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

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How can I avoid permission-related failures when importing in Photos.app via AppleScript?

The new Photos.app does not come with Automator support (although there are third-party actions available). It does, however, have some basic AppleScript support, including support for importing a ...
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Osascript Compile Application

Is there a way to compile an an applescript from the command line similar to the following.
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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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Show Results of Automator-Terminal command

TL;DR If I create a .app via Automator, how can I show results of a shell script in a dialog or terminal window? I am using Automator to run a shell script adb install /Directory/$1.apk and if I ...
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Run script before restart/shutdown

Is it possible to execute a script/command right before OS X is shutting down or restarting? I'd like to run sudo apachectl stop to stop apache from auto-starting.
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Set size of window to exact pixels, and place via x, y coordinates

I would like to create a tool that allows you to set windows to exact sizes on the pixel scale to be able to have more precise screen divisions. For example, if I had four Terminal windows (and I ...
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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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Applescript click automation in Google Chrome browser?

Hello fellow programmers! I would like to save some applescript code as an application, so that when I open the application it will go to Google Chrome and answer an incoming call in Google Voice. I ...
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Get notified when battery is charged

Is there a way to write a custom apple script or any other way to get a Alert or Desktop notification when the battery on my Macbook Pro reaches a certain percentage of charge?
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I have a fixed order of the menu-extras?

Like the OSX menu items for wifi, battery... I would like to be able to have a permanent order of the third-party menu bar items. I do not want to mix OSX with third-party menubar items, I simply ...
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how to send scheduled mails with Mail?

I would love to send mails in my apple mail scheduled! What is the most comfortable way to do that? only method i found: http://homepage.mac.com/aamann/Mail_Scripts.html (but this is quite tricky + ...
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Mirror number of unread mails in title bar

Is there a way to show the exact number of unread mails from the Mail.app icon also in the title bar? Note that this is not the same as showing the number of unread mails in inbox, since I can change ...
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How can I obtain app energy impact data from the command line or applescript?

Does anyone know how to access the "Energy Impact" data used to determine "Apps Using Significant Energy" displayed in the battery menu bar? I'd like to use it in a shell-script/applescript.
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AppleScript and Finder - How to detect an “empty” selection when copying paths to the clipboard (Expanded Question)

I'm trying to build a Service that does the following: If some folder/files are selected in Finder, copy (all) the paths to the clipboard If nothing is selected, copy the "Path" of the window. ...
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Cleaning up birth years 2000 in my Address Book

A few years ago (or actually, more likely, in 2000), for some reason, birthdays that didn't have a birth year (but did and do have correct month and day) were automatically given the birth year 2000 ...
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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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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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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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Can I run an AppleScript upon my 3G modem connecting?

I'm looking for a way to run an AppleScript after my 3G modem is successfully connected to the carrier. The modem is using the standard OSX network panel to connect, so it's not using any crappy ...
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Problem with my applescript to export keynote files to powerpoint

I've a big problem with an export applescript. I would like to export many keynote files to powerpoint files. I found this script below, but there is an error that tells that the menu item ...
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Using UI scripting to enter text in a file dialog

I am very, very new to using AppleScript. I need to enter text into the search box. So far the script looks like this: on run {input, parameters} tell application "myApplication" to activate ...
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Does applescript's 'delay' function work when the computer is asleep?

I'm trying to make an alarm clock for myself with AppleScript after my old (physical) one crapped out. I've got a script that'll schedule a pmset wakeup at the requisite time. There's just the matter ...
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I want to run an applescript whenever a certain person signs onto my Messages buddy list

I want to run an applescript whenever a certain person signs onto my Messages buddy list Exactly. Thats exactly what I want. Pretty self explanatory. I am aware you can run applescripts for messages ...
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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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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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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 can I remove a portion of from the middle of a movie?

Quicktime Player help: With QuickTime Player you can quickly remove a portion of the beginning or end of a movie or a movie clip to make it shorter or remove unwanted content. I want to ...
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Passing selected folder path to custom Service executing AppleScript

I have a custom Service I created in Automater. Right now, the service shows up in my context (right-click) menu, when right-clicking on any folder. In Automater, I added the Run AppleScript action, ...
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What's the equivalent of “do shell script” with javascript automations? (Yosemite)

Support for javascript automations started with Yosemite. How could I run using javascript an external command? (i.e. the equivalent of do shell script of applescript?
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How to run Say “something” in background in AppleScript

I would like to have AppleScript code like this: row 1 say "some long text here" row 3 When it starts to speak text, it same time continues to row 3. I create my scripts in AppleScript Editor and ...
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How can I get my AppleScript code to move files?

Having used Automator to organise files by file extension successfully before, I decided to create an AppleScript application that will save me having to change parameters manually, as Automator ...
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Tell application screen is not zoomed

When using OS X's native zoom, is there any way (perhaps using AppleScript) to fool an application into thinking the screen is not being zoomed? Something like tell application "System Events" to ...
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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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Log software usage time on Mac OS 9 (Oct. 1999)

I'm needing to log the time a user spends inside of an application in Mac OS 9. I created a simple bash script "launcher" to do this, but then discovered OS 9 doesn't have bash installed. Here is the ...
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Can AppleScript be used to downloading files from a web page?

I want to write a script that searches a web page for an updated file, then downloading it when detected. There is no command I have found that does this, accept Automator's download URL function, ...
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Running an AS droplet from Terminal

I have an Applescript Droplet application that I need to run from terminal. I can use osascript or even just open to open the AS App, but that will run its on run handler, not the on open droplet ...
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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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Applescript - Connection is invalid

I have an application for mac and I use the following applescript code (exported as an AS app) to start that app periodically: on idle tell application "System Events" tell application ...
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Can I send Notification Center items to my iPhone using Pushover or Prowl?

The title pretty much sums it up. I often feel like having notifications on my iPhone are a lot easier to notice, especially if you step away from the computer for a few moments to do something and ...
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How to avoid the GUI password prompt when using `osascript`?

I’d like to use the osascript shell command to run some AppleScript, but I’d rather avoid the GUI password prompt. Instead, I’d prefer to run the script as sudo from the command-line, so no GUI ...
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Finder list view, change column with to optimal with using AppleScript

I'm trying to create an AppleScript script that resizes the columns of Finder's list view (e.g. Name, Size …) to their optimal width (i.e. the minimum width where all text in the column is visible) on ...
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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 generate dynamic keynote presentations?

I'd like to build a series of Keynote presentations that contain some dynamic elements. By that I mean some elements are "compiled" in later. For example if I have a code sample on a slide, I want to ...
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Show text using Large Type without relying on third-party applications

Apple has this amazing feature called 'Large Type', chiefly implemented into Address Book. When you look up a contact, you can right-click the phone number and click 'Large Type', and it will display ...