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Automaton is four tools in one program, each of which is indispensable. It includes AutoNotes, AutoClips, AutoTyper and AutoFiler.

AutoNotes is notepad unlike any other. You can activate it with a hotkey, and automatically save notes into your "repository", for lightning fast quick notes. Your documents are all linked together like a wiki for fast navigating between pages. You can add tags to group your documents. But best of all, the "repository" is just a plain folder of text and RTF files. So you're not tied down to any proprietary file formats, and you can open existing folders of documents already linked like a Wiki with no more...

What's New

  • Filer: work around a nasty bug in OS X 10.7 Lion causing rules not to match.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Ploth Member IconReview+47
Ploth
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It is a shame that this dev has walked away - this set of apps is unmatched IMO. I still use them without much issue - though they do need to be quit every so often if they get bogged down (i.e. once a week).

The clipboard is the main one I use - with a large memory and the option to paste or plain text paste via keystroke it's all I need now! Notes are great as are the auto-expanders. While I am migrating to Apple for this functionality, Automaton does pictures and more for those things that Apple clips can't handle. But for simple stuff the seamless integration with IOS via Apple is unmatched IMO.
Autofiler I haven't used for a while but it worked well when I did. As did the notes - very handy.

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Version 1.50
Surfspirit Member IconReview+442
Surfspirit
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Once a very promise app, but lacks updates for long time, it stop working correctly with the Snow Leopard 20013-004 Security Update, it seems to have a serious memory leak, starting with 50 Mb, and in a few seconds it gets more than a gigabyte! Making all the OS sluggish. An update needed or an alternative app.!

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Version 1.50
Islandmike Member IconComment+24
Islandmike
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If you use the snippet/typer feature a lot like I did..
Automaton and auto typer still work as of 10.8.4 but it is losing some access in panes and some things are not working as well as we progress up the OSX update hierarchy. The developer has stopped supporting. There is another macro program that can import the Typer.autotyper file from user/library/application support/automaton/ called aText. It imports the macro or snippet formatting, the label, the abbreviation and is much better than exporting the CSV file from Automaton/AutoTyper and then importing into aText -- aText has good support and is not expensive.

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Version 1.50
Ratti Member IconComment+23
Ratti
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It's a pity that the developer is dormant since over a year.

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Version 1.50
Steven Goodheart Member IconReview+442
Steven Goodheart
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Automaton has become the most-used utility; I use it dozens, if not hundreds of times of a day—taking quick notes, copying and pasting text and links for Facebook posts, and using the AutoTyper to expand boilerplate and dates and signatures. For the price, such a great combination of features and utilities can't be beat, and when I've (rarely) had questions, the developer has answered quickly and helpful. Highly recommended!

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Version 1.50
Drking Member IconReview+14
Drking
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I've been using each of these programs for awhile now. The developer keeps them updated and is very responsive to emails. I wouldn't know where to start in choosing which I like best because they all get used frequently on my computer, each with their list of features----definitely worth the money I spent for them.

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Version 1.45
Picatinny Member IconComment+1
Picatinny
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With 1.37 running in 64bit, Automaton takes up to 700MB of memory, in contrast to about 20MB in 32bit? I've set it to 32bit, unless someone explains the huge memory usage in 64bit.

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Version 1.37
Cerebrl Member IconComment+203
Cerebrl
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I have just purchased this software with the MUPromo discount. I am still getting to know the software, so I am not going to rate it yet. What I do want to inform potential customers about is the amazing support the developer provides.

I am a previous user of ClipMenu, so finding out that Automaton has a pasteboard functionality as well, I wanted Automaton to provide an additional functionality for me to completely move to Automaton. When I suggested to the developer that he add this functionality (pasting as plain text), he said, "how would you like me to implement it?" I told him with a keystroke + click. The next day he said it would be option + click to past as plain text.

Amazingly fast replies and very friendly support. Great value.

[Cerebrl]

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Version 1.26
Ploth Member IconReview+47
Ploth
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As others have said the developer is very friendly & responsive (what else would you expect from an Aussie?!).

I haven't really used this to it's full potential but it is well worth the money and has many useful features.

The Clips part was the main draw card for me - and it does work very well. It has a few great features though really could use integration to the Right Click Menu and a popup clip'board'.

Autofiler is great, as is typer. Notes is amazingly powerful - I really should use it but I find I only really use todo's that sync with my iPhone.

This is among the best value software I have bought and I hope the few missing features are added to keep it at the top!

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Version 1.23
Ratti Member IconComment+23
Ratti
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I already owned TextExpander and Typinator licenses. Out of curiosity I bought Automaton, and have to say that the developer really sets the new standard with AutoTyper. I have emailed him several times. As this product is quite new, maybe there are not yet that many customers, but I have never had a developer respond that fast with eMails AND new releases. I switched off TexExpander and Typinator for now, AutoTyper does it all and more. I have not yet looked that deep into AutoFiler, but it seems it does nearly everything that Hazel can do for you and a bit more. AutoClips seems, compared to other clipboard managers, the weakest part of the Automaton package, but I have not yet bombarded the developer with request eMails. So I am pretty sure AutoClips will close up fast.
All Automaton modules may have less eye candy than comparable apps from other developers, but that is not important to me.

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Version 1.21
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Downloads 14,764
Version Downloads 1,883
License Shareware
Date 28 Jul 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price $34.99
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