Is there a way to call this function: 'Large Type' in Mac like in Address Book application

from the command line?

  • You need a GUI anyway, is using QuickSilver not an option? See also: Quicksilver Large Type
    – slhck
    Jan 22, 2012 at 1:32
  • Address Book's AppleScript dictionary does not support this functionality directly.
    – Daniel Beck
    Jan 23, 2012 at 9:52

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You can use Growl to display your text as a notification. You can use Growl's AppleScript API as described here using osascript from the command line to specify a specific display style.

Growl display styles are basically HTML and CSS, so you can easily create your own and customize its look to be "large type" instead of a regular notification. Check out some third party styles for inspiration.


There's a nice utility called 'LargeType2' that add a 'Service' menu item to display such large texts:

Homepage and download link: http://blyt.net/algrtepy2e/

official screenshot

  • This tool does work, but it can't be launched from the command line which is what the original question asked for. Jan 9, 2017 at 21:54

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