I want to know about the options for saving scripts in Script Editor

I use Smile prediminantly as my AppleScript editor. At the moment however I am having to use Script Editor for a few things. I want to know about the options for saving scripts in Script Editor.

What I want is to save a script so that it runs in the background only, stays open with a idle handler and whose property behaviour is like that of a traditional apple script and not like that of a AppleScript studio application.

I assume that the new saving option of a application bundle is probably what I need because I can go and add the LSBackgroundOnly plist entry to the info.plist file after saving the script but I am concerned that the behaviours of properties in the script wont be the same as for a script not saved in a bundle. Does anybody have any experience of this?


Just tried it and it does store modified properties, just as in regular carbon applets/droplets.

You can save as a package and modify the LSBackgroundOnly entry, or save as applet and modify the LSBackgroundOnly in the “plst” resource, if you can use a copy of ResEdit, Resorcerer, ResFool, or just use Satimage:

set x to alias "path:to:app"

set bgPLIST to "<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist SYSTEM "file://localhost/System/Library/DTDs/PropertyList.dtd">
<plist version="0.9">
put resource bgPLIST to x type "plst" index 0 with name ""