Kool Tools: Script Debugger 5
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Kool Tools: Script Debugger 5


Late Night Software (http://www.latenightsw.com/) recently revved Script Debugger, its AppleScript authoring environment for the Mac, to version 5.0.6. It’s a maintenance release that fixes some issues with version 5.0. And version 5.0 was a major upgrade with over 30 new features and improvements to existing ones.

Script Debugger is a Mac source code editor and debugging environment for the AppleScript programming language, as well as other languages based on Apple Inc.'s Open Scripting Architecture. Re-written from the ground up, version 5.0 introduces the concept of script templates used to create new script documents and more.

Script Debugger is a complete replacement for Apple's Script Editor. It offers no limit on script size as well as powerful editing, debugging and dictionary tools. If you want be successful with AppleScript you have to understand the capabilities of the applications you wish to automate. You also need to know how to invoke the functionality you need, how to access data and perform operations on it.

That's where Script Debugger comes in. Its dictionary window shows you the reference information applications offer. Script Debugger's Explorer lets you experiment with the application, exploring the data provides and manipulate the data to see the consequences in the application.

Script Debugger also boasts code creation features. For example, you an insert tell blocks for applications and objects or properties. Script Debugger’s "clippings" and text substitution features intelligently insert code ranging from AppleScript constructs (such as repeat loops), to basic tell blocks, to application commands (including parameters). Features fine-tuned for the peculiarities of the AppleScript language let you navigate large scripts, automatically enter "end" lines and closing delimiters, and more.

After creating a script, you can test it by running the script. If an error stops the script, Script Debugger tracks all the variables and their values up to that point, helping you find out what went wrong. The software's Explorers continually pops up to show any value in detail.

You can use the Apple Event Log to monitor the commands your script sends to the applications on your Mac. You can use single-stepping and breakpoints to watch your script as it runs, viewing the values of all variables at every stage of the script’s execution.

Script Debugger lets you check for common errors when packaging scripts. If a script contains sensitive or private information, you can export it in Run Only form. allowing an end user to run the script without accessing the code. Finally, Script Debugger’s Manifest tells you instantly what applications and scripting additions are needed in order to run your script successfully.

Version 5.5 also improves compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It introduces support for bundle IDs in applets and droplets.

Script Debugger 5.5 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It retails for US$199. The Script Debugger 4.5 to 5.5 upgrade costs $99.

 
AAPL
$124.32
Apple Inc.
-0.11
GOOG
$549.02
Google Inc.
+1.02
MSFT
$40.53
Microsoft Corporation
-0.12
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

2K Announces WWE 2K, Mobile's First...
It seems like this month has been pretty big for wrestling. First Wrestlemania, then 2K has announces that they're releasing  WWE 2K for iOS. It's a simulation-based WWE game where you'll get to play with several WWE superstars such as John Cena, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Triple H, and the Undertaker. There will be three different match types and a ton... | Read more »
How the Apple Watch Could Change the Fac...
The Apple Watch is still a ways out, but my previous musings on the wearable’s various features got me thinking: what might it be like a year after launch? Two years? Five years? What if it becomes a symbiotic part of the iOS framework to the point that it practically comes packaged with the iPhone? | Read more »
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey (Games)
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A game about delivering pizza. In space. | Read more »
Chosen Gives Hopeful Singers, Songwriter...
If YouTube videos and reality TV shows like The Voice have taught us one thing, it’s that there are a lot of people out there who are anxious to show the world their talents. And if they’ve taught us a second thing, it’s that there’s an almost equally sizable group of people who are anxious to judge those hopefuls. What’s interesting about Chosen... | Read more »
Android's Popular OfficeSuite Now A...
Once only available for Android devices, OfficeSuite has finally landed on the app store. The Mobile Systems app lets you view, edit, create, and share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents as well as convert them to/from PDFs. It's touted as being like having a desktop on your phone. OfficeSuite supports Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and... | Read more »
Warhammer: Arcane Magic is Coming Soon,...
Turbo Tape Games has announced that they're joining forces with Games Workshop to bring the turn-based strategy board game, Warhammer: Arcane Magic, to life on the iOS. | Read more »
Fast & Furious: Legacy's Creati...
| Read more »
N-Fusion and 505's Ember is Totally...
| Read more »
These are All the Apple Watch Apps and G...
The Apple Watch is less than a month from hitting store shelves, and once you get your hands on it you're probably going to want some apps and games to install. Fear not! We've compiled a list of all the Apple Watch apps and games we've been able to find so far. Games Rules! By TheCodingMonkeys App Store Description: RULES! is a cute puzzle game... | Read more »
Appy to Have Known You - Lee Hamlet Look...
Being at 148Apps these past 2 years has been an awesome experience that has taught me a great deal, and working with such a great team has been a privilege. Thank you to Rob Rich, and to both Rob LeFebvre and Jeff Scott before him, for helping me to grow as a writer and for giving me the opportunity to write about what I love: playing innovative... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.