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Detect imessage user in AppleScript

Posted on 2015-01-06
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Hi,
I have written some AppleScript to automatically send messages via "messages" app in os x. It works fine. What I need to know is , is there a way I can detect of the number entered is a valid iMessage user via the script?
In the gui messages app the number goes blue if it is and red if it isn't.
Is there a handle of something I can use to detect this or can something be written in another language to detect this and send the messages?
Thanks
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Hi, can you post your script?

I've done a lot of Applescript but never with the messages app.

I'd suggest opening the Applescript dictionary for the application (File/Open Dictionary, then browse to messages.app)

I'd guess that if you test the properties of 'Buddy' you'd be able to determine if it was valid or not:

buddy n, pl buddies [inh. item] : A buddy on a service.  syn account
elements
contained by application, services.
properties
id (text, r/o) : The buddy's service and handle. For example: AIM:JohnDoe007
service (service, r/o) : The service on which this buddy exists.
name (text, r/o) : The buddy's name as it appears in the buddy list.
handle (text, r/o) : The buddy's online account name.
status (available/‌away/‌offline/‌idle/‌unknown, r/o) : The buddy's current status.
status message (text, r/o) : The buddy's current status message.
idle time (integer, r/o) : The time in seconds the buddy has been idle.
capabilities (list of video chat/‌audio chat/‌multiperson video/‌multiperson audio, r/o) : The buddy's messaging capabilities.
image (TIFF picture, r/o) : The buddy's custom image.
first name (text, r/o) : The first name from this buddy's Contacts card, if available
last name (text, r/o) : The last name from this buddy's Contacts card, if available
full name (text, r/o) : The full name from this buddy's Contacts card, if available
responds to
invite.
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