Open an attachment in a specific app

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mjvalente
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Open an attachment in a specific app

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Does anyone knows how to make an AppleScript to open an attachment in a specific app (not the system default one)?
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Re: Open an attachment in a specific app

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1. get the path to the attachment from Bookends
2. tell application "Finder" to open the attachment with the app of your choice

Google will find code examples for you.

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Re: Open an attachment in a specific app

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Not sure that would do what I need. I'd like to be able to open attachments in Highlights (not in PDF Expert which is my default app to read/edit pdfs outside of Bookends). I can use the contextual menu, but I'm trying to speed up the process. Since I cannot set a shortcut to a contextual menu item, I though I could do it via AppleScript. Alas my AppleScript abilities are... mediocre to say the least. :oops:
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Re: Open an attachment in a specific app

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Why are you not sure? I explained the two necessary steps above. I don't have time to google for you now. If someone hasn't given you more explicit advice in a day or two I'll try to find the time when I can.

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Re: Open an attachment in a specific app

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I could not solve this via AppleScript, but I found a way around using BetterTouchTool.

I set a keyboard shortcut for Open Attachment With > Highlights (in System Preferences > Keyboard > App Shortcuts; I used ⌃⌥⌘+H) and in BetterTouchTool I created a Keyboard Shortcut (⌃⌥⌘+C) that processes two actions: the simulation of ⌃+Right click followed by the Highlights shortcut.

Not the prettiest thing, but it works...
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