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New York: Applescript Sessions

training event for major scripting applications

The leading automation training event AppleScript Pro Sessions will be held in the New York City area for the first time, with sessions May 8-12 in Secaucus, New Jersey, just six miles from Manhattan.

This will be the ninth time Shane Stanley of Myriad Communications of Melbourne, Australia, and Ray Robertson of Scripting Matters of Atlanta have led the sessions. Joining them again will be Matt Neuburg, author of AppleScript: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition.

This unique event has drawn attendees from New Zealand, Europe, and Central America, in addition to the U.S. and Canada. "We continue to get many requests to come to the New York area," said Robertson. "We will be close to Manhattan, but still able to offer affordable lodging and food options so people from elsewhere can attend without excessive expense."

The classes are suitable for both new and experienced scripters, with the emphasis on practical skills that can be used across a range of applications. "Exposure to a variety of applications gives users the skills and confidence to explore further," said Robertson. "The CD of course scripts is an invaluable resource."

AppleScript is a unique automation technology bundled with the Macintosh operating system. "AppleScript is one of Apple's best kept secrets, and it's saving smart businesses millions of dollars," said Stanley. "In Tiger, we are seeing AppleScript take an even more prominent role."

The first two days of the sessions provide a fast-paced introduction to the AppleScript language, along with introductions to scripting the Finder, QuarkXPress, and InDesign. An entire day is devoted to an in-depth examination of InDesign's scripting implmentation, with subsequent days covering Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, FileMaker Pro and BBEdit, as well as OS-related technologies including Automator and AppleScript Studio.

Pricing starts at $1300 for any three days, with a special discounted package of $1600 for all five days. The early bird rate is available through March 31, or until the event sells out.

The sessions will be held at Marriott Courtyard Secaucus Meadowlands at 455 Harmon Meadow Boulevard. Parking is free, and there are many public transportation options for locals, as well as travelers arriving at New Jersey or NYC airports. Rooms are available at a special price of $149 a night, which includes broadband internet access. The number of rooms is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged.

For more details, please contact Ray Robertson at aspro@scriptingmatters.com, or visit the AppleScript Pro Sessions website at www.scriptingmatters.com.

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