AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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Prettier text dialogs in OS X scripts

I'm getting pretty sick of these default AppleScript and cocoaDialog dialogs: I'd like to replace them with something closer to this: Has anyone made a shell executable like cocoaDialog with a ...
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How to bring application to front every 15 minutes on Mac OS X Lion?

I have a free or cheap little app called Desktop Task Timer LE that I've been using to track my time as I work on various projects. I'd like to have it pop up as the foreground app every 15 minutes to ...
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Identify Mac OS X Window, Group, and Text Field names for use in AppleScript

I have an Applescript in which I wish to set the value of the text fields Name and Password of a window belonging to the process SecurityAgent. It is similar to the following: tell window ...
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Log out users when shutting down computer via Applescript

I am using the following Applescript to run a Time Machine backup, and then shut down OS X on the computer at our store. do shell script ...
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Apple Mail: Flag message from keyboard

One of the flags in Apple Mail can be applied to a message using Command-Shift-L. Is there a way to apply any other flag? I renamed one of the colors to TODO, and I set up a keyboard shortcut for ...
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How do I automate clicking a button in an application's window with AppleScript?

Let's say I want to click a button that appears somewhere within a window, using AppleScript. click button works, but you have to know which button exactly you want to press. For example: Scanning ...
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How to programmatically flip a QuickTime movie metadata attribute from one kind to another

I have about 1,700 QuickTime movie files (some have .mov extension, most do not; it's not important, all are seen by the system as "QuickTime movie" and that's what they are) in an organized folder ...
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Set file creation date by reading modified date

How can I set a file's creation date as the modified date? e.g. File is made on Monday, edited on Tuesday. On Wednesday I want the date modified and date created to be set to Tuesday. Thanks!
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Set OS X application preference to stop prompting for admin password

I am trying to write an applescript that sends some actions to an application (specifically waterroof). The problem is, the application periodically asks me for the admin password when I open the ...
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OS X Lion Inverted Scrolling Automation Shortcut

As everyone will know (who has Mac OS X Lion), by default, scrolling is inverted to make it a bit like the iPhone. Problem: There is no way to have "normal scrolling" for a USB mouse, and ...
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OS X Lion: AppleScript unbearably slow for moving Mail messages

I've been using for years now the following applescript, triggered via iKey by an F12 keystroke: tell application "Mail" to move (get selection) to mailbox "Archive" I'm using it to move inbox ...
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Toggle “ask for password after screensaver/sleep” or the delay in 10.7 using terminal

There's an option in the preference panel to change the time the mac is able to be in sleep/screensaver before requiring a password to be unlocked again. I'm using OS X Lion 10.7. Is there any way ...
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Automated Interaction with Google Chrome

All right SU, I have a fun nut to crack. I have 8 screens set up in a line, all hooked into one beefy G5 running Snow Leopard (yes, 4 graphics cards; about 15,000 pixels wide!). I am setting up a ...
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Listing all known deleted OS X accounts

Where can I find Applescript code or a PList to get deleted usernames as known to the OS itself, regardless of the file system's deletions? Having to depend on folder hierarchies and backup disk ...
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How can I pause growl notifications via Terminal/Shell?

I was wondering if there was a way I could pause (hide) growl notifications from the command line? Failing that, is there a way to do this with an AppleScript?
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Is there a way to execute on applescript when a server becomes available? [closed]

Cross posted on Apple Stack Exchange I am trying to execute a script when a server becomes available (a bit like when the OS detect the presence of a time capsule device and it starts the ...
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How do I set up an AppleScript to open a new iTerm2 tab and change the directory?

In OS X, how do I set up an AppleScript to open a new iTerm2 tab change to a directory clear the console echo the current directory I had something like this before for regular Terminal, but I ...
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Get path of open file in any application on Mac OS X?

I installed Afloat for Mac OS X and I really like that it has a shortcut to "Reveal Current File in Finder". This works for basically all applications written in Cocoa. Can I use something like that, ...
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Switch between Tabs with Applescript

I have a cocoa-applescript application whose GUI interface has 3 tabs.The identifiers for these 3 tabs are "item 1" "item 2" and "item 3" respectively. Tab1 is the default tab with a form on it. Tab ...
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Resume Execution from where a function left -Applescript

I have an app coded in Applescript where a dialog pops up with three buttons: {Help, Add, Subtract} . When user taps the Help button, a dialog should popup displaying information about the app.This ...
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Get path of sub-folder's Parent : Applescript

I want to get the path of a subfolder's parent folder when I drop a folder on a application coded in Applescript So if I drop a folder called 'Test1' which is on the Desktop I want the script to ...
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Limiting number or closing oldest open Safari windows

My son is autistic and opens so many new Safari windows playing flash movies that his MacBook often becomes so unresponsive that it's faster to hard reboot it than wait for the force quit dialog to ...
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Selective Play/Pause VLC and iTunes with AppleScript

I have 5 button mouse, and i currently using one button for play/pause the music in iTunes (with USB Overdrive app). But sometimes i'm using VLC (i don't want scre up my music library with lot of ...
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How can I get the foreground color in Photoshop with AppleScript?

How can I get the foreground color in Photoshop with AppleScript? Preferably in hex format.
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Use launchctl to fire an AppleScript script periodically

I have written an AppleScript that lets me back up a particular file. The script runs fine inside AppleScript Editor: it does what it's supposed to do perfectly. So far so good. Now I'd like to run ...
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Automatic PDF renaming based on title

I have thousands of scientific PDFs that i need to rename, many do not have metadata. I would like to be able to create an automator action that could open a folder then open each PDF, copy the title ...
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If then statement using applescript in mac terminal?

What would be the code for: "If $foo is one, then $foo should now equal 18" ? Thanks
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Applescript to Windows script (VB or java)

I want to have a button in Powerpoint (2003) and have it open iTunes to a specific playlist and start playing using AppleScript tell application "iTunes" play playlist "iTunes DJ" end tell ...
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How to select the “File Name” radio box with Applescript GUI

I'm running OS X 10.6 and I want to use applescript to click on the "File Name" radio button of the finder window when the search is open. (It defaults to "Contents") I used the UI Browser (below) ...
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Is there a good utility for resizing application windows to preset sizes in OS X?

I've been using the Better Touch Tool and Right Zoom to be able to maximize windows to full screen, and to resize windows to the center, or top right / left quarter of the screen. Those apps are ...
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Switch between Google Chrome Tabs using AppleScript

I was hoping that the following code would do the job, but no cigar: --Only the window is brought into focus tell application "Google Chrome" activate tab 1 of window 1 end tell
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Submitting an applescript to xgrid using osascript

I'm trying to submit an applescript to an xgrid using the command line. But I've got something wrong with the formatting. For example this doesn't work. I just get the help screen for xgrid in ...
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In OSX, can I launch, position and scale an application using applescript/automator?

I am looking to automate the launching of my workspace. I use several applications, carefully positioned across two monitors, and I would like to be able to launch my prefered layouts with a single ...
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Change Mac “Ask for password after screensaver” delay

How can I change my Mac OS X Snow Leopard "Ask for password after screensaver" delay? I've tried: defaults -currentHost write com.apple.screensaver askForPasswordDelay -int 3600 but won't work. I ...
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Reveal in PathFinder/Finder

We are using AppleScript to reveal files from our application in the Finder. If a user has alternatives, e.g., PathFinder, installed as a replacement for Finder, how we can find our what application ...
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Force a file to overwrite instead of appending the filename

I've got an application running is OS X that won't overwrite a file with the same filename. It will only append the filename with a 'space 1'. If I write a file more than once I get something like ...
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Emulate “Go to Dekstop/Home/etc.” behavior in OS X via AppleScript

OS X has build in support for going to certain Folders (Home, Utilities, Desktop, etc.) via a Shortcut. I wanted to emulate this behavior for the the Downloads Folder. The only thing that is missing ...
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Open Terminal Here, as Root (OS X)

There is a pretty awesome applescript called "Open Terminal Here" ( http://www.entropy.ch/software/applescript/ ) which you can add to your finder's toolbar and click when you want to launch a ...
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Is it possible to set a Custom quick look preview image in OS X?

Is there any way to set a custom quick look image in OS X? I'd like a command line tool or applescript to change or embed a custom preview for a zip file using a jpeg.
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AppleScript problem: 'do shell script' with backslashes '/'

I am trying to create an applet which takes the selected items in the Finder and creates a ist of RTF links in the clipboard, using AppleScript. The code is : tell application "Finder" to set s to ...
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Using AppleScript to Enable Snow Leopard's Text Replacement Feature

I currently use Quicksilver with a Plugin and Trigger in concert with Snow Leopard's text replacement feature (for frequently-used combinations of hashtags, due dates and other parameters) to quickly ...
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How to I use Apple Script to change the keyboard layout on Snow Leopard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Switch TO specific input source I want to do something like: set keyboard layout to 'QWERTY' or something like that.
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How to analyze strings on Applescript/mac

How would I write a script to analyze strings in Applescript (or other scripting program for mac)? Example: scan text file for "I love eating", copy subsequent text, end at ".", so that if my file ...
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Can you resize all mac windows at once? (e.g. when docking)

I've recently bought a Henge Dock, and like the ability to plug my MacBook in and instantly reconnect to all my peripherals (external monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.). The only problem is that when I ...
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Mouse movement vertical axis inversion? (Mac OS X)

I would like to either run an AppleScript or use a Terminal command to invert the y-axis for mouse movement in OSX— and no, not like http://d.pr/w9z7 (/joke). Any ideas? I thought about checking for ...
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Applescript save command for QuickTime Player

I've installed the Perian addon for Quicktime so it can open .flv files, and then I can save them as .m4v or .mov. I'm trying to make an Applescript to convert from .flv to .m4v automatically by ...
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Cron jobs and clipboards

Pbpaste doesn't seem to work as expected when I run it from a cron job. I have an applescript that opens a PDF file in Preview and sends it the copy command and then closes Preview. Next I'd like to ...
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Desktop Picture Placement

I made an Automator app that changes the desktop picture to whatever image file you drop on its icon. It used to work perfectly until Snow Leopard. Now the image placement always resets to Full ...
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Trying to silence Terminal Applescript

I have an Applescript that changes directory for the front Terminal window to the front Finder window. It works fine, but it also outputs text which clutters my terminal window. Does anyone have any ...
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Is there a way to avoid having to click Autofill in iTunes?

I'm tired of always having to click "Autofill" in iTunes to put new songs and podcasts on my second generation iPod shuffle so I'm looking for a way to automate this with a keyboard shortcut, ...