Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 15th Oct 2003 22:47 UTC
Mac OS X I was able to try out and preview Mac OS X Panther 10.3 for the past few months after WWDC and for the last few days I am running a latest version. So, what to expect from Mac OS X when it comes out on the evening of October 24th? Come in and have a look in this preview article. Update: screenshots removed at request of Apple.
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About AppleScript/Folder Actions
by Alexandre de Carvalho on Thu 16th Oct 2003 15:18 UTC

1. AppleScript is a very cool scripting language for Mac OS (Classic9 and X) and it has been around for many versions. Mac OS has an OSA (Open Script Architecture) which make it really ease for applications to become scriptable, whether using AppleScript or other scripting languages (e.g.: Frontier).

2. Folder Actions have been around in Mac OS long before BeOS, Mac OS X. It's not an imported idea, it's actually another Apple idea that's has migrated to other OS's.

3. Folder Actions allow you to assign a script to a folder. Folder Actions don't really do much more than this. It's the script that does all the work, by defining triggers (like 'on modify folder' or 'on adding item'). So, to see it work you must assign a script (the action) to a folder. The main objective of Folder Actions is to make a folder "aware" of certain actions so it triggers a sequence of commands (defined in a script).

4. Bearing in mind the whole Folder Action concept described above, assigning the same Folder Action to multiple folders would be useless and actually buggy.

5. Finally, Panther is compatible with a lot more than 80% of installed apps. on my sistem, only NetBarrier seemed to hard crash the OS at startup. Anyway, it's very robust and very fast.

By the way, great article :-)

Alexandre
abcarvalho@mac.com