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AppleScript

First released in 1993, AppleScript is a quirky but powerful automation utility that lets you give your Mac a list of tasks to do. AppleScript is powerful enough to be considered a programming language, but it's simple enough so that mere mortals who don't relish the thought of learning to program can still use it. AppleScript is a standard part of every recent Mac OS version in the last five years.

Besides providing a list of tasks for the Finder to do, AppleScript can tell many other applications what to do, and it can even make two programs that understand AppleScript work together. That's powerful stuff! Of course, there's one caveat—to use programs with AppleScript, they must understand it. Otherwise you can't use AppleScript at all. There are three levels of AppleScript comprehension when it comes to applications: scriptable, recordable, and attachable.


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