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Mack

Mack is a Golang wrapper for AppleScript. With Mack, you can easily trigger OS X desktop notifications and system sounds from within your Go application.

Installation

Mack requires OS X.

go get github.com/andybrewer/mack

Usage

Mack is ideal for local workflow optimization, OS X binary applications, or just spicing things up. For example:

Workflow: Process notification

When executing a long-running process, trigger a notification so you can get back to development without having to check the execution status.

package main

import "github.com/andybrewer/mack"

func main() {
  mack.Say("Starting process")
  // do stuff
  mack.Notify("Complete")
}

Workflow: Open applications

Interact with any Mac application from your code, like opening a URL to a HowTo video.

package main

import (
  "github.com/andybrewer/mack"
)

func main() {
  browsers := []string{"Some new browser", "Google Chrome", "Firefox", "Safari"}
  opened := false

  for _, browser := range browsers {
    _, err := mack.Tell(browser, `open location "http://youtube.com/my-howto-video"`)
    if err != nil {
      // handle error
    } else {
      // exit when we found a browser that works
      opened = true
      break
    }
  }

  if !opened {
    // alert user that a common browser could not be found
  }
}

App: ToDo list

Add a cheap GUI to your applications

package main

import "github.com/andybrewer/mack"

func main() {
  response, err := mack.Dialog("Enter a ToDo", "ToDo Wizard", "My new ToDo")
  if err != nil {
    panic(err)
  }

  if response.Clicked == "Cancel" {
    // handle the Cancel event
  } else {
    newToDo := response.Text
    // add ToDo to the database
    mack.Notify("Added " + newToDo + " to your calendar")
  }
}

Workflow: clipboard

Manipulate the clipboard

package main

import (
  "fmt"
  "github.com/andybrewer/mack"
)

func main() {
  // Output the content of the clipboard
  content, _ := mack.Clipboard()
  fmt.Println(content)

  // Change the content of the clipboard
  mack.SetClipboard("Hello World!")
  content, _ = mack.Clipboard()
  fmt.Println(content)
}

Documentation

Currently, Mack supports the following AppleScript commands:

  • Beep
  • Clipboard
  • Display Alert
  • Display Dialog
  • Display Notification
  • Say
  • Tell

Full documentation is available at: godoc.org/github.com/andybrewer/mack

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