video 03 : relinking images

macgrunt is all about workflow optimisation, with an emphasis on automation, particularly applescript. you’d be truly amazed at how much time can be saved in a studio by simply automating mundane tasks. not only does it free up more time for creativity, it also saves you from banging your head repeatedly against your desk due to the sheer tedium of some of the work you have to do — every day.

this script was created for a publishing workflow where images in archived InDesign files were no longer linked to the overhauled library of over 100,000 images. at reprint time, these images had to be relinked — sometimes in their hundreds.

relinking images is a quick animation which shows an actual script performing a real-life task in a fraction of the time it would take a real-life human. the animation is built from screen grabs from the actual workflow — so that dialog box showing how long the script took to do its job is real and accurate (testing was done with CS2 on a G5 PowerPC running OSX 10.5.7).

if that doesn’t convince you to start learning, stay tuned, more to follow (perhaps).

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