Here’s a couple of Automator actions I’ve discovered lurking on the interwebs recently. Both of them - like many third-party actions around - offer something incredibly useful and oddly missing from Automator’s default actions list.
First off there’s Play Sound, a simple action that, um, plays sounds you feed into it. I thought it might be useful as an instant MP3 file player, although feeding a half-hour BBC radio show into it caused a little bit of runaway CPU. Still, useful to have around.
Another neat little action is Upload to FTP, which, um, uploads stuff to an FTP server.
It comes with a selection of useful workflows, including one for auto re-sizing selected images and uploading them to a server. Another workflow performs basic backup functions.
If you’ve found a neat Automator action or workflow recently, do mention it in the comments.