Archives for July 2005

X-Ray Magazine Scripting Quark Article > Scripting Text

Vol. 3, Num. 4 - Scripting Text.

Learning how to automate QuarkXPress with AppleScript can be simple or complex, depending upon the tasks that you plan to automate.
First, you need an understanding of the core AppleScript language. You can do this by familiarizing yourself with the AppleScript Language Guide, which can be found on Apple's AppleScript web site at http://www.apple.com/applescript. A comprehensive AppleScript book, such as Danny Goodman's AppleScript Handbook, available from SpiderWorks, LLC, (http://www.spiderworks.com) is also a good way to get started. Next, you will need to be familiar with QuarkXPress' AppleScript support. This can be done by opening and reviewing QuarkXPress' AppleScript dictionary in Script Editor, and by exploring QuarkXPress' Apple Events Scripting documentation, DOCUMENTS > APPLE EVENTS SCRIPTING FOLDER within your QuarkXPress folder.

You will learn quickly that QuarkXPress' AppleScript support is fairly robust, and many of the repetitive and time-consuming tasks that you perform within QuarkXPress on a daily basis can be automated with AppleScript. In future articles, we will discuss using AppleScript to automate many of these tasks, including working with picture boxes, printing, and more. This month, however, we will begin with discussing how AppleScript can be used to automate interaction with something that affects every QuarkXPress user — text.

There are a large number of text-related tasks that can be automated in QuarkXPress with AppleScript, much more than can fit into a single article. Therefore, for now, we will discuss a small subset of these tasks, including creating a text box, adding text to a text box, and retrieving text from a text box. We will continue our exploration of AppleScript-based text interaction further in future articles, but, you are encouraged to continue exploring on your own as well. [Read more at X-Ray Magazine online...]

Press Release > Applescript And Automator Consultant And Author To Appear At Macworld

APPLESCRIPT AND AUTOMATOR CONSULTANT AND AUTHOR TO APPEAR AT MACWORLD
Ben Waldie to Answer Questions about AppleScript and Automator

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - July 7th, 2005 - On Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Ben Waldie will be available to talk with users about AppleScript and Automator at Macworld Conference & Expo's "Meet the Speakers" event.
Ben Waldie is the president of Automated Workflows, LLC, a company offering AppleScript and workflow automation consulting to Mac-based businesses. For years, Ben has developed custom automated solutions for businesses across the globe, including Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, NASA, PC World, and TV Guide Magazine.
Ben is a regular AppleScript columnist for MacTech magazine and X-Ray Magazine, and is the author of "AppleScripting the Finder" and "Mac OS X Technology Guide to Automator", both available from SpiderWorks, LLC. Ben is a frequent presenter at Macworld Expo and other events, a contributing editor on MacScripter.net, and president of The aa Area AppleScript Users Group. In the past, Ben has also taught custom AppleScript training classes, and authored an introductory AppleScript training CD for The Virtual Training Company.
Anyone interested in AppleScript or Automator is welcome to attend this meet and greet, to inquire about these automation technologies.
For additional information about this event, please visit the Macworld website or Automated Workflows LLC's website.

Press Contact:

Ben Waldie
President
Automated Workflows, LLC
116 Cold Stream Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Automator is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Press Release > Macworld Conference & Expo Automator Gathering Announced

MACWORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO AUTOMATOR GATHERING ANNOUNCED
Automator in Tiger Birds-of-a-Feather Meeting

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - July 6th, 2005 - An "Automator in Tiger" Birds-of-a-Feather Meeting will be held at the Macworld Conference and Expo on Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. The session will be moderated by Ben Waldie, president of Automated Workflows, LLC. Birds-of-a-Feather Meetings are informal discussion groups open to all conference and expo attendees.
This forum will focus on discussions about the use of Automator, new in Mac OS X Tiger. During these discussions, topics that will be touched upon will include the use of Automator, features and benefits of Automator, and developing for Automator. Mac users and developers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.
For additional information about this session, please visit the Macworld website or Automated Workflows LLC's website.

Press Contact:

Ben Waldie
President
Automated Workflows, LLC
116 Cold Stream Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Automator is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Press Release > Macworld Conference & Expo Applescript Session Announced – 7/6/05

MACWORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO APPLESCRIPT SESSION ANNOUNCED
AppleScript for Digital Photographers

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - July 6th, 2005 - An "AppleScript for Digital Photographers" session will be held at Macworld Conference & Expo in Boston on Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 from 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM. This session will feature Ben Waldie, President of Automated Workflows, LLC, and will be part of the User Conference track.
With the onset of the digital camera revolution, photographers today are getting more than they bargained for. Digital photography brings with it a daunting number of digital files, all needing to be downloaded, processed, converted, renamed, keyworded, and more. Without automation, these tasks would be more than any human being could handle. Fortunately, hardware and software is becoming more and more automated, providing aid for many of these tasks. But, what about those tasks that aren't automated? Or, what about those tasks that are unique to your workflow? On the Mac, there is hope. It's called AppleScript.
This session will provide an introduction to AppleScript, and begin exploring some of the ways that scripting can help to improve your digital workflow. We will look at applications like Photoshop, iPhoto, and Portfolio, and explore ways that these applications can be scripted to perform tasks that will help you to stay organized, efficient, and stress-free.
With the release of Mac OS X Tiger, Apple has introduced another new and exciting automation tool, Automator. In this session, we will also take a look at how Automator workflows can help to reduce repetitive tasks, and help to make your photography workflow more efficient.
Any amateur or professional digital photographers should attend this session. For additional information about this session, please visit the Macworld website or Automated Workflows LLC's website.

Press Contact:

Ben Waldie
President
Automated Workflows, LLC
116 Cold Stream Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

AppleScript is a registered trademark of Apple Computer. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

MacTech AppleScript Essentials Column > Working with Text

July, 2005 - Working with Text.

When writing AppleScript code, many of the things that you will automate will involve working with and manipulating text in some manner. For example, you might need to write a script that will retrieve text content from a FileMaker Pro database, and then place that content into an Adobe InDesign document. You may need to maintain a text-based log file of your script's activity during processing, or you may need a script that will extract content from email messages, and write the content to files on a server.

During this month's article, we will discuss a number of ways to work with text, including ways to break text apart, search text, and read from and write to files. [Read more at MacTech.com...]

Press Release > Mactech Magazine Applescript Article Announced – Table Views

MACTECH MAGAZINE APPLESCRIPT ARTICLE ANNOUNCED
Current Issue of MacTech Magazine Features Article Written by Benjamin S. Waldie, President of Automated Workflows, LLC

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - July 1st, 2005 - This month's MacTech Magazine, the December 2005 issue, features an article that provides instructions for building and populating table views with AppleScript Studio. This article was written by AppleScript Essentials columnist, Benjamin S. Waldie, president of Automated Workflows, LLC.
AppleScript is a scripting language, built into Mac OS X, which allows users to write scripts in order to automate time consuming and repetitive tasks.
Benjamin S. Waldie is president and CEO of Automated Workflows, LLC, a firm specializing in AppleScript and workflow automation consulting. For years, Benjamin has developed professional AppleScript-based solutions for businesses across the globe, including Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, NASA, and TV Guide Magazine.
For additional information, visit Automated Workflows, LLC's website.

Press Contact:

Ben Waldie
President
Automated Workflows, LLC
116 Cold Stream Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

AppleScript is a registered trademark of Apple Computer. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Press Release > Mactech Magazine Applescript Article Announced – Text Manipulation

MACTECH MAGAZINE APPLESCRIPT ARTICLE ANNOUNCED
Current Issue of MacTech Magazine Features Article Written by Benjamin S. Waldie, President of Automated Workflows, LLC

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - July 1st, 2005 - This month's MacTech Magazine, the July 2005 issue, features an article that provides an introduction to text manipulation via AppleScript. This article was written by AppleScript Essentials columnist, Benjamin S. Waldie, president of Automated Workflows, LLC.
AppleScript is a scripting language, built into Mac OS X, which allows users to write scripts in order to automate time consuming and repetitive tasks.
Benjamin S. Waldie is president and CEO of Automated Workflows, LLC, a firm specializing in AppleScript and workflow automation consulting. For years, Benjamin has developed professional AppleScript-based solutions for businesses across the globe, including Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, NASA, and TV Guide Magazine.
For additional information, visit Automated Workflows, LLC's website.

Press Contact:

Ben Waldie
President
Automated Workflows, LLC
116 Cold Stream Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

AppleScript is a registered trademark of Apple Computer. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.