New to Mac New to Programming, but have a idea? Can anyone help me?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by BigJP78, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. BigJP78 macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2010
    Hi All

    like i say in the title i am reletively new to Macs, and have never tried my hand at programming, but am willing to try!

    Basically, i am a keen photographer and would love to try time lapse photography, which canon have decided to leave off the tricks that my 5D mkII can do.

    I am now wondering if using the canon software i have already for remote shooting (for those who are not aware of this software, it basically turns the laptop into a viewing monitor for the camera and allows manual controls and remote firing of the shutter from the laptop.) so as you can see from the canon software it is possible to take a photo remotely so do not need to go in depth with any control software for the the camera itself. I just wanted to write a simple programme that will fire the mouse of the laptop (if i leave it hovering over the shutter release button!) and can change the timing of the firing?

    To me it sounds like it is a easy thing to do, but as i say i don't know a great deal about it at all!

    In summary, i would want a programme that can have a few perameters set such as time span(either a amount of time or a number of acctuations) and frequency (shots per second), is this possible and if so could someone tell me which is the best programme to write it in, or better still can someone build it and i can send you some virtual beer!!!!!

    Thanks in advance for your replies

  2. kyzen macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    If you're looking for something that simple, just find a macro program that can record/playback mouse events. I use Authotkey on Windows for a few things, it sounds like it might be able to meet your needs. Not sure if there's a Mac port of it or not, but I can't imagine there not being any sort of macro program available for the mac.
  3. BigJP78 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2010
    Thanks for the quick reply! Is a macroprogramme something I can just do a google search for? Are these easy to write yourself, meaning could programming newbie like myself do it do you think?
  4. cqexbesd macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2009
    Macros are generally simple to write. You can probably find a number of tools via google that might help you here. One might be Keyboard Maestro.

    You might also be able to use AppleScript and/or automater to solve your problem.
  5. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003

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