Apple provides two very powerful, highly customizable tools with each Mac. AppleScript is a built-in scripting language that performs complicated tasks. Automator makes scripting more of a drag and drop operation to customize workflow and functions.
AppleScript brings the power while Automator makes it easier to create custom work apps. The only problem is that both AppleScript and Automator are mostly ignored by the masses of Mac users as overly complex. While I use both from time to time, I cannot disagree with that assessment.
Is there an easier way to create customized actions without having to dip a toe into AppleScript or Automator? Yes. It’s called Repeater. And it’s free.
Repeater acts as an event recorder which records and plays back your actions– click, keystrokes, mouse or trackpad movements, scrolling, zooming, and much more. Instead of clicking through your workflow, use Repeater to record the actions automatically, then play them like a recording.
Repeater records your onscreen actions which can run unattended. Repeater has a few advanced features including stealth mode, loop mode, auto quit after playback, and more. While not as powerful as AppleScript or Automator, Repeater is much easier to setup and use.
While Repeater is good for almost any Mac user who needs to automate a few actions, it has some limitations, and isn’t as capable or comprehensive as Apple’s built-in tools. I think of Repeater as a gateway to AppleScript or Automator.