dropping to the Finder
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Fri Feb 26 19:28:33 CST 2010
> Possible solution/workaround for dragging stuff directly to
> the Finder: Use 'scaffolding' --some sort of tiny (like,
> 1-byte), invisible file with an exotic/unique name, which
> has no use in and of itself, but exists to provide a useful
> side-effect. Drag your 'scaffolding' file to the destination
> normally. When the 'scaffolding' file is dropped, get its
> filepath from the Finder; schlep all the *real* files to that
> location; and (silently) delete the 'scaffolding' file.
> The big question here is, how to stage-manage the process so
> that the user is never aware of the 'scaffolding' file and
> thinks it all
> Just Works...
With the tempName function making and moving the file would be a snap,
I think the truly hard part is where you write, "get its filepath from
Actually, since a newly-dropped file becomes the Finder selection, that
wouldn't be too hard at all with a line of AppleScript.
Now to figure out how I get that info on Win and Linux....
And Björnke, thanks for the tip about the file ID. I'd forgotten about
that. May come in handy if all else fails and I need to look at writing
an external for this.
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