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It’s been quite a while since we’ve had any fun with AppleScript so today we’re going to build a super basic script that automatically reads a list of URLs and turns them into screenshots.

If you’re new to AppleScript, be sure to read our introduction and advanced articles! We’ll be explaining things as we go but everything will make a lot more sense once you do your homework.

Apptivate is an incredibly useful little app that lives in your menubar and allows you to set keyboard shortcuts to launch applications and scripts.

Today we’ll look at where to get Apptivate and how to set it up. As a bonus, I’ll show you how to create your very own window management application similar to SizeUp using a combination of AppleScript and Apptivate.


Automator is an incredibly handy automation assistant for OS X. Instead of writing lines of code as in AppleScript, Automator allows you to string together preset actions through an easy to use drag-and-drop interface. The result is no-brainer automation on the fly.

This tutorial will cover a number of basic Automator features including how to work with application-specific actions, creating variables, embedding AppleScripts, and recording custom actions. Let’s get going!