Launch a screensaver with applescript

Posted on 2006-04-17
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Last Modified: 2008-01-16
I have am running OS X 10.3 on an emac.  I would like to be able to launch a screensaver of my choice with Applescript.  First where are the screensaver files stored and named? and secondly what would the Applescript be to open a screensaver?

Thank you so much!
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The problem is that I am a Windows user, I have a Mac, but I do not know how to write applescript.  So, looking at the code is not going to help me much :)

Thank you for the sites though, but this has to be pure applescript I can call from FileMaker Pro.

Thanks again :)

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The screen savers that come with the system are in:
/System/Library/Screen Savers/
The ones you have installed for alle users are in:
/Library/Screen Savers/
And finally, the ones you have installed for yourself only are in:
Library/Screen Savers/
in your home directory.

To launch a screen saver using Apple Script, try the following:

do shell script "/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -module 'Nature Patterns'"

Change the name withing the single quotes ( ' ) at the end of the command to launch another screen saver, taking care not to remove any quote characters. Note that the name is specified _without_ the file extension (.saver or .slideSaver).

Props to http://www.cocoadev.com/index.pl?ScreenSaverEngine via google. :-)



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