For the 8th time in eight years I started a new hobby. Again. I want to learn AppleScript so I can be a bona fide geek gal.
Scripts are simple, right? Apple puts AppleScript in every Mac. I want to create a bunch of useful scripts to do this or that here or there. Knowing AppleScript will technologicalize my mind. So, why does the Mac App Store stand in my way?
Scripting The Night Away
AppleScript can’t be that hard. Our neighbor’s kid is in the 8th grade and he creates scripts. I started trying to learn AppleScript when he was born. I’m still trying to learn.
The latest in a long string of scripting tools that caught my eye is Magic Script Creator.
That, dear Mac user is exactly what this woman needs to accomplish this aging attempt to go all geeky on my Mac. Magic.
I’ve tried Automator (free on your Mac) and found it uninspiring. No one will think you have geek street cred when you create a Fisher Price-like Automator app.
Magic Script Creator builds AppleScript scripts. It comes with examples of actual, usable scripts, each of which can be reconfigured to perform other functions. The interface is simple enough (an untechnical point and click).
The list of scripts it will create is enough for a user to get an idea of how to build an AppleScript script (that’s redundancy is really annoying me again).
For example, you can click to create scripts to Copy and Move files or sync a Folder. That kind of thing.
What’s wrong with Magic Script Creator?
Because the developer and the Mac App Store have combined to thwart my efforts to learn AppleScript. The app is Mac App Store only, the Home Of No Try Before You Buy™.
And, the app itself, though not expensive, considering that it could be the one app to help me overcome my aversion to geek and technospeak, is far more than mere throwaway money (99-cents is OK, so is $1.99, and so is $4.99 if buyers, not including the app developers friends and relatives, rave about it).