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My scenario:

  • I use an app called Antetype for UI design.
  • Antetype uses OS X-native technologies for text rendering (it uses the system-standard text palette).
  • Antetype does not have a find and replace text function.
  • I want to find and replace text in an Antetype document.

I am wondering if, because Antetype is using native text, it is possible to use Applescript, Automator, or some other method to find and replace text within an Antetype document.

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What format does Antetype keep its data in? – Mark Apr 29 '13 at 17:58
As far as I can tell it's just a proprietary blob. I am able to open it in a text editor and find and replace strings there, but saving it after doing so renders the document unusable. Here's a sample document for reference: – Ben Dansby Apr 29 '13 at 18:28
It is a SQLlite file and looking at the column names I would guess generated by CoreData – Mark Apr 29 '13 at 18:55
So, you are looking for a post-processing tool to modify the saved data store rather than a UI scripting tool that would automate any find/replace function while the app is running with the document open? – bmike Apr 29 '13 at 19:23
How I get there is immaterial to me. Whether I'm modifying the data store or using a script, I just want to change multiple instances of a string in one step. – Ben Dansby Apr 29 '13 at 19:47

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