TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Apr 99 Online

Volume Number: 15 (1999)
Issue Number: 4
Column Tag: MacTech Online

Apr 99 Online

by Jeff Clites <online@mactech.com>

Last month we surveyed the resources you need to learn how AppleEvents and AppleScript work and how you can put them to good use. This month we are going to look at some of the tools available to make using them a breeze.

Constructing Your Events

Anyone sending AppleEvents from within their application will want to be familiar with AEGizmos. This is a code library from Jens Alfke (one of the creators of Apple's Script Editor) which lets you build and work with complex AE descriptors using a more intuitive string-based description. It can shorten and clarify your code, and has the added benefit of being much faster than building your descriptors "by hand", because it builds them without calls to the Apple Event Manager.

Jens' Software Grab-Bag (AEGizmos)
http://www.mooseyard.com/Jens/Software/

Greg Anderson's develop article on scripting the Finder is useful in its own right, but most handily the accompanying code contains C++ wrapper classes for working with AppleEvents. These help hide some of the Toolbox's procedural sins from the innocent object-oriented programmer (not many, but some).

December 94 - Scripting the Finder from Your Application
www.mactech.com/articles/develop/issue_20/20anderson.html

For a completely different approach, check out Marco Piovanelli's Cream Library, a set of C++ classes that replace Apple's Object Support Library and give you a new way to approach the Apple Event Object Model (AEOM) by using real C++ objects instead of OSL tokens.

Cream
http://www.merzwaren.com/cream/index.html

If you want to provide a "Scripts" menu, so that users can run their own scripts from within your application, check out Joe Strout's ScriptMenu. This public-domain code makes it trivial to implement, and can even use an icon in place of the menu title.

ScriptMenu
http://www.strout.net/info/coding/macdev/scriptmenu/

Essential Utilities

There are a few utilities which are just essential when working with AppleEvents. The first is AETracker, by RavenWare Software. It's a control panel which lets you intercept any or all calls the Apple Event Manager and log them to a file. It can be a life saver when debugging your own application or when trying to figure out just what is going on with some other application or script.

RavenWare Software (AETracker)
http://www.ravenware.com/sware/

The second essential is Capture AE by WestCode Software, the makers of the OneClick utility. Capture AE is similar to AETracker but simpler - it logs just AppleEvents (calls to AESend) and formats them in AEGizmos form, making them easy to read and reuse.

OneClick Free Stuff (Capture AE)
http://www.westcodesoft.com/FTP-Buttons.html

AETEGizmo (not to be confused with AEGizmos) is a curious little utility from last year's MacHack. As an alternative to the above utilities, it can help you figure out what is going on under the covers of an AppleScript by "stealing" the AppleScript dictionary from another application. Then, you target the AppleScript toward AETEGizmo instead of the original application and AETEGizmo returns the AppleEvents as AEGizmo-formatted strings, which you can view in the Script Editor. Whew! It's a hack, but it's handy.

1998 Hacks (AETEGizmo)
http://www.machack.com/Hack98.html

Akua Sweets is a package from Gregory Lemperle-Kerr, consisting of a Scripting Addition with many unusual capabilities and a large number of example scripts to go along with it. Most interesting, though, is the included script runner Scripple. It's completely undocumented, but appears to contain a number of interesting debugging facilities, similar to some of the above-mentioned utilities. It's worth a look, and I hope the author decides to document it some day. And, it has some fun little cursors....

Akua Sweets
http://hyperarchive.lcs.mit.edu/cgi-bin/NewSearch?key=akua

Last, but not least, remember that AppleScript is yet one more reason for people to move to the Mac platform - AppleScript is a Mac-only technology, and no other platform has this sort of pervasive scriptability, where even tiny shareware applications are scriptable. So dive in - it's worth the effort. These and a horde of other links are available from the MacTech Online web pages at www.mactech.com/online/.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

OmniGraffle 7.2.2 - Create diagrams, flo...
OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to... Read more
OmniGraffle Pro 7.2.2 - Create diagrams,...
OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use... Read more
OmniGraffle Pro 7.2.2 - Create diagrams,...
OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use... Read more
OmniGraffle 7.2.2 - Create diagrams, flo...
OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to... Read more
Spotify 1.0.44.100. - Stream music, crea...
Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts... Read more
Microsoft OneNote 15.29 - Free digital n...
OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at... Read more
WALTR 2 2.0.8 - $39.95
WALTR 2 helps you wirelessly drag-and-drop any music, ringtones, videos, PDF, and ePub files onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod without iTunes. It is the second major version of Softorino's critically-... Read more
Dropbox 16.3.27 - Cloud backup and synch...
Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems... Read more
EtreCheck 3.1.5 - For troubleshooting yo...
EtreCheck is an app that displays the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to... Read more
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.12 - Easy-to-use...
Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous,... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Track Santa with these three festive app...
Christmas is fast approaching and that means it's time to prepare for Santa's yearly pilgrimage around the globe. Christmas Eve is an exciting time as parents help their kids get ready to welcome Santa. You've got the cookies and milk all planned... | Read more »
Galaxy on Fire 3 and four other fantasti...
Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore brings the series back for another round of daring space battles. It's familiar territory for folks who are familiar with the franchise. If you've beaten the game and are looking to broaden your horizons, might we... | Read more »
The best apps for your holiday gift exch...
What's that, you say? You still haven't started your holiday shopping? Don't beat yourself up over it -- a lot of people have been putting it off, too. It's become easier and easier to procrastinate gift shopping thanks to a number of apps that... | Read more »
Toca Hair Salon 3 (Education)
Toca Hair Salon 3 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Winter comes to Darkwood as Seekers Note...
MyTona, based in the chilly Siberian city of Yakutsk, has brought a little festive fun to its hidden object game Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery. The Christmas update introduces some new inhabitants to players, and with them a chance to win plenty of... | Read more »
Bully: Anniversary Edition (Games)
Bully: Anniversary Edition 1.03.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $6.99, Version: 1.03.1 (iTunes) Description: *** PLEASE NOTE: This game is officially supported on the following devices: iPhone 5 and newer, iPod Touch... | Read more »
PINE GROVE (Games)
PINE GROVE 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A pine grove where there are no footsteps of people due to continuous missing cases. The case is still unsolved and nothing has... | Read more »
Niantic teases new Pokémon announcement...
After rumors started swirling yesterday, it turns out there is an official Pokémon GO update on its way. We’ll find out what’s in store for us and our growing Pokémon collections tomorrow during the Starbucks event, but Niantic will be revealing... | Read more »
3 reasons why Nicki Minaj: The Empire is...
Nicki Minaj is as business-savvy as she is musically talented and she’s proved that by launching her own game. Designed by Glu, purveyors of other fine celebrity games like cult favorite Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Nicki Minaj: The Empire launched... | Read more »
Clash of Clans is getting its own animat...
Riding on its unending wave of fame and success, Clash of Clans is getting an animated web series based on its Clash-A-Rama animated shorts.As opposed to the current shorts' 60 second run time, the new and improved Clash-A-Rama will be comprised of... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

New 2016 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sa...
B&H Photo the new 2016 Apple 13″ 2.9GHz/256GB Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for $50 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.9GHz/256GB Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space... Read more
12-inch 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook on s...
B&H Photo has dropped their price on the 2016 Apple 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook (MLH82LL/A) to $1399 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $200 off MSRP, and it’... Read more
Never Settle for Low Performing Wifi With iOS...
AppYogi Software has announced the release of WiFi Signal Strength Status App 1.0, the company’s new utility developed exclusively for macOS. WiFi Signal Strength Status App features a unique, single... Read more
New 2016 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros in st...
B&H Photo has stock of new 2016 Apple 13″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro models, each including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.9GHz/512GB Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space Gray: $1999 - 13″ 2.... Read more
New 2016 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock...
B&H Photo has new 2016 Apple 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro models in stock today including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2799 - 15″ 2.7GHz... Read more
DietSensor App Targeting Diabetes and Obesity...
DietSensor, Inc., a developer of smart food and nutrition applications designed to fight diabetes and obesity and help improve overall fitness, has announced the launch of its DietSensor app for... Read more
Holiday 2016 13-inch 2.0GHz MacBook Pro sales...
B&H has the non-Touch Bar 13″ MacBook Pros in stock today for $50-$100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray (MLL42LL/A): $1449 $... Read more
Holiday sale: Apple TVs for $51-$40 off MSRP,...
Best Buy has dropped their price on the 64GB Apple TV to $159.99 including free shipping. That’s $40 off MSRP. 32GB Apple TVs are on sale right now for $98 on Sams Club’s online store. That’s $51 off... Read more
12-inch Retina MacBooks, Apple refurbished, n...
Apple has restocked a full line of Certified Refurbished 2016 12″ Retina MacBooks, now available for $200-$260 off MSRP. Refurbished 2015 models are available starting at $929. Apple will include a... Read more
Holiday sale: 12-inch Retina MacBook for $100...
B&H has 12″ Retina MacBooks on sale for $100 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1199 $100... Read more

Jobs Board

Integration Technician, *Apple* - Zones, In...
…at Zones and for our customers each day. Position Overview The Apple Integration Technician will be responsible for performing customer specific configuration Read more
*Apple* Brand Ambassador (Macy's) - The...
…(T-ROC), is proud of its unprecedented relationship with our partner and client, APPLE ,in bringing amazing" APPLE ADVOCATES"to "non" Apple store locations. Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions- Trumbul...
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 - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
US- *Apple* Store Leader Program - Apple (Un...
…Summary Learn and grow as you explore the art of leadership at the Apple Store. You'll master our retail business inside and out through training, hands-on Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.