AppleScript: A Beginner's Guide (Beginners Guide) by Guy Hart-Davis

By Guy Hart-Davis

Crucial Skills--Made effortless! learn how to application in AppleScript, the flexible scripting language outfitted correct into Mac OS X and supported through such a lot significant functions. AppleScript: A Beginner's advisor indicates you the way to jot down robust scripts with the AppleScript Editor to automate projects, shop effort and time, and instantly generate records, spreadsheets, and email messages. Debugging and mistake dealing with also are coated during this fast moving educational. Designed for simple studying Key talents & Concepts--Chapter-opening lists of particular talents coated within the bankruptcy Ask the Expert--Q&A sections full of bonus info and worthy assistance attempt This--Hands-on routines that aid you practice your abilities Notes--Extra info regarding the subject being coated Tips--Helpful reminders or alternative routes of doing issues Cautions--Errors and pitfalls to prevent Annotated Syntax--Example code with remark that describes the programming strategies being illustrated Ready-to-use code at man Hart-Davis is the writer of Mac OS X Leopard QuickSteps, the best way to Do every little thing iPod, iPhone, & iTunes, 5th version, HTML, XHTML & CSS QuickSteps, and several laptop books.

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The chances that this script performs exactly the actions you want are slim and none (and Slim’s out of the country just now), but you can use the techniques you learn in this chapter to create a script that opens the folders and applications you want and positions the windows where you prefer to have them on your Mac’s Desktop. So treat this script as just a start, and modify it to meet your needs. Opening AppleScript Editor To get started creating the script, open AppleScript Editor. If you’ve added the AppleScript Editor icon to the Dock, click the icon; otherwise, open the Applications folder, expand the contents of the AppleScript folder, and then double-click the AppleScript Editor icon.

For example, the tell statement tell the application “Finder” to open the desktop has the same effect as tell application “Finder” to open desktop. AppleScript ignores the word “the,” so you can add it wherever you want if you find it helps you structure the commands. ) Technically, AppleScript uses “the” as a syntactic no-op keyword—in other words, a keyword that does nothing except make the syntax more natural. You can also tell the application or object you’re addressing first to tell another application or object to do something.

Once you have enabled this pop-up menu by selecting the Show “Tell” Application Pop-Up Menu in Editing preferences, the Tell Application pop-up menu appears in the navigation bar (see Figure 3-2). 33 34 AppleScript: A Beginner’s Guide Figure 3-2 You can place the Tell Application pop-up menu in the navigation bar by selecting the Show “Tell” Application Pop-Up Menu in Editing preferences. You can then click this pop-up menu and choose the application to which you want to direct the script (see Figure 3-3).

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