ANNOUNCE: Script Debugger 8.0 (8A23)

A new Script Debugger 8.0 BETA build is available. You can update to this new build within Script Debugger 8.0 using the Check For Updates command in the Script Debugger menu or you can download it here:

Script Debugger 8.0 Release Notes

Build 8A22 Changes

  • 1379: Introduced a new Move to Next Editor command to Script Debugger’s Edit menu. The Option-Command-’ keyboard shortcut has been reassigned from the Close All Split Views command to the new Move to Next Editor command. The Close All Split Views command now has the Shift-Option-Command-` keyboard shortcut.

  • 1582: Resolved a series of issues that can lead to brief hangs when running a script that needs to be compiled.

  • 1596: Corrected some regressions from Script Debugger 7 in the way Script Debugger indicates changed variable values. Script Debugger should now only display changed values (highlighted in red) when a script pauses and completes executing.

  • 1529: Improved the display of search terms within Open Quickly search results.

  • 1491: The Export Run-Only toolbar button now summons a menu of export commands which mirror the Export Run-Only submenu within Script Debugger’s File menu.

  • 1594: The Fonts & Colors preferences pane has been renamed Themes in recognition of its expanded role.

  • 1593: The Edit -> Select Paragraph command has been renamed Select Lines to better coordinate with other Edit commands, and now actually does what was meant.

  • 1556: Introduced new menu items in to the View menu to control the information (Timer or Detailed) displayed in the Timer toolbar item.

  • 1592: Fixed bug where the order of the Recent/Favorites/Running Apps categories in dictionary lists and menus did not reflect the order chosen in Dictionary Preferences.

Build 8A21 Changes

  • 1590: Resolved a crash that occurs when balancing code that contains unterminated strings within line comments before the block of text being balanced.

Build 8A20 Changes

  • 1567: Corrected a regression that caused all values in explorers to be displayed in the changed color.

  • 1568: Improved Script Debugger’s Scripts and Clippings menu bar icons.

  • 1564: Resolved a crash that may happen when opening documents with circular script object parent property relationships. Note that presence of circular script object parent property relationships will lead to an AppleScript crash eventually.

  • 1562: Fixes scripting bug where attempting to get the properties property of Script Debugger resulted in an error.

  • 1561: Worked around code-signing issue where Macs running Apple Silicon produce applets that fail under versions of macOS before 10.11.

  • 1560: Introduced an Open command into the Resources view’s contextual menu.

  • 1559: Fixed issue where the patch version value entered in Build & Export Settings was being replaced by a duplicate minor version value.

  • 1536: The order of the Recent/Favorites/Running Apps categories in dictionary lists and menus can be modified in Dictionary Preferences.

Build 8A19 Changes

  • 1549: Improved the Preferences window by providing Back/Forward buttons for returning to previous preferences panels. Note also that the Preferences window toolbar can be configured to hold buttons for frequently used preferences panels.

  • 1550: Preferences window toolbar search field can now collapse into an icon under Big Sur, and is no longer pushed to the overflow menu under other versions of the OS.

  • 1546: Attempted to avoid the possibility of themes getting out of sync with Dark/Light Mode.

Build 8A18 Changes

  • 1547: Corrected a regression in the 8A17 build that caused the Close Window command to fail when document changes need to be saved.

  • 1511: Introduced a new theme setting in the Fonts & Colors preferences panel controlling the color used to indicate changed values in explorers.

  • 1542: Improvements to Version and Build # handling, including new Script Version submenu on the File menu. See separate notes for full details.

  • 1541: Fixed issue where typing into documents could slow right down.

  • 1544: Improved handling of Base.lproj files from Enhanced Applets.

  • 1540: Modified interface for build number incrementing and added stepper.

  • 1520: Fixes multiple issues relating to incrementing build numbers.

  • 1514: Resolved a problem where the horizontal scrolling did not always work properly when line wrapping is turned off.

  • 1343: Saving a script as a template no longer causes Script Debugger to offer the ~/Library/Application Support/Script Debugger 8/Templates folder a default location for newly created script bundles and applications.

Build 8A17 Changes

  • 1532: Resolved a crash that may happen when compiling scripts containing emoji characters.

  • 1523: Application templates offering a Persistent Global Properties option have been removed.

  • 1521: Corrected a problem in Explorers where the value of the selected row is always drawn in red. Only changed explorer values are supposed to be drawn in red.

  • 1537: A Favorite toolbar item has been introduced into the Dictionary window and a Favorite menu item in added to the Dictionary menu to toggle a dictionary’s favourite status.

  • 1533: The Script Timer toolbar item now correctly updates its appearance during Light/Dark mode transitions.

  • 1526: Resolved several issues with the Template Chooser window’s handling of selection highlights during Dark/Light mode and window activation transitions.

  • 1519: We have improved the way Script Debugger detects Dark Mode. This should resolve a number of issues where Script Debugger does not display all of its UI elements correctly in Dark Mode. If you experience cases where Script Debugger’s UI does not appear correctly in Dark Mode, please search your Console log for Effective appearance and report the value logged.

  • 1539: Pressing the Factory Defaults button in Script Debugger’s General preferences panel correctly resets the default script template setting.

  • 1507: When the default script template cannot be found, Script Debugger now offers to take you directly to the General preferences panel where a the default script template can be changed or cleared.

  • 1516: Resolved a problem where a document indicates it no longer has unsaved changes when a save operations fails.

  • 1538: Resolved a problem where documents can indicate it has unsaved changes following a successful save operation.

  • 1524: Fixed Dark Mode crashing problem.

  • 1522: Fixed an issue where an invalid file in the user’s Clippings folder could cause a crash at startup.

Build 8A16 Changes

  • 1508: Further changes to fix font display issues.

Build 8A15 Changes

  • 1508: Attempts to fix font display issues.

  • 1510: Resolved issues with the My Snapshot Color Theme being corrupt and not loading.

  • 1509: Changed the minimum system requirement within Script Debugger’s bundle to 10.14 (Mojave).

  • 1500: Fixes issue with incorrect display of non-Roman characters.

  • 1505: Updated copyright dates from 2020 to 2021.

Build 8A13 Changes

  • 1504: Addressed issues reading scripts containing Japanese text. This change addresses the issue reported in this forum post.

  • 1503: Script Debugger 8 was incorrectly looking for software updates through the Script Debugger 7 appcast. Script Debugger 8 now looks for software updates through its own app-cast.

  • 1501: Resolved a crash that occurs when opening compiled scripts created with the Script Editor.

Build 8A9 Changes

  • 1493: When opening a script saved on large monitor on smaller monitor, Script Debugger does a better job of fitting screen content to the smaller window. Note this improvement only takes effect once a script has been saved with Script Debugger 8.

  • 1186: Script Debugger no longer removes icon customizations made through the Finder’s Get Info panel when saving scripts. Note this improvement only happens when saving scripts previously saved with Script Debugger 8. Legacy documents created with older versions of Script Debugger will have icon customizations removed when they are upgraded to Script Debugger 8 documents.

  • 1489: Introduced new app icon.

  • 1486: On Big Sur systems, a document’s edited state is indicated in the window’s title.

  • 1211: Color Theme scripting replaces previous access to AppleScript formats, background color, and handler color.

  • 1476: Saving an Enhanced Application as an Apple Application will no longer transfer the former’s extra bundle contents.

  • 1065: Introduced a new search scripting command to automate text search and replace operations.

  • 1159: Improve the drop files UI and introduce a new option to insert file references as «class furl».

  • 1483: The clippings directive [[*usescriptingadditions]] will add a use scripting additions statement to the script if there is not one already.

  • 1477: Reduced the size of the dictionary window mode toolbar item to use less space. This is especially important on Big Sur systems where the window title occupies space previously available for the toolbar.

  • 1460: Added the ability to choose dictionaries using the Application Chooser panel as an alternative to the Open Application file picker.

  • 1469: Pickers are provided for enumerations and boolean values in command templates produced by Paste tell.

  • 1462: Dictionary toolbars are reconfigured when running on Big Sur to account for the presence of the window title presented to the left of the toolbar.

  • 82: In the dictionary containment view, properties of type date are no longer shown. This is because while a date is an object (it has properties) it is actually a value type cannot be expanded.

  • 1125: In the event AppleScript reports an unexpected error while Script Debugger is trying to display a value, ‘Cannot Display Value’ is shown rather than an Objective-C exception.

  • 1321: In the event Script Debugger is moved or renamed while its running, it will ask the user to relaunch to avoid problems arising from the movement of the application while its running.

  • 642: Searching within the Preferences window has been restored in Script Debugger 8.

  • 1177: The Drop Files dialog has a new option, Paste As «class furl».

  • 22: The Drop Files dialog has a new option, Paste Tell Application With Path.

  • 1072: Removed modifiers that cause clippings and scripts menu items to to invoke alternate actions such as edit or reveal in finder. This avoids conflicts with other modifiers assigned to scripts and clippings.

  • 6: It is now possible to paste multi-line strings into Script Debugger’s find and replace fields.

  • 1178: Script Debugger 8 supports Dark Mode via the new Color Themes feature.

  • 1430: The Build & Export dialog includes fields for setting the Sparkle Info.plist values for Enhanced Applets.

  • 1432: Script bundle documents (.scptd files) can now be saved in a more version-control-friendly format.

  • 157: Command-D no long restricts opening of script libraries to their dictionaries. Libraries without dictionaries will open as code, and others with offer the usual choice of dictionary or code.

  • 1260: Enhanced Applets use a newer universal build of the Sparkle framework.

  • 1058: Preferences now offers a search facility.

  • 1372: User Clippings and Scripts can be put above or below built-in entries, and built-in Clippings can be turned off.

  • 1121: Clippings can now include custom pickers using the tag [[template:custompicker:Title:Value1:Value2:…]], where Title is the picker title and the values are also separated by colons.

  • 1466: NFR.

  • 1180: Fixed another issue where handler highlighting sometimes failed.

  • 1446: NFR.

  • 270: The Dictionaries Inspector’s search now has options to search Used Libraries and Installed Libraries.

  • 1457: Script library popups show only libraries with terminology if the use statement does not declare a property.

  • 1111: The Edit menu contains new commands to cut, copy, move, delete, duplicate and insert lines.

  • 1124: Exporting offers the option to embed third-party frameworks form ~/Library/Frameworks and /Library/Frameworks.

  • 1092: Dictionary handling of script libraries has been fully revamped.

  • 1091: When using Paste Tell/Paste Code with script libraries, a use script statement will be inserted if it hasn’t been already.

  • 792: Text substitutions are now saved in Text Substitutions.plist in Application Support. (File created on modification of defaults).

  • 1439: See draft blog post above.

  • 1438: Window menu shortcuts have been adapted to support the new window tabbing interface.

  • 1443: The Balance command has been improved to ignore delimiter characters within string literals.

  • 1283: As of SD8, Script Debugger saves its settings file in /Contents/Resources.

  • 1129: Implemented Dark Mode support.

  • 1318: Introduced a “best” display for NSColor objects which shows a color swatch along with the object’s description.

  • 1110: The dictionary display has been revamped and updated.