Open application when file double clicked

Peter Haworth pete at lcsql.com
Tue Feb 24 13:21:30 EST 2015


Still trying to figure this out.

There's a user note in the dictionary that says $1 does not contain the
path to the double clicked file on OSX.  Is that true?

On Mon Feb 23 2015 at 1:00:02 PM Peter Haworth <pete at lcsql.com> wrote:

> Thanks Paul.
>
> The problem is, the file types involved are SQLite databases and there is
> no standard file extension for them.  The most common is ".s3db" but I've
> seen half a dozen other extensions used.
>
> Does the apple event approach not work any more?  I thought if you
> associated a file with an application in the Get Info dialog, that
> application would be used to open the file.  I know that works because I've
> used it to associate .doc files with Open Office and they open just fine
> when I double click them.
>
> I also found something on the list that mentioned looking at the global
> variable $1 during preOpenCard and it would contain a file path if the app
> was opened by double clicking a file.  I tried that too but still no joy.
>
>
> On Mon Feb 23 2015 at 12:20:06 PM Paul Dupuis <paul at researchware.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Your "Info.plist" file in the OSX app bundle needs to be edited to
>> define the allowed file types that can be dropped on your application.
>>
>> This appears to be a OSX constraint that the OS only allows dropping of
>> file types specified in the Info.plist file.
>>
>> In the standalone setting in the IDE you can define 1 document type for
>> your standalone. The XML for that type in the plist file can then be
>> copied to define additional types as you like.
>>
>>
>> On 2/23/2015 2:50 PM, Peter Haworth wrote:
>> > I found the following handler on the forum for launching an OSX
>> application
>> > when an associated file is double clicked
>> >
>> > on appleEvent pClass,pID
>> >
>> >    local tFiles
>> >
>> >    if pClass is "aevt" and pID is "odoc" then
>> >       request appleEvent data
>> >       put it into tFiles ## files OS is requesting your application
>> opens,
>> > one per line
>> >       if tFiles is not "not found" and tFiles is not empty then
>> >          openDB line 1 of tFiles
>> >       end if
>> >    else
>> >       pass appleEvent
>> >     end if
>> >
>> > end appleEvent
>> >
>> > I put that into the script of the first card of my application's main
>> > stack. openDB is a handler in my main stack script.
>> >
>> > Built the standalone and associated a file with my application then
>> double
>> > clicked it.  My application opened but did not open the file.  I added
>> some
>> > answer commands to the appleEvent handler including one right at the
>> > beginning, re-built the application and tried again but nothing was
>> > displayed.
>> >
>> > It appears the apple event is never reaching my application.  Maybe the
>> > code I found is out of date somehow?  This is on Yosemite.
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