AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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Change screenshot default name

How can I change the default screenshot name, to whatever I have written on Preview search tool at the time of the screenshot. As a function on terminal or as a script. Using OS X Mavericks. Thanks in ...
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Make alias in a folder to be chosen

I want to make an alias of selected files or folder in other folders, which I want to be able to choose each time from a pop-up window. This was something that was available on previous OSX versions ...
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Request help/advice with my automator/applescript service

I created an automator service that runs a very simple applescript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" set theFile to selection set theFolder to choose folder move ...
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How can I incorporate an applescript function into Xcode?

So I have a Cocoa-Applescript project, and I am creating an application: I have this script in applescript, it's in automator. set input01 to (input as text) The rest is kinda secret, but I'll ...
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How can I use AppleScript to open a new Safari window on the current desktop space?

I need to open a new Safari window in the current desktop space using AppleScript. NOT move to another space which has Safari running and then open another Safari window. Of course, if Safari is not ...
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AppleScript shows “Document could not be opened. You don’t have permission.” but file can be opened?

I am getting a "The document [filename] could not be opened. You don't have permission" when attempting to access several files in an AppleScript. However, I can open these files manually without ...
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How can I script my MacBook to open Day One every morning when I open my computer?

I have this idea in my mind that every morning, when I first open my computer, all programs are closed except Day One, so that I can start journaling first thing every day without any distractions. I ...
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Emailing folder's content through AppleScript

I'm trying to write an AppleScript that e-mails all files of the specified folder. It works as expected when there is only one file but doesn't when there are more than one. It just gives me this ...
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condition in applescript if directory is empty do this, else do that

So far I've got this: property watch_folder : alias "Macintosh HD:Users:davidcuster:iFlicks:Watch Folder:" tell application "Finder" count files of entire contents of watch_folder if the ...
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OSX: check for subfolders, flatten directory structure into new folder, then move to desktop

I am in the process of cleaning a huge library of mangas (mostly -but not only- image files). Each manga has a main folder containing subfolders, one for each volume. But sometimes, volume folders ...
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OSX : Find all zip and rar in a selected folder then unzip and unrar

I am in the process of cleaning a huge library of mangas (mostly -but not only- image files ). Each manga has a main folder containing the different volumes, sometimes in .zip, sometimes in .rar. ...
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File sync solution with pattern matching

I have a directory I want to sync over the cloud using a service like Dropbox. But, within that folder, I only want to sync directories that match a particular pattern. For instance, sync all folders ...
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Applescript + pdfpen for ocr on multiple files: how to move on when pdfpen freezes

I'm using the following AppleScript to batch-process pdfs for ocr: tell application "Finder" set target_folder to target of front Finder window repeat with i from 1 to count (every folder of ...
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Condition in AppleScript if directory doesn't contain extension recursively then quit app

This seems to work. The only problem is it is not recursive. property Location : alias "Macintosh HD:Location" tell application "System Events" to files of Location whose name extension = "ext" if ...
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Get path to applescript stored on iCloud

I wrote a shell script which calls an applescript to do some work. The applescript is in iCloud, so I'm manually writing the path to the document storage location... osascript ~/Library/Mobile\\ ...
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How to allow an application in Mountain Lion in the “Security and Privacy” settings?

Every time I was trying to use an Alfred workflow written in Applescript, I got the error "No user interaction allowed". In Mavericks there is an "Accessibility" option in the "Security and Privacy" ...
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Applescript to close box by hitting ok automatically

I need to create a script that automatically closes a popup box that opens approximately every 55 - 65 seconds. Once the box opens, you merely hit OK (within the box) and it closes. I created an ...
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Apple Script - Reopen Closed Finder Windows

I have the following Applescript which toggles the show/hide hidden files and I would like to reopen the user's Finder windows which will be closed as the Finder gets relaunched. tell application ...
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Get the media buttons on my bluetooth headset working with Spotify on OS X

I just bought a Parrot Zik, which is a pair of bluetooth headphones with volume control, play/pause and next-prev buttons. (Or gestures, as they come with the Zik). The phones work beautifully with ...
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Is it possible to grab and store the returned window id of a terminal opened through applescript or bash?

I have been working on this "dashboard" to help control my localhost server environment. It has been scripted in bin/bash for reference. I recently discovered I can use the bin command "osascript" to ...
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Sorting Files into Subfolders based on EXIF Date

I have a huge directory from a HDD recovery that contains 70000+ JPEG files. I tried playing around with some AppleScripts, that I found, but had no luck. I already installed EXIFtool, which might be ...
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Get path of parent folder of script location : Applescript

Background: I'm trying to write a simple applescript app that will launch a tcl app, but I'm getting stuck on the first part of the script. I need to get the parent folder of the path to the ...
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How do you duplicate current open Finder view in new tab (Mavericks)?

In a thread on this forum there is an interesting solution on how to open a duplicate of an already open Finder window with the help of an AppleScript: How do you duplicate current open Finder view? ...
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How to update Mac OS X Mavericks desktop background from a script

How can I update Mac OS X Mavericks desktop background from a script? Update Mac OS X desktop background from a script worked up to OS X 10.8, but doesn't work anymore. The desktop defaults to the ...
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Disabling VLC's crash message

I have a Mac Mini running videos on loop to display publicly, which occasionally crashes I think generally when other OSX functions kicking in. I have a script to detect when VLC is not running and ...
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How to exec command in iTerm 2 from applescript?

Trying to execute a command from applescript. tell application "iTerm 2" make new terminal tell the current terminal activate current session launch session "Default Session" ...
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Folder Actions .scpt Not Functioning

I'm trying to use this script with Folder Actions. I've tested for functionality within folder actions by enabling a default script, it works. But this script does not seem to function? on adding ...
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Change date scheme of file name with script

I have about 8 years of video files on a server for my work. We want to change the files' date schemes from MMDDYY to YYMMDD for organizational purposes. The filename structure is MMDDYY_Filename.xxx. ...
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How can I open a folder in the current finder window?

I know tell application "Finder" to open POSIX file "/folder/path/" will open a new finder window, how can I open a folder in the current finder window?
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Register a file specified by open

So I have this small bundle with applescript made, and it even seems to work as it should. However, it appearently doesnt open my files when it is asked to via the open utility. It works though when I ...
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Use Automator for handling multiple file inputs through shell command in OS X

I tried to make an Automator drag and drop application but I'm totally lost. The script should use cat to join multiple audio files together. Steps: Read the selected finder files (which I drop ...
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Logout user script

I am trying to create a script in ARD that will let me logout a user. Now I have a script which does start the logout, but I want it to execute instead of waiting 60 seconds. The script currently ...
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Applescript app. won't force OSX to connect with VPN on Mac 10.8.4

I set up an applescript application (saved under the name "BTGuard VPN-OSX) to force OSX to connect with my VPN service (BTGuard). I followed instructions from this link ...
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Change the OSX system language in a script

Manually I just go into the system preferences, change the language ordering, and restart my app so it starts up in the default system language. Then I can run automated tests with the app running in ...
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Mac always restarting after reboot

I created an AppleScript to restart my Mac: tell application "System Events" restart end tell I put this script into Calendar.app and set it to start at 7.00. When I put script into calendar and ...
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Why does “Terminal” get replaced with “Applet” in AppleScript?

I have a simple AppleScript (packed as an app) that tells the Terminal to execute a couple of lines of code. Every so often -- about once every 7 to 10 days -- after a cold restart, the code has been ...
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Process clipboard content on Mac OS?

I want to see if there is a tool or script available that I can use to modify clipboard content on the fly. Often when I'm writing code, I'd like to take a string of text and make it a slug. Instead ...
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Trying to Use AppleScript to Convert .xls and .xlsx to .txt (Tab Delimited), Needs Fixing

I copied this from an answer I got from another thread. I am trying to convert ~300 .xls and .xlsx files to tab delimited. They are all in the same folder. If anyone knows a better way, please let me ...
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Setup a Watch Folder over a network

I'm trying to setup a Watch Folder in AppleScript which is over a home network. I want the script to generate an email when a file (or files) is dropped in the Watch Folder. How can I achieve this?
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AppleScript + Quicktime: Start and stop a movie recording and export it to disk

Attempting to start a screen recording, wait a few seconds, stop the recording and export saved recording to disk. Versions AppleScript 2.2.4 QuickTime: 10.2 AppleScript set filePath to "" & ...
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Restarting multiple mac computers with terminal

How do you restart multiple mac computers that are on the same network with terminal? I know the ssh command to login to one computer but I want to be able to send a reboot command to multiple ...
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send applescript a url ,if the url file's extension is “.mov” download it to desktop

I'd like to remote control my mac mini(using as a NAS with Mac OS X 10.8.2 Server)download files from URL. I think applescript can realize it. So I'm puzzled by two problems: 1.How can I send URLs to ...
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Applescript to get name with VLC 2.0 should work but doesn't

I'm trying to get the name of the current file playing in VLC. Applescript SHOULD be able to do this with VLC 2 and on (it's in the dictionary, "name of current item") however it keeps not compiling, ...
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AppleScript based Automator service quite unstable (sometimes very slow, sometimes encounter error)

I have some applescript based Automator services, for instance, Launch Emacs With Selected File: tell application "Finder" set selectedDirectory to (quoted form of POSIX path of (target of window ...
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Applescript to play Windows share (smb://) videos with VLC Player

I'm building a script to automatically run videos held on a windows server using VLC. I can get VLC to play files on my drives, but not from files held on a server. For example: tell application ...
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Can AppleScript/osascript be used to click menu extra menu items?

I have an application installed that only appears in the menu bar (as a menu extra to the right). I would like to click one of the items contained in its menu via osascript. I've found the following ...
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LaunchAgent plist to keep an app running and hiden

I'm using the following script <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist ...
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Applescript to execute script in new terminal window and maintain a reference to that window

How do I use applescript to execute a script in a new terminal window and then close the window? After the line: set x to do script "" Is there a way to get a reference to the window of tab x? A ...
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How to open a new tab in Chrome using AppleScript, only if it doesn't already exist?

I'm trying to write a little AppleScript to make a new tab in Chrome only if it doesn't already exist. I tried the following: if title of tab is not "Gmail" then open location ...
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How can I set a static IP, gateway, net mask, and dns using terminal / applescript - OS X 10.7.5

I use my macbook at home and at work. At work I need to use a static IP, gateway, DNS and net mask. At home I use it in DHCP mode. Manually setting them every day really sucks. How can I set them ...