You could be saving yourself time and money right now using tools you probably didn't even know you had. AppleScript, a powerful and free scripting tool included on every Macintosh, enables individuals, professionals, and businesses to save time and money by automating time-consuming, repetitive tasks. Hallmark, for example, used AppleScript to reduce the number of color proofs needed to create a greeting card from a range of 5 to 25 expensive proofs per card down to just two. The best part? You don't need a degree in engineering to create powerful, results-driven scripts.
In AppleScript 1-2-3 Apple's AppleScript product manager, Sal Soghoian, teaches beginners how to address nearly any automation task on the Macintosh. Broken down into three parts, the book starts by explaining AppleScript fundamentals through a series of hands-on how-tos designed to teach you how to write functional scripts. The second section expands on the knowledge gained in the first section with an in-depth examination of useful AppleScript tools and techniques, and the third section uses sample scripts to demonstrate how to automate Apple and third-party applications. If you're looking to work more productively by automating your workflow, you'll want this primer written by the leading expert in the field-no one knows more about AppleScript than Sal.
Best Applescript book I've read a number of books on Applescript in the past, but I've learned the most from this one. Sal presents things in a way that I finally wrapped my brain around the topic. He presents the information in a clear way without being overly simplistic. I'd seen several video tutorials by Sal around the web, so I felt comfortable buying the book when it became available. Highly recommended....more info
Wonderful book for learning AppleScript I found this an easy book to follow and was written in a straight way. I liked the delivery of the author and each lesson built on the previous one. Thanks for this book and for the author.
Good book for intermediate users I'm a little over three quarters of a way through the book, and I'm finding it very useful. However, I would not recommend this book for beginners. A better option for those completely new to AppleScript is AppleScript: The Missing Manual
This book (AppleScript: 123) is useful for when you're ready to take Apple scripting to the next level. While there are practical scripts that you can copy and apply, the authors focus more on trying to get you to understand the various logic, tools, and language for scripting automations and commands. Depending on your level of expertise with AppleScript, you may have to work through this book cover to cover in order to get a full understanding of scripting language.
What I find a little annoying about the book though is its weight and size. Parts of the 900 page book are needlessly repetitive (especially the first chapter in which the chapter summary is 12 pages long!) Also, some of the scripts presented in the book are not that practical. They are presented just to demonstrate and an example.
Despite this shortcoming, if you're serious about learning AppleScript, this is one book you'll want to read and work through....more info
Excellent introduction to Applescript I had the pleasure of once attending an Applescript introduction hosted by Sal Soghoian. He is a great teacher, and this book is much like being at one of his sessions. Although I have done some fairly basic scripting in Applescript for years, this book has opened my eyes both to the underlying philosophy and to some of the tricks and techniques necessary to be an effective script author. I highly recommend this book for the beginning to intermediate level Applescript programmer....more info
Must have for any AppleScripter! I have been using AppleScript since 1999 with much frustration. I have read other AppleScript books, but this is the first one that really cleared up all of my questions about AppleScript. This book is worth the price for the first few chapters alone!...more info