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David Lang
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This may be a dangerous question to ask, especially with Joe Weaks monitoring the forums, but I was looking last night at Automator and wondering what kinds of things would be possible if Accordance were to add Automator support.

 

For example, could an Automator action to export one's user notes as text or rtf be used to create a workflow which might automatically create a version you could read on your iPod? Could the same be done for a Bible text or tool?

 

From what I've seen of Automator, it's designed to pass information from one application to another, to process that information in a variety of ways, and to output that information in some usable form. So what kinds of information would you want to get out of Accordance and into other applications? What kinds of information would you want to get out of other applications and use within Accordance?

 

Note, I can't guarantee we'll support Automator at all, but here's your chance to dream about what's possible and to convince us that it would be worth supporting in a future rev of Accordance.

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David,

 

You do ask dangerous questions!

 

I'd like to see an Automator tool where I could enter in a scripture reference (like my sermon passage) and have the tool gather all the relevant text from my chosen Bibles, commentaries and supporting texts and have it shipped to a word processing file.

From there I could put it in my Palm and have it all at my finger tips for times when I'm not at my Mac. I do this now, but it's a bid tedious gathering everything manually.

 

Thanks,

 

Dr. David Doyle

Concord, NH

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I'd like to see an Automator tool where I could enter in a scripture reference (like my sermon passage) and have the tool gather all the relevant text from my chosen Bibles, commentaries and supporting texts and have it shipped to a word processing file.

From there I could put it in my Palm and have it all at my finger tips for times when I'm not at my Mac.  I do this now, but it's a bid tedious gathering everything manually.

 

David,

 

Can you give a brief description of the steps you take now to accomplish that? Accordance would have to have some way to know which Bibles and other modules to draw from and how much text to copy, and I'm not sure how we would do that.

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