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Apple® Automator with AppleScript® Bible by Thomas Myer

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Chapter 14. AppleScript Studio

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • What is AppleScript Studio?

  • How do you access AppleScript Studio?

  • What can you do with AppleScript Studio?

  • Pros and cons

  • Your first AppleScript Studio project

In the last few chapters, you've learned how to create Folder Actions, applets, and droplets, folder actions and honed your knowledge of subroutines, loops, and conditionals.

In this chapter, you're going to learn the basics of working with AppleScript Studio, a development environment that allows you to build AppleScript-based applications with graphical user interfaces. You'll learn how to create these interfaces, complete with buttons, text fields, pop-up menus, and other elements, and tie those elements to AppleScript logic on the backend.

AppleScript Studio is a combination of XCode, Interface Builder, and other tools available on your Mac. Starting with Snow Leopard, you'll be working with a specific type of AppleScript/Cocoa combination called AppleScriptObjC. Although you're technically working with some Objective-C/Cocoa in this chapter, there's enough AppleScript in here to keep you in somewhat familiar territory.

If you've ever wanted to go a bit further with AppleScript, here's your chance to create slick applications while at the same time getting a little taste of XCode.

What Is AppleScript Studio?

According to the official introductory documentation provided by Apple, "AppleScript Studio is a combination of application framework and development environment." What does that ...

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