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Script not functioning outside editor

444 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 28, 2013 5:22 PM by A.P.M. Wülfinghoff RSS
A.P.M. Wülfinghoff Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Feb 23, 2013 1:17 PM

This programme works perfectly in the Applescript editor and so it does when placed as an Applescript within a Filemaker Pro script, except for the last lines.




--tell application "FileMaker Pro"

  set album_title to cell "album_title" of current record & ".jpeg"

--end tell



set url_path to "Macintosh HD:Users:<me>:Documents:POPMUZIEK:ALBUM COVERS POP:"

set tekst to ""



tell application "Finder"


--reveal items of desktop

  select document files

  display dialog "Search file and click" with title "" buttons {"ok"}

  set picture to (choose file)


  display dialog "Chosen file is > " & picture with title "" buttons {"ok", "again"} default button 1

  if button returned of result = "again" then

       set picture to (choose file)


       set name of picture to album_title

        set tekst to name of picture

       exit repeat

  end if

  end repeat


set the clipboard to tekst


---------------------------------------------------the next two lines are completely ignored, even the display etc. statements

--display etc

open location url_path

--display etc

move picture to url_path

end tell


Any idea what might be going on?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), FileMaker Pro 11; iTunes 11.0.1 (12
  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,695 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to A.P.M. Wülfinghoff)

    I have a natural question when reviewing your AppleScript. Are there language variants of AppleScript, and in particular, the use of localized (NL) tekst for the English text? Since this appears on the last line before the ignored statements, and is the only deviation from English in the entire AppleScript, I was just curious.


    On further study, I think I answered that question.

  • HD Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 5:17 AM (in response to A.P.M. Wülfinghoff)




    In your script, url_path is a string of characters in the form of a file system reference, not a path or a file system reference in itself.


    I can't test this at the moment, but I think AppleScript Editor is doing some hidden coercion which doesn't happen when the script is run from FMP. You may need to force the coercion of url_path within the script.


    How does this work:



    tell application "Finder"

    ....... main script....

    set the_folder to folder url_path -- this is the coercion

    completely ignored, even the display etc. statements

    --display etc

    open the_folder

    --display etc

    move picture to the_folder

    end tell


    (There isn't any need to open the folder in order to move the files into it.)

  • twtwtw Level 5 Level 5 (4,580 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 7:52 AM (in response to A.P.M. Wülfinghoff)

    open location is meant to open internet-scheme urls in the default browser.  try open location "" and see what happens.  if you're just trying to open a folder in the Finder, say open folder the_folder.


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