AppleScript For Dummies

AppleScript For Dummies

by Tom Trinko
     
 

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Spending a little time with this book can save lots of time on the computer!

AppleScript is object-oriented programming language used to write script files to automate tasks and customize applications for the Mac. AppleScript can automate much of what you do with your Mac computer, saving time and helping you be more productive. Businesses and individuals

Overview

Spending a little time with this book can save lots of time on the computer!

AppleScript is object-oriented programming language used to write script files to automate tasks and customize applications for the Mac. AppleScript can automate much of what you do with your Mac computer, saving time and helping you be more productive. Businesses and individuals frequently use it for:

  • Batch processing
  • File conversion and manipulation
  • Performing tasks at specified times
  • Transferring information between databases and other applications
  • Creating automated workflows by linking the actions of multiple applications to perform a series of related tasks

Written by Tom Trinko, a Mac man since 1984,and author of articles for MacTutor and MacTech Journal, AppleScript For Dummies, 2nd Edition covers everything from the basics to more advanced stuff, with information on:

  • Finding and installing AppleScript
  • Using AppleScript to automate tasks in programs such as Word, Excel, FileMaker Pro, and the Mac OS Finder
  • Arranging applications to work together to accomplish complex tasks
  • Controlling applications that aren’t even scriptable
  • Taking advantage of tools that make composing AppleScript programs easy and fun
  • Finding additional AppleScript information on the Internet and elsewhere

With this book, you’ll discover how to script Internet activities, iLife applications, and more. Then, instead of letting your computer and/or software dictate how you do things (and often, how you have to do them over and over and over), you take charge! You’ll agree —this book is MacNificent!

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Sure, you love your Mac, but work is still work: Why spend more time on it than necessary? Wherever possible, why not let AppleScript automate it? It’s easier than you think -- especially if you’ve got AppleScript for Dummies, Second Edition.

Here are all the fundamentals, plus practical intros to scripting Photoshop, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, FileMaker, Safari, .Mac, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iVD, and iChat. You’ll even learn how to trigger scripts with iCal calendar events: Cool.

This book’s perfect for anyone who’s never written a script or program -- or those who have but are new to AppleScript. Which, by the way, has just been updated with new features and a new Script Editor -- all covered here, too. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764574948
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/03/2004
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
Collectors Ed/
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Chicago, Tom Trinko has lived a deprived life, never once having butchered a hog. In an attempt to improve the quality of life in Chicago, he pursued his higher education in Pasadena, California, at Cal Tech. He moved to Wisconsin for the better climate and picked up his PhD in physics, graduating with the official title of mad scientist. His first smart move was marrying a woman who worked at Apple and who had an Apple IIe. With that, he was able to extend his professional programming career, which began in 1972, to home computers. His long-suffering wife brought a Mac home in 1984, which marked the start of Tom’s enthusiasm for the only OS for people who want to get work done. He’s ordered the Mac around in Basic, Forth, C, Pascal, and about a billion or so scripting languages. Back when Apple didn’t know any better, he did contract work for Apple’s Developer University. In real life, he works on other platforms, ranging from supercomputers to UNIX workstations, which continually remind him of how spiffy the Mac really is. His current main objective in life is staying more computer literate than his kids.

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