10 Cool AppleScripts You Should Try
The scripting language built in to the Mac’s OS is referred to as AppleScript. It uses an English-based language to automate tasks on the Mac. AppleScripts are located in your Library/Scripts folder and the Script Editor can be launched by double-clicking a script where it describes what the script does and you can run it by clicking Run.
Here is a list of 10 cool AppleScripts that you should try.
1. Add to Folder Names
With Add To Folder Names you can add something at the beginning or end of all folder names on the front-most Finder window. Items on the desktop will be used by the script, if no Finder windows are open. This saves a lot of time as you don’t have to go through a large group of folders one by one just to add something to the folder name.
2. Add to File Names
Similarly, Add To File Names changes files in the front Finder window, instead of folders.
3. Trim Folder Names
The next two scripts are the opposite of the two mentioned above. Trim Folder Names lets one trim the text from the beginning or the end of a folder. This helps in altering the folder names that you want to change or shorten.
4. Trim File Names
Trim File Names is similar to Trim Folder Names, except that instead of folder names, this can cut the start or end of file names.
5. Finder Windows- Hide All
All the Finder windows that are open can be minimized into the dock by using the Finder Windows – Hide All script.
6. Finder Windows-Show All
Finder Windows – Show All will do the exact opposite, and bring all Finder windows that are in the Dock back out onto the Desktop.
7. Crazy Message Text
On running Crazy Message Text, a dialog asks the user to type the text to create the “crazy” mail message with. After entering text and on hitting OK, a Mail message is created, on which the text is pasted with each letter in a different size, font and colour.
8. Create New Message
The Create New Message Script is useful to browse the Web or RSS feeds. It lets you make a Mail message from whatever application you’re in at the moment. A small dialog asks the receiver’s name, address, the subject, content, signature, and the “from” address. After clicking OK, Mail opens and the message that you entered can be sent.
9. iTunes Remote Control
The iTunes Remote Control is the perfect substitute for an iTunes controller. On running the script, a dialog pops up and you can make iTunes “pause”, “play,” or “stop” among other commands.
10. Clipboard Viewer
The Clipboard Viewer script shows a dialog with whatever is on the clipboard. If you have a file copied, the filename will be displayed.
The Scripts folder contains tons of other cool Applescripts. And what’s more, You can even customize or even write your own AppleScripts!