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= What is Appscript? =
 
Appscript is a high-level, user-friendly MacPython-to-Apple Event Manager bridge that allows you to control scriptable Mac OS X applications using ordinary Python scripts. Appscript makes MacPython a serious alternative to Apple's own ../AppleScript language for automating your Mac.
 
For example, to get the value of the first paragraph of the topmost document in ../TextEdit: {{{
app('TextEdit').documents[1].paragraphs[1].get()
}}}
 
This is equivalent to the /AppleScript statement: {{{
get paragraph 1 of document 1 of application "TextEdit"
}}}
 
Appscript builds upon lower-level Python packages (aem, osaterminology) to provide:
 1. an Apple event-based ''RPC mechanism'' for sending commands to applications
 1. a mechanism for converting data between common Python and Apple event types
 1. a simple ''embedded query language'' for constructing references to an application's object model
 1. a mechanism that uses application-defined terminology to present these references in human-readable form
 1. an integrated help system for exploring application terminology information
 1. a clean, ''object oriented-like syntax'' for ease of use.
 
See:
 * http://appscript.sourceforge.net/
 
= Application scripting notes =
 
Pages containing additional information on scripting individual applications:
 
 * [[../Apple Mail]]
 * [[../Audio Hijack Pro]]
 * [[../Camino]]
 * [[../FileMakerPro]]
 * [[../Firefox]]
 * [[../Growl]]
 * [[../Illustrator]]
 * [[../InDesign]]
 * [[../iCal]]
 * [[../iPhoto]]
 * [[../iTerm]]
 * [[../iTunes]]
 * [[../iView MediaPro]]
 * [[../Microsoft Powerpoint]]
 * [[../Microsoft Word]]
 * [[../OmniGraffle]]
 * [[../PhotoShop]]
 * [[../QuarkXPress]]
 * [[../Safari]]
 * [[../SoundtrackPro]]
 * [[../TextEdit]]
 * [[../VoodooPad]]

What is Appscript?

Appscript is a high-level, user-friendly MacPython-to-Apple Event Manager bridge that allows you to control scriptable Mac OS X applications using ordinary Python scripts. Appscript makes MacPython a serious alternative to Apple's own ../AppleScript language for automating your Mac.

For example, to get the value of the first paragraph of the topmost document in ../TextEdit:

app('TextEdit').documents[1].paragraphs[1].get()

This is equivalent to the /AppleScript statement:

get paragraph 1 of document 1 of application "TextEdit"

Appscript builds upon lower-level Python packages (aem, osaterminology) to provide:

  1. an Apple event-based RPC mechanism for sending commands to applications

  2. a mechanism for converting data between common Python and Apple event types
  3. a simple embedded query language for constructing references to an application's object model

  4. a mechanism that uses application-defined terminology to present these references in human-readable form
  5. an integrated help system for exploring application terminology information
  6. a clean, object oriented-like syntax for ease of use.

See:

Application scripting notes

Pages containing additional information on scripting individual applications:

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