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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

1
vote
1answer
61 views

Problems with the command delete function in applescript

I have an applescript that I am using to clear out a huge folder. I can select all of the files but how can I indicate the "command delete" key while keeping all of the files selected? Basically after ...
1
vote
1answer
149 views

select a menu item of a window instead of a process using Applescript

I'm quite new to applescript (and a beginner programmer) and I've hit a dead end. I figured out how to access a menu item of a process but I do not know how to do it once I have multiple windows. ...
1
vote
1answer
137 views

AppleScript Dialog gives error?

My AppleScript app on my computer gives a error. Here is the code: set file to display dialog "Open Script?" default answer "tests/helloworld.in" do shell script "cat " & file & " | python ...
1
vote
1answer
184 views

IF statement doesn't work properly in osascript

I'm working on script which should do something if application is running or not Also there should be a timer of checking(60 seconds) The problem is that "if" statement which is checking "count" doesn'...
1
vote
0answers
374 views

Start QuickTime and set camera to iPhone from command line

I'm attempting to start QuickTime from AppleScript and select the camera of my iPhone like I do from QuickTime. I can't seem to make it change the camera. The script I have now is: tell application "...
1
vote
0answers
77 views

Help with Applescript to paste text into Word

I've just started using Apple Script and I was trying to make Word paste some text in an unformatted way. This is the code I am using: tell application "Microsoft Word" tell selection try set theClip ...
1
vote
2answers
66 views

In which .plist is the underscan setting stored?

I'm trying to write a script which changes the underscan value on my Mac mini, but I haven't found the .plist file containing the setting. Does anyone know where the underscan setting is saved?
1
vote
1answer
197 views

Mac Automator App: How to Set Folder

This is probably something simple but its driving me crazy... I was just able to build my first automator workflow, which is quite basic and uses the Subtitles application to download subtitles for ...
1
vote
0answers
139 views

Create intelligently parsed reminders from applescript or automator

I have found that I can programmaticly create reminders in Reminders.app from applescript or using automator on the command line, but I'd like to be able to do so while taking advantage of the ...
1
vote
1answer
344 views

How to simulate multiple mouse clicks while holding the mouse button?

I want my mouse to rapidly auto-click when I hold the left mouse button and to stop as soon as I release the left button. How can I do this? I have searched for hours, I didn't find anything! Is ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

How to programmatically construct the name of application used to open directories?

This Emacs LISP script reveal-in-finder.el allows one to quickly open a directory in Finder from an Emacs buffer which has the directory opened in it in dired mode. But on my computer, I uses Path ...
1
vote
0answers
232 views

Automount afp Volume with AppleScript

I know this is similar to other open questions about mounting network drives, but this one is slightly different. I have an AppleScript that runs at startup that looks like this: tell Application "...
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Filling areas of Json script with user prompts

I am wanting and Applescript to fill certain parts of a Json script via user input prompts, but not sure how to place the results in the correct areas? And to then have the result copied to the ...
1
vote
0answers
57 views

How do I simulate a random VPN disconnect?

I'm trying to write an applescript that reconnects a VPN that gets disconnected (sort of like this one) and I want to test it to see if it works. One of the key parts of the script is being able to ...
1
vote
1answer
139 views

Key stroking fn + f8

I need to make an applescript to press the keys fn + f8 at the same time. The only problem is those are both keys without names! tell application "System Events" key code 63 -- Will press the fn ...
1
vote
0answers
190 views

How to execute javascript from an applescript (Yosemite)?

Since Yosemite, the Script Editor allows using javascript. What is the best way to execute javascript from an applescript? My use case is an existing applescript which needs to send some parameters ...
1
vote
1answer
503 views

Selecting files for input Safari applescript

I am trying to automate using Applescript uploading of files to a website. I have gotten to nearly the last step, but can't seem to get a Finder (file chooser) window to respond to scripts. Here is ...
1
vote
1answer
252 views

Is there a way to kill an unresponsive applescript launched by an application without killing the application?

I've got an AppleScript that I usually launch out of Quicksilver, but occasionally, the script hangs, never exiting. (I think it's waiting on a non-existent window to appear). This results in ...
1
vote
1answer
685 views

Trigger function key using applescript

I'm trying to trigger a function key using applescript. The increase volume 'key' for example. I wrote the following applescript but it isn't effective: tell application "System Events" key down ...
1
vote
1answer
245 views

Why is my script editor coming up with connection invalid after running it for a while?

This is the script I've found on the web I'm trying to just have the script drop items for me by pressing 1, but it works only for a little while before script comes up with an error "error "System ...
1
vote
1answer
329 views

screensaver causes error “share does not exist on the server” to endless loop

I've been trying to learn to automate my home Mac environment with Applescript. I've had some success, but am running into seemingly inconsistent and troublesome errors. In order to diagnose the ...
1
vote
1answer
244 views

Extract links from email based on the anchor text, not the href

I am putting together an Automator workflow that will allow me to bind a hotkey to a Smart Mailbox listing and effectively automate the task of clicking "Unsubscribe" in emails which have that text ...
1
vote
1answer
125 views

Can I add actions to control automator to automator?

Is there any way that I can add automator itself to the list of services I can automate? For example right now I can go and add a launch application action to the workflow and within that action ...
1
vote
1answer
177 views

Applescript to open Get Info box for the previous iTunes track?

I like having a hotkey to bring up the get info box for the current iTunes track so that if I'm using another app and a song comes up, I can quickly edit it. This works (though if it's not the best ...
1
vote
0answers
16 views

Toggle notification center's DoNotDisturb from terminal [duplicate]

Is there any way to toggle it with i.e. osascript? I'm on Yosemite.
1
vote
1answer
56 views

CD-ing a file to itself

I wrote an application in Applescript to open a black picture and fullscreen it in preview. I need the app to "cd" to itself, no matter where it is. That means if it is on the desktop it can pull up ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

Speed up moving mails in Mail with AppleScript

Moving or deleting mails in Mail with AppleScript is dog slow. One of my scripts is: tell application "Mail" set SelectedMails to selection repeat with currentMail in SelectedMails ...
1
vote
0answers
166 views

Applescript Service Won't Run From Some Applications

Okay, so I have a non-Apple keyboard and wanted to bind function keys to the basic media controls such as play/pause iTunes, change volume etc. So I decided to create a service in Automator with an ...
1
vote
1answer
218 views

Folder Action for hiding files according to type

Here's what I need. I need a folder action that hides files according to their extensions. (I do not need a folder action that hides extensions for visible files.) This action needs to apply to every ...
1
vote
0answers
746 views

Applescript, OS X : How to Get a list of phone numbers from Contacts, and send an iMessage with Messages App? Halfway there I think..?

I am trying to create an applescript that will grab all of the labeled phone numbers of 'mobile' and 'iPhone' from the every contact in Contacts App (specifically the phone numbers from the iCloud ...
1
vote
0answers
390 views

Access OS X Yosemite “Share Menu” extension through Apple Script

I'd like to make an Alfred workflow that would send a file as an attachment through Airmail. I noticed that Airmail has a "Share Menu" extension to do just that. Is there a way to access this ...
1
vote
2answers
4k views

How to open a shell script in a new Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges

I need to programmatically open a shell script in a Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges. I'm using osascript as it displays a convenient prompt for an admin login/password. I'm ...
1
vote
2answers
307 views

Applescript Searcher problem

The AppleScript code: on dialogBox(theMessage) display dialog theMessage default answer "" buttons {"Cancel", "Search"} default button 2 with title "Pick a search engine" end dialogBox dialogBox("...
1
vote
1answer
448 views

Finder Menu Services No Longer Working

In Pre-Yosemite, I had some finder menu services (i.e. Right-Click, see 'Services' in menu, hover over, and you'd see Services created in Automator) that I made. As a developer, these were very handy ...
1
vote
0answers
282 views

Change Managed, Mobile Account Password through script?

Wondering if anyone has worked with something similar before - we have a number of Mac laptops connected to an Active Directory server, and on first login users create a Managed, Mobile account. When ...
1
vote
1answer
173 views

AppleScript-sent messages pop up as unsent drafts when trying to quit Mail

I have a spam processing script that I use to forward spam messages as attachments to my spam filter using the 'send' command in AppleScript. Everything processes and delivers fine, but later when I ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

How do I Launch an Applescript with a Hotkey Without Automator?

I'm running Yosemite and looking to launch Terminal with a keypress in any application. One solution was creating a Service in Automator that launched terminal and assigning a key to it in System ...
1
vote
0answers
128 views

“New mail message” action in automator not working

In the description of the action "New mail message" in automator, it says that it will send a mail message with the text that I have set as input as the body of the email. That is not happening. In my ...
1
vote
1answer
41 views

Can there be different passwords for the same account that prompts a certain reaction from Applescript?

Can I set two passwords for the same user account so if one password is entered the computer opens up normally, and if another password is entered, Applescript locks certain applications from opening? ...
1
vote
1answer
710 views

Have Automator folder action pass a list of files to AppleScript

I need to pass to a .jsx script (a Photoshop script written in JavaScript) a list of image files as arguments when they are added to a folder. According to the Adobe documentation, you can call a .jsx ...
1
vote
0answers
290 views

Apple Script - FIND files containing… in prefix, in ALL SUBFOLDERS, COPY

I'm looking for an Apple Script that will: REFERENCE a list of names in a column on an Excel sheet (not complete file names). SEARCH a specified folder, including subfolders FIND file names that ...
1
vote
0answers
56 views

How can I change the text on the shutdown window?

When you press the power button on a mac laptop, a window is shown that reads "Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?" An image of the power symbol is shown next to this text and at the ...
1
vote
0answers
918 views

Applescript / Automator - Pass variables between them

I have a question about how to pass the applescript input from one computer to another computer's automator input (I created it as a program). I've created the script below to ask for the filename and ...
1
vote
0answers
58 views

Click in finder vs “open -a” on command line

I have a file type (.mxl -- compressed MusicXML) which if I double click in Finder opens properly in my .mxl reader (Finale 2014.app) but which if I call "open file.mxl" or "open -a /Applications/...
1
vote
0answers
113 views

Rename iMessage group with AppleScript

While the new iOS 8 group naming can be great, if the people in the group aren't very mature it can be...very not great. How would I go about renaming a group in Messages.app with AppleScript? I can'...
1
vote
0answers
454 views

Applescript automate to click button on Safari webpage

Trying to do some automation in safari here using applescript, keep getting error, please help! Here's the DOM Tree codes <div id="sc1789" class="tvb4 sc-view" style="left: 0px; right: 0px; top: ...
1
vote
0answers
69 views

Automatically saving message attachments to a mailbox

I subscribe to a rather odd mailing list, through which I receive emails to which further emails are attached (in eml format). I want to archive those attachments into a dedicated mailbox, all within ...
1
vote
0answers
86 views

Sync applescript calls.

I'm very new to applescripting and I have the following code: tell application "Safari" tell document 1 do JavaScript "document.getElementById(\"binaryFilePath\").click()" end tell ...
1
vote
0answers
1k views

Set iMessage sender in applescript for a new message

Applescript allows you to send messages via iMessage and the command line, ie) http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11812184/how-to-send-an-imessage-text-with-applescript-only-in-provided-service Is ...
1
vote
1answer
566 views

Is there a way to use automator/write an apple script to change the font in several powerpoint documents?

A recurring issue at work: A powerpoint file needs to be moved in to illustrator and saved as an .eps file. The files are almost always submitted with the font set to Calibri which Illustrator doesn'...