January 23, 2008
Macintosh Office Integration
It’s possible to use AppleScript and Microsoft Office for the Mac to provide improved integration between Surround SCM and Microsoft Word on the Macintosh. Below are some sample AppleScript snipets that show you how to do this. None of these have full error handling, but should server as an example of how you might leverage these two tools. For all of these samples, open up the AppleScript Script Editor application, paste the script in and save the file as an application.
CompareTo use AppleScript to compare two document revisions, try the following.
on run argv set file1 to (POSIX file (item 1 of argv as string)) as string set file2 to (POSIX file (item 2 of argv as string)) as string tell application "Microsoft Word" activate open file name file1 without add to recent files compare active document path file2 close document file1 (* We don't want the difference file to ask us to save it*) set saved of active document to true end tell end runIn Surround SCM, follow the instructions in the User Guide for setting diff/merge options and use the following command for Word documents (e.g. *.doc). In this case, I’ve saved my script with the name Compare.app in the same folder as the Surround SCM application.
osascript "/Applications/Surround SCM/Compare.app" "%2" "%1"
ViewTry the following AppleScript for viewing Word documents to avoid having these “temporary” files added to your list of recently opened files.
on run argv set file1 to (POSIX file (item 1 of argv as string)) as string tell application "Microsoft Word" open file name file1 without add to recent files activate end tell end runIn Surround SCM, follow the instructions in the User Guide for setting view/edit file options and use the following command for all Word documents (e.g. *.doc). Here I’ve save the script with the name Open.app in the Surround SCM application folder.
osascript "/Applications/Surround SCM/Open.app" "%1"