TweetFollow Us on Twitter

ScriptEdit
Volume Number:7
Issue Number:3
Column Tag:Tools of the Trade

ScriptEdit and LifeGuard

By Dave Kelly, MacTutor Editorial Board

ScriptEdit for HyperCard 2.0

In case you were wondering what happened to ScriptEdit since the release (finally) of HyperCard 2.0, here it is. As I’ve mentioned previously, ScriptEdit (1.0 and 1.1) was a welcome addition to the lame editor of HyperCard versions 1.0 through 1.2.5. The HyperCard 2.0 development team improved HyperCard by giving it a better script editor. In addition, the team included ‘hooks’ that allow ScriptEdit 2.0 to supersede the generic HyperCard script editor. ScriptEdit is still the most useful extension to HyperCard available.

These are a few of the many new features and changes from previous versions of ScriptEdit:

• Modeless operation - HyperCard 2.0 gives us the ability to have more than one stack open at once. It would be senseless not to apply this capability to ScriptEdit. Since you can have more than one window open while HyperCard is active, it is much easier to cut, copy, or paste from other scripts. You can save time by leaving scripts open that you are using repeatedly.

• Integrated debugger - The ScriptEdit debugger is a great way to debug your HyperCard scripts. The debugger accessed by inserting a special character in your script called a checkpoint. As many as 32 temporary checkpoints, with as many as 16 in any one script, can be used. An unlimited number of permanent checkpoints can be set in a script by inserting the words “debug checkpoint”. The ScriptEdit Object Window cannot be used to open the scripts to add checkpoints. You need to use one of the other methods of opening scripts. The manual mentions several ways to open scripts, most of which are the same as for opening scripts with the HyperCard 2.0 generic editor.

With the checkpoint set, you can step or trace the script.to pinpoint problems. You can even monitor variables with the “Variable Watcher” window to monitor the results of your script. Another window called the Message Watcher keeps track of the messages that HyperCard sends between objects as the script is running.

The Start Recording command will begin saving script lines as they are executed with the Step, Step Into, or Trace commands. The recording buffer can later be examined to reveal a complete record of the handlers that were executed, which objects they came from, and the order that they were executed. Clicking on any line in the recording window will display and highlight the matching line in the original script that the recorded line came from, opening an editing window for that script if necessary.

• Multiple clipboards - ScriptEdit has five separate clipboards that can store up to 32,000 lines of text.

• Handler/Function pop-up menus - If you hold down the command key and click the mouse while displaying a script, a menu pops up listing all handlers or functions in the current script. Selecting one of these automatically scrolls the window and moves the insertion point to that handler or function’s definition.

• GREP wildcard searching - GREP stands for Global Regular Expression Print (or any number of other things, depending on whom you ask). It is based on a utility that is popular on many UNIX systems. GREP can be very useful once you become familiar with it. GREP uses special text strings to search for patterns of the text that is to be found. Although GREP can be useful, ScriptEdit lets you do regular searching without GREP.

• Smart HyperTalk pop-up menus - Six pop-up menus list HyperTalk commands, functions, globals, keywords, properties and constants. Selecting from these menus automatically inserts the selected menu item into the current script. Four of the six pop-up menus in the ScriptEdit Info Bar are ‘intelligent’; that is, they enter required script parameters and other information when they are selected. By redefining the resources that define these pop-up menus, you can change the text that is inserted when you choose from the Info Bar menus.

• Automatic script formatting - ScriptEdit automatically takes care of indenting the lines of script for you.

• Power-User auto save - This feature automatically saves changes to a script each time the script window is deactivated. This could be dangerous if you don’t understand what is happening.

• New ScriptEdit stack -The new version of ScriptEdit installer stack will allow you to use the ScriptEdit XCMDs without copying them to another stack. The installer will install scripts in your Home stack to open the XCMDs in the installer stack. The XCMDs may be copied to other stacks if desired, but it makes sense to keep them in the installer stack since you may want to keep the installer around anyway. The installer will remove the scripts in case you ever want to turn off ScriptEdit. Once the scripts are installed, ScriptEdit is activated whenever you access a HyperCard script just as you would with the HyperCard generic script editor.

• Time/Data stamp - The current date and time can be selected from a menu and added to any script line (at the insertion point).

Super Scripting with Script Edit 2

In summary, ScriptEdit is a useful tool for all HyperCard stack authors/developers. ScriptEdit retains the Object Window, Comment/Uncomment commands, text file editing, script comparison and other features that made it popular for users of HyperCard 1.2. The GREP searching function will take some time to learn, but isn’t too difficult to figure out. The ScriptEdit Debugger is one of SciptEdit’s strongest features. ScriptEdit 2.0 is very highly recommended from a company that has provided a great product and support the previous version of ScriptEdit.

Also, Somak is offering special promotion on ScriptEdit 2.0. For a limited time, you can order ScriptEdit 2.0 directly from Somak for only $59 + 4 p/h, and they’ll include a free disk of HyperCard 2.0 XMCDs. Call them for details.

ScriptEdit 2.0 is available from:

Somak Software, Inc.

535 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 113

Encinitas, California 92024

619-942-2566

FAX: 619-632-9087

To order: 800 842-5020

Price: $99; upgrades from ScriptEdit 1.0 and 1.1: $25

Requires: Any Macintosh with HyperCard 2.0; 2 Meg RAM is recommended for best performance.

No copy protection

LifeGuard™ is ON DUTY!

There has been considerable debate on the subject of VDT (Video Display Terminal) damage to eyes, etc. Programmers should be concerned as much as anyone about its effects. Eye strain, back pain, repetitive strain injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), headaches, and fatigue can take their toll on a programmer’s productivity too. Many of you rely on computers for your living (you don’t program just for fun) and without taking proper precautions, you could be a victim of unnecessary injury.

Experts agree that the solution is to take breaks periodically, especially when you’re working intensively at the computer. You also should be sure to set up your work environment to eliminate poor or uncomfortable posture and long reaches (use an ergonomic workstation). In addition, you should seek proper medical treatment at the first sign of repetitive strain injury or other computer-related health problems.

Many of you will agree that it is good to take a break. It’s hard to remember to break away sometimes. How about setting an alarm to remind you? Sure, but resetting it can really be a bother and some hours of work are less intense than others.

Now you can hire a lifeguard to watch the clock and how hard you work. LifeGuard™ from Visionary Software is an INIT/DA which keeps watch for you. All you do is drop the LifeGuard INIT into the system folder and install the LifeGuard DA. Open the DA and you can set up the amount of time you wish to work and how much rest time you want. After working for the set time, an audible and/or dialog reminder interrupts your work to let you know it is time to rest. If you’re busy with something that won’t quit, you can select the “snooze” function that you can set to give you another few minutes to finish up your work before the LifeGuard informs you that time is up again.

The audible sounds can be selected from a list of sounds (type ‘snd ’ resources) that are provided with LifeGuard or you can record your own. The dialog reminder also will give you suggestions activities you can do for your “time off”. These suggestions come from a list that you provide. You can do some exercises that are designed to prevent injuries that could result from working without pause in an office environment. It’s unfortunate that the exercises could not be programmed as part of the suggested activities in the Dialog Reminder. When you want to try the exercises you have to bring up the DA and look at the exercise page. You can perform these exercises at any time or when LifeGuard tells you to take a break.

LifeGuard could truly be a life saver. It is not guaranteed to prevent all injuries, but prevention is often better than trying to cure a problem later. LifeGuard is a great idea whose time has come.

LifeGuard™ is available from:

Visionary Software, Inc.

P. O. Box 69191

Portland, Oregon 97201

Telephone: 800-877-1832

AppleLink: Visionary

Price: $59.95

 
AAPL
$102.50
Apple Inc.
+0.25
MSFT
$45.43
Microsoft Corpora
+0.55
GOOG
$571.60
Google Inc.
+2.40

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Path Finder 6.5.5 - Powerful, award-winn...
Path Finder is a file browser that combines the familiar Finder interface with the powerful utilities and innovative features. Just a small selection of the Path Finder 6 feature set: Dual pane... Read more
QuarkXPress 10.2.1 - Desktop publishing...
With QuarkXPress, you can communicate in all the ways you need to -- and always look professional -- in print and digital media, all in a single tool. Features include: Easy to Use -- QuarkXPress is... Read more
Skype 6.19.0.450 - Voice-over-internet p...
Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype... Read more
VueScan 9.4.41 - Scanner software with a...
VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has... Read more
Cloud 3.0.0 - File sharing from your men...
Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard... Read more
LibreOffice 4.3.1.2 - Free Open Source o...
LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and... Read more
SlingPlayer Plugin 3.3.20.505 - Browser...
SlingPlayer is the screen interface software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to make your TV viewing experience just like that at home. It features an array of... Read more
Get Lyrical 3.8 - Auto-magically adds ly...
Get Lyrical auto-magically add lyrics to songs in iTunes. You can choose either a selection of tracks, or the current track. Or turn on "Active Tagging" to get lyrics for songs as you play them.... Read more
Viber 4.2.2 - Send messages and make cal...
Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country! Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device,... Read more
Cocktail 7.6 - General maintenance and o...
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Rhonna Designs Magic (Photography)
Rhonna Designs Magic 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Want to sprinkle *magic* on your photos? With RD Magic, you can add colors, filters, light leaks, bokeh, edges,... | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: August 25-29, 2014
Shiny Happy App Reviews   | Read more »
Qube Kingdom – Tips, Tricks, Strategies,...
Qube Kingdom is a tower defense game from DeNA. You rally your troops – magicians, archers, knights, barbarians, and others – and fight against an evil menace looking to dominate your kingdom of tiny squares. Planning a war isn’t easy, so here are a... | Read more »
Qube Kingdom Review
Qube Kingdom Review By Nadia Oxford on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: KIND OF A SQUARE KINGDOMUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Qube Kingdom has cute visuals, but it’s a pretty basic tower defense game at heart.   | Read more »
Fire in the Hole Review
Fire in the Hole Review By Rob Thomas on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: WALK THE PLANKUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Seafoam’s Fire in the Hole looks like a bright, 8-bit throwback, but there’s not enough booty to... | Read more »
Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwi...
Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwide Posted by Ellis Spice on August 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Dodo Master Review
Dodo Master Review By Jordan Minor on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: NEST EGGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Dodo Master is tough but fair, and that’s what makes it a joy to play.   | Read more »
Motorsport Manager Review
Motorsport Manager Review By Lee Hamlet on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: MARVELOUS MANAGEMENTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Despite its depth and sense of tactical freedom, Motorsport Manager is one of the most... | Read more »
Motorsport Manager – Beginner Tips, Tric...
The world of Motorsport management can be an unforgiving and merciless one, so to help with some of the stress that comes with running a successful race team, here are a few hints and tips to leave your opponents in the dust. | Read more »
CalPal Update Brings the App to 2.0, Add...
CalPal Update Brings the App to 2.0, Adds Lots of New Stuff Posted by Ellis Spice on August 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple now offering refurbished 21-inch 1.4GHz...
The Apple Store is now offering Apple Certified Refurbished 21″ 1.4GHz iMacs for $929 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is $170 off the cost of new models,... Read more
Save $50 on the 2.5GHz Mac mini, on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2.5GHz Mac mini on sale for $549.99 including free shipping. That’s $50 off MSRP, and B&H will also include a free copy of Parallels Desktop software. NY sales tax only. Read more
Save up to $300 on an iMac with Apple refurbi...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $300 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. These are the best prices on... Read more
The Rise of Phablets
Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, a businesses and technology consulting firm focused solely on the financial services industry, has released an infographic depicting the convergence of... Read more
Bad Driver Database App Allows Good Drivers t...
Bad Driver Database 1.4 by Facile Group is a new iOS and Android app that lets users instantly input and see how many times a careless, reckless or just plain stupid driver has been added to the... Read more
Eddy – Cloud Music Player for iPhone/iPad Fre...
Ukraine based CapableBits announces the release of Eddy, its tiny, but smart and powerful cloud music player for iPhone and iPad that allows users to stream or download music directly from cloud... Read more
A&D Medical Launches Its WellnessConnecte...
For consumers and the healthcare providers and loved ones who care for them, A&D Medical, a leader in connected health and biometric measurement devices and services, has launched its... Read more
Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech
Anand Lal Shimpi, whose AnandTech Website is famous for its meticulously detailed and thoroughgoing reviews and analysis, is packing it in. Lal Shimpi, who founded the tech site at age 14 in 1997,... Read more
2.5GHz Mac mini, Apple refurbished, in stock...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2.5GHz Mac minis available for $509, $90 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included, and shipping is free. Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999,...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Senior Event Manager, *Apple* Retail Market...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global event strategy. Delivering an overarching brand story; in-store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.