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

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AppleScript shows “Document could not be opened. You don’t have permission.” but file can be opened?

I am getting a "The document [filename] could not be opened. You don't have permission" when attempting to access several files in an AppleScript. However, I can open these files manually without ...
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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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Play a sound when another application outputs to console

I currently have a program that I can't get the source-code to so I'm trying to find another way to do what I need. I was thinking of having an applescript just constantly listening to console and ...
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How can you set up a free, universal OS X-wide ‘autosave’ script?

I want to set up a free solution in OS X for a universal ‘autosave’ function (given Apple’s own solution is limited to only a few apps - at least for now), and let Dropbox do my file versioning and ...
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AppleScript working until placed in cron; causing Chrome to go unresponsive

Good afternoon. Question: I have a simple apple script telling Google Chrome to open, go to a URL, and enter presentation mode... tell application "Google Chrome" activate make new window ...
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Applescript click action working, but generating a System Events error

I'm working with an AppleScript that turns off (but does not quit) Hazel. The script works fine but generates a syntax error. Here's the part of the code causing the error: tell application "System ...
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Applescript: Comparing variable to string is failing

I have an applescript that gets a list of items and then iterates over them: tell application "GeekTool Helper" set names to name of geeklets repeat with currentName in names if ...
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What scripting framework could work with google translate for a non-programmer?

So I want to create a small workflow that I can integrate into my OS that does this: Translate selected sentence with google translate (fixed languages) and make it automatically get pasted where I ...
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Run rake using Automator

I have install ruby using RVM. Next I create workflow in Automator, which detects new files in folder and then copies them to another dir. The next thing I want - to switch to those folder and run few ...
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How do I tell AppleScript to read the contents of the “Network” Finder window?

I'd like to be able to get the contents of Finder's "Network" folder (Menubar-->Go-->Network). The folder contents here is different than /Network or /net. The overall goal is to grep the names in ...
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Simulate shift-tab with Automator/AppleScript?

OSX 10.9.1, Late 2013 MBPr I am trying to make a Automator workflow to connect to another machine on my network. How can I do this with Automator? I have it all set up up to the point where I have to ...
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Waiting until a window exists in Applescript?

I'm trying to work with the script below and the repeat until exists window "Print"loop never returns true (I never hear the beep 3). Is this the correct way to wait for a window to appear? I am ...
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Applescript Display notification with Trigger

I have an applescript written to display a notification in the notification centre when I get a new email in outlook for mac. i.e. display notification mycontent with title mysubject subtitle ...
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Automator quarantine Gatekeeper workaround?

I am using my Developer certificate to sign Automator Apps via the Export dialogue, however when distributing these apps (outside the Mac App store) via email, Gatekeeper still flags my apps as a from ...
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Applescript - Unable to find resource when inside application

I have a regular Applescript application bundle that executes an applescript file when it's run. I'm trying to run a shell file that is located at "/Contents/Resources/Data/df.sh", however with the ...
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Change keyboard whenever iTerm is selected

Using either Applescript or Automator is it possible to switch the software keyboard(Input Source) to a certain keyboard(input source) whenever iTerm becomes foreground? Scenario is as follows I ...
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Mail rules with Script Warning message

I am getting so fed up with this: It is too real not to make the mistake in a moment when I am not fully on alert (and to be hones that stresses me out), and I want to use my powerful Mac to ...
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How to script a logout while screen is locked?

I want to log out a user via a shell script, after a delay. However, there's a few other issues: User does not have admin and/or root. Logout must complete even if screen is locked. Currently, I'm ...
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How do I Install the xcode command line tools without the confirmation and license prompt? [duplicate]

I ended up answering this myself but I figured I'd throw it up here to document it. xcode-select --install asks if you are sure you want to install the script, then it prompts you to accept a license ...
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Automator get first 3 letters of parent folder

How do i get the first 3 letters of the parent folder im creating a folder in with automator im designing a Automator service to create a project folder in the folder of a client and I want to append ...
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Third party apps can't call applescript that otherwise work in 10.9

I am invoking my apple script from third party executable(C executable). Here is the applescript: on run argv do shell script ("open -n /Applications/Test.app/ --args " & "'" & item 1 ...
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Automator rename finder item date and time

I want to use automator to create a project folder with a Automator service, but i like to add the month and year (with two decimals) not the day, month and whole year. want i can creatie is ...
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Naming Folders usin

Is there a script that allows one to insert text from the clipboard into the name field of a new folder? I would like to name a new folder or change the name of a folder using the last text clip.
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Export reminders from osx Reminders app programmatically

I need to get reminders list in any form (could parse it later) from Reminders app in osx (10.9.1) I know that i could do it from menu, but i need it programmatically. Perfectly it would be some ...
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Applescript: Open current Safari tab in Chrome (Troubleshoot of working script)

So, I decided a while ago to run a Flash-free install of Safari. It's been really great, Safari seems much more stable overall and I barely miss it. But every once in a while I stumble upon a site ...
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Automatically copy PDF.plugin to Chromium.app

I'm using Chromatic.app to update my Chromium.app recently. I'd like to use Chrome.app's PDF.plugin in Chromium.app. Therefore I need to copy PDF.plugin to the following directory: ...
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Automatically reduce MacBook brightness on connecting to external display?

I would like my macbook to reduce its screen brightness to zero when I connect it to an external display. I know there's no such setting, but how would I go about writing a script that would do that? ...
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How to close applications on sleep?

I have a password management application (KeePassX) of which backup I sync over Dropbox across several computers. However the password database can be open only on one computer at a time for file ...
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Using quotes in SublimeText build system command

I'd like to execute a simple AppleScript command as part of a Sublime Text build system. I created a sublime-build file where the command is "cmd": ["osascript", "-e", """tell application "Preview" ...
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Automator application needs to ignore all files that aren't EPS

I've made an application that I drop EPS files on and it makes two copies and renames them and transfers them to SMB shares. But sometimes when I have more than one file selected in other windows, ...
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Randomize ical event start times

I have an event in ical that recurs every day. I would like to randomize the start time of this event (which schedules an applescript) so that the start times are random but within 30 min of each ...
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toggle playPause for iPhoto, script problem, probably global variable

I need toggle playPause for iPhoto, so I wrote this script global isPaused try get isPaused on error set isPaused to false end try tell application "iPhoto" if slideshow running then ...
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Moving full screen apps between monitors shortcut

Does anyone know if it is possible to move a full screen app to another monitor using a shortcut? Or if there is no existing shortcut would it be possible with Applescript? BetterTouchTool has "Move ...
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Mail.app Automator/Sript action for suspicious emails

I am getting fed up with the surprisingly professional looking SCAMS arriving in my Inbox. I wanted to create an Automator action which would tell me who is the actual sender by looking up the IP it ...
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Change all birthday events to occur yearly in iCal?

I want to make all birthday events in my iCal repeat yearly(some of them were not added with "repeat yearly" set). I am doing them on a event by event basis but that is too painful. Is there a way to ...
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How to create an applescript for multiple dd terminal commands in sequence (for multiple USB Drives duplication)

I need to create an apple script to perform DD Commands in sequence, to replicate the same .img file to multiple USB flash drives The context: the computer is connected to a powered USB hub with 7 ...
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Using Javascript | Applescript to click button in Safari

I realize there are several threads about this and they are all very specific to certain website . My background is in Python, not Javascript or Applescript, and I'm confused on exactly how to achieve ...
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Universal path in Terminal

I'm writing an AppleScript that will allow me to copy the Time Machine folder from an external drive and paste it onto the user's desktop of their Mac. The reason I'm doing this is because when a time ...
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Error with AppleScript - Integer?

I have been making a simple script for my sister, but it does not work. It calls for an integer? I did not specify it in my program, but it calls it anyway...? My Script: activate display dialog ...
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Converting videos in the background using automator and handbrake

I am trying to automate the process of video conversion using handbrake and automator. Here is the script that i am using in Run Shell Script action of Automator Folder Action: for f in "$@" do ...
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script copy sender(s) email address only to the clipboard

I am a blind voiceover user of mac. The new Mail.app makes it difficult to copy the sender's email. I would like to have a script which copies the sender email only, of one or more selected ...
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Create a New Space in Mavericks using Applescript

In Mavericks, is it possible to use Applescript to create a new Space in Mission Control? I also tried the following code to switch to another Space, but it does not seem to do anything... tell ...
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Automator for Saving Attachments

I save MANY attachments from one URL about 50 times a day from clients. I'd like to automate the process for when I click on the download attachment button it will save into 1 specific folder when ...
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move a file, replacing existing (if any), ideally by putting existing in the trash

I am trying to find a way to automatically (without user intervention) move a file from A to B, replacing B if it exists, ideally by putting the existing copy of B into the appropriate Trash folder. ...
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Using automator and handbrake cli to convert videos automatically

I am trying to automate video conversion process using Automator and Handbrake CLI version. I am trying to implement the functionality that whenever a video is downloaded in my dropbox folder on my PC ...
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Apple Script Calendar permissions with a locked screen

at my work machine I've written an AppleScript that writes an reminder email for our group meeting. It is triggered by an event in Calender through Open Application at time of event and then ...
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Select a menu item in AppleScript without using “System Events” in 10.9 Mavericks

I was just answering another question and was reminded of a new "feature" in Mavericks. I used to have a number of small Automator Services that took no input but did something useful when tied to a ...
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Automator app with a menubar icon

I've created an application with Automator. I want to have a new icon in the menubar like this: Which starts the app when I click on it. Is it possible? (without using Xcode) PS: I don't ...
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How do I focus a specific window with applescript without doing an activate and bringing other windows to the front?

I'm looking for a method w/ AppleScript to select/focus a specific window of an application without actually doing an "activate" which brings all windows to the front. Here's what I have so far: ...
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How do I correctly use applescript 2.3 script library “use” rather than “tell”

When I use my library this way applescript will not parse the display dialog line, treating dialog as an identifier! Can anyone explain why this is not being understood in the way I want it to be? ...