Applescripting Automator.

Discussion in 'AppleScript' started by aaabha, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. aaabha

    aaabha New Member

    Jun 26, 2010
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    I am starting to work with applescripting Automator apps when I suddenly realized I don't speak applescript. So I beg for help.

    I'd like to make a simple automator app that reads the word count from the clipboard.

    I know that automator likes

    "on run {input, parameters}" to start an applescript and

    " return input
    end run" to end it. The questions become:

    What input and parameters need to be set for the clipbard?
    What should the script do to count the words?
    Once I have a number, how do I display it?

    I found snippet of code that does this in applescript and displays a dialog box:

    set myclip to the clipboard as string
    set the reportnum to the count of words in myclip
    (display dialog) & reportnum & " words"

    But how can these functions be used in an Automator applescript?

    And is there a way to make an automator dialog pop up and disappear after 5 seconds without clicking on it?

    Thank you,

    aaabha, Aug 19, 2010
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