Platypus: Macintosh Unix/Python/Ruby/etc scripting with pretty icons

November 21, 2007

One of those toys that I keep telling myself I need to do more with is Platypus, which is a development tool that wraps unix/python/ruby/whatever scripts in pretty icons, complete with drag-and-drop and other snazzy bells and whistles. This is one of those things that is easy to do a bad job of, but hard to do a good job of, and they’ve done an exceptional job of writing a complete framework. There’s a posting here that’s a good starting point.

One thing I wish Platypus had was better support of dialog boxes in the scripts; they currently  require CocoaDialog, which seems like a hack to me, and probably more trouble than it’s worth.

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