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Chapter 8. Sharing Photos > Apple's iPhoto AppleScript scripts

Apple's iPhoto AppleScript scripts

  • Delete Album and Contents deletes an album and its contents, moving the album's photos to the Trash, which wouldn't normally happen. Be careful!

  • Do Photoshop Action performs an action in Photoshop for each of the selected photos, one at a time.

  • iPhoto to IPTC - GC uses GraphicConverter to set the industry-standard IPTC caption and comment tags to the contents of the iPhoto title and comments fields.

  • IPTC to iPhoto - GC sets the iPhoto title and comments fields to the contents of the industry-standard IPTC caption and comment tags.

  • Open in Preview opens the selected photos in Apple's Preview application.

  • Photo Summary creates an HTML page summarizing information about the selected photos and opens it in TextEdit.

  • Photo to iDVD Background exports a photo to iDVD as a background image.

  • Show Image File displays the selected photo's actual file in the Finder.

  • Speak Comments speaks the comments for selected photos.

  • Talking Image Card creates a movie of the selected image with an audio track speaking the comments.

Installing the Script Menu

Although you can run a script by selecting some photos in iPhoto, switching to the Finder, and double-clicking the desired script, there's an easier way—having a Script menu on your menu bar at all times. Follow these instructions to install the Script menu and populate it with Apple's scripts:

1.
Open the AppleScript folder in your Applications folder. In it you'll see an application called Install Script Menu.

2.
Launch Install Script Menu. A little scroll icon appears in your menu bar.

3.
Move the iPhoto Scripts folder that you downloaded from Apple into the Scripts folder inside your user's Library folder.

4.
From now on, when you want to invoke a script, select a photo and choose the desired script from the hierarchical iPhoto Scripts menu in the Script menu (Figure 8.22).

Figure 8.22. Invoke AppleScript scripts by choosing them from the Script menu.




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