Opening applications with Apple Script

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Hiya guys,
I know this isn't specifically VoiceOver related, but I have just started delving into Applescript.

What I'm coding is basically a windows run command on steroids, which checks to see if I'm trying to make it do something special (e:bob@apple.com, w:google.com for example), and if I'm not, open the app I tell it too.

However, 8 times out of 10, opening an app causes it to open in the background, meaning I have to command tab to it.

It's not a big thing, but it's a little annoying.

Anyways, here's what the script is doing:

tell application "whatever" to activate
try
tell application "whatever" to set visible of first window to true
on error
end try

This seems to happen particularly often with Terminal.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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Submitted by Seanoevil on Monday, June 23, 2014

I am super impressed with some of the Apple Scripts that I have seen from Chris Norman and others on this site. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could point Me to some guides or training resources where I might learn to Script.

Thanks in advance.

Sea No Evil.

Submitted by Chris Norman on Monday, June 23, 2014

There is a tutorial which I have sort of flown past on my wild excursions through google, but what I did was just figured out what I wanted to do, and did it.

The biggest script I wrote (the run thing), I knew I wanted to start with some sort of dialog box, so I just googled "how to make a dialog box in apple script" (or words to that affect).

From there I needed to see if there was a colon in the input string, so I googled "How to see if a string contains a certain character in apple script".

Finally, there's a whole load of scripts already in OS X which you can read and figure out what they do.

Apple script is a bit of a pain to my mind because it attempts to be so simple... It's not alway7s obvious what terminology you need to use. Bhe basics of it however are this:

tell application "application name in quotes"
Something
Something else
Something further
end tell

Most things (tell, try, ignoring, if etc), are terminated with end, so end try, end if, end ignoring, end tell etc.

As a parting shot, if I'm honest, if I had to rewrite the script from the ground up without the aid of google, I highly doubt I'd be able to do it.

Have fun, and happy hacking!