Flashy Applescript applications

11:34 PM 4 September 2003
8:51 PM 29 May 2011

Applescript applications generally restrict themselves to the system widgets available. Although I believe this is a good thing, a couple of newish applications led me to thinking what might be possible if you added the graphic power of Flash to the flexibility Applescript.

Missing Link is a simple AppleScript utility that lets you open, run or launch almost anything on your Mac from a link or a bookmark in a browser. Files, folders, applications, script applications, and a variety of other file types can be linked on disk much like files are linked on the web… but when clicked, linked items behave just as if they had been double-clicked in the Finder.”

SWF Desktop… The only application that easily and reliably converts Flash .swf files into wallpaper. Now Available for Mac OS X.

If Missing Link were to allow connections between Flash and Applescript they could provide for some interesting interface possibilities. Not unlike Konfabulator I guess.

Further thoughts

It took me a while to follow this one up. Here’s a demo


  1. Commented
    11:34 PM 6 January 2004


    I realise this is old news, but… I am the ‘author’ of Missing Link. I happened to find your web log via Google’s ‘Who links to you?’ feature.

    I’m afraid I’m mostly ignorant of web technologies other than simple HTML. ML was intended and/or deliberately hobbled for ‘local’ use only… but could be modified to…

    I spent the day trying to determine whether ML could be used in conjunction with Flash, but failed to make that determination. I just needed one example where an image in a Flash presentation linked ‘away’ from the presentation… but couldn’t find one.

    I wonder if you’d be willing to put together / or point me to a desperately simple example? For instance, an HTML ‘back’ with a two or three frame Flash file (.swf) which at some point offers a link to another http address? I could probably tell whether ML would work from that starting point.

    If you’re interested in SWF Desktop, you might also be interested in steven f’s ‘WebDesktop’ (no link handy, but a Google search will turn it up).

    I’m flattered that anyone saw a use for ML… it has been a most unproductive row to hoe thus far.


    Peter B.

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