Chuck Joiner's Road to Macworld series continues with AppleScript guru Ben Waldie, who will deliver a session that you will want to attend if you’re interested in getting more out of your Internet activities. In Automating The Web, Ben will discuss making your workflow faster and more efficient by integrating your online workflow with your Mac and other web-enabled devices and services. He gives us preview, and also updates us on the state of AppleScript in iWork and beyond.
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Ben Waldie helps cut through the controversy surrounding OS X Mavericks, the iWork suite and get to just the facts. There has been concern about the current lack of support in Mavericks, and also in Numbers, Pages and Keynote. Ben calms the waters a bit, explaining what is missing, what still works, and what his expectations are for scripting in both Mavericks and iOS 7 going forward.
It’s that time again. A new version of OS X is out, and with it come the recurring cries of AppleScript’s demise. But let’s try to remain calm: Recent Internet rumors that the sky is falling may be slightly exaggerated. Nobody knows for sure what the future holds, but personally, I don’t think AppleScript is going anywhere just yet.
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I develop custom automation solutions for lots of clients, but I don’t like reinventing the wheel. If there’s an existing tool that works well and reduces development time, I tend to use it. File Juicer, from Echo One (http://echoone.com), is one such tool, which I’ve used with great success in numerous client projects.
Lots of AppleScript and Automator changes were introduced with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Here are links to official Apple technical resources that discuss some of them...
- AppleScript Release Notes (Updated for OS X 10.9 Mavericks)
- AppleScript Language Guide (Updated for OS X 10.9 Mavericks)
- Technical Q&A QA1802 (Adopting Scripting Targets for Composing Mail)
- OS X: Using AppleScript with Accessibility and Security features in Mavericks
- WWDC 2013: Session 416: Introducing AppleScript Libraries
- WWDC 2013: Session 417: Automation Update
For a general overview of the automation changes in Mavericks, visit macosxautomation.com (not hosted by Apple Inc.).
The August 2013 issue of MacTech magazine features a MacTech Spotlight interview with Automated Workflows, LLC president, Ben Waldie. In the interview, Ben discusses how he got started with Macs, automation, and more.