I am new to Applescript, but I'd like to automate it so it works sort of like an automated back-up. Is there shareware to do this?
Is it possible with Applescript?
Can an Applescript wake the computer from sleep and do something?
Is AOL scriptable?
I know I can look this up, but the basic tutorials I've seen haven't answered these questions. I just want to know if this is possible, or if someone else has done the work already.
In terms of shareware programs for automated or scheduled backup, you could try searching in the various online shareware trackers and archives. For example, check out VersionTracker.com, the Info-Mac Archive and the File Management subcategory of ZDNet/MacWorld's MacDownload web site.
AppleScript scripts can also be used to perform automated backup and other tasks. However, to actually trigger the scripts at the desired times (e.g., forcing a wake-up from sleep), you'd need the help of a script scheduler. For instance, a copy of Sophisticated Circuits' iDo Script Scheduler utility is included on the Mac OS 9.0 CD-ROM in the 'CD Extras : AppleScript Extras' subfolder; you can also upgrade the "lite" version to a more powerful "enhanced" version.
AOL is scriptable; for tips, try searching in AOL's own documentation, and in the MACSCRPT Digest Archives Mirror (e.g., for the string 'america online' or 'aol').
[BTW, general AppleScript info can be found in the AppleScript Forum here on MacNN. For example, see the Copying across network? thread for a pointer to an iDisk-related backup script, and the New to AppleScript and Where do I learn more threads for pointers to various AppleScript web sites and other resources.]
[This message has been edited by Paul Crawford (edited 05-26-2000).]
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