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Assigning keyboard shortcuts to Mac OS services

I want to be able to trigger an Applescript with a keyboard shortcut. I'm confused. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

.NET Dev seeks AppleScript Guru

I need to export Safari history to a tab delimited text file, based on a date range. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Nov 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Is there a way to upload to Box.net through automator?

I would like to upload a file to Box.net through either automator or applescript and have that function (action) return the shared URL for use later in the script. Is there an easy way to do that? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 17, 2013 - 3 answers

Could you help me with my Applescript?

I am trying to batch convert a bunch of MS Word documents via Pages on my Mac. I have an Applescript that I believe will work, but I am getting hung up on a dialog box, and I am trying to see if someone could proofread the script for me. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Automatic log in to a Mac on restart?

So, following up on my previous question: I have this Mac Mini that will drive a big data display. I wrote an AppleScript that starts up Chrome and goes to fullscreen mode, and I put that script in the startup items and it all works swell. BUT! I still need to log in for it to work. Can I set something up so that the Mac starts and runs without any user intervention at all? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Oct 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Fade in and out of iTunes?

How can I fade in and out in the most recent version of iTunes? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Sep 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Please encrypt my PDFs

I need help automatically encrypting PDFs in OSX [more inside]
posted by jcrbuzz on May 17, 2011 - 2 answers

How to run an applescript when connected to a particular network

I want to run a script on my Mac (Applescript most likely) when I connect to a particular wireless router. My Google Fu is failing me. Does anyone know if and how this can be done? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on Dec 31, 2010 - 7 answers

Using Automator to convert videos for iPhone and add to iTunes

I'm trying to make an Automator folder action that - when a video is downloaded to said folder - will convert a video with HandbrakeCLI and add said converted video to iTunes, and I'm having some trouble. To say the least! [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner on Oct 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Help with addressing itunes buttons with applescript.

In iTunes 9.1, what is the applescript button number for the "Save Genius Playlist" button? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on May 28, 2010 - 3 answers

Applescript Guru to write simple, seemingly easy short script

I have two mirrored hard drives, B and backup_B. I'm looking for an applescript that will identify the location of an open window on the B directory and will then open the same mirrored directory on the backup_B. All I can offer you is to become the successor of my vast empire. Thanks a million.
posted by captainscared on May 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Getting SelfControl to work for me.

SelfControl filter: I am trying to use SelfControl to block certain websites relatively permanently using Automator or something but I don't know what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by who else on Mar 8, 2010 - 11 answers

How can I make Mac apps self-minimize?

How can I automatically minimize a running application to the dock? [more inside]
posted by bwg on Feb 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Get thee to a gallery!

Is there a Mac application or (even better) an Applescript script just to upload audio and photos into the Wordpress Media Gallery super fast? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket on Feb 5, 2010 - 1 answer

AppleScript dialog waiting for user input?

Can I make an AppleScript that will display a dialog box, wait for user input, and take an action if the user does not respond to that dialog box after a predetermined period of time? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Feb 5, 2010 - 6 answers

So simple a child could likely code this

Using Automator and/or AppleScript to automatically move files of a specified type(s) from one folder to another? [more inside]
posted by mosk on Jan 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me archive a roomful of old Mac data

How do I automate dumping the contents of a couple hundred different data CDs into a directory in Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Jan 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me write a script in OSX

How do I create a file-handling script in OSX? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Oct 26, 2009 - 3 answers

I Wish I Could Just Throw It At the 'Net

Auomating Mac Filter: I want to upload a movie to a free video sharing site from the command line. How? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on Oct 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me get my feeds home.

How do I export a whole bunch of Home URLs from NetNewsWire, or an alternate RSS feeder for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Jun 8, 2009 - 3 answers

trimming podcasts in quicktime

I have a podcast (M4A format) that I'd like to trim and save without re-encoding. Is this possible? In Quicktime Pro I can select a time range, trim it, and choose save, but it saves the resulting file as a .MOV file. [more inside]
posted by krunk on Jun 1, 2009 - 7 answers

An AppleScript a day will eventually cause a visit to the doctor.

In Word 2008, how can I set up an AppleScript macro to move selected text so that it appears underneath a particular bookmark? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Apr 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Need to automate a weekly task using AppleScript

I need to automate the process of printing a report to PDF with the date in the file name, saving it in an archive folder, printing it, and emailing it as an attachment. I am on a Mac and using Pages, Automator, and AppleScript. Help me find the missing pieces! [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Mar 28, 2009 - 4 answers

How can I automatically add tracks to the OS X iTunes Library?

Is there a scriptable solution to add items to the OS X iTunes library? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks on Nov 14, 2008 - 16 answers

Can an Automator Workflow/App Find Itself?

Obscure Mac geekery filter... On OS X Leopard, how can I get a reference to the current location of an Automator workflow/app in a shell script within that workflow? [more inside]
posted by Xuff on Sep 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Create local finder links for mail.app

A few of us work off a local OS X Fileserver. We often need to point each other to files deep with it by email. I am looking for an automated way to create clickable local links in the mail.app friendly format of "file:///Volumes/Server%20Portal/". Any solutions? [more inside]
posted by Raff on Jul 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Coloring an OSX Terminal window based on an ssh connection?

My career involves me using OSX Terminal ssh'd into other servers. Often, I have multiple ssh connections open, sometimes two or three to the same server. I can't bring myself to use tabs. Is there anything that can automatically be done to automatically color/title my terminal windows once I ssh into them? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on May 15, 2008 - 7 answers

Applescript MIA

My Macbook says my AppleScript version is outdated (1.1.0). How can this be? And how can I fix it/download an update? I know that I should at least have something like 1.10, but I'm guessing that it's bug. All roads travelled lead to release notes only.
posted by drea on Jan 21, 2008 - 13 answers

One touch shutdown

Asking for Mr Waterlily: "I would like write a script that starts when the computer starts, goes into a permanent loop, looks to see if a key is pressed, if the key is pressed it would do something, if not it would pause n seconds then loop again. How does one detect key events in applescript?" [more inside]
posted by waterlily on Dec 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Is it possible to export an .ics file from iCal containing just today's events from specific calendars?

Is it possible to export an .ics file from iCal containing just today's events from specific calendars? [more inside]
posted by jack_mo on Nov 4, 2007 - 2 answers

AppleScript n00b needs troubleshooting help

15-line AppleScript is giving this n00b nightmares. I think something's wrong with my "if ... then" syntax. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Nov 2, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me batch process files and folders with Applescript

I have a folder of about two thousand .png files. For each file, I need to (1)create a new folder named the same as the currently selected file(minus the extension), and (2)move the file into its eponymous folder. How can I accomplish this using Applescript?
posted by 40 Watt on Oct 17, 2007 - 7 answers

Control USB Power based on temperature monitoring in Mac OS X

I have a laptop cooling fan which runs on USB power. It works well but it's a fairly monotonous drone. The internal fans are linked to the cooling unit and the temperature monitor, so they operate based on the current temperature. Is there any way I can control the USB fan based on temperature as well? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Banana Grabber on Oct 16, 2007 - 3 answers

'Date Created' -> 'Date Modified'

I have Mac OS X, with its Unix underpinnings. I have a number of text files through which I did a search-and-replace. Unfortunately, that altered all of the timestamps on the files. I'm trying to restore things via the "Date Created" info. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Aug 6, 2007 - 12 answers

Applescript+Excel+Pivot Table

Applescript + Excel . How to suppress subtotals for a field in a pivot table? [more inside]
posted by cdavis on Jul 12, 2007 - 2 answers

Stripping some (but not all) formatting from rtf text (on a mac).

Is it possible to programmatically strip some (but not all) of the formatting from text that's been copied from safari? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on May 2, 2007 - 13 answers

Is there a PC equivalent to AppleScript?

Is there a Windows scripting language that is equivalent to AppleScript? [more inside]
posted by hooray on Sep 25, 2006 - 5 answers

How to make this automator action?

Tearing my hair out over automator and applescript. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Jun 30, 2006 - 8 answers

Where do these redundant Applescript dictionaries come from?

When I use the "Open Dictionary" option in Apple's Script Editor (2.1.1, part of OS X 10.4.6), a lot of my apps have multiple dictionary entries. Where do these come from? How do I get rid of them?
posted by mph on Jun 23, 2006 - 5 answers

AppleScript + Consulting = Profit?

I was laid off recently and want to use my knowledge of AppleScript to do some consulting. I have a meeting this week about automating tasks for a local newspaper, but am uncertain how to bill such a project. [more inside]
posted by the biscuit man on Jan 22, 2006 - 1 answer

Applescript worth it?

Learning applescript, worth it? [more inside]
posted by gtr on Jan 5, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I tell iTunes to search my Library for something?

AppleScript: How do I tell iTunes to search my Library for something? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Dec 8, 2005 - 8 answers

Stone knives and bear skins, I tell ya..

Anyone ever use QuicKeys for OS9? I am trying to figure out if there is a good way to fake it into using variables, possibly via AppleScript. [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Nov 14, 2005 - 0 answers

I should just get the Mac Mini, shouldn't I.

Windows equivalent of AppleScript? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Oct 8, 2005 - 7 answers

Aggregating iCal alarms

I want to send a weekly e-mail reminder to myself that shows my appointments for the upcoming week. How the heck so I do this with iCal on OSX? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck on Sep 22, 2005 - 4 answers

Workflow Automation in InDesign on a Mac

We're looking to automate a batch process that can be pointed at a directory of image files. Those files will need to be inserted one by one into an InDesign template appropriate text changed in the file based on a CSV file, and then have the resulting document saved as an EPS file based on the original image file name. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Aug 16, 2005 - 1 answer

Getting started with Applescript Studio

I need to learn how to build Applescript Studio apps in a very short amount of time. I mostly need to build widgets that capture variables through dialogs, run some shell commands and consume some webservices. Dashboard isn't an option in the target environment. Can anyone recommend some online guides other than Apple's dev site or some decent books?
posted by machaus on May 10, 2005 - 4 answers

Bookmark Folder Splitting in Safari?

SafariFilter or AppleScriptFilter: I very often collect bookmarks of pages I'd like to look at in Safari, through the double magic of NetNewsWire and Saft. The problem is that I end up having one folder with 180+ bookmarks in it. I often then manually split them into chunks of 20 using cut and paste, but it strikes me that there's got to be an easier way to do that automatically via AppleScript. However, my google-fu fails me in that respect. Anyone know of a link to an AppleScript that takes one bookmark folder and splits it into folders with x number of bookmarks each in them? Or any AppleScript master and MeFi resident out here savvy enough to whip one up for me? I'll send you a cute picture of my cat sunning himself in a sunbeam, if you want. :)
posted by WCityMike on Mar 15, 2005 - 4 answers

How do I edit the notes section of iCal automatically using Applescript or anything else?

Simplified scenario: I have a text file called "blah.txt" with some text in it. I also have a To-Do item in iCal named "Blah". I'd like to be able to doubleclick something to make the contents of blah.txt appear in the notes section of the Blah to-do item. [more inside]
posted by sirion on Mar 4, 2005 - 8 answers

Using Grep within BBedit to change some data in tables.

I'm using Grep within BBedit 6.1.2 lite, in order to change some data in tables from "regular" time in the format: "0530PM" to military time: "1730"

Essentially, I am able to locate the data I want using:


Which, in the above example returns: "0530"

So here's the question: I want to treat that result as a number, and add 1200 to it to convert it to military time.

Is there a way to do this within BBedit using the replacement patterns, or do I have to go figure out how to write a perl/python/awk/applescript to accomplish this?
posted by mecran01 on Jan 6, 2005 - 10 answers

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