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

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pasting commands from TextWrangler to Terminal (applescript troubleshooting)

I have a following script that I have been using for years to paste selection or a whole line from TextWrangler to R. I got it from some website, slightly modified, and it has worked perfectly: tell ...
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Automate PDF actions

To improve my paperless workflow, I'm looking to achieve the following, potentially using automator / applescript. I need to be able to run it using Hazel, or as a folder action (not run manually): ...
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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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Setting a automator action to run everyday

I have an automator action that downloads file from our server. Easy enough to setup but can't quite sort out how to set it so it will operate automatically at a certain time everyday. Tried hooking ...
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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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How do I reliably get the file name of the current background picture?

Latest Lion update broke a simple Geeklet osascript that used System Events to lookup of Background picture names. Running the associated command from the terminal returns the same name, every time, ...
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Creating an automated HFS+ compressed folder

I would like to set up an automated way for archiving files in OS X Lion. By archiving I mean using HFS+ compression feature on a specific folder, and make every file that I move into this folder ...
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What are some good resources for learning how to AppleScript with Xcode 4.3.2?

I AppleScript quite a bit and I'd like to start working with Xcode 4.3.2, so that I can expand the functionality of the things I'm writing. However, I have no idea how to use Xcode, nor how to ...
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Using Automator or AppleScript to encrypt/decrypt with OpenSSL

I would like to know how to use Automator or AppleScript to create a droplet that would compress/uncompress (tar.gz) and encrypt/decrypt with OpenSSL files and/or directories dropped in it. The ...
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Automatically Mount a Network Drive and Copy a File to a Network Folder (AppleScript)

I've a rather complex task to solve. I don't use OS X, but now I have to provide some colleagues with a simple application that automatically copies a certain file to a network folder. Normally I'd ...
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How do I display a hyperlink with an AppleScript?

I am trying to get a URL via AppleScript, then displaying it as a clickable link via a window. How do I do this? (if I need to use Xcode for this, please add the answer, but provide detailed ...
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Is is possible to format an Applescript dialog?

I am writing an AppleScript and I'd like to be able to format text in a display dialog box. For instance, I want part of the text to be bold or italic. How can I do this?
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How do I close the source of an AppleScript application?

When saving an AppleScript as an application, you can view the source by looking in the package contents. Recently, ruddfawcett posted his AD search application he made with AppleScript and the source ...
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Print folder contents with non-standard printing settings

I want to print all files which are dragged to a folder. Easy to do with Automator. But I want to specify more settings for the print, namely to print the items two times, to use paper tray 2 instead ...
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Change the default application (for a file extension) via script/command line?

Is there a way to define the default application for a file extension via an Apple script, command line command (like defaults write [...]). I know that you can change it manually via the information ...
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Simple auto-typer with AppleScript

I want to make a small application that will type the number 1, wait an interval, type the number 2, wait an interval, type number 3, wait an interval, etc. This works for typing one number over and ...
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How do I return the number of the current window in Chrome and open a new tab in it?

I am writing an AppleScript in which I need to get the number of the current window of Google Chrome and open a new tab in it. I want something like this (pseudo code): set curWindNum to the current ...
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AppleScript to display the VPN status bar area icon

I am trying to write an AppleScript to connect to a VPN service. Once connected to the VPN, I want to display the VPN icon in the status area of the menu bar. I've gotten as far as connecting to ...
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Automator workflow or AppleScript to close Safari after a period of time

I would like to create an Automator workflow (or some similar function) that will close down Safari after a specified period of time. For instance, I simply want to run Pandora in Safari during the ...
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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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Ejecting USB drive via AppleScript does not make drive power down

On startup, I eject my external USB disks with the following AppleScript: try do shell script "diskutil eject \"/Volumes/USB Backup\"" end try This works as expected: the drive powers down. ...
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Why is my applescript for checking if a file exists failing?

I have an applescript application that inputs a username and starts a download based on that username. In the app I use the code below to check if a file exists already and then rename the file if it ...
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Applescripting ODBC

Is it possible to interact with an ODBC connection within AppleScript? Or must one break out into another process (e.g. Python, Perl, etc)?
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How do I find out the applescript commands available for a particular app?

I'm trying to find out if I can get iTunes to do something complex, but don't know what can be scripted. Is there a way to find out what applescript commands an app will respond to?
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Run AppleScript after waking from Sleep?

Is there an easy way to run an AppleScript or application immediately (or a brief delay of X seconds) after waking up from sleep? I'm looking for a solution that doesn't involve a 3rd-party app.
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Use AppleScript to launch and manage Quicktime Player in the background

I have a Perl-based audio player that runs on OS X, and I need to update how the audio files are played. I'd like to use AppleScript to control the QuickTime Player, because it will do what I need, ...
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Modifying “User interface sound effects” with applescript

Good morning all, I would like to be able to turn the system sounds on my mac off (and back on) with an applescript activated as an extension for Alfred. I have little knowledge of applescripts but I ...
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Combining Finder's File Open/save dialog with Alfred

Finder's Open/Save File dialog is actually very dumb (in terms of flexibility). When I look for a file or its location, I can probably find it much faster using Alfred. However, in many cases, you ...
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How can I update iTunes Match from the command line?

I use iTunes Match to access my iTunes library at work. I added some new music to my library (back at home) recently, but I forgot to run the "Update iTunes Match" command to ensure that the songs ...
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cron is failing to run my AppleScript

I have the following code in a text file (myfile.applescript): #! /usr/bin/osascript tell application "Google Chrome" to quit I would like Chrome to shut down each night at 9:15PM, so I added the ...
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How to Unset iTunes Track Start And Stop Time For Multiple Tracks?

For some reason a lot of tracks in my iTunes library have senseless start and stop times set. This is really annoying as some tracks get skipped after a few seconds. There are Apple Script commands ...
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How can I successively trigger an AppleScript very quickly?

Background For fine volume adjustment I use the following AppleScript: try do shell script "killall afplay" end try set currentVolume to output volume of (get volume settings) set volume output ...
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Creating wrapper script for Mail.app to send mail from Terminal

I'm trying to send mail from terminal with the help of bash and applescript. I use bash for taking care of arguments and the email message body. Then I have tried using Applescript to send the mail ...
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Is there a way to have AppleScript output displayed in the menubar?

Before reading further: I know about butler and similar programs. I am looking for a BUILT-IN way to do this without a third party app. Anyway, I wrote an AppleScript that runs a shell command. I ...
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LaunchBar script that returns the path of a folder “dropped” on it

I want to make a LaunchBar script that displays in a dialog the path of a file or folder that's chosen in the first pane and then "dropped" on a script. But I can't make it work. I've got a couple of ...
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Launch program after inactivity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I automatically launch an application whenever the Mac goes idle? I'd like to launch an AppleScript/ App after 30 minutes of system inactivity. e.g. no cursor ...
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How can I use an Applescript from within a program?

This question Is there a way to add all of the recipients of an email to a group/folder in contacts from Mail? seems to have an answer that would be useful for me, but I don't actually know how to use ...
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OS X right click/context menu via keyboard

Is it possible to access the right click/context menu of the currently selected item (not the item under the mouse) by way of using a keyboard shortcut? If not, is there any way to achieve this, ...
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A programmatic method for disabling all sharing services?

I'm seeking a programmatic method for disabling all the sharing services on a Mac. My preference is for an AppleScript or a shell script. I'd like to have the services shown in the picture below ...
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Safari bookmark to activate an Automator action

I'm trying to make a HTML page that I can save as a bookmark in Safari or Google Chrome that runs an Automator workflow, action or application, or possibly an Applescript. It's only for my personal ...
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How do I set podcast release date in iTunes using Applescript?

I would like to add the release date to podcasts that I've imported into iTunes, but my applescript is returning an error about the date object. tell application "iTunes" set theSelection to ...
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Terminal: Path to Network Drive in Applescript

I am trying copy a file up to a network drive in AppleScript. Normally I would do.. do script "mv ~/Desktop/file.txt ~/Folder/file.txt" What is the correct path to a network drive? I normally ...
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How to know the name of UI elements using Accessibility inspector (or any other tool)

I'm trying to interact with a print dialog via Applescript. What I want to emulate is the user setting a value on a specific dropdown. Say I have: tell application "System Events" tell process ...
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When MouseKeys are on, how do I click or move the mouse using AppleScript?

This post suggests that the command tell application “System Events” to key code 37 in AppleScript should move the mouse pointer one pixel down and to the left if run when MouseKeys are enabled. In OS ...
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Is there a definitive reference or introspection capability for Applescript?

Is there some canonical place I can find a reference for the scripting capabilities various things have in AppleScript? For instance, I'd like to automate iTunes a little bit. Looking around on the ...
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Is there a way to turn on and off the Mouse Keys feature using AppleScript or a terminal command?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.7.2. Is there a way to run an AppleScript or terminal command that quickly turns on or off the "mouse keys" feature under the Universal Access tab? Ideally I'm looking for a ...
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Is it possible to switch to a specific keyboard layout via `defaults`, *.plist or similar?

I have figured out a workable shell script using osascript (AppleScript) to automatically switch to US keyboard layout when MacVim activates (triggered by Keyboard Maestro), and Swedish layout when it ...
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Make a file a Stationery pad via command line

Is there a way to set make a file into a Stationery pad from the command line? You can do it by clicking "Get info" on a file and checking the box, but I would like to do it without clicking. An ...
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Generate an iOS Project (.xcodeproj) with AppleScript

How can I generate an iOS project (.xcodeproj) with AppleScript (without XCode)?
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Script to raise a single window to the front

In a script I'm trying to find the Terminal.app window containing a specific tty device and raise that window to the top. Here's what I have in Applescript so far: tell application "System Events" ...