Old, often neglected, and only available on Macs, AppleScript should have been overwhelmed by numerous other scripting languages – if it were not for its unique abilities.
At times trying to get Xcode to do what I want has felt like driving a car with a separate steering wheel, throttle and brake for each of its wheels.
I have now used the first of three days allowed to rescue content from thousands of InDesign forms. Entering the second day, I had converted each document into a nest of IDML content, and needed to build that into the database.
My task was to turn over 7500 files into a database, in which we could search, sort, and analyse – something normally viewed as requiring prolonged labour and great cost. I had just 3 days.