There’s a few times I would’ve like to prominently display a phone number or some other piece of information from a script or FileMaker. Apple’s Address Book application makes good use of this. If you right-click on a phone number you get this:
There’s a nice utility by the name of BigHonkingText that comes pretty close to this, but you must execute it via the command line, and has a few small differences from Address Book in its implementation
Since I was hoping for an all AppleScript solution and was trying to get as close a match as possible, I’ve cooked up an app of my own for this.
Called Gooey Gadgets, it is a faceless “helper” applcation that has the following commands:
- The screen coordinates are an optional value that you can use to make sure the message displays on the same screen as your other script or Filemaker windows. However they are in the coordinate system that Cocoa uses, which has the inverse Y-axis from what Filemaker uses for Get (WindowTop).
- The giving up after parameter works the same way as Applescript’s Display Dialog command, allowing you to set a maximum time for the window to display (the user may click on the window to dismiss it before then).
- The transparency parameter is not yet implemented, so its value is ignored.
tell application id ”com.sibr.gooeygadgets” – could’ve also used app name insteadset x to display message window “big message”delay 4dismiss window x – Gooey Gadgets will now quit if this is the last open windowend tell
/_Projects/Gooey\ Gadgets/build/Release/Gooey\ Gadgets.app/Contents/MacOS/Gooey\ Gadgets -cmd messagewindow -giveup 2 "(510) 835-4483"
Download the most recent version at:
After downloading, move it out of your Downloads folder. The first time you run it, you may need to OK the application as safe to run.