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

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Is it possible to create shortcuts for VLC using Automator?

I see here that Automator can be used to create commands that then can be triggered globally. I have no idea how to use Automator but see that it has some options for involving applications... Can a ...
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How can I convert a text selection to upper case in Apple Mail with a keyboard shortcut

Apple Mail version Version 6.6 (1510) OS 10.8.5 Is there a keyboard shortcut for converting the case for a text selection in the message editor? I know I can right-click and access this from the ...
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What is the Mac equivalent of Windows “start” command?

I'm creating a script that runs several other scripts. I need them to all start up in their own process (read window) so I can review the output of each, but I also need them to run in parallel, so ...
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Apple script to lock computer using knock

There is a great app called knock which lets you unlock your mac by tapping on your phone twice while in proximity. http://www.knocktounlock.com Unfortunately in order for the app on your phone to ...
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Possible to automate entering star ratings and play counts for identical/duplicate song in iTunes?

I'm in the process of replacing my low quality <192 kpbs MP3s into either 320 kpbs MP3 or ALAC files in iTunes. Right now my routine is to import the new HQ files to iTunes, go to "Show Duplicate ...
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How Can I Copy files to a Mounted Drive using AppleScript?

In what way can I copy home folders (Documents, Pictures, Movies, etc...) to a mounted drive without using the POSIX function in AppleScript?
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Mail Script Help

I forward a lot of emails to Evernote and Nozbe (similar to OmniFocus) as I work to get my inbox to zero. When I am on my iPhone, I move emails to folders (Evernote, Nozbe, or Archives) depending on ...
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Automate Receipt Filing from Emil

I currently have a workflow setup that when I get a paper receipt I highlight the company name and price in green then scan with my ScanSnap which it then OCR's. Then using Hazel I automate the ...
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How to schedule Skype launch with AppleScript only on weekdays?

I need to launch Skype only on work days using AppleScript. How could I do this?
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String of variable has a space - how do I escape spaces?

I'm working on an applescript that pulls old Time Machine backups and places them into a new folder. But if the old computer name has a space in it, that causes an issue in the do shell script ...
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Error when duplicating to shared drive using AppleScript

I'm trying to get duplicate home folders (desktop, movies, music, home, etc..) to a shared server. I was finally able to get the drive mounted using a concatenation of string and variables. But now ...
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Unaccent Special characters and bulk-rename

Background I have a workflow that collects documents from various sources, converts them to PDF, OCRs them, compresses them, extracts their contents and annotations, uploads the files to a server and ...
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How to get Mail.app raw message in the Automator ? (version 2)

I tried this script and it work great. Thanks But my problem is that the text I receive has = character at the end of each line, resulting in some url to be truncated/separated by this = sign. Is ...
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list box in applescript?

I'm trying to have users pick a department from a list box. And then that choice is stored in a variable as string. How can I do this? I have code written like this: set deptList to {"dept1", ...
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String and Variable concatenation not working in Applescript

I'm trying to concatenate at variable within a path name string to make this script more efficient. This is the code I have so far. But I can't seem to find the right syntax needed in order to set the ...
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AppleScript: Press Enter Every X minutes If Terminal is Open and Application Has Been Idle for X Minutes

I am new to AppleScript and am attempting to use it. If I am using Terminal and if I have not pressed a key for x minutes I want my Mac to press the return key. It is to repeat this process every y ...
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AppleScript or Automator workflow to clean orphaned files on Kindle

I'm wondering if there's a way to clean orphaned files from a Kindle using AppleScript or Automator. It would basically look for any .sdr folder that doesn't have a matching .mobi or .azw and then ...
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Have Automator parse down folders and list all filenames without their extension

Automator newbee question here. I've searched around and just can't find what I need (nor fully grasp how things work :-( ). I would like to have Automator parse thru a given folder, which is ...
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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 ...