Thanks for your response. Preview is default OSX app of choice, I guess, but as a designer, I open files with GraphicConverter, Photoshop, PaperPort Page Viewer (the “MAXm” of the sample script) depending on need; holding the control key offers me probably 30 apps that read tiffs…
In this case, files come in from my scanner to a folder, neatly numbered, and I want to convert them all to open with PPPV on a double-click. I straighten and crop them one at a time, then resave as compressed tiffs for Quark chapters, where I import them ( and size and scale and position them) folder by folder via AppleScript. In the case of the scripts I tried, AppleScript does report a change of creator, but… the default application doesn’t change to match (though it did when the project came through last year.) It’s not that I can’t do it some other way, but I only make money with an optimized workflow, which AppleScript definitely offers (at least when I get it up and running. Every year I seem to do a little updating and re-tweaking…)
I used to be able to shift-select a folder’s worth of files in the Finder, “Get Info” and change the default for those files as a group; now it seems that at least half the time I get a Get Info window for each file. (200+ folders, up to 35 files per folder, not a fun route). Don’t think I’m doing anything different each time, and I have tried different key combinations, different ways of selection, etc. with same mixed results… no info on this situation on the web, so far as I have found.
My next fall-back is probably to change default for the whole system, then drop back, either when this project is done or when a different project requires Photoshop or Preview or whatever. But I had hoped to have a little more surgical control over which files have their preferences changed.
Thanks for your response, too. Your droplet would be great as is, IF I needed to open them all at once. However, since I need to do surgery on each, then Resave As (and in a Classic Ap at that!) I may modify it so that I can drop each file on it as needed. No creator change, or whatever, but I get it open without having to scroll down through 30 or so available apps when I hold the control key.
So though “you can’t always get what you want, if you try sometimes … you can get what you need.” I’ll give it a try and report back.
If anyone has any insight on controls for “open with app X” by default, I’m still interested.
Thanks to all
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