Applescript 103

Applescript 103
Mac Tip #216/12-October-2005

The last couple of Tips have aimed to make you aware of Applescript and how useful it can be for a Mac user. I gave you a small script you could modify to open folders, files, applications and even a web address.

From here it becomes more complicated, but the good news is that many other people have already made scripts that you can use, entirely free of charge.

First up though go to the Applescript folder inside your Applications folder and double click the item called AppleScript Utility.

Check the box to Show Script Menu in menu bar. Those are the instructions for Tiger. For older operating systems double click the Install Script Menu item in the Applescript folder.

Now you should see a scroll-shaped icon in your Menu bar. Click on it and you’ll see a list of ready-made Applescripts. They may be inside folders named for the Applications you have installed.

Try connecting to the Internet, opening Safari and choosing one of the scripts under URLs. You should go right to the web page you chose.

Have a good look around that scripts menu. You may find all kinds of handy things you didn’t know existed.

Many software manufacturers and enthusiasts create scripts — just try Googling for what you want. Most scripts come with instructions about how to install and use them.

If you enjoy using iTunes then you’ll find hundreds of very useful scripts at Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes.

Go ahead: have some fun.

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