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Extra resources for AppleScript: The Missing Manual
If you ever tire of the overwhelming power, simply choose View Hide Navigation Bar. 2. app file extension. ) With Script Editor, you can create your own applications using AppleScript code. 7), save it as an application, and then run it just by double-clicking its Finder icon. Figure 2-7. Top: Choose Application from the File Format pop-up menu, and select any options you'd like from the bottom. Middle right: If you turned on 50 Part I: AppleScript Overview Part I: AppleScript Overview 51 the Startup Screen option, the application will present a dialog box before it runs its commands.
Applescript file extension. Two other minor formatscalled bundlesare also available. 5 explains how and when to use these. The following sections give you a better idea of when you should save a script as a particular script type. Figure 2-5. The File Format pop-up is available whenever you choose Save or Save As from Part I: AppleScript Overview 47 48 Part I: AppleScript Overview Script Editor's File menu. The other options in this dialog box are available only for certain formats; you can set the Line Endings, for instance, only if you're saving the file as Text.
Every program that AppleScript can command has a dictionary, too, so it's helpful to take some time to explore. To access a program's dictionary, follow these steps: 1. Open Script Editor, and choose File Open Dictionary (Shift- -O). A dialog box appears, with a list of every program on your Mac that AppleScript can control. Part I: AppleScript Overview 61 62 Part I: AppleScript Overview 2. Scroll down to the program whose dictionary you want to open. Alternatively, type the first few letters of the program's name.