By Adam Goldstein

AppleScript: The lacking handbook is each beginner's consultant to studying the Macintosh's final scripting device: AppleScript. via dozens of hands-on scripting examples, this complete advisor guarantees that anybody together with beginners can the right way to keep an eye on Mac functions in timesaving and cutting edge methods. because of AppleScript: The lacking handbook, the trail from average Mac fan to pro scripter hasn't ever been more uncomplicated.

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That might seem like a minor difference, but it highlights an important fact of AppleScript life: scripts come in different formats. 1)and, perhaps, to post your own scripts thereyou first have to understand the different formats AppleScript supports. You can open any AppleScript-supported file by dragging it onto Script Editor's icon in the Finder or Dock. To save a script in a different format, you use the File Format pop-up menu in the Save dialog box (Figure 2-5). scpt file extension. app file extension (just like regular Mac OS X programs).

To make the script open the Users folder, for example, you'd follow this procedure: 1. Replace Applications with Users. File names have to be surrounded in double quotes, so make sure you don't delete the quotation marks. 2. Click the Run button to test your script. You should see the Finder come forward and display the Users folder. 3. Choose File Save As (Shift- -S). scpt, make sure the File Format is set to Script, and save it in the Library Scripts Navigation Scripts folder. 4. Open your Script Menu, and run your new script from the Navigation Scripts submenu.

Your scripts don't have to be inside a subfolder at all; if you'd like, you can just leave them floating in the Library Scripts folder. That way, they'll appear directly in the Script Menuyou won't have to navigate through submenus to get to them . Figure 1-9. Here, the Navigation scripts (everything from New Applications Window to Open Special Window) were moved into the Finder Scripts subfolder. Then, the Navigation Scripts folder was deleted, leaving a Script Menu like this. You might want to merge the scripts from other folders, too.

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