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10.6: How to use OCR with HP multi-function printers
Authored by: jubalkessler on Feb 18, '10 10:01:18AM

The Folder Action OCR step needs clarification, please. What is, on Snow Leopard, the exact procedure (from beginning to end) for using the script you've written/modified and shown in this textarea?

When replying, please keep in mind that I am speaking from the standpoint of a complete newbie. Please indicate the applications to open (for example: there is no such thing as a "Folder Actions script editor" in my Utilities folder) and the steps necessary to get to the place where one can paste in the script you've provided.

You might be talking about context menu items, but that still isn't apparent to a complete newbie.

Thanks!



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10.6: How to use OCR with HP multi-function printers
Authored by: sjinsjca on Feb 18, '10 02:19:55PM

Oh, Folder Actions are wonnnnderful. Sorry to have been terse on the how-to aspect. (Have you seen my recipe for chicken pie? First you catch a chicken, then you bake it in a pie!)

Some resources and examples that will get you started:

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/03/26/applescript-exploring-the-power-of-folder-actions-part-iii/

http://dougscripts.com/itunes/itinfo/folderaction01.php

...The second one notes, "As of Snow Leopard (OS 10.6), Script Editor.app has been renamed AppleScript Editor.app and is located in your /Applications/Utilities/ folder." So, depending on what version of OS X you're using, now you know what you want to use and where to look for it.

Open that app up. Paste in the code from the post here. Save it. Easiest to just save it in your Documents folder, then drag it to ~/Library/Scripts/Folder Action Scripts ...OS X will ask for authentication if needed. Give that, and voila, your new script is now available to be attached to any folder.

So let's do that. Make a folder somewhere handy. Right-click on it. (On a Mac laptop, press the keypad with two fingers and click.) In the menu that pops up, scroll all the way down to Folder Actions Setup. In the box that pops up, click on the name of the script you just created. Click the Attach button. Done.

Now anytime you drag a file into that folder, it'll get processed by that script. Gad, it's a wonderful feature of OS X. Go crazy with it, you'll love it.



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