about a few of his amazing automations. From having photos taken on his DLSR automatically shared to him via iMessage to playing text adventure games with Shortcuts, there is plenty of automation fun to be had!
Aug 02, 2019
28: Keyboard Maestro and the Mac
Rose and David take a closer look at Keyboard Maestro, the swiss army knife of automation for the Mac. Get $5 off David's new Keyboard Maestro Field Guide until the end of July with code "AUTOMATORSKM".
Jul 20, 2019
27: Shortcuts in iOS 13 - Diving into the Deep End!
In this episode, Rose and David throw caution to the wind and install iOS & iPadOS betas on everything. There are crashes and updates, all in the name of finding out just how impressive the new Shortcuts really is.
Jul 05, 2019
26: Getting Started with HomeKit
Rose is now banned from scooters, and how get started with HomeKit - from building your system to real automations that actually make your life easier!
Jun 21, 2019
25: WWDC 2019 Automation Update
Happy WWDC week! David and Rose are on the ground at WWDC in San Jose to bring you up to speed on the new automation heading to iOS and iPadOS. They also recap WWDC, the Automator's meetup, and Rose describes how she lost a fight with a leaf.
Jun 07, 2019
24: Automating with Airtable
Rose and David are getting serious about Airtable, the online-based database/spreadsheet/thingy. In this episode, they explain how Airtable works, how they're using it to Automate the Automators, and additional uses for Airtable.
May 24, 2019
23: Diving into Drafts Automation with Tim "The Drafts Man" Nahumck
In this episode Rosemary and David get Tim the Drafts Man to talk about how he uses Drafts, sharing actions, tips and tricks.
May 10, 2019
22: Text Expansion
Text expansion is a simple sort of automation but also a powerful one. In this episode, Rose and David go deep on text automation, the tools they use, and some of their favorites ways to use text automation to get their work done faster.
Apr 26, 2019
21: Invoicing, Writing, and Regular Expressions with Dr. Drang
In this episode of Automators Rosemary and David interview the mysterious internet legend Dr. Drang. As well as talking about Python, Perl, and AppleScript, they also dive into regular expressions, Shortcuts, Drafts, Keyboard Maestro, and how you can combine all of these in various different workflows!
Apr 12, 2019
20: Mad Science Automation with Brett Terpstra
Brett Terpstra, the mad scientist automator, joins to talk about how he got started in automation and share some great workflows for keyboard and trackpad automation, extending automation to your home, and more.
Mar 29, 2019
19: Shortcuts Updates
In this episode of Automators Rose and David dive into the recent and upcoming updates to Shortcuts. They nerd out on weather and notes, as well as their love for the dictionary updates!
Mar 15, 2019
18: Terminal Automation with John Siracusa
Web programmer John Siracusa joins the Automators to share his thoughts on automation workflows, the best programming language for automation, and how automating your Mac desktop can become a road to madness.
Mar 01, 2019
17: Live at PodCon
This week David and Rose come to us live from PodCon with a very enthusiastic audience where they take the opportunity to dive into some of their travel automation setups. Once back in the studio they then go through some of the great feedback they've received recently.
Feb 15, 2019
16: Yoga Automation with Myke Hurley
Myke Hurley is relatively new to automation but found many ways to simplify his day via automation. In this episode, Myke share several simple to implement, yet crazy useful automations.
Feb 01, 2019
15: Automated Time Tracking
In this episode Rose and David dive into time tracking, including the why, the how, and then most importantly - how to automate it!
Jan 18, 2019
14: Automated Journaling
Rose and David tackle the challenge of journaling and how to use automation to make it easier.
Jan 04, 2019
13: Launch Center Pro with David Barnard
In this episode David and Rose dive deep into the new version 3 of Launch Center Pro - with David Barnard from Contrast! They look at the history of the app, changes in version 3, and how it fits into their workflows today.
Dec 21, 2018
12: Automated Holidays
It's holiday time so what happens when you throw two automation nerds at things like holiday decorations, festive music, and ? Listen and find out.
Dec 07, 2018
11: Shortcuts Homescreens!
Have you heard of the Shortcuts home screen fad? Where your home screen is just Shortcuts? David and Rose explore all of the possibilities, advantages, disadvantages and fun things you can do with Shortcuts on your home screen - and beyond.
Nov 23, 2018
10: Using Zapier Web Automation
This week David and Rose dive into the popular web automation service Zapier and explain how you can automate your systems via the web.
Nov 09, 2018
9: Scriptable with Simon Støvring
In this episode David and Rose get to talk to Simon Støvring, maker of Scriptable an app which allows you to control your iPhone with JavaScript. Simon shares some of the journey he experienced making the app, and what you can actually do with Scriptable.
Oct 26, 2018
8: File Automation
Putting files in the right places is a pain in the neck. It's tedious and way too easy to make a mistake. Our intrepid automators are here to save the day on the Mac and iOS.
Oct 12, 2018
7: Feedback Time!
In this episode Rose and David dive into their very first feedback show. There's a quick look at what changed since the podcast started, a sneak peak of some of the upcoming episode topics, and much more including a brand new app - Scriptable, and automating timers!
Sep 28, 2018
6: Automating iOS with Matthew Cassinelli
iOS power user Matthew Cassinelli joins us to share some great iOS automation workflows.
Sep 15, 2018
5: Project Templates
In this episode of Automators David and Rose get nerdy with project templates. They start out with what a project template is and how it can help you, and go through using basic project templates all the way up to more complex options. While both of them are OmniFocus users, project templates can be used in any task management system - and is something that everyone can use.
Aug 31, 2018
4: First Look at Siri Shortcuts
Rose and David have been busy trying out the Siri Shortcuts beta. This episode looks closely at how Siri Shortcuts is better (and worse) than Workflow along with some hopes for where this is all heading.
Aug 17, 2018
3: Converting Numbers Sheets to Keynote Graphs with Sal Soghoian
In this episode we sat down with Sal Soghoian to learn how to use AppleScript to turn a Numbers table, column, or row, into a chart in Keynote. We also dove into the history of AppleScript, what parts of it mean, and how you can learn it too.
Aug 03, 2018
2: Email Automation
In this episode, our intrepid Automators dive into email and cover the best ways to get your Mac, iOS devices, and the web wrangling your email for you.
Jul 20, 2018
1: Automating Calendar Events
Starting with (complex) repeats, working all the way up to AppleScript - with examples. We take you through approximately 10 ways to automate calendar events!
Jul 06, 2018
0: Introduction
Welcome to Automators! In this preview episode David Sparks and Rosemary Orchard tell you all about their new podcast, why they love automation, and that yes, you can automate things!
Jul 02, 2018