Join Scott Simpson for an in-depth discussion in this video Using AppleScript with other programs, part of Learning AppleScript.
…One of the very powerful aspects of AppleScript is that it can…talk to and control other programs if they have an AppleScript dictionary.…Lots of apps with a long Mac heritage have well-developed AppleScript dictionaries.…The Adobe Suite, the Microsoft Office Suite, and a whole lot of…other apps, old and new, ship with dictionaries for AppleScript to use.…You can find out whether an app you…have supports AppleScript right from inside the editor.…If you go to File, Open Dictionary and select one of…your applications I'll click on Photoshop C-C and then I'll press choose.…
Then you'll get a window with that apps dictionary.…The application has to be running to receive commands,…and some apps will open when you open their dictionary.…Some apps will open when you call them with a tell command, and…others need to be told to activate before they'll open, if they're not already.…Just like with the built-in dictionaries, you can explore the suites, classes, and…properties of the dictionary and get a sense of what you can do programmatically.…
- What is AppleScript?
- Using comments, variables, text, and numbers
- Working with files and folders
- Using conditionals and creating loops
- Building functions
- Controlling other programs with AppleScript
- Preventing and catching errors
- Distributing your AppleScript application
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring AppleScript
2. Using AppleScript with Applications
3. Your App in the Real World
4. Further Exploration
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