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

55: Drafts with Agile Tortoise
Jul 31 • 81 min
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.
54: Scripting Time with Dr Drang
Jul 17 • 96 min
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!
53: WWDC 2020 Automation News
Jul 3 • 69 min
Rose and David bring all the automation news from Apple’s 2020 Developer Conference.
52: Charty with Rodrigo Araujo
Jun 19 • 63 min
Charty developer Rodrigo Araujo joins us to talk about using Charty with Shortcuts and share some of his favorite personal automations.
51: Ken Case and Omni Automation
Jun 5 • 62 min
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.
50: Some Favorite Automations
May 22 • 58 min
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.
49: Reusable Shortcuts with Scotty Jackson
May 8 • 62 min
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.
48: Automating Music
Apr 24 • 71 min
David and Rose tackle the best ways to automate your music. They also talk about automating calendars and email attachments.
47: The Daily Brief
Apr 10 • 67 min
In this episode, Rosemary and David dive into how they do a daily brief with Shortcuts on their devices.
46: Automating Dark Noise with Charlie Chapman
Mar 27 • 68 min
Dark Noise Developer Charlie Chapman joins the Automators to talk about his automation story and how he implemented automation in his Dark Noise application.
45: LaunchCuts, Feedback, and More!
Mar 13 • 73 min
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!
44: Automating with Doug Adams from Doug’s AppleScripts
Feb 28 • 69 min
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.
43: Capture and Review
Feb 14 • 81 min
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.
42: Toolbox Pro with Alex Hay
Jan 31 • 78 min
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.
41: Automated Health Tracking
Jan 17 • 57 min
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.
40: Automating with Tim Stringer
Jan 3 • 69 min
Tim Stringer from joins the Automators to talk about his Mac, iOS, and web-based automation.
39: Automating iBeacons
Dec 20, 2019 • 74 min
In this episode, David and Rosemary try all sorts of iBeacons and look at why, where, when, and how you use these little devices.
38: Simon Leeb and Pushcut
Dec 6, 2019 • 70 min
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.
37: Mac Maintenance & Management Magic
Nov 22, 2019 • 77 min
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!
36: Sal Soghoian’s Control Panel
Nov 8, 2019 • 80 min
Sal Soghoian 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.
35: Automating Business with Don McAllister
Oct 25, 2019 • 73 min
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!
34: Getting Cozy with Regular Expressions
Oct 11, 2019 • 58 min
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.
33: Packing List Extravaganza
Sep 27, 2019 • 53 min
In this episode, Rosemary and David climb out of their suitcases armed with a variety of Shortcuts, Scriptable Scripts, Trello Boards, Reminders, TextExpander Snippets, Keyboard Maestro Macros and even a Drafts action group.
32: Shortcuts iOS 13 Release and the Shortcuts Field Guide
Sep 13, 2019 • 76 min
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.
31: Making Your ScreenFlow Flow and More with J.F. Brissette
Aug 30, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode, Rosemary and David get to talk to J.F. Brissette about everything automating Screenflow with Keyboard Maestro to using the Terminal as a launcher, as well as regular expressions and looking into combining Dropbox and Chronosync.
30: Some Favorite Automations
Aug 16, 2019 • 48 min
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.
29: The Dark Dungeon with Adam Tow
Aug 2, 2019 • 51 min
In this episode David and Rose talk to Adam Tow. 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!
28: Keyboard Maestro and the Mac
Jul 19, 2019 • 42 min
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”.
27: Shortcuts in iOS 13 - Diving into the Deep End!
Jul 5, 2019 • 61 min
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.
26: Getting Started with HomeKit
Jun 21, 2019 • 70 min
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!
25: WWDC 2019 Automation Update
Jun 7, 2019 • 61 min
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.
24: Automating with Airtable
May 24, 2019 • 63 min
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.
23: Diving into Drafts Automation with Tim “The Drafts Man” Nahumck
May 10, 2019 • 62 min
In this episode Rosemary and David get Tim the Drafts Man to talk about how he uses Drafts, sharing actions, tips and tricks.
22: Text Expansion
Apr 26, 2019 • 67 min
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.
21: Invoicing, Writing, and Regular Expressions with Dr. Drang
Apr 12, 2019 • 85 min
In this episode of Automators Rosemary and David interview the mysterious internet legend Dr. Drang. They look at Python, Perl, and AppleScript, Shortcuts, Drafts, Keyboard Maestro, and how you can combine all of these in various different workflows!
20: Mad Science Automation with Brett Terpstra
Mar 29, 2019 • 63 min
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.
19: Shortcuts Updates
Mar 15, 2019 • 65 min
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!
18: Terminal Automation with John Siracusa
Mar 1, 2019 • 62 min
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.
17: Live at PodCon
Feb 15, 2019 • 44 min
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 the feedback they’ve received.
16: Yoga Automation with Myke Hurley
Feb 1, 2019 • 62 min
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.
15: Automated Time Tracking
Jan 18, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode Rose and David dive into time tracking, including the why, the how, and then most importantly - how to automate it!
14: Automated Journaling
Jan 4, 2019 • 40 min
Rose and David tackle the challenge of journaling and how to use automation to make it easier.
13: Launch Center Pro with David Barnard
Dec 21, 2018 • 74 min
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.
12: Automated Holidays
Dec 7, 2018 • 41 min
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.
11: Shortcuts Homescreens!
Nov 23, 2018 • 58 min
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.
10: Using Zapier Web Automation
Nov 9, 2018 • 41 min
This week David and Rose dive into the popular web automation service Zapier and explain how you can automate your systems via the web.
9: Scriptable with Simon Støvring
Oct 26, 2018 • 44 min
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.
8: File Automation
Oct 12, 2018 • 52 min
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.
7: Feedback Time!
Sep 28, 2018 • 30 min
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.
6: Automating iOS with Matthew Cassinelli
Sep 14, 2018 • 88 min
iOS power user Matthew Cassinelli joins us to share some great iOS automation workflows.
5: Project Templates
Aug 31, 2018 • 40 min
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.
4: First Look at Siri Shortcuts
Aug 17, 2018 • 41 min
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.
3: Converting Numbers Sheets to Keynote Graphs with Sal Soghoian
Aug 3, 2018 • 63 min
In this episode Sal Soghoian talks us through how to use AppleScript to convert a table, or a row or column in that table, in Numbers into a chart in a Keynote presentation.
2: Email Automation
Jul 20, 2018 • 56 min
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.
1: Automating Calendar Events
Jul 6, 2018 • 37 min
Starting with (complex) repeats, working all the way up to AppleScript - with examples. We take you through approximately 10 ways to automate calendar events!
0: Introduction
Jul 2, 2018 • 3 min
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!