Making A Mac App Scriptable Tutorial

Allow users to write scripts to control your OS X app – giving it unprecedented usability. Discover how in this “Making a Mac App Scriptable Tutorial”. By Sarah Reichelt.

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Where to Go From Here?

You can download the final version of the sample project here.

There wasn’t room to cover inter-app communication in this making a mac app scriptable tutorial, but to see how to work between apps, check out 8. Inter-App Communication.scpt for some examples. This script gathers a list of incomplete tasks due today and tomorrow, inserts them into a new TextEdit file, styles the text and saves the file.

For more information about scriptable apps, the official Apple docs on Scriptable Applications are a good start, as is Apple’s Overview of Cocoa Support for Scriptable Applications.

Interested in learning more about JXA? Check out the Introduction to JavaScript for Automation Release Notes.

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