Using applescript to open web browser and go to a site

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  1. blackoutspy

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    I've been messing around with AppleScripts and i thought it would be nice to make a script that would open a window and go to a spacific site for me, but i can't figure it out. So far all i have is:
    tell application "Safari"
    activate
    make new window
    end tell

    This is extreamly poor, i understand, but i can't find the command for new window for the life of me, much less a "goto URL" command=\
     
  2. Arden

    Arden Where mah "any" keys at?

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    Use the Record option.
     
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    safari doesn't support record=\ and neither does IE
     
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    Arden Where mah "any" keys at?

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    Oh. Then drag the little icon next to the URL to the Desktop, and tell Applescript to launch this URL file.
     
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    what would be the code for that?
     
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    Arden Where mah "any" keys at?

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    Um...
    Code:
    tell application "Finder"
      open file "XYZ"
    end tell
    I should think...

    Just record your actions as you open the URL file.
     
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    Code:
    tell application "Safari"
    	activate
    	do JavaScript "window.open('http://www.yahoo.com')" in document 1
    end tell
    
    This will do what you want.

    Make sure you retain the http:// and the trailing slash though, otherwise you will get an error page.
     
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    Here's a little script I use that runs automatically every morning before I wake up. Then when I get my mornig coffee I can just sit down and all my news pages, etc are already open. While not strictly an AppleScript, it might help you out. This is a shell script that is launched by cron at a specified time.

    1. Create the text file (aake sure its TEXT not RTF) and enter the following:

    #!/bin/sh

    #
    # functions
    #
    # opennew is a function to create a new Safari window
    opennew () {
    osascript <<EOF
    tell application "Safari"
    activate
    make new document at beginning of documents
    end tell
    EOF
    sleep 5
    }

    # open a new Safari window then loads the urls listed below into that new
    window.
    # note the last url in the list does NOT have a trailing fwd slash
    opennew
    open "http://url1" \
    "http://url2" \
    "http://url3" \
    "http://url4"

    # open another window, load more urls
    opennew
    open "http://url5" \
    "http://url6" \
    "http://url7" \
    "http://url8"

    2. Save the file and change permissions to executable (chmod 755 filename).

    3. Setup a cron task to launch the file at a specific time, or you can run it manually
     
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    what about a script that will prompt the user for the URL they want to open and then open that URL in say IE, Camino, Safari, and Netscape?

    Now, that would be a useful script for me when developing websites.
     
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    Code:
    display dialog "Open in" buttons {"Cancel", "All Browsers", "Just Safari"} default button 3
    copy the result as list to {the button_pressed}
    
    if the button_pressed is equal to "All Browsers" then
    	display dialog "Enter the URL to go to:" default answer "http://" buttons {"Choose Local File", "Cancel", "OK"} default button 3
    	copy the result as list to {the empty_var, the button_pressed}
    	if the button_pressed is equal to "OK" then
    		copy the result as list to {the goto_URL}
    		tell application "Finder"
    			launch application "Safari"
    			launch application "Camino"
    			launch application "OmniWeb"
    			launch application "iCab"
    			launch application "Internet Explorer"
    			launch application "Netscape"
    			launch application "Mozilla"
    			wait
    		end tell
    		tell application "Safari"
    			activate
    			make new document at beginning of documents
    			open location goto_URL
    		end tell
    		tell application "Camino"
    			activate
    			make new document at beginning of documents
    			open location goto_URL
    		end tell
    		tell application "OmniWeb"
    			activate
    			make new document at beginning of documents
    			GetURL goto_URL
    		end tell
    		tell application "iCab"
    			Activate
    			make new window
    			OpenURL goto_URL
    		end tell
    		tell application "Internet Explorer"
    			Activate
    			GetURL goto_URL
    		end tell
    		tell application "Netscape"
    			activate
    			Get URL goto_URL
    		end tell
    		tell application "Mozilla"
    			activate
    			Get URL goto_URL
    		end tell
    	else if the button_pressed is equal to "Choose Local File" then
    		set the local_file to choose file with prompt "Choose a local file to open:"
    		tell application "Finder"
    			launch application "Safari"
    			launch application "Camino"
    			launch application "OmniWeb"
    			launch application "iCab"
    			launch application "Internet Explorer"
    			launch application "Netscape"
    			launch application "Mozilla"
    		end tell
    		tell application "Safari"
    			activate
    			make new document at beginning of documents
    			open local_file
    		end tell
    		tell application "Camino"
    			activate
    			make new document at beginning of documents
    			open local_file
    		end tell
    		tell application "OmniWeb"
    			activate
    			make new document at beginning of documents
    			open local_file
    		end tell
    		tell application "iCab"
    			Activate
    			make new window
    			ShowFile local_file
    		end tell
    		tell application "Internet Explorer"
    			Activate
    			open local_file
    		end tell
    		tell application "Netscape"
    			activate
    			open local_file
    		end tell
    		tell application "Mozilla"
    			activate
    			open local_file
    		end tell
    	end if
    else if the button_pressed is equal to "Just Safari" then
    	display dialog "Enter the URL to go to:" default answer "http://" buttons {"Choose Local File", "Cancel", "OK"} default button 3
    	copy the result as list to {the empty_var, the button_pressed}
    	if the button_pressed is equal to "OK" then
    		copy the result as list to {the goto_URL}
    		tell application "Safari"
    			activate
    			make new document at beginning of documents
    			open location goto_URL
    		end tell
    	else if the button_pressed is equal to "Choose Local File" then
    		set the local_file to choose file with prompt "Choose a local file to open:"
    		tell application "Safari"
    			activate
    			make new document at beginning of documents
    			open local_file
    		end tell
    	end if
    end if
    
    This is something I wrote in a few hours this morning, you better be grateful, it took me so long :p
    Really though, I haven't done AppleScript for so long, it was kinda cool to get back to it!
    Oh, and I know that all those browser actions work on their own, but the IE, Netscape, and Mozilla ones don't work with all those others in front of them. What you'll need to do is take out the ones you don't need (iCab, Omniweb, etc.) and just leave the others. You can also change the 'Default' browser. I assume you know a little Applescript, so I won't describe how to do it unless you need me to :)
     
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