Drop destination path

Tariel Gogoberidze tariel at mac.com
Fri Aug 14 03:56:54 EDT 2009

> On Thu, 13 Aug 2009 05:25:57 +0200,  Jim Sims wrote:

> You don't state if you need an OS X and Windows solution, but if you
> select a folder and then run the following applescript you will get
> the path (in this case it is copied to the clipboard). Hope it helps
> you somehow.
> tell application "Finder"
> 	copy selection to theSelected
> 	set outputPathList to {}
> 	repeat with anItem in theSelected
> 		copy (POSIX path of (anItem as alias)) to end of outputPathList
> 	end repeat
> 	set AppleScript's text item delimiters to return
> 	set outputString to outputPathList as string
> 	set AppleScript's text item delimiters to ""
> 	set the clipboard to outputString
> end tell

Thanks Sims, nice script, I had a simpler version.

tell application "Finder"
   get selection
   set curr_sel to result as alias
   set posix_path to (POSIX path of (curr_sel) as string)
   set the clipboard to posix_path
end tell

but they both work only if folder is preselected. And yes, I need a  
windows solution as well

> On Wed, 12 Aug 2009 23:09:45 -0700,  Jim Ault wrote:

> When drag-dropping from one app to another, the first app does not
> have a way of 'knowing' what object the second app has used to accept
> the drop (if it accepted the drop at all).  This is true for any of
> the drag-and-drop between programs that I have experienced in the
> past.  The operating system does not know anything about the second
> app object definitions or drop areas.  The same thing is true of using
> a clipboard to move data.  The first app knows nothing about the paste
> operation in the second app.

And yet, all FTP clients on Mac ("Transmit" for example) somehow  
manage to support drag and drop download to arbitrary folder.
I suspect windows FTP clients can do drag / drop downloads to any  
folder of user choice as well. On Mac I would probably solve it  
eventually through AppleScript or Shell but I have not clue how to do  
this on windows.

Thanks for ideas and tips, for small group of users or internal use  
that would be great solution, but I need HIG compliant, "standard  
way"  of doing this.

I hoped that at least dragData would be able to resolve remote paths   
with something like..

set the allowableDragActions to "link"
Put " ftp://user:pass@server.com:21//Videos/MyVideo" into  
set the dragData["file"] to tRemoteFilePath

but that doesn't seems to be a case

best regards


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