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

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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 ...
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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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How to fix my Applescript plugins for the Contacts application that are no longer available since 10.9 Mavericks upgrade?

I have got 5 scripts listed in ~/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins/ SkypeABDialer.bundle SkypeABSMS.bundle TelephoneAddressBookPhonePlugIn.bundle TelephoneAddressBookSIPAddressPlugIn.bundle Dial with ...
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How to “archive” iTunes files with all metadata?

I recently decided to do a big cleanup of my iTunes library. I am low on disk space and have quite a bit of music that I haven't listened to since I was a much younger man, but I can't bring myself to ...
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AppleScript to close “About this Mac” window

How could I use AppleScript code to close the window named "About this Mac" (A propos de ce Mac in French). I need an AppleScript for this because I use Dragon Dictate 3 commands. I am handicapped and ...
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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/...
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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'...
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Script to check Software Version

Hi i'm tryin to write a script to check software version. I want to pass my own variables, which are name of the Application and Version. Here's a copy. It's not working for me currently... i'm a ...
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System-Preferences Applescript using osascript cannot select its window

This AppleScript (based on an answer in a MacWorld form) will tell me whether or not Screen Sharing is enabled: tell application "System Preferences" reveal pane "com.apple.preferences.sharing" ...
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How to run a script on login whilst being hidden

I have an applescript (scpt) script that I would like to run on login of a user. I would like the script not be visible in the dock, menu bar, etc. (This would probably mean running it in the ...
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How to trigger Notification Centre notification from JavaScript? [closed]

The other question asks the same but using AppleScript. Apple introduced JavaScript as a new language for Automation in OS X 10.10.
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Run an AppleScript that requires keystrokes while the screen is locked?

I've got a very simple AppleScript whose job it is to type some words into a text box. tell application "TextEdit" activate end tell delay 0.2 tell application "System Events" keystroke "Hello ...
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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: ...
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apple script to copy Items to usb

i REALLY need a apple script that would copy items(files,folders everything so whatever is in this folder must be copied) of a folder in my documents to a usb folder but only when the usb is mounted ...
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Variable not defined not sure why

For some reason "the name of thePath" comes up as not defined by my automator workflow. on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" set thePath to the (first item of the input) ...
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error “Can’t get button returned of \”C\“.” number -1728 from button returned of “C”

set buttonChoice to (display dialog "Play game?" buttons {"Yes", "No"} with title "Play?") if button returned of buttonChoice = "No" then return "No" end if repeat set levelnum to text returned of (...
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need to script connection to telnet and send commands to remote device with no user input

Ok I need some help making a script that will connect to a server and send 2 commands Ideally I would have telnet 192.168.2.230 9993 and once it logs in (no user name or password required - the ...
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How do I determine which application launched automator service?

Is there a way to determine which application launched a Automator Service? The idea is to check the app that launched the service, with a shell/apple script and react differently depending which ...
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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 ...
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iTunes: get selected mobile apps with AppleScript

I fear I already know the answer to this one, but is there any way to access the locally-stored Mobile Applications in an iTunes library using AppleScript? The selection property appears to not ...
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Applescript Editor's compiler erratic behaviour

I've just come across some bizarre behaviour in the Applescript Editor (Snow Leopard - 10.6.8) that I was wondering if anyone knows how to get around it. Basically, one second a statement will ...
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How to change filepath structure using automator (windows to mac)?

I use a mac at work and people send me windows file paths all day. Does anyone know how to convert the filepath using applescript in an automator so I can right click in an email and then open it? ...
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How can I set the default browser depending on time of day?

I have a MacBook Pro from work. To keep my browsing history separate, I use 2 different browsers. (Chrome = Work, Safari = Fun) I want to make my default browswer Chrome while at work (9 am to 6pm), ...
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Get the process id of the app, which called the service

I have an service in automator, which is binded to the Safari ,no input option. Now is there any way for the service in automator to get the process id of the Safari, which called it ? New to ...
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Applescript date manipulation to get multiple formats

I need to get a date (month, day, year) in multiple different formats for each part. So, for January 2, 1999 I need: the month as January and Jan and 01 and 1 the day as 2 and 02 the year as 1999 ...
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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 ...
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How Can I Create a Multi-Line Input Dialog using Applescript?

How can I create a multiline text input dialog using Applescript? Creating a single line dialog is simple...
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Applescript question for copying files

I wrote a script to copy files from an SD Card to a Thunderbolt Hard Drive. I wanted the action to automatically do all of this in a single shelled applescript under an automator action. When I ...
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How can I start a Hangouts phone call with Applescript/Terminal?

I want to initiate a Google Hangouts phone call with Applescript. Hangouts has an AS dictionary, but with only the default suites. I want to emulate opening the Hangouts popup, typing in a phone ...
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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 ...
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Opening new Terminal.app window/tab with a certain profile from command-line or AppleScript?

When I login to my Mac, I want to automatically open a new Terminal.app window with a certain profile, say Monitor, that has a startup command and several appearance settings. I thought it would be ...
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Automator: How to send an email to multiple recipients with Font colour and attachment image?

I have done a program of 'Send-Email-To-Multiple-Recipients' in Automator as see an attachment image below. But, it does not work to retain font colour of texts in a message body within this ...
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Applescript Invoke Specific User and Password

I have a do shell script that I need to run in Applescript, but it needs to run as a different user. It is to be deployed into the student's network drive as a standalone application that the students ...
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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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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'...
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Display message box only if “filter finder items” finds an item (Automator)

Currently, I have a workflow going like this: When files and folders added to downloads Filter finder items where kind = music Open finder items with ID3 tag editor Ask for confirmation "Click OK ...
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What is the Applescript command to show or hide iTerm2 window

Does anybody know the Applescript command to show or hide a iTerm2 terminal window? I use iTerm2 in a guake style command window and currently using one window and many tabs. My use case: I managed ...
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How to maintain focus on app window with AppleScript

I am trying to launch my scanner application using AppleScript. I have it launching the Printer app and I know how to send the keystroke command but when the Printer window opens it does not have ...
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AppleScript prints out keypresses, doesn't execute them

I expect this script to switch applications (command tab): $ cat hello.applescript tell application "System Events" key code 48 using command down end tell But it just prints out a tab: $ ...
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Difference between variable and pipe to shell in applescript

In answering this question I wrote this script: global presenterNotes tell application "Keynote" activate open (choose file) tell front document set presenterNotes to presenter ...
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Can I download all pictures on a page?

Is there a way I can run a script with a certain web page as the argument that will download all the images from there?
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Applescript giving error 1728 when checking if file exists

I'm trying to make compressing a video file using HandBrake easier through applescript and have been basing most of the code off of templates I've found. At this point in the code, the user has ...
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Creating an Automator/Applescript to compare two versions of an MS Word document

I'm storing MS Word documents in GIT and would like to have an rudimentary document compare system on the rare occasion that I need to diff them. I've seen: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3292792/...
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Applescript automate double keystroke

I need to emulate a keystroke using applescript for double time shift press. Adding Part of snippet.. tell application "System Events" keystroke shift keystroke shift end tell Even tried ...
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Run an applescript on mouse down

How can I trigger an applescript on mousedown? I want this applescript to run when a user doubleclicks on empty space in the desktop (i.e. not clicking on the icons present on desktop). This is my ...
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Create an automator/applescript service that opens a file in an external program

Just wondering about some automator/applescript help. Basically: I download a MP3 file from an artist (for example) It is saved to my Downloads folder. From there, I want to open it automatically ...
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Apps Stuck in Security & Privacy > Accessibility

I was messing around with using AppleScript for GUI manipulation so the apps I was making had to be granted access. The very first one I did showed up in Security & Privacy > Accessibility as ...
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In Applescript, how do I launch Safari “Silently” open url then close the unseen Safari window

I am new to Applescript and MACs although my first computer was an Apple II Plus and I programed in Apple Basic and Assembly. I am using it to create a "Silent" alarm button. We have a system in ...
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Automator Service that works with and without selection

I have an AppleScript that I want to run with a keyboard shortcut. The script uses the current selection of text if it is available, but will also work without it. I have created an Automator Service ...
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Problem With the Click Command - AppleScript

I'm trying to do some GUI scripting with AppleScript but every time I try to use the click command, it will work but cause an error. If I use a try statement it works fine, but I shouldn't have to do ...