Automation on the Mac

Presentation Summary

August 13, 2019 by Nathan Lott

Automation Presentation — User group, screencasts, blog — CapMac Vimeo Page — My Youtube Channel

Great Resources for more info
Sal Soghoian
—former employee at Apple as product manager for automation technologies and owner of

Matthew Cassinelli—was on the Workflow team before they were bought by Apple and changed to Shortcuts

David Sparks aka MacSparky — Author of online courses on Shortcuts, Keyboard Maestro, Hazel and other programs. Co-host of Mac PowerUsers podcast and Automators;; https://

Rosemary Orchard — Co-host of Automators podcast with David Sparks and owner of; ;

Federico Viticci — the king of Shortcuts (in my opinion), a developer from Rome and owner of

Software discussed
— iOS; Available for free from Apple on the iOS App Store. Will come built-in to the

phone and iPad in iOS 13
Keyboard Maestro — MacOS; $36 from
Hazel —
MacOS; $32 from
Better Touch Tool —
MacOS; $7.50 from ; iOS remote on iOS App Store Automator — MacOS; free, built-in to every Mac.

If Time: Text Expansion built in to the Mac and iOS and Alfred PowerPack ($27.69, and TextExpander ($39.96 a year,

More About The Presenter

Nathan is fascinated with the idea of automating tasks on the Mac, iPhone and iPad.  He presented ways to use your iPhone to make your music playlist more convenient. He has experimented with third party apps like Keyboard Maestro, Hazel, Text Expander, and Better Touch Tool and described their uses to members.  If you want to implement one of Nathan’s automation ideas and you’ve missed a critical step, he has posted a number of vimeo explanations.  They can be reached via the CapMac website where you can link to them to refresh your memory.

Nathan has the good fortune to have lived all his life in San Antonio. For the past 10 years, he has led monthly presentations for the San Antonio MacApple Users group. He earned a masters in Library Science from University of North Texas and a Masters and Bachelors of Music from Texas State University in San Marcos.