Resources for AppleScriptObjC

Since its introduction in OS X 10.6, support for AppleScriptObjC has grown significantly. Since OS X Yosemite, it is available everywhere, all the time.

This is the place to find tools and documentation to help take advantage of this powerful AppleScript resource.

'Everyday AppleScriptObjC', Third Edition

AppleScriptObjC was introduced largely as a replacement for AppleScript Studio, as a way to develop AppleScript-based applications with a rich interface in Xcode. Subsequent releases have made it increasingly more accessible to regular scripters.

Not every script needs a complex interface, and not every scripter wants to master the complications of Xcode. AppleScriptObjC offers abilities most scripters want in their standard AppleScript applets or scripts. 'Everyday AppleScriptObjC' looks at AppleScriptObjC from this perspective: how to take advantage of this great resource in your everyday scripts.

'Everyday AppleScriptObjC', Third Edition is the ideal introduction for scripters wanting to use AppleScriptObjC in El Capitan, Yosemite and Mavericks. Read more here.

ASObjC Explorer 4

ASObjC Explorer 4 is the script editor designed expressly to take advantage of the changes intoduced in Mac OS X 10.9 and later.

It's a powerful editor for writing and testing AppleScriptObjC code, and for developing AppleScriptObjC-based script libraries, as well as being a great external editor for those developing in Xcode.

Intelligent code-completion, extended logging, a built-in scripting dictionary editor, and formatting options specific to AppleScriptObjC — this is the place to develop AppleScriptObjC code. Read more here.

BridgePlus Script Library

BridgePlus is an AppleScript script library designed to improve and simplify the use of AppleScriptObjC. It pre-empted many of the improvements introduced in El Capitan, making it easier to develop backwards-compatible scripts, and it includes a range of advanced capabilities inherited from the ASObjCExtras framework. It is primarily aimed at scripters using AppleScriptObjC directly or via script libraries, but can also be used by those writing applications in Xcode. Read more here.

'AppleScriptObjC Explored'

Fifth Edition. This is the original AppleScriptObjC bible, revised for Mavericks and Xcode 5. In addition to documenting how to use AppleScriptObjC to develop applications with rich interfaces, this PDF book comes with more than 20 fully-editable and annotated example projects. Read more here.

AppleScriptObjC Explorer 2

AppleScriptObjC Explorer 2 works with versions of the OS from 10.6 to 10.8. It's the ideal AppleScriptObjC editor for those yet to upgrade or who have to support older versions of the OS, with code-completion based on the older underscore-based syntax.

AppleScriptObjC Explorer 2 is now free. Read more here.

Myriad Helpers

Myriad Helpers is a free collection of Objective-C files that simplify some of the coding involved in AppleScriptObjC in Xcode projects. Read more here.

ASObjC Runner

AppleScriptObjC has become much more accessible in Mavericks and Yosemite, but users of earlier systems don't need to miss out. ASObjC Runner is a background application that can be used to run AppleScriptObjC scripts. It also provides a host of vanilla scriptable commands that fill many of the holes in vanilla AppleScript. It runs on OS X 10.6 up to Mavericks, and it's free. Read more here.

Dialog Toolkit

Dialog toolkit is an ASObjC-based script library for showing enhanced dialogs. Requires Mavericks or later. Free to use, distribute and edit to suit. Download it here.