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Chapter 5. Using Mac OS X Applications > Understanding AppleScript Basics

Understanding AppleScript Basics

The AppleScript language is your way of communicating with your operating system; instructing it to perform specific tasks. Who wants to do the same tasks over and over again… no one. For example, adding the .jpg extension to 150 graphic files that have to move to a system that requires extensions. There is an easier way to perform repetitive tasks, and that's with AppleScript. AppleScript is an English-like scripting language that is used to write script files, and those files automate actions performed by the computer (like adding an extension 150 times).

ActionScripting is more than a language that repeats recorded actions; AppleScript can make decisions based on user-interaction or by analyzing data, documents, or situations. And with Mac OS X Panther and the AppleScript Studio, you can create powerful Mac OS X applications with the Aqua look-and-feel written entirely in AppleScript. AppleScript is an automation language that helps us get thought the mundane tasks of working on a computer and that's more than worth the time and effort spent in learning AppleScript.


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