Sometimes I imagine Danté’s Inferno was inspired when he was doing one of those repetitive tasks that are over too quickly to warrant automation (or outsourcing) but too time-consuming to not be annoying.
Maybe dipping his pen into ink, or emptying his chamber pot for the zillionth time that week, he suddenly said “Holy S**T! This is the second circle of hell. It’s not as bad as living in a molten land permanently ablaze and run by the devil, but there has to be a better way to do this!”
That’s how I felt about rotating photos. When I had just a few photos to rotate, I’d open preview, select Command + R and save the photos, one by one. It was repetitive but not that big a deal.
Then I started blogging and taking hundreds of photos a day. My main camera is my iPhone 6s Plus which does not automatically flip photos. On the flight home from Barcelona, when I realized at least half my photos needed to be rotated, it was either find a way to automate the process or spend the entire 8.5 hours hitting Command + R (once you experience a seat mate with whom you are sharing an arm rest getting ready to light his shoes on fire because you’ve made one too many keystrokes, you’ll find yourself motivated as well.)
I vaguely knew about Automator from the back pages of magazines like MacWorld or websites but it always looked so technical and code-like I was too intimidated to go any further. As it turns out, for basic tasks, it’s actually a really really simple step by step process. So I’m going to use Rotating Photos to prove you can save hours of time each week by just creating a few Automator tasks.