AppleScript: The Missing Manual by Adam Goldstein

By Adam Goldstein

AppleScript: The lacking handbook is each beginner's advisor to studying the Macintosh's final scripting instrument: AppleScript. via dozens of hands-on scripting examples, this complete advisor guarantees that any one together with newcomers can find out how to keep watch over Mac functions in timesaving and cutting edge methods. due to AppleScript: The lacking handbook, the trail from ordinary Mac fan to professional scripter hasn't ever been more uncomplicated.

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I know that I have scriptsthey all show up in the Script Menubut I can't seem to get to them using the Open Scripts Folder command. This strange behavior is all Mac OS X's fault, mainly because there is more than one Scripts folder. All the built-in scripts (the ones you've been looking at in the Script Menu) are stored in Library Scripts, in the root level of your hard drive. On the other hand, when you choose Open Scripts Folder, the Finder goes to the Library Scripts folder found within your Home folder.

3. Setting Script Editor's Preferences Now that you've been using Script Editor for a little while, the boring text coloring is probably starting to get to you. Or maybe you're just sick of reading your scripts in a 12-point font. No matter what your complaint, chances are Script Editor can make things better for you. Start out by opening Script Editor Preferences ( -,). You'll see five buttons in the toolbar, each for a different aspect of Script Editor's behavior. Click the category you want to customize (Figure 2-8), and continue reading.

4). 3. Click Run. Part I: AppleScript Overview 57 58 Part I: AppleScript Overview Under the hood, AppleScript sees your display dialog command and realizes that it has to put together a dialog box with your provided text. After a fraction of a second, you see the fruits of AppleScript's labor (Figure 3-1). If you don't see that dialog box, see Table 14-1 for an explanation of what may have gone wrong. Figure 3-1. Your first script running. It's not much, but it's a start. No matter which button you click (Cancel or OK), AppleScript dismisses your dialog box.

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