AppleScript is a proprietary programming language in Mac OS X to control and exchange data with applications.

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Encrypting a PDF during Hazel processing

I've created an Automator Workflow which can take the selected Finder item (being a PDF) and encrypt it using the Apple-provided "Encrypt PDF Documents" action. The problem with this action is it ...
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AppleScript for moving mail messages to OmniFocus is creating duplicates in OmniFocus

I'm trying to customize this script to import all flagged mail messages in Mail.app to Omnifocus, then unflag and archive the message. It works, but it creates many duplicates in the Omnifocus inbox ...
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Applescript enable-disable wifi Safari

I figured out a command to enable/disable wifi. networksetup -setairportpower en0 on networksetup -setairportpower en0 off Now, I was wondering how to combine it in AppleScript in a way that when ...
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AXSelectedRows: Getting selected rows for AXOutline

I feel that AXSelectedRows has finally beaten me into submission :) After extensive research, I am stumped as to how to programmatically list the contents of AXSelectedRows; simply put, to get the ...
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Transfer labels (“tags”) from a SMB share to an AFP share

I had a SMB share from my NAS (based on illumos aka OpenSolaris, I used the kernel CIFS) and now I installed Netatalk for better performances. The metadata apparently cannot be read back, that means ...
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How to prevent AppleScript confirmation from appearing when using Quicksilver trigger?

When I launch this simple AppleScript from Finder or by using the standard Quicksilver panel selection, it runs without confirmation. tell application "Flux" if it is running then quit ...
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File path error in Applescript/TextExpander

I use the following code to open my dropbox folder quickly using textexpander. tell application "Finder" activate set f to POSIX file "/Users/MrT/Dropbox" open f end tell Which works, ...
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Disable copy/paste for an OS X application

I would like to disable copy/paste for an app to protect sensitive information displayed in it. I don't have the app source code. I'm already aware of this general solution: ...
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AppleScript to file attachments

I'm trying to file email attachments into a specific folder. The path is received in the subject field of the email. I'm close but not quite there. I am getting the script to run. using terms from ...
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Launch App with Automator when system is idle

My idea is to dim the display when the system is idle for 10 seconds, and with a keystroke or trackpad activity revert to original (I want to preserve battery automatically and not using a screen ...
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Script to make the x red button kill the app

Quick background: new mac, long time windows user; not scared by linux and scripts. I am currently using RedQuits to make the x red button quit de app, not just close the window. It is a great ...
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Can Homebrew be used to install AppleScript bundles?

Can Homebrew be used to install AppleScript bundles? If so, what sorts of conventions would the project need to follow? Would it need to include a make.scpt file compile the .applescript files? I'm ...
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Boot straight into an application without showing the desktop

How do I boot straight into an application without showing the desktop? Essentially I would like to turn the machine on, see the grey screen with loading icon, and then see my application. The ...
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Applescript to forward email with attachment, and change subject

I'm trying to create an applescript that will take messages that match a certain filter YYYY), and forward them to a specific notebook in Evernote (XXXX), with the attachment intact. So far, I've ...
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AppleScript bundle: expose other interactive scripts?

Assuming that I've created script bundle (.scptd), is there a way to expose (for lack of a better term) other interactive scripts? Alternate scripts might preform configuration tasks or secondary ...
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Trouble with Applescript/Xcode setting up VPN Auto Connect with Btguard's Tunnelblick Open VPN

I followed all of the all of the steps in this link How to auto connect to VPN upon login/boot?. I tried a number of times, changing the service from "BTGuard VPN" to "Tunnelblick VPN" to "BTGuard", ...
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Is there another way apart from screencapture to take a screenshot of a background window?

I'd like to take a screenshot of a background window given its title. I know this can be made with screencapture -l idwindow output but unluckily I can't use this method because I'm on a 10.5.8 ...
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How to make Rsync copy alias files?

System specs: 2011 iMac, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 I have come to understand that Rsync does not handle Mac Alises properly, and have now discovered that hundreds of aliases I've previously copied ...
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Progress Indicator for AppleScript

Okay, so I have an AppleScript that is really just a wrapper for a simple shell script, so I could turn it into a double-click to run application, droplet and URI handler on OS X. Anyway, this works ...
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Possible to Detect All the Podcasts in iTunes That Are Marked to Not Allow Auto Delete?

I'd like to, for my own nefarious reasons, be able to see which files iTunes currently thinks it can't auto delete. Applescript or summat would be fine, although a smart playlist would be even ...
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Applescript to delete iMessages from Messages app

I have an Applescript that sends myself and colleagues iMessages when certain events happen. Some times hundreds of iMessages are sent in a short space of time to lots of people and the Messages app ...
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Apple script that closes Apple Remote Desktop

First let me say that I have ZERO experience in Apple Scripting. That said, I need to build a Apple Script or whatever is more efficient for that case, that is going to close Apple Remote Desktop ...
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How does one execute scripts within script bundles?

I am trying to make my completely enormous script more comprehensible by splitting it into a main script with bundled scripts to run when called, but I don't seem to understand how to run a bundled ...
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Using AppleScript to modify contacts not working

I'm trying to use applescript to clean up various problems a large address book, to large to fix by hand. I've been able to find and observe contacts and groups in AppleScript successfully. However, ...
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Applescript to get Dropbox file direct/share link

Is it possible to retrieve the direct/share link of a file that is in my Dropbox folder, but not in its Public subfolder? I'd like to use that for an Alfred workflow. I saw many tutorials on how to ...
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How to create an apple script that forwards a flagged email

I want to create an apple script that will forward a flagged email to x@mail.asana.com I have tried this script: on run tell application "Mail" repeat with _acct in imap accounts ...
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Ruby and osx, clipboard status detection

My question: is it possible to detect when clipboard was pasted into other app ? With use of RubyMotion, Macruby, or Apple Scripts maybe ?
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Need Help with an Applescript / plist

This has been a learning experience for me. Everything checks out logically to me in this script/ plist but something isn't correct. Everything runs, but then the script runs every minute which is ...
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Can I find and replace Core Text/Cocoa text strings in any application?

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 ...
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Can a new mail be sent using AppleScript + Outlook + IMAP?

I'm trying to use apple script to automate creation of a new outlook mail message. The below code will work when I have my email account sent up as pop3 but I need it to work with an IMAP account. ...
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Touching files in correct order

This code touches files in alphabetical order. I need to touch files in order it is in list_of_files, so first it touches file2, then file3, then file1). Is there any other way to do this than to ...
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Checking button text with applescript

I'm trying to automate CCleaner, so far I can start the application and click the button that starts the cleanup job, however I'm relying on a delay to determine when I should move onto the next ...
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AppleScript: Open a new window in current space without switching to active window in another space

I want to have an application open a new window in the current space without switching to a space in which a window is already open, but I want to keep the When switching to an application, switch ...
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How can Growl trigger an shell script or AppleScript (NOT vice versa!)

When a Growl notification gets issued I want to trigger an AppleScript. I had a look at the "Actions" in the Growl preferences, and you can trigger things like an email or a text-to-speech call, but ...
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Why would a Folder script stop working in 10.8.2? I have been using this script for several years

property disk : "Webserver:RAID:active_jobs" -- name of mounted disk where all work resides property folderactive : "Active" -- name of Folder were active jobs folders are held property destination : ...
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How do I tell Finder to read the network folder contents?

I use the following AppleScript script to automatically connect a remote drive when my VPN connection is established using Viscosity: do shell script "sleep 5" tell application "Finder" mount ...
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How to invoke a script when closing any file with a given extension

Is it possible to automatically invoke a given applescript when closing -any- file with a given extension in a specified folder (and subfolders)? If not in AS, is this possible in bash? (The AS I am ...
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Applescript creating Sym link with spaces in the path

I'm trying to create a sym link to a network directory when i log in. This is working for a couple of other directories without spaces in the name, but for the life of me I cannot get this one ...
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automator: get a folder if it dropped or ask for one otherwise

I'm building an automator application that acts on a folder that needs to be specified. Until now, I've been using the "Ask for Finder items" action to ask for a the folder to be used, but I would ...
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How to start a service automatically after openning an application?

For example, I have a service that I want it to be started automatically when I open Firefox. I know how to write scripts as services in automator, but I don't know how to make a hook that when ...
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Programmatically read both per-tab Terminal.app titles

When bringing up the Inspector (⌘I) in Terminal.app to edit the title (⇧⌘I), there are actually two titles that can be entered. The first is known as the Tab Title and affects the terminal window ...
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How to suppress the “Run or quit” dialog when launching an applescript?

I am having the same basic problem as in this question: AppleScript app started prompting to run or quit. How can I disable this? However, in my case the "Startup Screen" option is definitely NOT ...
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How to run Excel on headless Mac?

I'd like to run applescript to control Excel on a headless Mac. I want to do it from the command line via ssh, and I cannot - there is no display to run applescript on, so osascript throws an error. ...
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Launch Final Cut Pro, make a new project and name it with Automator

I want to make an Automator app that will do a couple of things for me with Final Cut Pro: I want it to ask me to name a the new project (we will call it test1) Then I want it to make a new folder ...
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Open a folder in default browser

I have many web projects that I develop on the localhost. Normally to get to these one has to navigate from the root directory or bookmark the url. I want to be able to open an OS directory/folder in ...
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An iTunes Applescript that appends to tag only when it doesn't match part of the tag string?

I'm trying to find a way to add a keyword or group of words/tags/strings to a set of selected iTunes tracks if they haven't been added. A use-case would be to add extra metadata in a comment such as ...
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How to find out which file triggered an action from spotlight

I've created an applescript application (in automator) to open ssh urls. The application is bound to the ssh:// url. I've got a lot of user@host.inetloc files and search these in spotlight. Selecting ...
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Mail.app AppleScript to process POP3 mails stopped working in Lion

I have a Mail.app rule script that worked fine in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It is simply a script that allows for AND/OR boolean logic combined together to trigger one (rarely two) of the following ...
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Forwarding a mail as a fax using Applescript and Mail

I am using the Mac's fax function and that works just great. I would, however, like to make an Applescript that gets called from a Mail rule. For example, when the Subject is something like: ...
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Applescript - ignore modifier keys

I have an applescript that needs to be called by an external program with command-shift-click. However, the applescript then performs keystrokes with command & shift held down. How do I get ...