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AppleScript® Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Jerry Lee Ford

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Figuring Out How to Communicate with Mac OS X Applications

You can create AppleScripts to automate any scriptable Mac OS X applications. This includes both Mac OS X applications supplied by Apple as well as any scriptable third-party applications that are installed on your computer. You will find that in many instances you can automate a particular application feature using just a handful of lines of program code. This chapter will provide you with a number of working examples that demonstrate how to interact with and automate applications, including:

  • TextEdit

  • iTunes

  • Finder

  • Terminal

  • DVD Player

  • Mail

  • QuickTime

  • Safari

  • System Events

  • Help Viewer

Digging into Application Dictionaries

Scriptable Mac OS X applications publish script terminology in application ...

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