What it does is extend and enhance the functionality of OS X and many Mac apps. What’s this great secret app? It’s AppleScript, a built-in scripting language that’s been on the Mac since way back long before Steve Jobs’ second coming.
What does AppleScript do? Think of it as a little app that can be taught to perform and automate repetitive tasks. Through the years I’ve kept the AppleScript menu in my Mac’s Menubar and collected various and sundry Apple scripts.
Recently, I swapped it out for FastScripts, an inexpensive Mac utility that runs AppleScript and even Unix shell scripts for OS X right from the Menubar.
The advantage of FastScripts over AppleScript is multifold. It’s faster, for one. It supports app specific scripts, and there’s a built-in SmartSwitching mode.
By far, what I like is the ability to create user definable keyboard shortcuts for any Apple script in the drop down menu.
There’s not much to FastScripts. It lives in the Menubar, even next to AppleScript if you choose. Click the FastScript icon and get the drop down menu of scripts.
FastScript can run AppleScript scripts, Perl scripts, even Automator workflows, as well as double up as an app launcher.