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Applescript and iCal

561 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 30, 2013 8:39 AM by glu000 RSS
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Jul 24, 2013 5:21 PM



I'm new to Applescript and have a litte problem with iCal. In my script I want to get a list of all summaries of a iCal calendar. But for some reasons I want to set all events to a variable first and get the summary of all events from this variable (and not directly from iCal). I tried it in this way:




tell application "Calendar"



          set sumList to summary of events of calendar "Sync"   -- works fine, result is a list of all summaries


          set calList to events of calendar "Sync"                         -- works fine, result is a list of claendar events


          set sumList1 to get summary of every item of calList -- doesn't work (error 1728)


end tell


Any ideas why the 3rd line doesn't work?

applescript, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Jul 25, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to glu000)

    Every item of calList is still a list and when you try to apply summary to it Applescript doesn;t know what to do (basically what a 1728 error is) If you put the statement in a try block and catch the error this is what you see


    Screen Shot 2013-07-25 at 09.09.21.png

    Notice it is telling you it can;t get the summary of a list.


    Try this instead

    set sumList to {}

              repeat with calEvent in calList

                        copy summary of calEvent to end of sumList

    end repeat


    By intenerating over each element in the list (a cal event) you can then apply summary to it.

  • Bernard Harte Level 4 Level 4 (3,025 points)
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:59 AM (in response to glu000)

    You can get more than one property at a time (in the same loop).  For example, the following, will give you a list of lists (with a sublist for each event which contains the summary, start date, end date, uid).  However, if you explain what you are trying to do, there may be a better way.


    tell application "Calendar"

              set calList to events of calendar "XX"


              set propList to {}

              repeat with calEvent in calList

          copy {summary, start date, end date, uid} of calEvent to end of propList

      end repeat


    end tell



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