We who forge words into documents lack anything as powerful as Illustrator or Photoshop are to graphics.
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.