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Friday, June 15, 2007

Creating a thumbnail poster!

This is a cool Automator action that will let you create a script to make a thumbnail poster in a few clicks. The Automator action can be downloaded here from Automator.us (two versions: iPhoto 5 and iPhoto 6). The script will create a PDF with up to 96 square images, 72 horizontal images or 72 vertical images. Once the action is downloaded and installed:

1. Open Automator.
2. Add the "Ask for Photos" action from the iPhoto actions.
3. Add the "Create Thumbnail Poster" from the PDF actions.
4. Choose the name of the poster the script will output and where it will save it.

Your script should now look like this:



5. Save the script. (I used Save As Plug-In and chose "Script Menu" in the "Plug-in for:" field).



The script should now be saved in the Script Menu. If you get it from there, it will open the nice iLife style dialog and let you choose pictures from your iPhoto library. As soon as you click "Choose", the script will create a PDF poster will all the thumbnails. The only issue is that you have to choose whether you want "Horizontal", "Vertical" or "Square" thumbnails while doing the Automator Script. What you could do to resolve this issue is save three scripts in the Script Menu, one with each setting. Thanks for the cool action Automator.us!

7 Comments:

Blogger Nessuno said...

Nice and useful tip! I would like to spend some time to learn how to use automator...

June 15, 2007 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

same here. I barely knew what automator did until a couple months ago... I feel like it could become very useful...

June 15, 2007 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger mcginnis said...

I get an "AppleScript Error Can't get item 1 of {}/ (-1728)" message. What am I doing wrong?

June 15, 2007 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

I do not have the "Create Thumbnail Poster" PDF action in Automater.

I am completely up to date as far as software updates go, so does anyone have any clues as to why I am missing this action?

June 16, 2007 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger jm said...

You have to install the Thumbnail Poster app. fist

June 18, 2007 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger jm said...

i also get the "AppleScript Error"

June 18, 2007 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger mandrinbaby said...

has anyone found a solution for the applescript error in that?

June 25, 2007 at 8:34 AM  

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