OSX GUI Manipulation?

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Sep 1 02:14:21 EDT 2004

bfr at nwlink.com wrote:

>>Normally, you just use the AppleScripts directly with the
>>application. Otherwise QuickKeys can manipulate any app
>>whether it has applescripts or not...
> Many apps are not scriptable, or do not expose everything to scripting.
> Filemaker is highly scriptable but there is still a long list of actions
> that are not scriptable.
> System Events is the application built into the operating system for GUI
> scripting. For many actions, no other utility is required.
> Quickeys and iKey are both commercial utililties which provide more
> full-featured GUI scripting.
> In the past, other programming tools like FaceSpan provided features that
> allowed programmatical scripting of the GUI of other Mac applications. It
> is my understanding that Rev is trying to compete with other programming
> tools like Realbasic and Facespan. I am asking if Rev provides a
> competitive feature set.

Other applications can be manipulated only to the degree that they want 
to be.  The mechanism for that is AppleScript.  If a program allows 
itself to be modified via AppleScript, you can send AppleScript from Rev 
just as you can from other tools.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Media Corporation
  Ambassador at FourthWorld.com       http://www.FourthWorld.com

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