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Script Timer


Script Timer Bundled Scripts

A number of scripts designed to be scheduled with Script Timer are included with the program.

These include Track Timer, a script for controlling and scheduling Apple's iTunes application, and several small related scripts for controlling iTunes. Track Timer is discussed on a separate page.

Also included are a few sample scripts that you might want to schedule with the program, or that illustrate its features. Because Script Timer takes care of all the scheduling for you, these scripts are very short and simple. There are scripts to show you how to:
use a stand alone script (with parameters)
record the time accumulated between two or more events
script the Finder
control a third party program
return data for inclusion in the Script Timer log file
use dynamic scheduling (the ability of Script Timer to schedule a second script on the fly depending on data sent to it by another scheduled script)
use Script Timer to schedule perl scripts
use Script Timer to schedule shell scripts, and
use Script Timer to schedule an Automator workflow without running Automator
use Script Timer to automatically update all your iTunes podcasts at a time of your choosing

These sample scripts are provided for purposes of illustration only. Although they should work as expected on most systems, they are not guaranteed to function correctly on all systems.

In addition to the scripts such as Track Timer that come bundled with Script Timer, upon registering you will receive at least eleven more scripts designed to be run by Script Timer as a thank you for registering.

This very simple script can be used to give yourself a reminder of things you need to do during the day. If scheduled with Script Timer, it beeps and displays a dialog on your computer screen with a customized message at the scheduled time.

This is a variant on the Reminder script. Instead of displaying a dialog, it speaks the message that you pass to it.

This script can be used to determine the time between two events and to accumulate time elapsed from a series of events. For example, schedule this script to run at idle start and idle end and you can determine for how long you were idle, or at log in and log out to determine how long you were logged in. You can create multiple timers as well. Elapsed time and total elapsed time for a given timer are returned to the Script Timer log file every time this script is run by Script Timer.

This script can be used to schedule the Finder to empty the Trash for you. If there is anything in the Trash when this script is run, a dialog will appear on the screen asking you if you would like to empty it, and displaying the number of items and the amount of disk space they take up. The default answer is "Yes", so if you hit the Return key, the Trash will be emptied. If you do not respond in 30 seconds, the Trash will also be emptied by default. This is so that the script will not hang if no one is at the machine when it runs.

Get Web Page
Use this script to download a given web page on a schedule using Safari. (Many web pages that display changing data are set up to refresh themselves from the web server on a periodic basis. However, using Script Timer gives you control over when you want to first get the page in the day. Also, your browser does not need to be running for the script to work, the script will start it if it is not running.) You simply pass the URL of the desired web page to this script as a parameter.
If you are not using Safari, check the AppleScript Dictionary for the browser that you are using. It should contain similar commands.

Running Procs
This script is designed to illustrate the return of data from a script to the scheduling engine for writing to the Script Timer log file. Whenever it is run it will cause a list of the currently running Macintosh (i.e. non-unix) processes to be placed in the log file. An "unwanted names" list is provided to allow you to exclude the names of some processes from your return data. Use this script to get a snapshot of what was running while you were away from your computer. By using Script Timer's own log file, there is no need to have the script deal with files on its own.

Dynamic Scheduler
This bare bones script illustrates the syntax needed in an AppleScript script to return a new action record to the Script Timer scheduling engine to allow it to schedule one or more new actions. Dynamic scheduling allows an AppleScript script to decide on future actions - what they are and when to schedule them - during execution of the script.

perl test
This skeleton perl script shows how to pass parameters to a perl script.
This skeleton shell script shows how to pass parameters to a shell script.

This skeleton Automator workflow shows how to schedule a workflow and pass file paths to it. (File paths are passed as a comma separated list in the Script Timer "Parameters" field.)

Update Podcasts
Schedule this simple script to update all your podcasts in iTunes. Allows much greater flexibility as to when updates take place than the options built into iTunes.

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