Is there any way to have OS X's Automator.app repeatedly take screen shots of a book in Adobe Digital Editions? So me doing the task involves:
- Cmd + Shift + 4
- space bar
- mouse click
- page down
Can this be automated?
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Yes, this is possible.
You can use with Script Editor.app or Automator.app for your task. If you choose Automator.app, using the Run AppleScript action to embed your AppleScript snippets.
Take a look at using AppleScript to automate key presses, How do I automate a key press in AppleScript? An example from the top answer:
delay 0.5 -- time to release modifier keys if for example the script is run with command-R tell application "System Events" to tell process "Adobe Digital Editions" try key down option delay 0.1 click menu bar item 1 of menu bar 1 end try key up option end tell
To take a screen shot, there are numerous approaches. This question is a good starting point, Take a screen shot and save to desktop with current time as the name:
set theDesktop to POSIX path of (path to desktop as string) set theCurrentDate to current date set shellCommand to "/usr/sbin/screencapture " & quoted form of (theDesktop & "Screen Shot" & theCurrentDate & ".png") do shell script shellCommand
Simulating the mouse is trickier but likely possible, see Is there a way to simulate a mouse click anywhere on a screen in Dictate ?. AppleScript's GUI scripting is designed to interact with specific elements on the screen.
Please do not use this process to bypass copyright protection.