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Old 06-10-2002, 10:49 PM
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PS7 scripting

Does anyone have any PS7 scripting resources, links, tips, tutorials, general wisdom, etc., to share?
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Old 06-11-2002, 12:58 AM
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Did you notice the PS7 scripting forum at Adobe.com? I glanced at it, but didn't read any of the threads.
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Old 06-11-2002, 01:16 AM
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I glanced at the Adobe PS7 scripting forum just a little while ago and I have to say that not one post made any sense to me at all. (Well, perhaps that's an over statement, but it made me realize that I have a HUGE learning curve.

A couple of people in that forum suggested looking at the Adobe documentation that comes with the plug-in for starters, but I haven't tried that yet. It all looks Greek to me!

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Old 06-11-2002, 01:23 AM
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what does PS7 scripting do?
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Old 06-11-2002, 01:42 AM
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As I understand it, PS scripting allows you to automate pretty much anything you want to in PS, way beyond the boundaries of actions. You can even make calls to outside programs, OS funtions, etc.

The downside is its genuine, old-school coding. There are 3 flavors:

Visual Basic - Win-specific
Applescript - Mac-specific
Javascript - OS-independent (unless you call outside programs)

Since I know none of these (I did some VB programming several years ago, but I've forgotten all of it by now) I have the luxury of ignorance, and can say that the Javascript option sounds like the best option, since then you can share without having to specify how/where/and with what it will run.
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Old 06-11-2002, 01:51 AM
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Everything you need (yeah, right) is located here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/main.html

Scroll down to Photoshop, pick your OS, and download the scripting plugin and documentation.
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Old 06-11-2002, 01:52 AM
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From Adobe.com...

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Photoshop 7.0 Scripting plug-in v.1.0.1

Automate repetitive tasks and key workflows in Adobe Photoshop using rich scripting support. Write [program] scripts using JavaScript or Microsoft Visual Basic.
It's like the next step up from Photoshop Actions, but more flexible and fewer limitations. If you can think it, you can probably program it. It would require a fair amount of programming skill.

If you're familiar with Microsoft Visual Basic (VB) or Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), it wouldn't be too big of stretch to get your arms around this functionality.

But I ask... "Who has the time?" "Who has the need?"

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DOUG: Did you have some particular tasks in mind that you wanted to (fully) automate?

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Old 06-11-2002, 02:01 AM
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Dan: Yes, but for now I'll just have to keep attracting users and adding site features the old-fashioned way

Btw, I just read in the Adobe scripting forum that any COM-aware language can be used for Windows scripting, not just Javascript. Evidently this includes several, including Perl.
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Old 06-11-2002, 02:09 AM
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Jeanie:

Just downloaded the plugin. It includes a folder consisting of several .pdf documentation files. If you're up on Visual Basic or Javascript (or as Doug noted, possibly Perl), the docs would most likely include definitions of objects, layers, containers and all that sort of stuff specific to the PS7 environment.

They would be a gold mine to a good programmer, but a horror show to a programmer hack like me!

~Danny~
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Old 06-11-2002, 02:28 AM
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I can't even get my web site built using the easy tools, so I doubt I'll ever have a need for it.
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