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Mac OS® X Snow Leopard™ Bible by Mark Hattersley, Galen Gruman

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Chapter 25. Using AppleScript and Automator

Although computers have been touted for years as the ultimate tool to perform redundant tasks, you may feel as though they have generated new monotonous tasks. In previous chapters, you learned about technologies in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard that help you launch documents, edit text, manipulate multimedia, print documents, and perform hundreds of other tasks. And though you may be impressed by components in all those technologies; individually, the components don't do much by themselves — they tend to require user input. Scripting has long been a way to coordinate the different components of a task by enabling you to compose a script that plays back a set of commands in order.

The AppleScript scripting language is a simplified programming language that enables you to control your applications and perform tasks automatically. Scripts range from the simplest to the highly complex, depending on your skill at scripting, your knowledge of AppleScript's nuances, and the requirements of your task. This chapter contains enough information about AppleScript ...

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