Questions tagged [applescript]

AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

123 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4
votes
1answer
809 views

Remove All Illegal Characters from All Filenames in a Given Folder and subfolders

I Know this was was basically answered and the automator with the shell script (Sanitize Filenames) works great, but I need it to also do all subfolders as well. And if possible trim the file name ...
3
votes
0answers
222 views

NSUserAppleScriptTask and Script Monitor

I am wondering why some users of our app ghostnoteapp.com see the Script Monitor icon in their menu bar and others, including myself do not. According to the AppleScript release notes " (Script ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

How can I run an AppleScript or shell command on Mac OS X at screen unlock?

Note that this is not the same as startup or login. I never log out of my machine and I want to run the script whenever I unlock the machine to start working.
3
votes
1answer
1k views

iTerm2: How to get output of a shell command with applescript

I want to get the output of a shell command run through iTerm2's applescript into an applescript variable. I tried the following but it does not work: tell application "iTerm" activate try ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Save as PDF to Folder Script for Apple Mail

I want to add a script to a rule to auto-print messages as PDF to a specific Folder. What I found was this: http://is.gd/acmsE but it doesn't work for me on OS X 10.6. I already know the Save to PDF ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Save and reopen Spaces configuration in Mac OS X

Let's say that I am working using several spaces. In one of them I have 20 applications opened with their respective files. My computer crashes and I have to open everything again. Instead I want to ...
2
votes
0answers
43 views

How can I determine what a read-only script does?

I have been given the task of fixing a series of automated tasks on multiple computers. One of the computers in this automated series is an old Mac running OSX 10.4. There are some scripts on this ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Keyboard shortcut to “Love” currently playing song in iTunes 12 on OSX

It seems as if apple has forgotten to build in a keyboard shortcut for "Loving" or "Hearting" the currently playing song in iTunes. This is unfortunate because often whilst I am working I would like ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
355 views

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 http://lifehacker.com/5932886/...
2
votes
0answers
128 views

Applescript Adobe Updater

So, I am new to Applescript editor and I am trying to write code to automatically update computers. For some odd reason I can not seem to get Adobe to update successfully. I tried using Accessibility ...
2
votes
2answers
636 views

AppleScript to logoff Mac user after closing an application?

I've configured a local user account on an iMac (Lion) to immediately launch Firefox to a specific page after logging in – the page contains a survey to be completed by the user. This works fine. ...
2
votes
0answers
485 views

Script to join WPA2 Enterprise wifi

When I head to work with my MBP running OSX 10.7, I have to go through this series: Join Other Network Enter SSID select Security = WPA2 Enterprise generate a pw via my RSA soft token Join ...
2
votes
1answer
536 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
604 views

Different Wallpaper if two monitors are attached

I am working on my MacBook Pro. In the office I have 1 27" Monitor attached to it, at home I tend to work without an second monitor. For that setup I want to change the wallpaper if no 2nd monitor is ...
2
votes
1answer
94 views

Are Snow Leopard text substitutions scriptable?

I prefer using typographical quotation marks when possible, so I love the Smart Quotes part of Snow Leopard’s text replacement feature. But there are a few cases in which I need to toggle it, and it’s ...
1
vote
0answers
39 views

How to run an Applescript at shutdown

I am trying to track the occurrences and duration of power outages. I have my computer(Mac High Sierra) powered by a UPS and set to shutdown when there is an outage. I have an applescript that when ...
1
vote
2answers
864 views

How to open a random file from a specified folder using AppleScript?

Here's the code I have now: tell application "Finder" get some file of (folder (POSIX file "Desktop/musics")) end tell
1
vote
1answer
470 views

Is there a way to programmatically open VSCode and then open the built-in terminal in VSCode on Mac?

I am trying to automate the process of opening VSCode and then opening its built-in terminal. I know I can open VSCode easily, but I don't know how I can communicate with VSCode once it is opened. Is ...
1
vote
1answer
113 views

AppleScript - filtering selection (Yojimbo)

I'm currently trying to filter a selection with Applescript. This works: tell application "Yojimbo" to set theYojimboSelection to selection but this does not:    tell application "Yojimbo" to set ...
1
vote
2answers
506 views

How do I click on “Call Using iPhone” using Accessibility Inspector's Hierarchy?

Here's the AppleScript code: set phone_num to "1111111111"-- (put your own number here) tell me to activate display dialog "" buttons {"FaceTime", "Call", "Cancel"} default button 2 with icon path to ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

Applescript - Customize text-to-speech pronunciation of Chinese characters

I would like to change the default pronunciation of certain Chinese characters and phrases using Applescript. This would be an improvisation of the suggestion given by @JRobert over here. The basic ...
1
vote
0answers
319 views

Using Launchd for an Applescript Application

I created an Applescript Application (called Print Release) that runs without issue (code below): do shell script "rm -R /Users/<account>/release.zip; rm -R /Users/<account>/release; curl ...
1
vote
1answer
589 views

How to empty STUCK Trash with Automator

I want Automator script to remove files from Trash without user input. AppleScript empty the trash only works on unstuck files. Similar commands work in Terminal to remove files. sudo rm -rf ~/....
1
vote
1answer
434 views

Mock Desktop switch/4 finger swipe with a script

I have an older Apple wired mouse It has side buttons, which I'd like to program to use like the four finger swipe on the touch pad (the one that switches between desktops). In mouse settings, ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

Applescript VPN + document.readyState problems

I'm trying to create an Applescript App to connect to my University's VPN Network. The process is done usually through connecting to a specific WiFi network then connecting to the VPN itself (via the ...
1
vote
0answers
323 views

How to open iTerm2 version 3 in Forklift

I am looking for a solution which can open iTerm2 version 3 as the default terminal. For iTerm2 version 2 there were multiple AppleScripts on the internet which worked well for opening the current ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

OSX control volume with keyboard

I'd like these keybindings: Cmd+PageUp = volumeUp Cmd+PageDown = volumeDown I followed these instructions: creating AppleScript worked fine, but it is impossible to set Cmd+PageUp shortcut in ...
1
vote
0answers
252 views

How to get input with a custom dictation command

I'm trying to write a few scripts to allow me to write code via voice. However, I need a way to specify a way to capitalize a variable name. For example, I want to be able to say, "stud my super ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

How to send a signal to a running Applescript

I am running a script that basically has a loop inside a loop. I need some way to signal this script to break out of the inner loop. repeat doxyz repeat doSoreWork if signalPresent ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Creating a cycle between spaces on OS X

On Windows, I constantly used the keyboard shortcut 'alt-escape', which enabled me to move from one window to another without having to press x times 'alt-tab'. I'm new to mac OSX, and it seems that a ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

writeToFile in a .app

I am currently trying to write content inside an Applescript.app which is a resource file. I can write to the .scpt file if I copy it in a different folder out of the Applescript.app @...
1
vote
0answers
395 views

Toggling Yosemite's Notification Center between “Today” and “Notifications” views (back and forth)

I want to create a keyboard shortcut/trackpad gesture to: - display Yosemite's Notification Center first - then toggle back and forth "Today" and "Notifications" panes every time the corresponding ...
1
vote
1answer
155 views

How do I close a window from an application but not quit the application

I'm trying to have a shell script run and then close itself but not quit Terminal all together. Here's what I have: #!/bin/sh while [ "$JOB_NUMBER" = '' ]; do echo -n "++++++++++++++++++++Job ...
1
vote
2answers
173 views

How do I to modify Automator Service ditto command?

Using and Automator Service and an AppleScript that is redly available and exists on this thread of but a "GUI" around ditto. The solution works well, however, I am not getting the behavior I expected....
1
vote
1answer
713 views

Extract text from HTML using Applescript

I am looking to extract text from an html using Applescript, here is the code: <div class="vk_bk vk_ans">3:27 PM</div> I want to extract "3:27 PM" which is the result google gives you ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

Mail.app rules not triggering

I have a mail.app rule set up to run an applescript when incoming emails come in with a certain subject, but it does not trigger. I see the emails in my inbox, and the rule is activated, but it does ...
1
vote
0answers
905 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
729 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
222 views

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" ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
457 views

OSX script to Check if ffmpeg process has stopped

I have a Automator Workflow that uses Videobox to convert flash videos for multiple devices but cannot tell when it finish a conversion,I know that it uses ffmpeg for its conversion as I can see it in ...
1
vote
0answers
454 views

Trying to re-direct emails as plain text using Applescript. Code (inside) isn't working, any help would be great

I have users sending mail through Outlook which formats the text as Rich text. I'm trying to create script where a "catch-all" email address intercepts the email, converts it to plain text then send ...
1
vote
1answer
645 views

iTerm 2 change row size using AppleScript

I want to change the height of my terminal window using a script. Currently this is what I have come up with: tell application "iTerm" activate tell the current terminal tell the ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Pass arguments to osascript via shell function in OS X Mountain Lion

The answer in How to open a new Firefox window with URL argument is broken in Mac OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.2). I can't comment on that answer or question, so I had to create a new question. It fails ...
1
vote
0answers
181 views

Add a contact from an email address within email text

I came to Office/Outlook 2011 from Mac Mail, and now I find that I'm unable to do something that I need to do ALL THE TIME. In Mail, if there was an email address within the text of an email message ...
1
vote
1answer
229 views

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?
1
vote
0answers
194 views

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 ...