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Scripting Overview

This chapter gives a short overview of the applications scripting system. The scripting system is generally used to automate tasks. It allows the user to record actions and replay them later on. Scripts can be saved and edited. The user can program his own scripts with a scripting language that is similar to the Basic programming language. Scripts can be exchanged with other colleagues, can be password protected to secure the content and can be implemented in the applications menus for easy access.

The scripting system is a very powerful subsystem which is capable of controlling almost every aspect of the application.

Due to it's complexity it cannot be discussed at length at this point. The scripting system features it's own help system and context sensitive help to aid the user in creating and editing user defined scripts.

Use of the scripting system

The scripting system can generally be used to:

  • processing multiple files - use it to apply one or more operations to multiple files.

  • processing files with multiple actions - use it to perform multiple operations on single objects.

  • handle repetitive tasks - use it to automate common tasks.

Scripting system contents

The scripting system mainly consists of three parts:

  1. Scripting menu - Used to access and control the script recorder and to start the script editor.

  2. Script Recorder - Creates new scripts by recording user actions.

  3. Script Editor -  Used to write new scripts, manage existing scripts and integrate scripts into the application.