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Use Stickies to view Script Editor dictionaries Apps
This is really a follow up to the previous hint Use Stickies to view PDF Files. You can also use this same technique on the Script Editor dictionary information. You can open the dictionary by opening the Script Editor application (in Applications -> AppleScript) and then selecting File -> Open Dictionary. When you do that, you will see a dictionary list of all the applications on your computer that are scriptable. Click on any application and open the dictionary.

You will notice that there are two columns in the Script Editor dictionary for a given application. The column on the left has all the classes and commands for the given application, while the column on the right has the definitions of each of the classes and commands listed in the left column. The Make New Sticky Note service only works with the column on the right. So here's a way to view the Script Editor dictionary using Sticky notes.

First, go to the left column and do select all such as Command-A. Second, go to the right column and do the select all command again. Make sure that the right column is highlighted. Next go to the menu bar in Script Editor and click Services -> Make New Sticky Note (or hit Shift-Command-Y).

A Sticky note will pop up with the entire Script Editor dictionary for that application with all the formating and coloring of the text preserved so you will be able to view it with its format unchanged. You can float and translucent the window similar to the hint above. I prefer to use the Find command on the entire document in this way because it is easier. When you're done, just simply close the sticky note.

[robg adds: The one downside to this method is that there are no scrollbars in Sticky notes. You could also use a BBEdit or TextEdit service to do something similar, but you'll lose all the formatting in the process.]
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Use Stickies to view Script Editor dictionaries
Authored by: baltwo on Jun 11, '04 02:27:12AM

However, you can Select All within the sticky and paste that into TextEdit and it preserves the formatting and colors.

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Use Stickies to view Script Editor dictionaries
Authored by: Mr Tea on Jun 12, '04 01:29:05PM

I don't do it so much now, but I used to use AppleWorks (gulp) to store and view dictionaries. The benefit of using AppleWorks was the ability to outline the various suites in a dictionary and collapse them for easier access and viewing, particularly with extensive dictionaries. Of course, I didn't do the outlining myself, I just pasted the text of the dictionary into AppleWorks and let a script do the donkey work for me.

"Always remember to warm the pot."

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Use Stickies to view Script Editor dictionaries
Authored by: lynxie on Jun 24, '04 04:06:18PM
Actually robg, you can add scrollbars to stickies, check Unlock hidden features within Stickies

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Use Stickies to view Script Editor dictionaries
Authored by: nado on Jul 25, '04 07:12:57PM

I just tried using services to create a new sticky and it opened the Classic stickies instead of the MacOS X ones. Stickies was not already running, opening it in advance works ok.

I was wondering if there's way to make the computer open the OS X Stickies instead of the old ones. I had similar problems making AppleScripts with QuickTime. If QuickTime is not already open, it launches the old one...

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Use Stickies to view Script Editor dictionaries
Authored by: on Jul 26, '04 11:27:39PM

Do a search for stickies in Finder. There will be a file of interest in the classic directory named "Stickies Preferences Info" Click on the file and do a get info (command+i) to bring up the info. Make sure that the section where it says "open with" points to Stickies (os x application). If it doesn't , then point it to stickies in the (os x application).



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