Will AppleScript do this?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ClarkeB, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. ClarkeB macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2005
    My uncle is a lawyer and he's arguing in some court that has a webcast. My grandmother wants to see the feed desperately and will be the only one at home when it is on. Is there anyway I can use applescript (the main computer in my house only has Panther) so that the link (which I have put on the desktop) will open at a certain time and just go?

    Thank you!
  2. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    Not sure, but you could do this:

    You could set the home page to the link that you want, tell her that all you have to do is press this button and it'll launch to it at whatever time.

    just an idea. :eek:
  3. ClarkeB thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2005
    Oh, wow...I never thought of that! thank you so much
  4. mkaake macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2003
    drag the link to the desktop, so that double clicking opens the URL. then you can open up ical, and set up a new event, and make the alarm (set to 0 minutes before) opening that file. then it'll open at whatever time you set up.
  5. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Or if you wanted to do it the way you originally described then you could just set up an ical event that launches the file that is a bookmark to that page. Or you could write a simple html page that uses 2 frames and the refresh tag so she could just double click the html file you wrote and it would load that page you want and then it would continually reload at whatever interval you specify. There are lots of ways you could do it depending on exactly what you want to achieve. Think outside the 6 sided polyhedron.
  6. Unorthodox macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2006
    Not at the beach...
    Yes sir you can.

    Copy past this text into "Script Editor":

    tell application "Safari"
    open location "
    URL of website. must be full URL and include http://"
    put the amount of minutes you want to go by before refreshing multiplied by 60 here
    end repeat
    end tell

    Now go to File>save as, give it a name, make sure to save it as an Application, deselect the "Run Only", Startup Screen" and "Stay Open" check boxes. Hit save.
    Navigate to the place where you saved it and double click it.
    Safari will now open the specified web-page and refresh at the specified interval!

    Unfortunately Im not a very good scripter, so unless you put a number after "repeat" (example: repeat 5) it will keep repeating into infinity.
    The only way to stop the beast is to use the command, option esc and force quit it......
  7. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    There is a functionality for running system events according to date, I saw it used for an applescript to back up your files.

    EDIT: the basic setup for your applescript to hande dates is as follows,

    global todaysDate
    global today
    set todaysDate to current date
    set today to time of todaysDate as string
    return today
    From there, just use that variable to handle whatever it is you want to do

    I'm trying to figure out why it's giving me a strange number for today, for example it returns "8675" instead of 2:24 AM....

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