- MacDevCenter.com: Write Your Own Automator Actions
- Macworld: Secrets: Take Control of Customizing Tiger: Automator
(excerpt from the $5 ebook -- link at end of article)
Automator, it turns out, is basically a visual form of the UNIX (and DOS) "pipe", a channel from one piece of code to another. It does do intelligent type transformations -- that's not easy! It's not a true workflow application (yet); there are no branches or loops. It is clearly influenced by the past decade of workflow application development. AppleScript codes can serve as Automator elements. I don't know if one can "compile" an Automator sequence into a single standalone block.