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By Mark Conway Munro

Mark Munro brings transparent language and prepared association to the exposition of AppleScript. even though, this ebook is greater than an outstanding reference advisor to the AppleScript language, it's a passionate paean to automation and efficiency.

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Imagine a nightmarish world in which every Web site had its own language and, therefore, its own browser. Perhaps that is a bit dramatic, but that is not totally unlike the way things were with automation. In a world without AppleScript, each application would need its own macro language and features. To use them, you would have to learn and remember each of them from any number of applications. Creating a macro that works across multiple applications would be difficult to virtually impossible.

2. AppleScript provides an easy to learn, English-like language that enables users to write scripts that send and receive Apple Events. Each script acts like a new feature of the OS or an application. Scripts can integrate third-party applications, creating custom solutions that perform very specific tasks. Because of its English-like syntax, even novice programmers can build scripts to perform virtually any function. With pervasive support of AppleScript throughout the Mac OS and many third-party applications, it is the ideal platform to create efficiency-rich, workflow automation solutions.

Chapter 2: Workflow Automation with AppleScript 29 Quantifying the return on investment potential of AppleScript Many of the arguments for the adoption of workflow automation in general and AppleScript automation in particular might seem obvious. However, it is always nice to be objective and simply present established facts to support such claims, especially when you are attempting to convince those who control a budget that it is worth the investment. As fortune would have it, in 1999 GISTICS, a research firm that investigates new technology adoption and the strategic role that third-party developers play in maximizing the payback of new technologies, created seven informative publications analyzing Apple’s technology.

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