You probably have specific work or play environments you use with your Mac. For instance, if you’re a graphic designer, you may always open Photoshop and Illustrator, plus a couple of graphics utilities. You may also keep a couple of project folders open in the Finder. Likewise, if you're a photographer, you may always open Aperture and Photoshop, plus your favorite web site for uploading images.
Of course, opening applications and folders is a simple process; a few clicks here, a few clicks there, and you're ready to work. But because these are tasks you repeat over and over, they're good candidates for a bit of workflow automation.
In this step-by-step guide, we're going to show you how to use Apple’s Automator to create an application that will open your favorite applications, as well as any folders you may use frequently, so you can get to work (or play) with just a single click.
What You Will Need
Automator: This app comes with OS X. We will be giving instructions for the version of Automator supplied with OS X 10.6.x, but with a little bit of tweaking, they should work for all versions of OS X.
Applications: You will need a list of the applications you want to open automatically when you launch the application you create with Automator.
Folders: If there are specific folders you work from on a regular basis, the application you create with Automator can open them in Finder windows.