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Latest Numbers update restores full AppleScript functionality

updated 02:00 am EST, Tue January 28, 2014

Apple adds new scripting features; old scripts may need revising

Oddly listed as "improvements to AppleScript support" in its last update, an investigation of the latest version of Apple's spreadsheet program for Mac (version 3.1) has revealed that in fact, Apple has restored AppleScript support to the program as well as improved it. Removed in the previous update as part of a "rebuilding" process for the app, scripts written for the last "iWork '09" version of Numbers may still work, though they may need some tweaking.

AppleScript dictionary in Mac Numbers 3.1
AppleScript dictionary in Mac Numbers 3.1

Apple has restored the entire suite of script commands and syntax, allowing users to create automated scripts that can run or change almost anything within the program's confines and create workflow solutions. Because some features in Numbers are still missing from the pre-rewrite version, and others have changed in some ways, scripts written for old version may work, or may require fixes in order to work.

The new version also supports some new features, Macworld reports, including the ability for the script to identify the active sheet. Far from abandoning AppleScript support as some users had feared, the update infers that more scripting ability is coming in future updates. The other two programs that make up the "iWork '13" suite -- Pages and Keynote -- have not yet had any AppleScript or other updates rolled out since the redesign, despite having received one restorative update last Thursday.

by MacNN Staff



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