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AppleScript advice needed.

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  • Subject: [mg14806] AppleScript advice needed.
  • From: sidles at (John Sidles)
  • Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 01:29:07 -0500
  • Organization: University of Washington, Seattle
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Dear Mathematica users

Does anyone know how to set up Mathematica  MathLinks on the Macintosh
so that:

(1) the input to MathKernel is supplied via 
    AppleScript, e.g.

        tell application "MathKernel"
            DoScript "2+2"
            DoScript "Plot[Sin[x],{x,0,Pi}];"
            DoScript "<< myAnalysisNotebook.m;"
        end tell

(2) the resulting MathKernel output is directed 
    to the Front End. 

Basically, I want to use Mathematica as a sophisticated tool for
displaying data generated by other applications,  with AppleScript
orchestrating the sequence in which  the various applications run. 

Part (1) works fine, however the output appears in the text window of
the MathKernel (which cannot do graphics).

Achieving Part (2) is a mystery!  Can anyone help?

As a start, I entered the MathKernel command

  link = LaunchLink["Mathematica 3.0"]

which indeed launched the front end, but with no window open, and with
no response to menu commands. Thus, I had to force-quit the front end. 
After which, my digital timestamp was screwed up -- yet again.

With the support desk not open till Monday, I've lost  another two days
of work to the dreaded timestamp snafu!

Now I'm scared to experiment further without expert  advice.  Are there
any experts out there who have been down this path?

John Sidles

John A. Sidles, Ph.D.               email: sidles at
Professor                           phone: (206) 543-3690 Department of
Orthopaedics          FAX:   (206) 685-3139 Box 356500, School of
Medicine      PAGE:  (206) 989-9462 (to page me, University of
Washington                   dial, await "beep", enter Seattle WA
98195-6500   USA                phone number, press "#")

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