What it is: First introduced in Tiger, Automator is a tool to help automate common tasks. It includes a number of actions for various applications that make creating simple workflows as easy as drag-and-drop.
What's changed: Apple hasn't talked up the changes to the Leopard version of Automator, but don't expect a program that mirrors its OS X 10.4 predecessor.
A new record function in Leopard will let you automate nearly any application, and you can edit the recorded action to further customize it. Automator will offer starting points, which guide you through the first steps of your workflow - for example, "working with photos" and "working with files and folders". The addition of variables means you can store values that might be used in several steps of a workflow, helping you build more complex workflows.
Finally, the interface for Automator appears to have received a facelift, including the presence of a Media button on the toolbar, which should give you direct access to your music and photos.ROB GRIFFITHS