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

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How can I set up a shell script as a wrapper to the main executable of an app?

I have an application that I want to launch via a shell script that does some setup and then launches the app itself with some specific options. Ideally, this script would be run whenever the ...
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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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apple tv ssh script automation

I have a Apple TV 2nd generation that is jailbroken and I run xbmc on it. At times it gets hung or freezes up. At that point, I open up the terminal on my macbook and run this script. ssh ...
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make applescript close keynote after presentation is over

does anyone know how i would achieve the following? i want to make applescript close Keynote AFTER the slideshow is finished. any idea? mybe via the class "playing" in keynotes application properties? ...
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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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How can I stream audio to multiple computers at the same time?

I'm trying to stream music to different computer's speakers simultaneously. Currently I'm doing this by physically timing the start of the song on each computer. Are there any built in utilities or ...
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AppleScript works fine in 10.8 but not in 10.7

I have a simple AppleScript that works perfectly on two ML machines (10.8.3), but when I try to run it on a 10.7.5 machine it doesn't work. To make matters more confusing, in 10.7.5 it runs in the ...
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In applescript how do i get two different things to repeat at the same time

I am trying to get two different actions to repeat at different intervals but right now only the first action will repeat. repeat keystroke "i" delay 44 end repeat repeat ...
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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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Any way to add Lion full-screen feature for TaskPaper by AppleScript?

I am using TaskPaper and, unlike most Mountain Lion apps, it appears that there is no way to make it go full screen. Would it be possible to use an AppleScript to make it go full screen in the same ...
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Can AppleScript automatically press a key for me in an application?

I'm trying to devices an AppleScript that will automatically press the right arrow key for 1 second, then the left arrow key for 1 second and repeat this in an endless loop until I interrupt it. Here ...
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Compress files with the output name same as Parent Folder with Automator

I've been searching the internet for a solution to this. I would like to create an Automator workflow that will zip the selected files, name the zip the name of the Parent directory and save that zip ...
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how to auto download a certain attachment in mail

I have looked on stack exchange and other sites for a simple applescript. I have found more complex scripts that it's hard for me to understand (not knowing a lot about the applescript syntax). So, ...
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Can Applescript ask for the names of the people you want to send to and fill this in send to

I’d like to be able to send to people from my address book where a dialogue would say who would you like to send the email to and I would write in like peter, john, George etc and that would populate ...
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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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Writing an e-Mail app in applescript

I'm using a webmail account(NOT Gmail: hate its interface), and I DON'T want to use the mac's Mail app(must maintain double contacts lists for one thing). I use Google Chrome and have set the ...
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How do I generate a random even number with Applescript?

I'm trying to create an Applescript that will change the MAC address of my router automatically. Some fields need to be even numbers but I can't figure out how to generate even numbers only. Heres ...
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Running Applescript using cron jobs not working

I'm new to conjobs and applescript but I have the script done correctly i believe. (any critique is welcome) I don't want to bloat my calendar with events to do this because I use my calendar for ...
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Are there more robust tools than Automator to extract text from multiple PDF?

There is an action in Automator that allows you to programmatically "Extract PDF Text", but it fails when fed a moderate amount of files (25 to 100). Worse, it fails without logging anything helpful ...
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FileMaker 6 and AppleScript: Deleting a Menu Item

I am trying to write an AppleScript to delete or at least disable certain menu items in FileMaker pro 6. My documentation indicates that it can be done, yet even the exact examples that they give, do ...
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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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look up a word in Dictionary.app in Terminal

Is there a bash or applescript to look up a word in /Applications/Dictionary.app from a Terminal window ? open -a /Applications/Dictionary.app/ --args word ignores --args, says "type a word to look ...
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Is it possible to show custom icons in the Scripts menu?

You know that "scripts" menu you can show in the right side of the menu bar? It's very useful. I'm talking about this menu: I've set some custom icons for the files in the scripts folder using the ...
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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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Swap Mouse Button using AppleScript

I use mouse with left-hand. My system is shared with other people who are right handed. So, I need frequently to switch mouse button. I would like to know how to swap mouse button using AppleScript? ...
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Set environment variable for the process before startup [duplicate]

I have the following situation: I have Mac OS bundle with application which uses some 3rd party dylib's and those dylib's depend on some env variable, let's name it ENV_VAR. I want to set ENV_VAR to ...
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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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Source code to string in variable

In AppleScript Editor i can see that source_code has script content but row 2 fails for some reason. set source_code to load script (POSIX file "/path/to/script.scpt") word 2 of source_code This ...
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“@” symbol in password in applescript

I am using an applescript to mount a users home folder. However, when I use a password with a "@" symbol the script fails since the "@" symbol is also the separator between the password and ...
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Creating preview and icon for screenshots [closed]

I would like to make this code to automatically create preview and icon so it looks nice in Finder and so i don't have to wait my graphics app to create these things when i first time open in browse ...
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Applescript to run when iPhone connects/disconnects

I'm trying to figure out how to run an applescript when I connect and disconnect my iPhone with the USB cable. So far, I think I can run an applescript when it connects by using Image Capture ...
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Is there a maximum length of metadata that can be written in one xattr command?

Is there any text length limitations for how long text can be put to xattr? I plan to put my AppleScripts source code to script files so Spotlight can find it. Using Finder Comments isn't an option ...
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Using mdfind to evaluate the text content of a specified file?

I would like write an applescript to evaluate whether a particular file contains a specified string (perhaps as part of an if... then statement). I want to invoke a shell command using mdfind to do ...
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How to get inode from alias file?

In this MacWorld forum thread aliases are described as Aliases can reference an object in the file system either by a persistent ID or by path. Generally they will contain both pieces of ...
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Automatically forward “Starred in Gmail” messages to OmniFocus

Summary: I would like to create some sort of an automated process where any messages that I 'star' in Gmail (aka 'flag' when using Gmail via IMAP) will automatically be added to OmniFocus, and then ...
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How to get color of pixel in coordinates 123, 456 in screen?

My AppleScript app needs to get color of pixel in coordinates 123, 456 in screen.
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How do I use screencapture for capturing floating windows?

I am trying to automate the periodic capture of a floating window. Specifically, of the floating 'Current Call' window which is used by Skype when the main window is off-screen. By googling, I found ...
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How do i automatically send ebooks to my Kindle?

I would like to create an automation, that automatically sends a new file to my kindle email address if i put a new ebook into that folder. How would a script look like, that i would have to apply to ...
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How to programatically add folder to Spotlight “do not index”?

Is there any way to programmatically add a folder to Spotlight's "Privacy" tab? Either through Terminal or Applescript? Often I want to click on an item in Spotlight results in Finder, and have that ...
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Thread count of process x?

My AppleScript needs to get thread count of process x. I have tried many ps etc codes but all these are not working for some reason. I tried these: do shell script "ps uH p 301 | wc -l" -->" ...
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What is the maximum amount of file arguments I can pass to a command?

If I do this in OS X, what is the maximum amount of files I can test? Or is there a maximum length for this string? do shell script "md5 -q 'path/to/file1.txt' 'path/to/file2.txt'"
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Have Voiceover read out just paragraph or sentence under cursor

I work with a disabled user who controls their iMac using keyboard and mouse input from their communication-aid. They have dyslexia and would like to use voiceover to read certain paragraphs or ...
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Shortcut to eject all external hard drives but not MobileBackups

So far I've been using the following AppleScript to eject all external drives at once conveniently using a shortcut: tell application "Finder" eject (every disk) end tell This script is is ...
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What techniques work to handle errors in AppleScript so I can place a dialog?

I'm new to programming and AppleScript and I have lots of problems with error handling. Could anybody share their error handling for file operations like move/trash files? Here is my code so far: ...
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copy calendar entries from one calendar to another via apple script throws error

i am trying to copy ical entries from one calendar to another using the following script: tell application "iCal" set localEvents to events of calendar "Privat" set remoteEvents to events of ...
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How do you set the selection in iTunes in an AppleScript

I'm writing a script in iTunes, part of which changes the selected playlist. When I'm all done, I want to restore the playlist and the selected tracks. I was able to do the first, but haven't found a ...
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Sending emails with the Apple Mail program using AppleScript.

I don’t know AppleScript at all so thanks in advance for any help offered on this question. I’m on my Macbook Pro laptop with the latest version of OSX installed. I have a csv file that looks like ...
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Process list with name and VPRVT

Is there any way to get just name and VPRVT of running processes?
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Sort Finder columns reversed

I can't get this reversed thing to work: Tell application "Finder" to set the sort direction of the modification date column to reversed
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Have OS X auto-search for WiFi

My school has installed PowerCloud, which does not officially support OS X. It works sometimes, sometimes it doesn't. I've tried to narrow it down but it's impossible. I was wondering if there is a ...