AppleScript and application services in the closet
Apple's Script Editor 2.0 for OS 10.2.3 has support for Application Services . Basically, you can hilight some valid AppleScript text in any supporting application (like Safari, for instance) and
- execute the script [or]
- get the result of the script [or]
- put the text into Script Editor.
Neat! Now... can we do something about making access to those services a bit more prominent? System-wide functions buried in a menu obscurely labeled "Services" under an app-specific menu label doesn't seem very inviting or intuitive. AppleScript gets insanely better treatment than this. I'd like to see these services pushed just as far forward, and more easily discoverable. It's been awhile since I played in Cocoa, but for awhile I was wondering if rearrange things a bit, maybe pull the service items for the currently active app into a menu extra or something. Or, at least pull the menu up a level, maybe stick it next to the "Script" where appropriate. And, I'd love to be able to customize the keyboard shortcuts assigned to them - some have shortcuts and I'll rarely use them, while others have no shortcut and I wish I could use them all the time.
It's good stuff, Apple, show it off.